To receive state funding, Alaska schools must have a minimum of 10 students. But some lawmakers are looking at raising the number to 20 or 25.
Rural communities — including Diomede, Kaltag, Kotzebue, and Nunam Iqua — have been chosen for a USDA water and sewer initiative.
A large mid-August pulse of fall chum and coho salmon is keeping commercial fishermen busy in the lower river, but those upriver say they have yet to meet their subsistence needs.
Firefighters from St. Michael, Kaltag, and Chevak are among those offering support in the Lower 48.
After a break between the summer chum and the fall chum runs, “fish camps are coming to life again” along the Yukon River, fishermen say.
As Chinook salmon make it to spawning grounds in Canada, subsistence fishing along the Yukon ebbs as fishermen await fall chums.
Fishermen expressed frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and potentially infected fish.
Burmeister, first into Unalakleet, is comfortable on the coast. “I felt right at home when the wind started blowing,” said the Nome musher. According to Race Marshall Mark Nordman, mushers should arrive Tuesday.
With Chinook and summer chum runs nearing completion amid tight restrictions, fishermen along the upriver Yukon Drainage are looking to fall chum for their best chance of harvesting salmon this season.
After more than 60 years serving communities in the Bering Strait region, the Little Sisters of Jesus are leaving western Alaska.