Napakiak

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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This year brings changes to preschool in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Image courtesy LKSD.

This year brings changes to preschool in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Image courtesy LKSD.

Due to changes in funding, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is consolidating its Bethel preschool programs and could reorganize some village preschools.

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The Newly Erected GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street. --Courtesy of GCI

The Newly erected GCI Cellular Tower on Ptarmigan Street. Courtesy of GCI

GCI recently announced 3G service is up and running in villages near Bethel. GCI Vice President David Morris said Tuluksak, Kwethluk, Akiak, Akiachak, Kasigluk, Nunapitchuk, Atmautluk, Napakiak, Napaskiak, and Oscarville are now using the faster and more reliable cell phone service.
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The front entry to Jung's Trading Post. Photo by Charles Enoch

The front entry to Jung’s Trading Post. Photo by Charles Enoch

Jung’s Trading Post, in the village of Napakiak has been in business for as long as most people in the region can remember. The family business has called a weathered red building along the Kuskokwim River home for 56 years. It’s known for its unique selection of local handmade crafts and other hard to find items. Earlier this month, owners announced they are going out of business.

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Coast GuardMembers of the coastguard are in Napakiak to clean up pollution from an old fishing vessel. Petty Officer Patrick Brown gave an update on the cleanup after a town hall meeting on abandoned and derelict vessels at Bethel City Council Chambers Thursday night. Read more →