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Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

Smelts caught just below the Napakiak airport. Photo by Michael Black.

After the earliest breakup on record, the smelts are spawning their way into the Bethel area.

Tuesday morning, Napakiak resident Michael Black posted a picture on Facebook of the smelts he caught near Napakiak. He was still smelting when he talked with KYUK.

“Yeah, they’re hitting pretty hard. I’m getting like half a net-full each time. Well, most of the time I’m getting half a net-full,” Black said.
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An aerial satellite view of Akiachak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

An aerial satellite view of Akiachak on Google Maps. Screenshot by Charles Enoch/KYUK

Alaska State Troopers arrested 38-year-old Akiachak resident Harry Nose last week on multiple felony assault charges.

Troopers say on Thursday Tribal Police Officers in Akiachak requested their assistance regarding an assault. Police say Nose assaulted his female guardian at their residence where he was released under a court order after serving out a prior conviction.
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Hayden Lieb pinning opponent Jacob Shack. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Hayden Lieb pinning opponent Jacob Shack. Photo courtesy of BSAR

The Bethel Wrestling Club participated in the 2016 Alaska USA State Wrestling Tournament in Wasilla over the weekend. Three Warriors came home with a triple-crown title after coming out first in all three wrestling styles: folkstyle, Greco-Roman and freestyle.
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The Working Group at their annual meeting at the Fish & Game office in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK.

The Working Group at their annual meeting at the Fish & Game office in Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasts a higher 2016 king salmon run than previous years. If the run goes as expected, officials say it might be enough for escapement and subsistence harvest needs. Wildlife managers met with fishery representatives from along the Kuskokwim River to discuss season management.

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BRHS logo, courtesy of BRHS.

BRHS logo, courtesy of BRHS.

Athletes across the Lower Kuskokwim School District completed in the Native Youth Olympics District Tournament in Kwigillingok over the weekend.
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The Bethel Warriors logo. Photo courtesy of BRHS

The Bethel Warriors logo. Photo courtesy of BRHS

The Bethel Wrestling Club participated in the Tri-Valley Greco Wrestling Tournament in Palmer last-weekend, some of Bethel’s Warriors took first for their weight classes.
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River clear below Napaskiak on Sunday. Photo courtesy of BSAR

River clear below Napaskiak on Sunday. Photo courtesy of BSAR

Middle Kuskokwim River villages reported that river ice is beginning to move out in what is expected to be the earliest river breakup on record for those villages.
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River clear in Kwethluk River. Photo by Earl Samuelson

River clear in Kwethluk River. Photo by Earl Samuelson

As the Kuskokwim river ice continues to shift and rot, Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident Dillon Lamont.

Bethel Search and Rescue Chief Mike Riley says recovery efforts for Lamont just below Tuluksak have been suspended sue to deteriorating river conditions at the search site.

“They have kinda suspended their search for Mr. Lamont maybe a week or so until conditions get better. They have pulled their equipment from there because of safety reasons, getting there. The biggest factor there, the safety part for the searchers,” Riley said.

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Caribou in Denali. Photo courtesy of ADF&G

Caribou in Denali. Photo courtesy of ADF&G

Alaska State Troopers say 32-year-old Bethel resident Kenlynn Nicholai was arrested in Bethel after allegedly stealing and selling antlers.

Wildlife Troopers in Bethel say they received a call from a Bethel resident on Wednesday around 4pm, saying someone had stolen a pair of caribou antlers from their back deck earlier that day.
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An aerial view of the search area below Tuluksak. Photo by Fritz Charles

An aerial view of the search area below Tuluksak. Photo by Fritz Charles

As the Kuskokwim river ice continues to shift and rot Search and Rescue volunteers have suspended recovery efforts for the remains of 26-year-old Tuluksak resident, Dillon Lamont.

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