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Rainy weather halts Aghaluk Mountain Fire for now

Rain has halted a fire burning near the upper Kuskokwim River villages of Sleetmute and Red Devil. But fire officials warn that it will likely pick up again as skies get sunnier. For now, after Monday’s rain, the Aghaluk Mountain Fire is only 1% active, according to a detection and...
SLEETMUTE, AK
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Historic tundra fire spreads within 3.5 miles of St. Mary’s as another fire burns 10 miles from Sleetmute

A historically massive tundra fire is burning within approximately 3.5 miles from the lower Yukon River community of St. Mary’s, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the fire agency responding to the blaze. The fire has moved 1.5 miles closer to the community since Saturday. It has also spread eastward and is approximately 7.5 miles from Pilot Station. To the west, it is burning 18 miles from Mountain Village. A second fire is burning 24 miles north of Mountain Village. Meanwhile, a different fire is moving closer to upper Kuskokwim River communities.
SAINT MARY'S, AK
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The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met for the first time this summer

Salmon fishing has begun, and the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met for the first time this season to advise state fishery managers. The group is made up of fishing managers and stakeholders on the river. It votes on management actions it would like to see on the river and provides its recommendations to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
ANIAK, AK
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Historically massive tundra fire burning 3.5 miles from St. Mary's on lower Yukon River. Another fire is 10 miles from Sleetmute on upper Kuskokwim River.

A historically massive tundra fire is burning within approximately 3.5 miles from the lower Yukon River community of St. Mary’s, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the fire agency responding to the blaze. The fire has moved 1.5 miles closer to the community since Saturday. It has also spread eastward and is approximately 7.5 miles from Pilot Station. To the west, it is burning 18 miles from Mountain Village. A second fire is burning 24 miles north of Mountain Village. Meanwhile, a different fire is moving closer to upper Kuskokwim River communities.
BETHEL, AK
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Sleetmute and Red Devil residents impacted by spring flooding can register for state relief grants

Beginning May 18, Alaska residents impacted by flooding in May 2022 can register for funding to offset the cost of damages and flood-related expenses. Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a disaster on May 7 after the ice jams caused flooding at Manley Hot Springs. Later, on May 13, he added other communities where flooding also occurred, including Sleetmute, Red Devil, McGrath, and Glennallen.
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Federal Subsistence fishing opportunities announced for June 2022

On May 2, 2022, the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager announced by emergency special action 3-KS-01-22 that the Federal government will assume management of Federal waters of the Kuskokwim (from the mouth of the River to the Yukon Delta NWR boundary in Aniak) beginning June 1, 2022, for the conservation of Chinook and chum salmon.
ANIAK, AK
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Sleetmute has received emergency donations from YKHC following flooding

Two agencies are sending donations to the villages of Sleetmute and Red Devil after ice jams caused flooding over the weekend of May 7. The recent flooding turned homes and neighborhoods in both Sleetmute and Red Devil into islands. The villages sit about 9 miles apart along the Kuskokwim River. The water damaged roads and homes in both communities and washed out a portion of the airstrip in Red Devil, which is the only way in and out of the town right now. The closure has made it impossible to get supplies into the community.
SLEETMUTE, AK
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Most of the Red Devil runway that was damaged by flooding has reopened

Most of the Red Devil airplane runway has reopened after closing due to flood damage. Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said that about two-thirds of the runway reopened after it dried out on May 10. Now workers are repairing a portion of the runway which was washed out by the flooding that occurred on May 8. The washout spans 30 feet at its widest point and 2 feet at its deepest.
RED DEVIL, AK
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Where Did the Chum Go?

“The summers of 2020 and 2021 saw the lowest numbers on record for chum salmon returning to the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers. There are many possible reasons for these low returns. I used the scientific method to investigate one of those possible reasons.” Those were the opening lines of Sleetmute 8th grader Kiley Hayden when explaining her science project at the recent Alaska Science and Engineering Fair held in Anchorage.
ANCHORAGE, AK
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Gillnet openings announced for lower Kuskokwim River subsistence salmon fishing

Subsistence salmon fishing on the lower Kuskokwim River and its tributaries will once again fall under federal management this summer. The Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge will manage the fishery in consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Regulations will be similar to last year. Set net Openings. There...
ANIAK, AK
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Richie Diehl takes 2nd in Kobuk 440 Sled Dog Race, losing to Hugh Neff by 2 minutes

Musher Hugh Neff and his nine-dog team won their first Kobuk 440 in Kotzebue on April 10, crossing the finish line just two minutes ahead of Aniak's Richie Diehl. The Kobuk 440 takes mushers on a roughly 400-mile trail from Kotzebue to Kobuk and back. Neff led almost the entire race and had a comfortable hour lead on Diehl out of the Kiana checkpoint, just 80 or so miles from the finish.
ANIAK, AK
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New job training center opens in Aniak, the second in the Y-K Delta

If you live in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta you may be familiar with Yuut Elitnaurviat, the workforce development center in Bethel that trains local people for local jobs. Until recently, it was the only facility of its kind in the region. The Arviiq Regional Economic Development and Training Center opened in...
BETHEL, AK
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TKC launches new Regional Training Facility

The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) has launched a new regional facility to help build employability skills, economic opportunity, and cultural connection in the Middle Kuskokwim. The Arviiq Regional Economic Development and Training Center in Aniak opened in early February and will begin its first trainings in the next few weeks. TKC...
ANIAK, AK
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