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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
Credit Carl Johnson

2013 Togiak Herring Closes After Near Record Season

As of 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, the 2013 Togiak commercial sac roe herring fishery has closed. Fishing through tough weather over the weekend, the gillnet fleet scraped by with a couple hundred tons landed each day, and on Monday the buyers announced they were done buying for the season.

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May 29, 2013
Dillingham Volunteer Monitors For Invasive Beetles

Dillingham Volunteer Monitors For Invasive Beetles

Some invasive species of bark beetles, if they make it to Alaska, could pose a serious threat to our trees and forests. In ten years of surveys, none have been detected, but state and federal forestry officials are coming to rely on volunteers to help monitor for them across the state. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports on one such volunteer who’s keeping an eye out the beetles around Dillingham.

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May 14, 2013
BBNC, Millrock Agree to Mineral Exploration on BBNC Land

BBNC, Millrock Agree to Mineral Exploration on BBNC Land

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation and the mineral exploration company Millrock Resources made an agreement to explore for gold, copper, and molybdenum prospects on BBNC land near the Chigniks.

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May 10, 2013

Oxycodone Pills Seized at Anchorage Airport

State narcotics officials say unsuspecting travelers are being used as drug mules to carry illegal pills to rural Alaska. Earlier this month, authorities intercepted a package of oxycodone pills at the Anchorage airport. They were inside a bag a traveler agreed to take to Dillingham for another woman.

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April 17, 2013
Leroy B. Dick, Jr., tells judge "To be honest, I could say I'm guilty of the crime." Wednesday morning, 10am, Dillingham Courthouse. Photo by Larry Phares, KDLG - Dillingham.

CONFESSED: Leroy Dick Tells Judge He Killed VPSO Madole

At a first felony appearance before the magistrate at the Dillingham courthouse Wednesday morning, Leroy B. Dick, Jr, 42, of Manokotak, initially refused legal counsel, telling the judge: “To be honest, I could say I’m guilty of the crime.”

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March 20, 2013
VPSO Thomas Madole Killed in Manokotak

VPSO Thomas Madole Killed in Manokotak

A Village Public Safety Officer has been shot and killed in the community of Manokotak, about 25 miles southwest of Dillingham. VPSO Thomas O. Madole, 54, is dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The Alaska State Troopers arrested Leroy B. Dick, Jr., 42, of Manokotak. Dick is being held at the Dillingham jail, facing charges of murder in the first degree.

March 20, 2013
Dillingham Couple Builds World’s Most Air-Tight Home

Dillingham Couple Builds World’s Most Air-Tight Home

On Wednesday, March 6, Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson of Dillingham had their home on Gauthier Way tested for air tightness. A conventional blower door test was used, which is common practice for energy audits. But Wednesday’s was no ordinary test; it was actually an attempt to secure an official world record for “Tightest Residential Building.”

March 13, 2013
Feds Begin Investigation of Dillingham-Area Plane Crash

Feds Begin Investigation of Dillingham-Area Plane Crash

Over the weekend, federal investigators were at the crash site of the ACE Air Cargo plane that went down in the Muklung Hills Friday morning, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

March 12, 2013
Volunteers getting ready at the Dillingham Vol. Fire Deptartment. Credit Jason Sear.

Plane Crashes Near Dillingham

A plane crashed Friday morning in the Muklung Hills, roughly 20 miles northeast of Dillingham, but by 6pm Friday, authorities had not been able to reach the crash site.

March 8, 2013
Photo by Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

Dillingham Couple Attempts To Set World Record

A Dillingham couple attempted to set a new world record yesterday. They believe they have built the most air-tight house on the planet. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger stopped by as they prepared to test that theory.

March 7, 2013

EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Goes Back To The Drawing Board

The EPA has taken their Bristol Bay watershed assessment back to the drawing board for revisions. When finished, the assessment could become a basis for the EPA to veto the proposed Pebble mine, but a final version of the controversial study now won’t likely be completed until the end of the year.

February 6, 2013

Charges Against Former BBNC Board Member Dropped

The State of Alaska’s sexual assault case against former-Bristol Bay Native Corporation Board Member Sergie Chukwak has been dismissed.

January 30, 2013
Dillingham Students Embrace Automotive Class

Dillingham Students Embrace Automotive Class

One thing teachers and parents hope to see from their students is motivation, to show a little enthusiasm daily about learning something new, to embrace a challenge, to make productive use of their time in school each day. In the Automotive Class at Dillingham High School, students undertake routine maintenance on vehicles for free, if owners provide the parts and materials. The students are not only becoming pretty good at what they do, they’re also excited about it doing it. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger noticed the students’ motivation when he dropped his truck off for some maintenance.

January 7, 2013