Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham
Mike Mason is a reporter at KDLG in Dillingham.
A member of the U.S. Senate is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate one of the companies looking at developing a massive gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.
The weather cleared up Saturday in the Bristol Bay region allowing the Alaska National Guard to recover the bodies of the pilot and copilot that were killed in Friday’s cargo plane crash north of Dillingham.
The State of Alaska has a problem with derelict vessels and lawmakers in Juneau are looking at how to address it. Municipalities would be given greater authority to deal with derelict and abandoned vessels under a bill introduced by Homer representative Paul Seaton. Seaton introduced HB131 on Wednesday.
Last year the rate of pertussis or “Whooping Cough” in Alaska reached epidemic proportions and it’s likely the epidemic is ongoing.
Early Wednesday morning a man from Togiak was found dead near the trail between Togiak and Manokotak. State Troopers had been alerted the night before that Douglas Gamechuk, 43, was overdue. His snowmachine was found out of gas about 35 miles west of Manokotak and searchers located his body 4 to 5 miles away from it.
Alaska bond rating has been upgraded to triple A by Fitch Ratings. Triple A is the highest rating available.
During December’s meeting the Alaska Board of Fisheries turned down an effort to make major changes to the allocation percentages for drifters and setnetters in Bristol Bay’s massive commercial sockeye fishery.
An Alaska based foundation is pledging millions of dollars over the next few years to support the arts in Alaska.
A huge commercial fishing vessel currently under construction has received an award that recognizes it’s unique and innovative design. The vessel has ties to the Bristol Bay region.
Another seafood processor is planning to operate in Bristol Bay.
Robin Samuelsen, a Native and civic leader in the Bristol Bay region has been named the “Person of the Year” by the Northwest Fisheries Association.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released a long awaited report that includes the latest Census data for the Alaska Native population.
Alaska is among the best run states in the U.S. A survey by 24/7 Wall Street, which is an online financial news and opinion journal, ranks Alaska as 6th place runner up after North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah and Iowa.
Fishery managers and stakeholders across the state are expressing concern about the lackluster king salmon runs this year in Alaska. But the third largest king run in the state appears healthy.
Nearly 98-percent of the vote is in and Bryce Edgmon from Dillingham has won another term in the Alaska House of Representatives. He will represent the newly redrawn District 36.
An effort is underway to close down the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery for the next three years.
The federal government is funding water quality projects in more than a dozen rural villages in Alaska.
Alaska continues to have high dropout and death rates for children and teens according to an annual report called the “Kids Count” Data Book.
A handful of scientists are participating in a review of the environmental baseline data put forward earlier this year by the Pebble Limited Partnership. That data and analysis will be used by the Partnership in making decisions about whether or not and how to develop the massive gold and copper deposit known as Pebble.
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that pitted several tribes in Bristol Bay against the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The settlement could impact the proposed Pebble Mine.