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Alaska Supreme Court upholds superior court ruling against ‘Save Our Salmon’ Initiative

In a ruling issued Friday, Alaska’s Supreme Court upheld the overturning of the ‘Save Our Salmon’ Initiative.

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July 20, 2015
Bristol Bay Sockeye: A Run on the Brink?

Bristol Bay Sockeye: A Run on the Brink?

Alaska’s largest sockeye fishery is predicted to have a near record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers.

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July 2, 2015
Bristol Bay Elder Hjalmar “Ofi” Olson Dies at 75

Bristol Bay Elder Hjalmar “Ofi” Olson Dies at 75

Bristol Bay elder Hjalmar E. “Ofi” Olson passed away at an Anchorage hospital at the age of 75. Olson was battling kidney failure, and his health was deteriorating in recent months. He was medevaced to Anchorage Sunday, and according to a family friend, was taken off dialysis mid-week. He succumbed late Wednesday or early Thursday, surrounded by family.

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July 2, 2015

Pebble FACA case against EPA to go forward

The Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the EPA, alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, will go forward. That’s according to a ruling Thursday by Anchorage federal court Judge H. Russel Holland.

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June 5, 2015

Court Allows Pebble v. EPA To Proceed

The Pebble Limited Partnership’s lawsuit against the EPA, alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, will go forward . That’s according to a ruling Thursday by federal court Judge H. Russel Holland. Holland denied the EPA’s motion to dismiss the case, which was argued last week in Anchorage court.

June 4, 2015

Supreme Court: DNR Wrongfully Issued Pebble Permits

Just a day after two federal lawsuits involving the Pebble mine were in the news, mine opponents Friday are hailing the Alaska Supreme Court’s decisions on two state cases. The justices unanimously overturned a 2011 ruling in a case that challenged whether the DNR permits issued for exploratory work at the Pebble site should’ve included some public notice.

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May 29, 2015
Earthquake rattles Southwest Alaska

Earthquake rattles Southwest Alaska

There were no tsunami warnings, but last night’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake northeast of the Chigniks rattled residents all over Southwest Alaska. The quake happened at 11 pm sharp.

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May 29, 2015
Katmai staff take closer look at F/V Northern Pride

Katmai staff take closer look at F/V Northern Pride

Staff from Katmai National Park and Preserve were on the scene of the wrecked fishing vessel Northern Pride Monday.

May 14, 2015
Bobby Andrew, leading voice in anti-Pebble fight, Dies At 73

Bobby Andrew, leading voice in anti-Pebble fight, Dies At 73

Bristol Bay elder Bobby Andrew, who has been a leading voice in the fight against Pebble Mine, passed away Tuesday in Aleknagik at the age of 73. State troopers say Andrew died of natural causes, and was found at his cabin on Lake Aleknagik Tuesday afternoon.

May 14, 2015
Budget Cuts Mean Less Lawyers, Trying Fewer Cases

Budget Cuts Mean Less Lawyers, Trying Fewer Cases

In an email Monday, the Department of Law told staff it is cutting 15 positions across the state to close a 6% budget gap.

May 5, 2015

Togiak Herring Meets Threshold, Fishing Opens

Alaska’s largest herring fishery opened Monday at 8 p.m., after Fish and Game staff documented a threshold biomass of herring around Togiak.

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April 28, 2015

Alaska Salmon Producers Seek To Rejoin MSC Certification

A group of ten of Alaska salmon producers, which represent nearly three quarters of the Alaska’s salmon harvest, are attempting to rejoin the Marine Stewardship Council label.

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April 14, 2015

Private Funding Allows Round Island To Remain Staffed, Open

Round Island, the centerpiece of Alaska’s Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary will remain staffed this summer and perhaps next, thanks to private funding. Last year, citing state budget cuts, Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation removed funding for the program, which costs around $100,000 annually.

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April 14, 2015
Police taped off the Cessna Drive residence Ella George, 55, was found dead in Saturday night, waiting on a warrant to enter the home and begin an investigation. DPD canvassed the neighborhood and conducted preliminary investigation until past 2:00 a.m. Sunday. State investigators arrived on an early Sunday morning flight and were at the scene mid-Sunday morning. (Photo by Dave Bendinger,KDLG - Dillingham)

Police Investigate Dillingham Woman’s Death

As of noon Sunday, Dillingham Police had not labeled the death of Ella S. George, 55, a homicide. She was found deceased by a family friend around 5 p.m. Saturday evening at her daughter April Olson’s home on Cessna Drive, across from the Dillingham Bible Fellowship church.

February 9, 2015
Driftnet vessels in the Dillingham Harbor waiting on another push of sockeye.
(Photo by Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham)

Dillingham Aims To Reimpose Raw Fish Tax

Dillingham will try again on the fish tax. The City Council voted last week to send an annexation petition forward to the Alaska Local Boundary Commission to annex the Nushagak River Commercial Fishing District. The annexation was adopted by a local vote in 2012 but overturned by a court ruling.

January 20, 2015

Officials Warn of Botulism Outbreak in Twin Hills

Health officials are warning of a botulism outbreak from a batch of seal oil produced recently in the Bristol Bay village of Twin Hills, near Togiak. A state investigation into the outbreak says more than 25 people may have consumed the seal oil, and they’re working quickly to track them down.

December 24, 2014

Togiak Clinic Remains Closed After Monday Night Burglary

The Togiak Health Clinic was damaged in an apparent burglary earlier this week, and two young men have been identified as the suspects. The only health clinic for the village of 900 residents remains shut down on account of the damages.

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December 17, 2014

BBAHC testing all expectant mothers for opioid use

A few weeks ago, police were called to the Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham when a woman six months pregnant and a mother who had just given birth that day were caught smoking an oxycodone pill in the bathroom of the maternity room. The disturbing incident highlighted just how severe the use of opioids like heroin and oxycodone has become in Bristol Bay. Now the hospital has made the testing for opioids routine for all pregnancies.

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November 24, 2014
Leroy B. Dick Jr. stood as the jury entered the courtroom to deliver a guilty verdict Tuesday evening in Dillingham.
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Jury Convicts Leroy Dick Jr. of First Degree Murder

The murder trial of Leroy B. Dick Jr., 44, concluded Tuesday evening when the jury delivered the verdict.

November 12, 2014

Trial Begins For Man Charged With Killing VPSO Thomas Madole

After a lengthy four days to select a jury, opening statements were made this morning in the murder trial of Leroy Dick Jr. at the courthouse in Dillingham.

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November 7, 2014