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Kuskokwim truck trail stretches further

Katie Basile
A vehicle makes its way towards Bethel on the frozen Kuskokwim River on Nov. 24, 2021.

The truck trail on the frozen Kuskokwim River has been extended upriver from Bethel to Kwethluk, Akiachak, and Akiak, according to Mark Leary, Bethel Search and Rescue member and Director of Operations for the village of Napaimute. Napaimute has maintained the Kuskokwim Ice Road in recent years.

Leary said that the ice below Bethel is thick enough to support heavy equipment. He said that his crew plans to grade, plow, and mark the trail downriver from Bethel next week, weather permitting. If that happens, it will become an official ice road.

But, he said, above Bethel the ice is not yet thick enough to support heavy equipment or plowing.

Greg Kim is a news reporter for KYUK covering environment, health, education, public safety, culture and subsistence. He's covered everything from Newtok's relocation due to climate change-fueled erosion to the Bethel chicken massacre of 2020.
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