June 2015

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BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in a the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson's grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

BNC is proposing to put a package liquor store in the Kipusvik building, the former site of Swanson’s grocery store. Photo by Geraldine Brink / KYUK.

The State of Alaska’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday will decide on the fate of Bethel Spirits’ liquor store license application. The Bethel City Council protested the application earlier this year, but the Bethel Native Corporation is still pushing hard to have a liquor store in their new retail complex, which was vacated by Swanson’s earlier this year. By law, ABC must uphold the governing body’s protest unless it’s arbitrary capricious, and unreasonable.
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There will be an eight-hour opening on July 1 above Aniak.  Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

There will be an eight-hour opening on July 1 above Aniak. Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

The Kuskokwim River from Aniak to the headwaters will be open for eight hours of 6-inch gillnet fishing on Wednesday, July 1st. Nets are limited to 60 feet and a depth of 45 meshes. The opening runs from noon to 8:00 p.m.

From Holitna to the headwaters, hook and line fishing for king salmon is open for 24 hours on Wednesday. There is a bag limit of five fish.

Fishing will be unrestricted on the Stony River upstream of the confluence with the Stink River beginning on July 1st. Managers expect red salmon to arrive in that region.
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Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. File photo by KYUK.

Fresh Kuskokwim salmon. File photo by KYUK.

There is a four hour subsistence salmon opener from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River to Aniak on Tuesday, June 30th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. 50 fathom, 6-inch nets will be allowed from the mouth to the Johnson River. From the Johnson up to the refuge boundary at Aniak, nets must be half the length, or 25 fathoms. Read more →

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Several fires are burning in the middle Kuskokwim. Map from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Several fires are burning in the middle Kuskokwim. Map from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

A crew of smokejumpers dropped on a fire outside Tuluksak Sunday afternoon. Francis Mitchell with the State Division of Forestry says the Mishevik Fire, last measured at 120 acres and about eight miles from Tuluksak, but moving towards the community.
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A spending bill provides full funding for contract support costs. Logo courtesy IHS.

A spending bill provides full funding for contract support costs. Logo courtesy IHS.

A spending bill advancing in the US Senate includes full funding for Alaska Native health care providers’ contract support costs. That’s an area of native health care that’s been underfunded even though the supreme court has repeatedly ruled in favor of tribes. Those costs include items like legal and accounting fees, insurance, and workers’ compensation. 2014 was the first year in decades of full funding for contract support costs. Read more →