Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel
Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.
This week on AK: We go fishing. A group of four female soldiers spent a weekend last month on the Naknek river. The weather was gorgeous, the fish were biting, and the company was unmatched at the Project Healing Waters retreat. Through the program, the fishing community and veterans organizations hope to help injured veterans in their long recovery. KDLG’s Ben Matheson takes us out on the water.
A Fedex plane made an emergency landing at the King Salmon Airport today. The plane landed safely shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon. The airport heard a call from a Fed Ex MD- 11 needing to land at the nearest available airport.
A researcher in Bristol Bay is working to better understand the micro-nutrients that are essential for aquatic ecosystems. Salmon are well known to be a big source of the nutrients, but scientists are learning that a slightly less delicious organism plays a huge role in the health of salmon-producing streams and lakes.
It’s hoped that a change in the weather will calm down wildfires that have flared up in Southwestern Alaska. Two fires were ignited by lightning in the Nushagak drainage, west of Koliganek; and, for the second time this summer, a fire this summer is threatening Lime Village.
All of Alaska’s currently active volcanoes are hundreds of miles from the scientists responsible for warning us of potentially hazardous activity or the likelihood of ash clouds that disrupt air traffic. Satellite imagery and seismic sensors give researchers a look into what’s going on, but they depend heavily on citizen scientists for eyes and ears on the ground. The Alaska Volcano Observatory aims to improve the quality of ash forecasts through a new online tool.
One of the world’s biggest and most environmentally friendly cod long liners has begun its journey to Alaska. The 184-foot Northern Leader has left the shipyard, and after two weeks of work in Seattle, it should be fishing for cod in the Bering Sea in about a month.
A Kokhanok man has been indicted on charges of sexually assaulting an underage male family member. Following his arrest Tuesday, Edwin Zackar is now in custody in Anchorage on $30,000 bail.
The National Park Service is finalizing its strategy for future land acquisitions in and around Lake Clark National Park. The park’s first final Land Protection Plan should be finished in July.
Scientists are now able to monitor two remote volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula after equipment came back to life this spring.
Pavlof volcano continues to ground flights in Southwest Alaska. Pen Air put 6 flights on hold Tuesday due to an ash and steam cloud extending up to 20,000 feet.
Over the week-end in Dillingham, Governor Parnell used the occasion of the Rural Providers’ Conference to sign Senator Donny Olson’s bill to create the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council.
The Smithsonian is returning human remains to Shishmaref that were excavated over 80 years ago by a fur trader. The native villages of Gambell and Savoonga will receive 72 funerary objects that date to the great famine of the late 1870s.
Offshore gold miners near Nome will have to stay a half-mile from river mouths and keep a 300 foot distance from fishing nets this summer. DNR and Fish and Game have drafted new stipulations for the 130 mining permits in the works.
Ten men from Savoonga received federal citations today for allegedly violating the Marine Mammal protection act by selling raw ivory to non-natives.
Emergency work is underway to repair the Nome-Council highway after damage from last fall’s Bering Sea storm. Repairing the road is the biggest item in Governor Parnell’s $30 million disaster declaration, with a price tag of $24 million.
Residents of Diomede could soon have weekly helicopter service for the first time since 2009. The state’s recently passed operating budget includes 200 thousand dollars to match a federal subsidy through the Essential Air Service Program. The money still must be approved by the governor.
Thanks to attractive gold prices, a slow job market in the Lower 48, and a recent reality TV show, over 100 offshore miners will set up shop in Nome’s waters this summer. Recreational mining is regulated by the state, but the city of Nome is moving ahead with developing its own permitting and fee system.
Over 100 communities across Alaska will host Choose Respect marches and rallies against domestic violence and sexual assault today. It is the third year of Governor Parnell’s campaign. He has said his goal to eliminate the abuse within a decade, with an emphasis on personal responsibility and peer pressure.