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

Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s becoming a regular discussion in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: how to adapt to a changing climate.

Leaders across the region are gathering in the Bethel Cultural Center on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the issue. Ray Born, Deputy Manager of the Yukon Delta Wildlife Refuge, is one of the organizers of the two-day workshop.

In Bethel Classroom, Gumshoe Reporters Ask Questions About Climate Change

Aug 22, 2018
Last spring, a team of intrepid fifth graders at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact that climate change could have on their communities.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Last spring, an intrepid team of fifth graders at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact that climate change could have on their communities. With a little help from KYUK, a group of gumshoe reporters from Erin Arno’s fifth grade class interviewed an Elder and a Western-trained scientist about the changes they had observed.


The village of Napakiak received $449,000 in federal funding on Thursday that could help them respond to the “imminent threat” of climate change. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government held a meeting in Bethel over the course of two days, and focused on the proposed Donlin Gold mine. However, no resolutions either supporting or opposing the proposed project were passed by attendees. The group aims to unite all 56 of the villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The Donlin Mine needs at least 100 permits before it can begin operations.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The proposed Donlin gold mine has nabbed another key state permit. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued the state water quality certification last week, just before the Army Corps of Engineers and Burearu of Land Management issued theirs on Monday. 

Maver Carey (far left), CEO of the Kuskowkim Corporation and Andrew Guy (far right) CEO of Calista Regional Native Corporation watches the signing ceremony for Donlin Gold's federal permits.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A huge proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta cleared a major hurdle on Monday. Donlin Gold recieved two major permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Land Management, the final federal permits it needs. Donlin is trying to develop one of the biggest gold mines in the world. 


The proposed Donlin mine would impact about 3,500 acres of wetlands.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Chevak passed an anti-Donlin mine resolution earlier this week. All five of its Traditional Council members voted for it. 

The Donlin Mine could clear a major permitting hurdle on Monday.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Army Corps of Engineers will roll out its record of decision for the proposed Donlin mine on Monday, August 13. This could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if approved.  


Bethel resident Beverly Hoffman is one of a handful of community members educating the community about Stand For Salmon.
Krysti Shallenberger/KYUK / Krysti Shallenberger/KYUK

A controversial ballot initiative that would strengthen protections for salmon habitat will be on the ballot this November. 

The Donlin mine could impact 3,500 acres of wetlands.
Katie Basile / KYUK

A state agency, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, will host a public hearing at the end of August about the proposed Donlin mine’s draft reclamation plans. The hearing will also address how Donlin Gold, the company developing the mine, plans to pay for the clean up.

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