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XtraTuf Says Its Boots Are Better

XtraTuf Says Its Boots Are Better

Popular footwear brand XtraTuf is on a mission to prove to their disappointed loyal customers that the iconic boots are not just “Sort-of-Tough.” Two years ago, parent-company Honeywell transferred production of XtraTuf from Illinois, to a factory in China, and the product that rolled off the line was nowhere near what Alaskans had come to expect. XtraTuf says the quality is back and they want to replace any pairs purchased that didn’t hold up, no questions asked.

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December 10, 2013
Bristol Bay Fishermen File Suit Over Lone Star Sinking

Bristol Bay Fishermen File Suit Over Lone Star Sinking

A group of Bristol Bay fishermen have filed suit against Trident Seafoods, Magone Marine Services, and the owner and operator of the vessel Lone Star, which sank in the Igushik River during the middle of this past year’s salmon fishery. The resulting oil spill shut down the fishery, costing most Igushik Beach set netters their season. They say they have still not been paid for their lost income for the season.

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December 9, 2013
Daniel Gonzales, 22, had been a Togiak Village Police Officer for less than two weeks before he allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old girl in his patrol vehicle. Gonzales was arraigned Saturday on second degree sexual abuse of a minor, a class B felony charge. Bail was set at $10,000. Photo courtesy of the Dillingham Police Department.

Togiak Police Officer Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

A recently hired Togiak village police officer is under arrest for the sexual abuse of a minor. Authorities say Daniel Gonzales, 22, admitted that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl in the front seat of his patrol vehicle on Oct. 21.

November 5, 2013

DNR’s Forestry Arranging Land for Wood Cutting

In June, the Choggiung Limited board of directors voted to restrict wood cutting on the corporation’s lands to shareholders only. The board further decided that harvest would be for personal use only, denying others the chance to buy cut wood from a Choggiung shareholder.

October 24, 2013

Dillingham Assistant Wrestling Coach Arrested For Having Sexual Relations With Student

A 23-year old assistant wrestling coach and part time substitute teacher at Dillingham High School has been arrested for engaging in sexual relations with a 15-year old female student.

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October 21, 2013
Lone Star Expected In Unalaska On Saturday

Lone Star Expected In Unalaska On Saturday

The 78-foot fishing vessel Lone Star, which had been operating as a salmon tender in the Igushik River before it sank on June 30, is finally on its way out of Bristol Bay. It’s been under tow since Wednesday, and is expected in Dutch Harbor on Saturday.

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October 18, 2013

PenAir Adding Baggage Fees

Come November, gone will be the days of the three free totes filled with goodies from Anchorage. PenAir, which for most of the year serves as the only commercial airline between Anchorage and several rural hubs in southwest Alaska, has announced new fees on baggage.

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October 18, 2013
Photo by Alison Eskelin,  DNR.

AK: Float

At 1.6 million acres, the Wood Tikchik State Park is the largest of its kind in the United States. With no road or trails, the park remains a quiet preserve for the fish and wildlife it was created to protect.

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October 11, 2013

Revamped GED Test Coming In January

The General Education Development test, better known as the GED, is the standard high school equivalency exam. This January, the test will be updated –made more rigorous according to the test developers. But with the update comes a deadline: those currently working toward a GED need to finish before Dec. 31 or they’ll have to start over next year.

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October 10, 2013

Anglo American Pulls Out Of Pebble Partnership

International mining giant Anglo American announced Monday in London that it is pulling out of the Pebble Partnership. Anglo will book a $300 million loss and leave the project in the hands of Northern Dynasty.

September 16, 2013

Pilot, Researchers Stranded Near Mt. Mageik

A helicopter, its pilot, and two researchers are still stuck near the top of 7,100-foot Mount Mageik in Katmai National Park and Preserve. They’ve been there since Wednesday evening.

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September 6, 2013

Dillingham Meth, Heroin Bust Has Authorities Worried

Meth hasn’t been a common narcotic on Dillingham streets. Its appearance last week has the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team concerned that the drug problem is getting worse.

September 2, 2013

AVCP Requests Mulchatna Caribou Hunting Restrictions

A request by the Bethel-based Association of Village Council Presidents would see hunting of Mulchatna Caribou in Bristol Bay and the Kuskokwim closed to all but federally-qualified users living in those areas from now until July 1 of next year.

July 29, 2013

Attorney General Pulls Back On Plea Agreements

Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pulling back on state prosecutors’ ability to enter into plea agreements in some of the most serious criminal cases.

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July 23, 2013
Lone Star is now completely submerged in the Igushik River, marked by buoys. Photo by Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham.

Progess In Plugging Lone Star Leaks, No Sheen Seen Tuesday

Port side vents reported plugged; now divers are turning their attention to the Lone Star’s starboard side, currently buried in the mud. There was no fuel sheen spotted around the Lone Star during Tuesday’s overflight by federal and state officials. Divers are working to seal fuel vents on the starboard side which is buried in the mud. Despite the progress, the fishery remains closed.

July 10, 2013
Photo by Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

Igushik Fishery Remains Closed

In another, earlier tender grounding in Southwest Alaska, Magone Marine divers contracted by the US Coast Guard have been working to seal off fuel vents on the tender Lone Star, which sank near the mouth of the Igushik River in Bristol Bay a week ago Sunday.

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July 8, 2013
Oil Sheen From Sunken Tender Closes Igushik River Fishery Again

Oil Sheen From Sunken Tender Closes Igushik River Fishery Again

Bristol Bay fishermen at the mouth of the Igushik River were shut down again this afternoon, following reports of oil in their nets. An aerial survey flown earlier today observed a mile and a half long sheen of oil coming from the sunken tender Lone Star.

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July 5, 2013

Igushik Fishermen Told to Pull in Nets After Tender Goes Down

After the 78’ tender Lonestar went down Sunday morning, fishermen at the mouth of the Igushik River were told to pull in their nets. Igushik fishermen are predominantly from the village of Manokotak. The three-week season provides the sole income for many of them and the closure came just as the fishing was getting good.

July 4, 2013
Igushik River Sockeye Fishery Reopens After ‘Lone Star’ Sinking

Igushik River Sockeye Fishery Reopens After ‘Lone Star’ Sinking

The sinking of the tender “Lone Star”  in the mouth of the Igushik River could not have happened at a worse time to close a fishery due to a fuel spill.  It was right at the peak of the Sockeye Salmon run. The fishery was closed and then opened again.

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July 3, 2013

Chignik Lagoon Hopes To Break Ground On Hydro Project

The village of Chignik Lagoon on the Alaska Peninsula, with a year round population of around 70, hopes to break ground this season on a small, long-awaited hydroelectric project. For a price tag of about 2.5 million dollars, the simple system may produce as much power as the village typically needs. This is one of several alternative energy projects the Lake and Peninsula Borough has undertaken in an effort to lower costs and ease off of fossil fuels in its villages.

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June 18, 2013