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  • 4th of July in Bethel
    The annual Bethel 4th of July parade begins at 10 a.m. at Swanson's. This year’s theme is Music of America. Judges will be along the parade route and ribbons will be awarded by 2 p.m. The prize categories are Best use of Theme, Best Decorated Bicycle/Tricycle (single/group entries), Best Youth/Future of Bethel (Sports, Scouts, 4-H, Martial Arts, etc.), Best Float, Best Entry-Most fun, Most...
  • Railroad explored river
    Long about 1914 the Alaska Railroad Commisson sent an expedition up the Kuskokwim River on reconnaissance. Civil engineer James Lennox McPherson was taxed with researching the feasibility of building a branch railroad from Anchorage west to the mining districts on the Kuskokwim and Iditarod...
  • Newly expanded AC Value Center opens
    The newly expanded AC Value Center in Bethel opened to customers on Friday. “We are excited about the opening of the new AC Value Center and look forward to bringing a new shopping experience to Bethel with this store,” stated Walter Pickett, vice president and general manager of ACC. “On behalf of AC Value Center Bethel, I would like to thank the community for their tremendous support over...
  • Fire victim remembered in orthodox tradition
    Forty days after the tragic death of Janis Martha Mary Guest, on June 8, over 50 people spilled into the home of mother Martha Guest, where the smell of fish and the sound of chatter filled the air. The family was observing Janis Guest's 40-day memorial, a day of remembrance and reflection. In Russian Orthodox tradition, it is believed that the souls of those who passed away remain walking...
  • Kaiser, Diehl sign up for 2015 Iditarod
    Pete Kaiser of Bethel and Richie Diehl of Aniak have signed up to run the 2015 Iditarod. Kaiser will be running the race for the sixth time and it’s the third time for Diehl. Saturday was the first day to sign up for the race and 60 mushers are entered so far. Of the 60 opening day entries, 15 are rookies. Teams from four countries (Canada, Sweden, Norway and France), and five States...
  • Waterfowl harvest opens
    On the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the spring waterfowl season was closed for 30 days during the initiation of nesting of migratory birds and opened again on July 1, according the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A special closure remains for Cackling Canada geese and Black Brant that were in effect from the time of egg laying until young birds are fledged. The closure for Cackling Canada Geese and...
  • Presidential visits to Indian Country
    The Associated Press, MSNBC and other news media are sticking to the story that Obama is only the fourth President to visit a reservation. I say at least seven, more likely eight. So one by one here goes the documentary evidence (for those who care). President Chester Arthur’s visit to Wind River, Wyoming, 1883. The trip was on horse back and included a senator and the Secretary of War. The...
  • The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal
    Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get introduced, debated, then put aside when the heat dies down, or the target agency gets more money thrown at the...
  • Form a fish co-op
    Hi. I am Mike Andrews Jr. living in village of Emmonak. I am a subsistence fishermen only. I do not have a commercial fishing permit or a crewmember for any boat. I would like to ask all fishermen/woman who own a commercial fishing permit that if you form a cooperative in Districts Y-1, Y-2, Y-3 may possibly set rules yourself under Fish and Game/Wildlife rules that you as fishermen can set your...
  • Federal Subsistence Harvest of Wildlife Regulations book now available
    Printed copies of the July 1 to June 30, 2016 Federal Subsistence Management Regulations for the Harvest of Wildlife on Federal Public Lands in Alaska book are now available. The regulations book contains the federal subsistence seasons, customary and traditional use determinations, harvest limits, permit requirements and methods of taking wildlife from federal public lands in Alaska. Copies of...

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