Avery Lill, KDLG - Dillingham
Nutrition related health concerns plague the United States as a whole, and rural Alaska is no exception. People in village of Igiugig are aiming to improve their health this fall with a Native Foods Challenge. Listen now
Most students take classes in a second language during high school, but one Bristol Bay polyglot took it to another level. Jalen Konukpeok, an 18-year-old from New Stuyahok learned four languages fluently before graduating from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in May. Listen now
Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive. Listen now
When a school closes in rural Alaska, families who stay face tough choices. They can send their children away to school in another village or city, or they can home school their kids. Clark’s Point fought for a third option, to reopen their school. The school, which closed in 2012, will be back in session next week. Listen now
Ekwok Lodge hosted a substance use disorder recovery program last month. The vision was to teach subsistence skills as a part of the regimen. Listen now
A beluga whale was harvested Sunday evening near Dillingham. It was the whole hunting party’s first time to take a beluga. Listen now
For the second year in a row, people around Dillingham, Aleknagik and Wood-Tikchik State Park and the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge are reporting a massive outbreak of caterpillars. Listen now
Koliganek and New Stuyahok are still waiting on their first barge of the year. Heating fuel use for residents and businesses in New Stuyahok is limited. Listen now
On a trip to southwest Alaska, some tourists are willing to pay hefty prices for the chance to view large animals in pristine, natural habitat. For years, lodges and air taxis have flown visitors to Round and Hagemeister Islands and Capes Peirce, Newenham and Seniavin to see thousands of walruses resting on beaches. Listen now
At least four fishing vessels appear to have had major problems from Sunday night to Monday morning in Bristol Bay's Nushagak District. One, the fishing vessel N-11, capsized and sank after "deck-loading" a big catch of sockeye. Listen now
A USDA grant will fund the state coordinator position for the Farm to School program for two years. Getting more locally grown produce into Bristol Bay schools will be a primary focus. Listen now
As Bristol Bay’s population swells with seasonal workers, organizations opposed to mining in the area are redoubling their outreach efforts. Listen now
Belleque Family Farms began selling "shares of the harvest" last week, a weekly subscription to their hydroponic greens.
The Pebble Mine is contracting with AES to streamline its business relationships with village corporations around Iliamna Lake.
The smell of caribou maniaq roasted over the open fire, mixes with the sharp wood smoke. Annie Wilson, a short, commanding 70 year-old keeps up a steady stream of Yup’ik. With a chunk of raw caribou skewered onto a long stick, she narrates her actions in her first language. Her language apprentices echo the Yup’ik words and phrases, gleaning the meaning of new words by a mixture of explanation in Yup’ik and charades.
A Dillingham beekeeper is working with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to determine what it will take to help honeybees overwinter in the Bristol Bay community.
Rural Alaskan villages are not typically known for their recycling prowess. For communities off the road system, it can be a hassle not only to ship products in, but also to deal with junk when it has served its purpose. For the village of Igiugig, however, recycling is a priority. Listen now