The water has since receded, and the National Weather Service has ended its flood warning for the Kuskokwim River.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta once led the nation in COVID-19 case rates. In a startling reversal, cases are dropping and the region is now helping lead the nation in vaccinations.
Red Devil can’t get funding together to pump its tanks or to dig a lagoon because it doesn’t have any entities to act as recipients on the community’s behalf. It had a tribal council running intermittently since the 1970s, but the council stopped operating more than a decade ago.
The Kuskokwim River has largely cleared itself of in-place ice, greatly reducing the chances of flooding along the river, according to the National Weather Service.
The ice road on the frozen Kuskokwim River is longer than most traditional highways in Alaska. It allows for snowmachine and vehicle traffic in a region that otherwise relies on unpredictable airplane travel in the winter.
The Red Devil mercury mine permanently closed in 1971 after the price of ore fell and the owners walked away, leaving it up to the state and federal governments to clean up the site.
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.
Donlin Gold wants to build one of the biggest gold mines in the world in the Y-K Delta. The company promises to employ hundreds of local people to build and operate it.