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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

‘Bristol Bay Forever’ Initiative Clears Lt. Governor’s Office

The “Bristol Bay Forever” citizen initiative cleared the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Thursday, which means the initiative’s sponsors can start collecting the necessary signatures to put the initiative on the ballot.

December 20, 2012

BBNC Board Member Resigns After Sexual Assault Charges

Facing sexual assault charges, Sergie Chukwak has resigned from the board of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, where he had served since 2010. BBNC Board Chair Joseph Chythlook, said in a written statement today that Chukwak’s decision to voluntarily resign will allow the Board to “focus on effectively serving” its shareholders.

November 30, 2012

Man Arrested In Dillingham On Outstanding Warrant

Derek Michael Stephens, 30, was arrested Friday afternoon in King Salmon on an outstanding warrant involving four counts of sexual exploitation of a child from the state of Idaho. Bristol Bay Borough Chief of Police Rodney Enevoldsen says authorities in Idaho made his department aware of the Warrant and the interest in Stephens in August, but until last week there had been no plans to extradite.

November 26, 2012

BBNC Board Member Charged With Sexual Assault

A board member for the Bristol Bay Native Corporation has been charged with sexually assaulting a female. 45 year old Sergie Chukwak, of Naknek, is accused of assaulting the woman on Nov. 5. This morning, he appeared before the magistrate in Dillingham telephonically from the courthouse in Naknek.

November 19, 2012

Report Peer Reviews EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

A report was released today on the peer review process of the EPA’s assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed. One of the central critiques offered by the panel of experts is that the draft document is lacking a clear purpose and objective. The input from the reviewers will be added towards a final version of the Assessment, which is intended to guide EPA’s decision making process about large-scale mineral developments in Bristol Bay.

November 9, 2012
Freezing Rain, Snow Quells Dillingham-Area Blaze

Freezing Rain, Snow Quells Dillingham-Area Blaze

A mix of freezing rain and several inches of snow is rarely good news. But for residents in the Dillingham area who’ve watched a large tundra fire continue to burn since last Friday, last night’s wintry mix came not a moment too soon.

November 8, 2012

Fire Burns Over 10 Miles Of Tundra Near Dillingham

Fueled by strong winds and dry tundra, an accidental fire is burning outside of Dillingham. The fire started Friday afternoon on the edge of the city and has quickly consumed more than ten miles of open tundra. Now the Forestry Division’s Fire Management Office in McGrath is coordinating resources to respond.

November 5, 2012

Plane Crashes on Tikchik Lake, Pilot Presumed Killed

A plane crash Sunday evening in the Wood Tikchik State Park north of Dillingham appears to have claimed the life of the pilot. A Grumman Widgeon piloted by 71-year-old Newt Ball crashed during a landing on Tikchik Lake at around 5:15 p.m. Ball was reportedly the only person on board, and is presumed to have died on impact.

October 8, 2012

Naknek Opens New Fitness Trail

Last week, the Bristol Bay community of Naknek celebrated the official opening of a new multi-use trail near the school, known as the “Sockeye Run Fitness Trail and Bike Path.” The trail is 5-years and some $200,000 in the making, and was completed thanks to the work of multiple agencies, countless volunteers, and one dedicated young girl with a vision.

October 2, 2012

Naknek Man Heading To U.S. Triathlon Championships

Triathlete Damien Hill from Naknek is heading to the US National Championships this weekend. The Hyvee 5150 Elite Cup Championship race will feature the world’s top triathathletes, including the medalists from the London Olympics.

August 31, 2012
Photo by Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham

AK: Summer Camp

Kids can learn to be an astronaut at Space Camp. For song and dance, maybe it’s off to Broadway camp. Fish science? For that, there’s no better place than Bristol Bay Salmon Camp. Nine high schoolers from around Alaska learned aquatic science skills as they studied the ecosystem of spawning salmon in Wood TikChik State Park recently.

August 10, 2012