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NPS Finishes Katmai Trophy Grizzly Hunting Study

The National Park Service recently finished a study on the impact of trophy grizzly hunting in Katmai Preserve. By Park service estimates, the harvest numbers are not affecting population, or conflicting with other park uses, but some conservation groups and the bear viewing industry are not so sure that’s accurate. Before renewing 10-year contracts for sport hunting guides, the NPS would like the public to weigh in.

August 6, 2012

Pen Air Dropping Air Taxi Services

Pen Air has been operating air taxi services around rural Alaska for more than 55 years. In June, they ended their air taxi services out of Dillingham, and yesterday announced that all remaining air taxi routes will soon be cancelled as well.

August 2, 2012

New Webcam Streams Video Of Katmai Bears

At midnight last night, Katmai National Park and Preserve switched on newly installed webcams around Brooks Camps. And by early afternoon, viewers from all over the world were tuned in to a live-feed of the park’s famous grizzlies over the internet.

July 24, 2012

King Salmon Man Arrested For Cold Case Murder

A King Salmon man is in police custody for a murder case that is nearly three decades old. Authorities believe they will finally close a cold-case that’s haunted a community.

July 9, 2012

Researchers Find Surprising Plastic Pollution Levels In Pacific Northwest

Researchers in British Columbia using migratory sea birds from Alaska have found surprising levels of plastic pollution off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

July 6, 2012

Alaska Sending Fire Crews To Help Fight Lower 48 Blazes

A slightly slower start to the fire season in Alaska has allowed the state to loan some of its fire crews to the Lower 48 for the time being. The Alaska Fire Service says five crews of Fire Fighters have gone to Wyoming.

July 2, 2012
Project Healing Waters, BBNC Sponsor Injured Veteran, Soldier Fishing Excursion

Project Healing Waters, BBNC Sponsor Injured Veteran, Soldier Fishing Excursion

Project Healing Waters and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation sponsored eight recovering veterans and injured service personnel for a week of fishing at the Mission Lodge on Lake Aleknagik. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger was along as they fished for king salmon on the Nushagak River.

June 25, 2012

Divers Unable to Find Lost Bag of PCB-Contaminated Dirt

An 11,000 pound bag of PCB contaminated dirt fell into the waters off the Dillingham city dock last November. Alaska Logistics decided to wait until spring break up to remove that bag, known as a super sack. But salvage divers working yesterday weren’t able to find the bag.

June 7, 2012

Documentary Series Combats Obesity Problem

The Alaska Health Department is using a new four-part HBO documentary on obesity to draw attention to its effort to combat the problem.

May 23, 2012
Members of the media walking to an exploratory drill rig. Photo by Jason Sear, KDLG - Dillingham

EPA Releases Bristol Bay Assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft document intended to inform their decision making process in regards to large mining projects in the Bristol Bay region.

May 18, 2012

Naknek Residents Take On Logistical Recycling Endeavor

Recycling in rural Alaska can be an expensive logistical endeavor. And as recyclable material makes its way to local landfills, some electronics can threaten groundwater supplies. As part of our ongoing series on recycling across the state, KDLG’s Dave Bendinger looks at one Naknek resident’s effort to establish an economically viable means to recycle electronics in Bristol Bay.

May 16, 2012

EPA Prepares To Make Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Public

The next chapter in the controversial Pebble mine debate is right around the corner as the EPA prepares to make public the draft version of its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger looked at differing views on what effect this Assessment might have.

May 9, 2012

Rescued Sea Otter Pup Finds Home In Pittsburgh Zoo

Residents of Port Heiden rescued a stranded sea otter pup last month and turned him over to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. He was rehabilitated there for several weeks, and now has found a permanent home at the Pittsburgh Zoo in Pennsylvania.

April 27, 2012

Scientists Start Ice Seal Survey

A Joint Effort by scientists from the US and Russia to estimate the abundance of ice-seals in the Bering Sea kicked off this week. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger caught up with the team at Dillingham Airport, and has the story.

April 13, 2012