Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Bethel City Council member Leif Albertson visits the site of a proposed Air Quality Monitoring System behind AC on May 10, 2017. The site lease was agreed upon by City Council at May 23rd's meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel City Council has unanimously agreed to a lease with state conservation officials for an air quality monitoring site. City Manager Pete Williams introduced the lease for land located just behind AC (Alaska Commercial) on Fourth Avenue.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

The ONC seed potatoes have arrived and it’s first come, first served at the Bethel tribal building. They’re free and come in three varieties: Yukon Gold, Cal White, and Cherry Red. 

Managing Alaska's Fisheries In Warming Oceans

May 15, 2017
Drying salmon strips

How should we manage Alaska's fisheries in the face of warming oceans? Answers to that question were hard to come by among scientists gathered last week for the Wakefield Symposium in Anchorage. The most solid scientific information came from a bird biologist.

Bethel resident and Calista shareholder Elias Venes (left) talks with Donlin Gold General Manager Andy Cole (right) at a Donlin open house at the Bethel Cultural Center on May 10, 2017.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

The State has issued a preliminary air quality permit for the Donlin Gold project.  The 30-day opportunity for the public to submit comments on that permit closes this Friday at 4:30 p.m. The preliminary permit is the first the proposed mining project has received.

As of Sunday evening, May 7, 2017, an ice jam above Bogus Creek has backed up large sheets of black ice as well as sticks and logs all the way to the Wise Fish Camp.
Earl Samuelson

The Kuskokwim ice has broken, but the river isn’t clear yet. Ice and debris is still flowing downstream and posing a danger to boats.

National Weather Service

The Kuskokwim River breakup front has stalled about 15 miles upstream of Tuluksak. Meanwhile, the Upper River ice around McGrath and Sleetmute has started making its way downstream. KYUK spoke with River Watch team member Andy Dixon for an update Friday afternoon.

National Weather Service

The Kuskokwim breakup front sits about 15 miles upstream of Tuluksak at Coffee’s Bend. Now, it’s the only front on the Middle and Upper Kuskokwim, instead of multiple minor fronts scattered along the river.

National Weather Service

The Kuskokwim River breakup front has shifted downstream to somewhere between Kalskag and Tuluksak. The River Watch team is flying this afternoon to locate the jam and report on river conditions.

National Weather Service

The main break up front on the Kuskokwim remains jammed halfway between Crooked Creek and Georgetown. That’s according to an aerial survey from the Kuskokwim River Watch team, which flew from Crooked Creek to below Akiak on Tuesday.

Mark Leary

The River Watch team has launched and is flying over the Kuskokwim, surveying ice conditions and monitoring break up. On Monday the team flew from Kalskag to Stony River.