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Fish Camp 1959

Commercial chum fishery postponed

Last week, members of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group successfully staved off an early commercial opening for chum salmon in the Kuskokwim River. If only for a few days. The commercial opener could have started as early as...

Bethel names police chief

The City of Bethel appointed Lt. Andre Achee as chief of police, effective July 11. Lt. Achee has served the Bethel Police Department for over 20 years; 9 years as lieutenant. He is currently serving the community as Acting Police Chief. According...

Baby born to Bethel mother in coma

In Anchorage, the impossible happened. A baby was born to a Bethel mother who was in a coma. The baby, Faith, was born Tuesday, July 9, at 35 weeks according to KTVA. Jessie Ayagalria, the mother, had been a coma most of the pregnancy. She suffered...

Trooper Report - July 17, 2014

The following is from the dispatches of the Alaska State Troopers. Those who have been arrested, cited or summoned are presumed innocent until found guilty in court. On June 19 at about 10:11 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report that a...

Governor signs bill that will ease grieving

A bill providing compassionate aid and reforms to state law for grieving families was signed by Gov. Sean Parnell July 17 in Bethel at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. House Bill 301, sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron, unanimously passed both the...

New early voting sites established

A Native leadership team working to establish new absentee in-person and early voting sites has completed its work and released the final list of new sites. In 11 business days, 128 villages were added. The team, with representatives from the...

Election deadlines approaching

Primary elections are coming up, which means if you want to vote, you have to register. Below is a timeline of what the voting process will look like. Information can be found at www.elections.alaska.gov. July 3, the first absentee ballots were...

New system provides 24/7 aviation fuel access in McGrath

Crowley’s Alaska fuel sales and distribution group has unveiled McGrath Airport’s first aviation fuel card lock system, offering pilots the convenience of 24-hour refueling services at one of the region’s busiest airfields. The implementation...

Ocean-going drones measure water

Ocean chemists are calling it "revolutionary technology" as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. "It's been hugely successful....

Take advantage of new health insurance policy

So, you’re covered. Now what? By the time the federal enrollment period for health insurance closed on March 31, more than 12,800 Alaskans had become newly insured by one of many new policies. But getting insured is only the first step! Learning...

Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both...

Chevak organizes Imagination Library

Chevak now has its own Imagination Library, bringing to 34 the number of local Imagination Libraries in Alaska. All together, those 34 Imagination Libraries serve more than 22,000 children in 111 Alaska communities. Imagination Library mails a...

Federal Subsistence Board to hold work session in Anchorage

The Federal Subsistence Board will hold a work session Wednesday, July 30 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Gordon Watson Conference Room located in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 7 Office, 1011 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska. During the...

Tentative schedule announced for Bethel Fair

The Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center has announced the dates for the 2014 Bethel Fair. It will take place from Aug. 20 to Aug. 24. The fair will feature food and non-food exhibitions, a photography show, a cribbage tournament, a bird show, a fun...

Kuskokwim Calendar - July 17, 2014

To submit an event for the Kuskokwim Calendar, email editor@thetundradrums.com YKHC Years of Service event Where: Cultural Center When: Friday, July 18, exact time TBA More info: www.ykhc.org Best in the West Weekend Finalist Workshop Where:...

Chaz Buddy Dick Gump

Chaz Buddy Dick Gump was born June 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds 9 counces and was 19 1/2 inches long. His parents are Alison and Pete Gump of Hooper Bay. He joins his brothers Skyler, Javen and...

Fish Camp 1959

Fish hang to dry in the summer of 1959 at a camp upriver from Pilot...

Salmon find home in deep blue maze of ocean

On a remote Southwest cape of Kodiak Island in 2013, the skipper of a commercial tender buying salmon from fishermen near the mouth of the Ayakulik River noticed something out of the ordinary. On one of the thousands of fish he sees in a season, a...

Weather Permitting - July 17, 2014

It's been a mixed week of rain, clouds and sunshine. More of the same is in store with temperatures remaining mile. With the days getting shorter later sunrises are in...