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Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai. (Department of Corrections photo)

Assault at Wildwood Correctional Center leaves Dillingham man hospitalized

A fight between inmates at the Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai has left a Dillingham man hospitalized in Anchorage. KDLG News has learned that Vaughn Clark, who was sentenced last December to four years in jail on drug dealing charges, was one of two involved and was medevaced with serious injuries Tuesday night.
February 11, 2016
3 Togiak men die in boating accident after successful hunt

3 Togiak men die in boating accident after successful hunt

Families were gathered to mourn Sunday in Togiak after the bodies of three men lost in a boating accident had been recovered from beaches near the village. Download Audio
February 1, 2016

Kokhanok Boy, 5, dies in accidental shooting

State troopers now say that a 5-year-old Kokhanok boy was accidentally shot Saturday by an 11 year old boy who had gotten hold of a .22 caliber rifle. The two were apparently in the same home playing video games at the time.
January 25, 2016
Troopers investigating accidental shooting death of 5-year-old

Troopers investigating accidental shooting death of 5-year-old

State troopers have concluded an on scene investigation but still have not released details as to what led to a young boy's shooting death in Kokhanok over the weekend. Kokhanok is a village of about 160 people on the south shore of Iliamna Lake.
January 25, 2016
Confidential Informant heroin buy leads to another Dillingham arrest

Confidential Informant heroin buy leads to another Dillingham arrest

Police allege that Chelsea Sam, 22, sold a dose of black tar heroin to a confidential informant three days before Christmas. At her arraignment on a felony charge of second degree misconduct involving a controlled substance Thursday, Chief Dan Pasquariello was asked to testify about the substance police recovered.
January 15, 2016
Report: EPA fair in regulating Pebble

Report: EPA fair in regulating Pebble

A report released Wednesday by the EPA's Inspector General found the agency's work in Bristol Bay regulating the development of proposed mines like Pebble has been unbiased and done without a predetermined outcome. Download Audio
January 13, 2016
Dillingham drug bust nets $19K cash, 12.5g heroin

Dillingham drug bust nets $19K cash, 12.5g heroin

The Dillingham Police Department seized 12.5 grams of heroin and $19,000 cash in a drug bust in the Nerka subdivision Saturday night. The alleged dealer is Joshua G. Rivera, 37, from Anchorage, who is being held on two felony charges and $50,000 bail. Download Audio
January 11, 2016

Colorado guide charged with game waste violations

Following more than a yearlong investigation, state wildlife troopers have charged a Colorado man with eight counts of "unlawful acts while acting as a big game guide" in Alaska, specifically in GMU 19. That hunting area stretches from Kalskag, past McGrath, to the border of Denali National Park and Preserve. Download Audio
December 28, 2015

Law Dept. insists Fairbanks Four not ‘exonerated’

The state's Department of Law maintains the Fairbanks Four were not exonerated in the settlement, or completely cleared of blame. Download Audio
December 18, 2015
Bethel dominates wrestling regionals; Dozens of athletes earn trip to state

Bethel dominates wrestling regionals; Dozens of athletes earn trip to state

In a long day of wrestling that went almost till midnight last Friday, dozens of Western Alaska wrestlers earned a chance to go to the state tournament in Anchorage.
December 18, 2015
Dillingham DA office to close next year amidst Dept. of Law cuts

Dillingham DA office to close next year amidst Dept. of Law cuts

Alaska’s Department of Law will close the Dillingham district attorney’s office at the end of this fiscal year, according to a budget plan submitted this week. It’s unclear if the one attorney and one paralegal positions will be cut or relocated.
December 11, 2015

Judge tosses Pebble subpoenas for some individuals, groups

A federal judge in Anchorage has quashed some subpoenas issued to opponents of the Pebble mine. In a 14-page ruling issued Wednesday, Judge H. Russel Holland said Pebble was "pushing the envelope" as it seeks information from third parties about EPA's efforts to preemptively block development of the proposed mine. Download Audio
November 18, 2015
Aleknagik celebrates new 440-ft bridge over the Wood River

Aleknagik celebrates new 440-ft bridge over the Wood River

The Aleknagik Wood River Bridge is complete and was officially opened at a ceremony Tuesday. The long-awaited bridge connects the North Shore residents of Aleknagik with the South Shore, and the 20-mile road to Dillingham. Download Audio
October 14, 2015

Court subpoenas emails of Pebble opponents

The Pebble mine is back in the news this week. Dozens of Pebble opponents were issued subpoenas as part of a lawsuit in federal court. That lawsuit alleges EPA was coordinating improperly with some of the mine’s opponents, and is now in the discovery phase. Download Audio
October 6, 2015

NTSB release preliminary report on deadly Iliamna crash

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Friday on the September 15th crash of a turbine Otter float plane in Iliamna. The accident killed three and wounded seven onboard. The plane was owned and operated by the Rainbow King Lodge. It left before dawn to take clients and guides to a day of fishing on a river northwest of Kodiak.
September 25, 2015
3 victims ID'd in Illiamna floatplane crash; 7 others survive

3 victims ID’d in Illiamna floatplane crash; 7 others survive

A Dehavilland Otter crashed after takeoff from a lake in Iliamna on Tuesday morning, killing three clients from a sport fishing lodge. The pilot and six others onboard were injured but survived. Download Audio
September 15, 2015
3 killed in floatplane crash in Iliamna

3 killed in floatplane crash in Iliamna

A Dehavilland Otter float plane taking off from East Wind Lake in Iliamna on Tuesday morning, and at three on board are confirmed dead. The Otter was operated by the Rainbow King Lodge and took off from the lake on floats with a total of 10 on board.
September 15, 2015

Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency's proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. But, no one seems to know where Phillip North or nearly a decade of his official emails are at.
September 1, 2015

Judge grants Pebble request to subpoena former EPA official

A federal judge in Anchorage has ordered a former EPA official to appear in a case involving whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly in the lead up the agency’s proposed restrictions against the Pebble Mine. Phillip North's emails were reportedly destroyed, and he has apparently left the country.
September 1, 2015
Video: Great Pyrenees prove their mettle against a Dillingham brown bear

Video: Great Pyrenees prove their mettle against a Dillingham brown bear

The Fox family on Aspen Drive in Dillingham had an unwelcome visitor one evening this week. Annie Fox filmed as their 2-year-old Great Pyrenees held their ground. Since Annie's mom Starla posted the video to the facebook page of the Kansas breeder they bought the dogs from, it's been viewed by tens of thousands of people, many of them great pyrenees owners.
August 14, 2015