The school closed long ago. There is no city or tribal council. A proposed mine nearby could change all that. But what’s the risk?
A mine built Red Devil. It also left behind enough pollution to require a federal government clean up, and some people are still not supposed to eat the fish.
How do you you restart a city government? Red Devil residents are making phone calls to find out.
Delegates at the Association of Village Council Presidents’ annual convention overwhelmingly voted to withdraw a 2006 resolution supporting the Donlin Gold mine, then passed a separate resolution that opposes it.
It could one day help wean the community off diesel fuel.
The company that wants to build one of the world’s biggest gold mines is currently renovating a church in a small village on the Kuskokwim River. Why?
There haven’t been any public protests against the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since last summer. But one tribe broke the silence with a resolution opposing the mine this month.
A recent media report said that one in three rural Alaska villages lacked any kind of law enforcement. Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General William Barr visited the Y-K Delta to see the public safety crisis firsthand.
In Western Alaska, accelerating erosion is forcing villages like Quinhagak to consider moving.
The U.S. Attorney General’s security detail outnumbered the number of village public safety officers in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta — a region roughly the size of Oregon.