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Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Update: The Kuskowkim Ice Classic clock stopped at 4:02 p.m. on Friday. Winners will be announced soon.

Original story: The Kuskowkim Ice Classic tripod fell over on April 11, but the clock is still ticking. There’s a line tied to the tripod, and it has to be dragged about 150 feet before it trips the clock.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Donlin Gold says that it will bring money and jobs to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta with its proposed mine.

The company wants to build one of the biggest gold mines in the world, and promises to employ hundreds of local people to build and operate it. 

Calista Spring Dividends

Mar 29, 2019
Calista Corporation

The youngest Calista shareholder was born in January, and three months later the baby will get a dividend check. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

There could be a new liquor store in Bethel this summer. Alaska Commercial Company is in the process of trying to take over the Kusko Liquor license currently held by Cezary Maczynski, while purchasing a new location for the liquor store.  

Tribal Workforce Development clients study for a permit test [left] while [right] another client completes her GED requirements at the Hooper Bay Job Center.

The U.S. Census kicks off in Toksook Bay in January of 2020, and the Census Bureau is looking for workers in every Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta community to go house-to-house counting their neighbors. The Census Bureau has reached out to the Association of Village Council Presidents to help them fill positions, and AVCP is encouraging TANF recipients to apply. TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic Tripod took its stand on the river ice outside Bethel on February 26, 2019. Vehicle traffic is still using the river as a transportation route. The tripod signals that break up is soon expected.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod went up on February 26, 2019, nearly a month earlier than last year, when it was erected on March 21, 2018. 

Courtesy of Nunapitchuk

Storms battered the southern Bering Sea and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta last month. February storms aren’t unusual, but the amount of rain and flooding is. The combination caused a lot of damage for two communities in the region.  

Report Out On Russian Mission Midair Crash

Feb 28, 2019
Katie Basile

The National Transportation Safety Board report says that the pilots flying a Cessna Caravan and a Piper Super Cub did not see each other till possibly seconds before they collided in the air near the Yukon River village of Russian Mission. The 2016 mid-air collision killed all on board.

Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

Alaska's temperatures are warming twice as fast as the global average, and rural Alaska is taking the brunt of the impacts. The costs from dealing with climate change are starting to become more visible in Bethel, a hub town for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. There are also costs to the region’s lifestyle. 

Courtesy of Google Maps

The post has been updated with a comment from the U.S. Postal Service.

People in Napakiak are getting desperate for mail, and the lack of postal service is becoming an issue. The village’s post office has been closed for the past two weeks, with no relief in sight. That means they can’t get medications that are flown out from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, or pay bills through the mail, or get checks to pay for basic needs like fuel and food, according to Napakiak City Administrator Leo Kusayak.