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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 wait 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.
)Credit KDLG News)

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
Leroy B. Dick Jr. Murder Trial Next Week in Dillingham

Leroy B. Dick Jr. Murder Trial Next Week in Dillingham

Leroy Blair Dick, Jr., now 44, is expected to be tried on a first degree murder charge before a jury of peers at the Dillingham courthouse next week. Pending further delay, jury selection will begin Monday, November 3.

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October 31, 2014

Pebble Files FOIA Lawsuit Against EPA

In October, the Pebble Limited Partnership filed its third lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, this time seeking documents Pebble alleges were not turned over through prior Freedom of Information Act requests. The EPA is moving forward to establish restrictions against water use in Bristol Bay which will likely prevent development of the Pebble deposit.

October 31, 2014

Rio Tinto Gives Up On Pebble Mine

Mining Giant Rio Tinto announced Monday it will divest its holdings with Northern Dynasty, the sole owner of the Pebble mine prospect in Bristol Bay. Rio Tinto held 19 percent of Northern Dynasty’s publicly traded shares. But the company is not selling those shares. Instead, it will split them evenly between two charitable organizations.

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April 7, 2014
Round Island walrus haulout. (Photo by USFWS)

Fish & Game Cancelling Staffed Program At Bristol Bay Walrus Islands Sanctuary

Back in 1960, seven uninhabited Bristol Bay islands south of Togiak were incorporated into the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary. As the name suggests, the sanctuary protects one of the largest terrestrial haulout sites of Pacific walruses in North America. The Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Division decided last week that it will terminate its Round Island Program, which staffs the sanctuary to monitor the marine mammals and host visitors.

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April 3, 2014

Judge Nixes ‘Save Our Salmon’ Initiative

Despite all the fuss over the Save Our Salmon Initiative that passed by a narrow vote of Lake and Peninsula Boro Voters in 2011, that law is now officially null and void. That’s on account of a ruling from Superior Court Judge John Suddock on Wednesday, following a three-year long lawsuit brought by Pebble and the State of Alaska.

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March 20, 2014

DNR’s Parks Move Wood Tikchik Under Chugach Supervision

The state’s division of parks and recreation has reorganized the management structure of two of its largest parks. As part of the re-shuffling, one of Wood Tikchik’s two park rangers will be reassigned to Chugach later this year.

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March 18, 2014

Pebble Opponents, Proponents React To EPA Decision

The EPA’s announcement today was directly targeted at the Pebble Mine. The developers of that project are understandably not pleased with what they say is a gross overreach of federal authority which should be concerning to all Alaskans.

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February 28, 2014

Bristol Bay Forever Initiative Survives Challenge in Court

The Bristol Bay Forever Initiative, which seeks to add a layer of legislative approval to any future hard rock mining within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve, has survived a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. Backers expect the initiative to still be on the primary ballot this August.

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February 27, 2014
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Dept. of Corrections Confirms Inadvertent Recording of Attorney-Client Calls

At a hearing last week in Dillingham, a public defense attorney mentioned to the judge that he had been cautioned by his agency about discussing confidential matters with clients in custody at state correctional facilities. The agency had learned that the state’s Department of Corrections was either monitoring or recording phone calls between inmates and their attorneys, a practice that defies the attorney-client privilege.

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February 3, 2014

Prosecutors Dismiss Case Against Former Dillingham High School Assistant Wrestling Coach

State prosecutors today dismissed the case against a former Dillingham High School assistant wrestling coach who had been accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old female student.

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January 31, 2014