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Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

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

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
January 31, 2014

Young And Old Turn Out To ‘Bonfire for Bristol Bay’ Rally In Dillingham

The atmosphere was festive Tuesday night at the Dillingham boat harbor as dozens came to celebrate some recent successes in the fight against the Pebble Mine. Download Audio
January 22, 2014

Mixed Reaction to EPA Assessment

There was mixed reaction to the EPA’s release of its Bristol Bay watershed study. For the tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups who’ve lobbied the EPA to involve itself in the Pebble Mine debate, Wednesday’s announcement came as an reaffirmation of long-held beliefs: Listen Now
January 15, 2014

Alaska Air National Guard Finds Missing Snowmachiner

The Alaska Air National Guard was called to Bristol Bay Wednesday night to help look for an overdue snowmachiner from Koliganek. Download Audio
January 2, 2014
MAP Students Train For ETT

MAP Students Train For ETT

Students at Dillingham’s Alternative School had the opportunity to train for an Emergency Trauma Technician certification this month. An ETT can provide basic medical care in emergency situations, and graduates in years past have not only helped save lives in their communities, but have also gone on to further careers in the medical field. Download Audio
December 30, 2013
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
December 9, 2013
Togiak Police Officer Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
October 18, 2013
AK: Float

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
July 23, 2013