Avery Lill, KDLG - Dillingham


State funding cuts to University of Alaska could deeply impact rural campuses

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

Longtime fishing guides and King Salmon residents buy Bear Trail Lodge

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

Dillingham and schools around Alaska roll out new PEAKS test

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

ADF&G warns long winter is making moose irritable

As moose cope with the rigors of winter, Alaska Department of Fish and Game warns that the animals are more likely to be aggressive. Listen now

Ekwok Natives Limited cuts ties with Nunamta Aulukestai

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.

House Fisheries Comittee holds hearing regarding genetically engineered salmon

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

Mushing, a tradition on the fritz in Bristol Bay

It’s been a few years since communities like Dillingham, New Stuyahok, Ekwok, or Koliganek have been able to host sled dog races, but a few mushers are working to keep alive a tradition that's declining in the region. Listen now

Fukushima radiation yet, and unlikely, to affect Alaska seafood

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

Several upticks mar a fairly mild Alaska flu season

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

King Cove continues push for road to Cold Bay

When Alaska Congressman Don Young was sworn in for his 23rd term in the House of Representatives Tuesday, he quickly introduced 38 pieces of legislation. Among them was a bill to build the King Cove road. Listen now

Homeless in Dillingham: one man’s tough life, lived on his terms

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

Naknek augments power supply with new solar array

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

Earthquake swarm in Port Heiden continues

Earthquakes have rattled through Port Heiden more often than usual this year. Michael West is the State Seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center. He took a look to compare this year’s quake numbers with other years. Listen Now

NOAA determines that Iliamna Lake harbor seals are not endangered

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 

Dillingham grocery store stocks local, hydroponic greens

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

New ShoreZone project grants access to Alaska coastal information

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

Fourth-generation pilot takes to the skies with new air taxi

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.

Search continues for downed pilot in Lake Clark National Park

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

Licenses for sport fishing, hunting and trapping to increase in price next year

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

Thousands enjoy Bristol Bay salmon in Colorado during Sockeye Restaurant Week

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.