Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham

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Mike Mason is a reporter at KDLG in Dillingham.

One of the major barge companies that serves Western Alaska has been purchased by a major transportation company that serves Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Back in April Lynden, which is a family of freight transportation companies, agreed to buy Northland Services for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is now complete.

Pioneer Natural Resources is getting out of the Alaska market. Last week the company announced that it’s selling 100-percent of its Alaska subsidiary to Caelus Energy, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The price-tag is $550 million and the deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Three organizations that have come out in opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine – have formed a new group to lobby for permanent protections for the natural resources of the Bristol Bay region. Download Audio

The seismic activity at the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has decreased over the past week resulting in lowering the volcano alert level. The Alaska Volcano Observatory confirms that satellite observations show no evidence of eruptive activity.

A piece of equipment installed a few years ago near Dillingham has helped detect a small explosive event at the far away Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands. Download Audio

Salvagers have made progress recovering the sunken fishing tender Lone Star from the bottom of the Igushik River. The 78-foot vessel sank in a channel of the river on June 30. Download Audio

Also tomorrow, the National Weather Service is rolling out some significant changes to the marine weather forecasts. Download Audio

An effort is underway to allow Village Public Safety Officers in Alaska to carry guns. VPSO’s are currently precluded from being armed but the shooting death of a VPSO officer in the Bristol Bay region earlier this year has resulted in an effort to change the rules. Download Audio

The dual management structure that exists in Alaska to govern subsistence hunting and fishing was among the issues raised last week during a committee hearing in the U.S. Senate. Download Audio

The giant mining company Anglo American has pulled its support for the proposed Pebble Mine but the other company in the partnership pledges to continue moving the project toward permitting and development. Download Audio

The new plan to recover the sunken fishing tender Lone Star has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel has been sitting in the middle of one of the major sockeye salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay since late June.

The ongoing eruption of the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has increased in intensity in recent days and a weak ash plume is being produced. Download Audio

The eruption of the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula increased in severity Friday morning.

Political, business and tribal leaders from the Bristol Bay region welcomed the new EPA Administrator to Dillingham Tuesday. They called on the EPA to step in and stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. Listen Now

The 78-foot sunken fishing tender Lone Star is still stuck in the mud in the Igushik River as responders try and figure out a new way to recover the vessel. The vessel grounded on June 30th while taking fish from the local fishermen for processing by Trident Seafoods. Listen Now

The large all-tide dock in Dillingham has been partially reopened after been closed last Thursday due to damage. Download Audio

A major point of entry for goods and services into the western part of Bristol Bay has been closed until further notice. Download Audio

The work to get the fuel off the sunken tender Lone Star is nearly complete. The vessel has been leaking fuel into a salmon producing river in Bristol Bay for nearly a month. Download Audio

It’s been another year of low king salmon numbers to many of the major river systems in Alaska. However, one of the biggest king runs in the state is doing quite well. Download Audio

A 78-foot vessel used to move sockeye salmon from the fishing grounds to a processing facility is still leaking fuel into a pristine salmon producing river in Bristol Bay. Download Audio