Avery Lill, KDLG - Dillingham
University of Alaska campuses are bracing for change as the University system faces up to $22 million in cuts from the state. University administration are entertaining several different long-term options to reduce the costs, which they are calling Strategic Pathways. Some of the options would could have profound effects on higher education in rural Alaska. Listen now
The Bear Trail Lodge in King Salmon is now fully owned and operated by Nanci Morris Lyon and Heath Lyon. The couple has been guiding fishing trips in Bristol Bay for decades. Listen now
The Dillingham City School District started its annual statewide assessment in English language arts, math and science today. The testing window for schools around the state opened Monday and runs through April 28. This year schools are using PEAKS (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools). Listen now
Ekwok Natives Limited announced Friday that it is no longer intends to be a member of Nunamta Aulukestai, a non-profit association of ten Bristol Bay village corporations.
The House Fisheries Committee held a hearing Tuesday (Feb. 28), regarding a house joint resolution that opposes the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon. Listen now
Alaskan seafood remains free of detectable Fukushima-related radiation. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The department along with other state, federal, and international agencies has been testing Alaskan seafood since 2013. Listen now
This year’s flu season is off to a mild start, though there was an uptick of cases reported nationwide and in Alaska during the last two weeks of the year. Listen now
Matfie McCarr has been homeless since 2002, one of just a few in Dillingham who call the streets home. It's been his choice to live this way, he says, though he's not always proud of how he got here. Listen Now
In the search for cheap, renewable sources of energy to power rural Alaska, solar seems to have rarely gotten a look. But solar panel technology is constantly improving, and one small company set up an array in Naknek this year to prove it can work. Listen Now
NOAA Fisheries announced today that after review, they concluded the listing of Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted. Listen Now
No wind. No critters. No rain. Just the whir of machines and the smell of basil greet Kyle Belleque as he inspects his hydroponic garden. This Dillingham resident and lifelong rural Alaskan has been gardening for years, but this year is the first time he’s grown a garden in a containerized box. Listen Now
Alaska has 33,904 miles of coastline, more than the rest of the United States combined. For a long time, there has not been much information available to researchers or to the public about that shoreline and about the wildlife habitats that exist there. A new project gives people the ability to research and explore the coast from their computers. Listen Now
There’s no question—air taxis are indispensable to Alaskans who live off the road system, where planes connect people and goods like trucks and cars do in bigger cities. Some in the aviation industry are worried that Alaska will suffer from a pilot shortage in the coming years. But for Cade Schlagel, starting an air taxi business in his hometown of Dillingham this September, just a few years after graduating high school, was the natural thing to do.
It’s been five days since Anchorage pilot David McRae’s plane went down in Lake Clark National Park last Friday. With a window of slightly better weather this morning, the Alaska Air National Guard continued search efforts by helicopter and C-130. Listen Now
On the first of the year, the fees for Alaska sport fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses and tags will go up. It's the first time in 24 years that hunting license and tag fees have increased and the first time in a decade for sport fishing. Listen Now
In Boulder, Colorado, 17 restaurants are participating in Bristol Bay Sockeye Restaurant Week. The non-profit Chef’s Collaborative is hosting this event to celebrate and support American seafood and fishing communities.