Rashah McChesney / KTOO

Qacung Stephen Blanchett’s new album may be solo, but it has some big Indigenous pop supergroup energy.

Pink salmon

For the first time this year, lower Yukon River fishermen will be allowed to subsistence fish for salmon. The announcement comes as state biologists estimate that king, or Chinook, salmon have almost entirely passed through the lower waters.


There will be no permits offered this year to hunt Multchatna Caribou. After years of decline, state and federal managers are not opening a hunt this upcoming season in hopes of conserving the waning herd.

Yvonne Jackson founded and owns Alaska Rural Professional Development.
Courtesy of Yvonne Jackson

A business owned and led by Alaska Native women is working to bring job skill training to rural Alaska, and it's succeeding.

Hope McKenney

Around 10,000 pounds of Bristol Bay chum and Chinook salmon are scheduled to arrive in a Lower Yukon River hub on July 23. The fish will then be distributed to surrounding villages. The donation is in response to a lack of subsistence salmon fishing on the Yukon River this summer, following record low salmon runs and tight fishing restrictions.


The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

On July 21, a state judge sentenced former Bethel elementary school principal Christopher Carmichael to a 25-year sentence with 10 years suspended. The judge imposed what he called a severe sentence because the former principal had abused the trust he cultivated in his victims and the community.


A gillnet drifts in the lower waters of the Kuskokwim River during a subsistence fishing opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

There will be a gillnet fishing opening on the lower Kuskokwim River on Friday, July 23, followed by a set net opening through the weekend.

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon

Federal control of the lower Kuskokwim River will end at 12:01 a.m. on July 22. At that time, the lower Kuskokwim River subsistence salmon fishery, from the mouth upriver to Aniak, will transfer from federal jurisdiction under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to state jurisdiction under the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Alaska Department Of Fish And Game

There has been a lack of subsistence salmon fishing on the Yukon River this summer, so residents are hoping for longer fall hunting seasons. Here’s how you can submit a request to extend the upcoming fall hunts. 


University of Alaska Fairbanks

  A new program from UAA is coming to Bethel this fall. Students who participate will earn high school and college credit. The goal would be to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, or even a bachelor’s degree, from the University of Alaska system.



2021 Kuskokwim River Salmon Openings And Regulations

COVID-19 case count for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, updated daily M-F.


Yup'ik Word of the Week

KYUK Archives

Each weekday, the community is invited to "Coffee@KYUK" to discuss news and information relative to Bethel and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Hosted By S. Grady Deaton
A free form, caller-driven, opinion show about any and all matters. Hosted by Diane McEachern Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
A talkshow about the little things that help make life healthier. With hosts, Esther Green and Diane McEachern.
A Bite Out of Bethel explores the intersection between food and culture as it pertains to the residents of Bethel. Hosted by Tamryn Hodge
Unuakumi Qanemcit Kuigpiim Kusquqviim-llu nuniinek taqellrit KYUK-m qanemcistain Yugtun.
Morning newscasts from and about the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta produced by the KYUK newsroom and aired in English.