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Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham

Mike Mason is a reporter at KDLG in Dillingham.

Fishermen Celebrate High Bristol Bay Sockeye Prices

The sockeye run to Bristol Bay is likely to be about 4-million fish short of the pre-season forecast. However, commercial fishermen across Bristol Bay are celebrating a huge price increase this season.

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July 17, 2013

No Sheen From Sunken Tender Lone Star Thursday, Fishery Remains Closed

An aerial survey flown Thursday morning reported no sheen in the water around the vessel. Members of the Unified Command responding to the Lone Star intend to fly another survey Friday. The Department of Fish and Game stated the commercial sockeye fishing in the Igushik District will remain closed until there have been several consecutive days of no visible sheen in the water.

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July 11, 2013
No activity on the Igushik Beach as the set net fishery remains closed. Photo by Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham.

Sunken Tender Lone Star Is Leaking Fuel, Fishery Closures Will Stay in Place

The sunken fishing tender in the Igushik River is apparently still leaking fuel and the commercial fishing closures in the area will stay in place for the time-being.

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July 11, 2013
Efforts To Boom Off Sunken Tender ‘Lone Star’ Are Unsuccessful

Efforts To Boom Off Sunken Tender ‘Lone Star’ Are Unsuccessful

Efforts to boom off the overturned fishing tender near the mouth of the Igushik River proved unsuccessful Monday night. The next plan of attack is to use divers to plug the vents on the vessel’s fuel tanks.

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July 2, 2013
Oil Sheen Spotted Leaking From Sunken Tender In Bristol Bay

Oil Sheen Spotted Leaking From Sunken Tender In Bristol Bay

A large response effort is underway to deal with a Trident Seafoods fishing tender that sank Sunday morning near the mouth of one of the major salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay.

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July 1, 2013

Tender ‘Lonestar’ Capsizes In Mouth Of Igushik River

A large vessel, used to transport sockeye salmon from the fishing grounds to a processing facility, has capsized in the mouth of one of the major salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay.

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July 1, 2013

An Unnamed Woman Becomes Sick with Botulism in Southwest Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services confirms that a woman from an unnamed Southwest Alaska village has been hospitalized with symptoms of botulism.

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June 14, 2013

The Veniaminof Volcano is Erupting

The Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula is apparently erupting. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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June 13, 2013

Cybercrimes Increase In Alaska And Nationwide

A new report from the FBI’s “Internet Crime Complaint Center” shows an increase in the number of cybercrimes in Alaska.

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May 17, 2013
EPA Releases ‘Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment,’ Opens Public Comment Period

EPA Releases ‘Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment,’ Opens Public Comment Period

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a revised assessment today on the Bristol Bay watershed. The report says building the Pebble Mine near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery could wipe out as many as 90 miles of streams and alter stream flows. EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran said the document generally affirms conclusions reached in the initial report last year.

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April 26, 2013

Silver Bay Seafoods To Enter Bristol Bay In 2014

A large seafood processing plant will be constructed this summer in Naknek and it’s expected to be processing herring and salmon by next year.

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April 19, 2013

Alaska Senate To Vote On Water Rights Bill

The Alaska Senate is scheduled to vote soon on a controversial piece of legislation that’s part of Governor Parnell’s effort to streamline the permitting process for developments on State land.

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April 10, 2013
Legislature Considers Bill On Derelict Vessels

Legislature Considers Bill On Derelict Vessels

A bill that would give cities and boroughs in Alaska the ability to deal with derelict and abandoned vessels is on the move in Juneau. On Friday House Bill 131 received a unanimous vote in the Alaska House.

April 8, 2013

New Research Shows Changes In Alaska’s Labor Force

New research shows some significant changes in the makeup of the labor force in Alaska. The research also sheds some light on who chooses to work.

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April 2, 2013

State Legislators Make Stand Against Genetically Engineered Salmon

The idea of allowing a genetically engineered salmon to be sold for human consumption has galvanized the Alaska Legislature to oppose the idea.

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March 29, 2013

Northern Dynasty Responds To Allegation Make By Senator Cantwell

Northern Dynasty Minerals has responded to the allegations made earlier this week by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell that the company was misleading federal officials. In a written statement issued Tuesday Northern Dynasty Minerals President and CEO claimed that Senator Cantwell’s concerns have no basis in fact.

March 19, 2013

Senator Cantwell Calls For SEC To Investigate Northern Dynasty Minerals

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.

March 18, 2013
Bodies Recovered From Cargo Plane Crash North of Dillingham

Bodies Recovered From Cargo Plane Crash North of Dillingham

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.

March 11, 2013

Legislation Proposed to Clean Up Derelict Vessels

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.

February 21, 2013

Alaska Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise

Last year the rate of pertussis or “Whooping Cough” in Alaska reached epidemic proportions and it’s likely the epidemic is ongoing.

January 31, 2013