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

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

State fire officials are monitoring a fire in the Gweek River area near Bethel. It was reported soon after a storm Thursday.

Alaska Division of Forestry spokesperson Tim Mowry says officials are monitoring a fire eight to ten miles north of Bethel. Airplanes sent to survey the fire found a 200-acre blaze slowly moving West. Mowry says lightning strikes during yesterday’s storm likely ignited the fire.

Summer Storm Sparks Fire Near Aniak

Jul 14, 2016
Flickr Creative Commons, Lumix Lee

A fire was seen burning north of the village of Aniak on Thursday. Residents in Bethel reported seeing pink clouds in the direction of the village and smelling smoke on the wind.


This week a class of students from across the country are in Bethel to learn how to use traditional herbs from the local tundra.  KYUY’s Johanna Eurich reports that the students will return home with ethno-botanical knowledge, plus a tiny jar of salve.


The village of Quinhagak is hoping to sell fish to Seattle based company North West Sea Food Exchange after Costal Villages Region Fund stopped buying fish earlier this year. But the village is running into some unexpected problems that could prevent the partnership. 

When the Champion Ebony, a tanker hauling 14.2 million gallons of fuel, ran aground near Nunivak Island, it was relying on nautical charts of Alaska’s costal waters  that may have been outdated. 

Charles Enoch / KYUK

The Bethel Fire Department responded to the Kilbuck school building for a report of a second fire.

According to a press release from the fire department, this morning around 7 a.m., firefighters received a report of smoke coming from the remaining part of the building formerly used by the Kuskokwim Learning Academy. Fire crews found a fire in an old classroom.

Bethel City Council has voted 6-1, with Mayor Rick Rob in opposition, for the city to submit comments on the Donlin Gold draft environmental impact statement.   

Dean Swope / KYUK

Keith Gordon with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leaving his position as Project Manager of the Donlin Gold mine draft environmental impact statement, or EIS.

“Nothing changes,” Gordon said when asked how his departure affects the project. “The agency will just continue with the processes.”

Tuntutuliak Resident Speaks Up About Lingering Oil

May 19, 2016

Locals are speaking up about oil spilled during a construction accident in the Tuntutuliak, or Qinaq, River. 

Newtok's waterways.
Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Community and Regional Affairs

Relocation efforts continue for what many consider America’s first climate refugees. Newtok, a community of over 300 people in Southwest Alaska, has been eroding into the Ningliq River for decades. This week the village received an almost million-dollar federal grant to help homes function at the new village site.