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.
Search and Rescue personnel are marking the hole, which is located near the OP Lighthouse and the spit. The hole is on the left side of the Yukon for those traveling upriver.
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.