Environmental stories that take place in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Teen activists from communities throughout Alaska held a press conference in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday, urging their state's government to take a stronger stance on climate change.
Courtesy of AYEA.

Yesterday, two students from Chevak joined teenagers from across the state in urging Alaska’s government to take a stronger stance on climate change.

Village Of Newtok Finds Rebirth At Mertarvik

Aug 15, 2017
Newtok welcomes guests before their trip over to the new village site, Mertarvik.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Over the last month and a half, a decade-long project to move the YK Delta village of Newtok is finally beginning to take shape. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau was at the new village site last Thursday for the ribbon cutting in Mertarvik, which means “a place for water." The new community is safely above the rising water, which threatens the village of Newtok.



Two-Way: Newtok Village Holds Ribbon Cutting At Mertarvik

Aug 11, 2017
A Newtok Village Council Elder gathered with financial and government stakeholders at the Mertarvik site for the ribbon cutting ceremony on August 10, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Newtok has taken a big step in its effort to relocate its entire village upriver. On Thursday, the village celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Mertarvik village site with financial and government stakeholders in attendance. KYUK reporter Christine Trudeau was there, and she joins News Director Anna Rose MacArthur in the KYUK studios to discuss the event.


Another Lower Yukon Commercial Salmon Opening

Jul 24, 2017
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

There’s a commercial fish opening on the Lower Yukon River Monday afternoon.

Dave Cannon

Yesterday, the Federal Subsistence Board turned down a proposal to take over fisheries management authority on the Kuskokwim River. Board members cited two reasons for opposing the proposal from Dave Cannon, a former biologist from Aniak. Cannon said that the measures are needed to better protect Kuskokwim king salmon when their numbers are low.

City Currently Taking Bids On Dredging Sewer Lagoon

Jul 11, 2017
Sewer Lagoon Dredging Plan Map.
Courtesy of the City of Bethel / ch2m

The Bethel Sewer Lagoon Rehabilitation Project is getting underway, and KYUK spoke with City officials about the upcoming venture. The City of Bethel has released plans and is currently accepting construction bids on a portion of the project.


Jasmine Gil, originally from Bethel, is studying the effects of wildfires on permafrost with the Polaris Project, 50 miles north of the YK hub.
Katie Basile / KYUK Public Media

What happens after fire scorches the tundra, and what follows when carbon that’s been locked away for millennia gets released? Currently, a group of scientists is camping 50 miles north of Bethel, attempting to answer these questions. For one scientist the research is personal, because it means coming home.

The Kings Have Arrived On The Yukon River

Jun 19, 2017
Salmon harvest in 2015.
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

Update 2 p.m. Tuesday June 20, 2017: This story has been slightly updated with revised information from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

There is good news on the Yukon River. It is midway through the run and managers say King Salmon numbers are up to last year's levels and a bit better. That means managers are opening up commercial and subsistence fishing and the nets are back in the water.

Yukon Fishing Status Similar To Kuskokwim

Jun 19, 2017

Subsistence fishermen on the Kuskokwim are not the only ones holding back on the spring king salmon harvest. Managers on the Yukon River are also taking a conservative approach and trying to let the first pulse of kings make it up the river to spawn. During the early run, the Lower Yukon fishery will target only the summer chum salmon. That means that subsistence fishing on the Lower Yukon will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week only for dip nets, beach seines, and live-release fish wheels.

All Agree To Hold Back And Wait On The Kings

Jun 15, 2017

There are not as many king salmon in the Kuskokwim River this spring as expected and Assistant Area Management Biologist Aaron Tiernan of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that they are taking a conservative approach to get as many kings as possible up the river to spawn.

State biologists reviewed the numbers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission, and the Kuskokwim River Salmon Working Group.