Matt Shuckerow, Communications Director for Congressman Don Young, explained the benefit of a provision for a Galena land transfer included in the NDAA, “In 2013 there was massive flooding from the Yukon River… By securing the transfer, this gives Galena the option to potentially move that town, to ensure their safety from future floods.”
GCI recently announced plans to bring high-speed internet to ten more communities in the region this year. Stebbins is on that list, and while many are excited for faster service, some fear their subsistence lifestyle could suffer.
Salmon fishing is underway on the Yukon River, but runs are expected to be below average this summer season.
Legal alcohol sales began in Bethel last week. Some community leaders are concerned about how sales may affect dry villages.
Emmonak’s city manager has sent the disaster declaration to Gov. Bill Walker and the Alaska State Legislature, requesting $750,000.
On Friday, some Iditarod mushers chose to push their teams before taking the mandatory break on the Yukon River.
On Thursday, 1975 Iditarod champion Emmitt Peters was in Ruby to greet Jeff King and his dog team when they arrived first at the Yukon River.
“It’s always good to get to the Yukon,” Iditarod musher Brent Sass says.
“These first couple days have been unpleasant, to say the least,” Dallas Seavey described in Nikolai.
From a stranded seal to a dangerous hole in Yukon River ice, recent stories from KNOM’s news department offer a special glimpse into what makes Western Alaska so unique — and, at times, so challenging.