Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham


A Puyallup, Wash. man is due in the U.S. District Court in Alaska on Thursday to face charges he defrauded several million dollars out of victims in Alaska, money he then gambled away. Floyd Jay Mann allegedly ran his elaborate scam for several years, and many or most of his victims are from Dillingham.

In the remote village of Ivanoff Bay on the Alaska Peninsula, one of the four residents went missing on August 30. 66-year-old Allen Kalmakoff walked off and couldn't be found.
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Last week in Togiak, two couples moved into their new HUD houses. They were the first in the state to take advantage of a down payment assistance program from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Listen now

This month in Quinahagak four people overdosed and one young woman died after using heroin that contained a large amount of fentanyl. Authorities say the heroin supply in other parts of Western Alaska is likely laced with the powerful, often deadly, added drug, and they’re putting the word out that things could soon get worse in the region. Listen now

Aleknagik Natives Ltd. board president Molly Chythlook confirmed Tuesday that Fred Nishimura had been fired as the business manager for the village corporation. Listen now
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There were no fatalities after a Dehavilland Beaver float plane crashed Monday afternoon on Mirror Lake south of Kokhanok [Iliamna Lake]. The Beaver had 6 passengers and 1 pilot onboard and was leaving the area after a day's fishing on Moraine Creek. Mitchell Gallo is a senior air safety investigator with the NTSB. Listen now

Nathan G. Wegner, 31, and Brandi N. Smith, 27, were found in possession of more than 23 grams of heroin and $6700 cash Thursday at Peterson Point, Naknek. Wegner escaped custody Friday, but was recaptured within the hour. Listen now
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State troopers reported the drowning death of two people from the Northwest community of Noorvik this week. Listen now

Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. Over 132 years of commercial effort, now more than two billion salmon have been harvested from the Bay’s waters. In fact, the two billionth salmon was landed sometime, by someone, on July 6, 2016. Listen now

A young man died Wednesday after being crushed between two barges in the Naknek River. Spencer Vaughn Brewer, 20, of Seattle was a deckhand with Naknek Barge Lines.

While geese may be getting out of hand on the North Slope, a new walrus haul out at Cape Greig in Bristol Bay could create some problems for the Bay's Ugashik and Egegik salmon fishing districts. But right now the Department of Fish and Game says they'll start the fishery business-as-usual. Download Audio

After more than a year on the market, Icicle Seafoods has a buyer: Canadian-based Cooke Aquaculture announced Monday it is purchasing Icicle whole to build its presence in US farmed salmon sector and gain a major foothold in Alaska’s wild fisheries. Download Audio

Pilots, nearby residents, and now the Fish and Wildlife Service say up to 2,000 walrus have been seen hauled out at Cape Grieg between Ugashik and Egegik. Download Audio

EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran testified in front of a House oversight committee Thursday. It was McLerran who decided to move forward with a Clean Water Act 404c determination in the Bristol Bay watershed, following an ecological risk assessment done by EPA. The House committee has been investigating whether or not that was fair to Pebble Mine and proper for EPA. Download Audio

The Togiak herring fishery is having a tough season. First the herring showed up and started spawning earlier than ever before, then the winds and weather proved uncooperative. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more on the ongoing effort to harvest roughly 29,000 tons in the state's largest herring fishery: Download Audio

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation announced plans to acquire Katmailand, Inc., a long running sport fishing and bear viewing operation in and around Katmai National Park. Download Audio
Coastline in Togiak, March 2015. (Photo courtesy of City of Togiak)

The Togiak herring fishery opened Sunday, the earliest date on record. The herring showed up unexpectedly last week and have already begun to spawn all over Bristol Bay's northern coast. As KDLG's Dave Bendinger reports, Fish and Game, processors, and the fleet got caught flatfooted and are hustling out to try and make a season. Download Audio
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Citing "known fact" of 26-year-old's importation of drugs and alcohol, tribal president Jimmy Coopchiak said unnamed man is "no longer welcome in this community." Download Audio

Retired EPA ecologist Phil North resurfaced in the US last month for deposition in a lawsuit filed by the Pebble Mine. Pebble alleges EPA broke Federal Advisory Committee Act rules when it developed the Bristol Bay watershed assessment, and says North was at the center of the effort. But whether Pebble found a silver bullet with EPA's once 'missing man' remains to be seen Download Audio

Former EPA official Phil North returned to the United States and is cooperating with a deposition in a lawsuit between the Pebble Partnership and the Environmental Protection Agency. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more: Download Audio