The state granted Donlin Gold 12 water right permits after giving the public 15 days to comment. Some Y-K Delta residents claim that wasn’t enough time, especially with villages locked down to fight the pandemic.
Last month Kwethluk lost an elder — a man who had done everything from guarding his community in wartime to teaching youngsters how to fish and hunt and enjoy life.
A few days after Calista sent its letter to the school board, the district erased all mention of the proposed Donlin Gold mine.
On Friday night in Bethel, the Kuskokwim 300 celebrated its 40th annual sled dog race. Over four decades the race has attracted Alaska’s best mushers, while offering a growing purse and serving as a cornerstone of local mushing. The founders say they could not have predicted how well known and respected that the race would become, or the local champion it would shape.
Federal staff will again manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River after requests from tribes.