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  • Commercial chum fishery postponed
    Last week, members of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group successfully staved off an early commercial opening for chum salmon in the Kuskokwim River. If only for a few days. The commercial opener could have started as early as Friday, July 11, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Manager Aaron Potter. Potter said that the data shows a strong chum run and that there...
  • Fish Camp 1959
    Fish hang to dry in the summer of 1959 at a camp upriver from Pilot...
  • Governor signs bill that will ease grieving
    A bill providing compassionate aid and reforms to state law for grieving families was signed by Gov. Sean Parnell July 17 in Bethel at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. House Bill 301, sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron, unanimously passed both the House and the Senate during the 2014 legislative session. “We’re looking out for grieving families, and for that I am thankful,” Herron said....
  • New early voting sites established
    A Native leadership team working to establish new absentee in-person and early voting sites has completed its work and released the final list of new sites. In 11 business days, 128 villages were added. The team, with representatives from the Alaska Federation of Natives, the ANCSA Regional Association and Get Out The Native Vote, agreed on June 19 to partner with the Division of Elections to...
  • Bethel names police chief
    The City of Bethel appointed Lt. Andre Achee as chief of police, effective July 11. Lt. Achee has served the Bethel Police Department for over 20 years; 9 years as lieutenant. He is currently serving the community as Acting Police Chief. According to Greg Moyer, interim city manager, “Lt. Achee is the right person to lead the Bethel Police Department forward. He has the education, experience...
  • Baby born to Bethel mother in coma
    In Anchorage, the impossible happened. A baby was born to a Bethel mother who was in a coma. The baby, Faith, was born Tuesday, July 9, at 35 weeks according to KTVA. Jessie Ayagalria, the mother, had been a coma most of the pregnancy. She suffered cardiac arrest at the end of January. While she was still at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital, it was discovered she was 12 weeks...
  • Take advantage of new health insurance policy
    So, you’re covered. Now what? By the time the federal enrollment period for health insurance closed on March 31, more than 12,800 Alaskans had become newly insured by one of many new policies. But getting insured is only the first step! Learning to navigate your new health insurance policy may seem daunting, but it will bring you huge financial and health benefits. Now is the time to...
  • Are we doomed to polarization?
    We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically. This is, as the Pew Research Center put it recently, “a defining feature of politics today.” In the public’s eye,...
  • New system provides 24/7 aviation fuel access in McGrath
    Crowley’s Alaska fuel sales and distribution group has unveiled McGrath Airport’s first aviation fuel card lock system, offering pilots the convenience of 24-hour refueling services at one of the region’s busiest airfields. The implementation of the new, fully automated system means that aviators can access Crowley fuel pumps with the swipe of a credit card or proprietary card the same way...
  • Chevak organizes Imagination Library
    Chevak now has its own Imagination Library, bringing to 34 the number of local Imagination Libraries in Alaska. All together, those 34 Imagination Libraries serve more than 22,000 children in 111 Alaska communities. Imagination Library mails a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child from birth to age 5 who signs up in participating communities, regardless of family income. There...

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