Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham


EPA settles with Pebble, clears permitting path for mine

The EPA has announced a new process that could let the Pebble Partnership develop a controversial mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, if its permits are granted. Listen now
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After large haul, Togiak herring fleet closes in on quota

After a big haul Thursday, the Togiak herring purse seine fleet is closing in quickly on its quota. As of this morning's tally, the fleet had about 2,800 tons left to fish. Tim Sands is the area management biologist with the Department of Fish and Game. Listen now

State troopers leading efforts to recover pilot from crash site south of Chigniks

Authorities have shifted into recovery operations for a pilot killed south of the Chigniks on Monday. Gabriele Cianetti, 54, was the only occupant in a Grant Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan that crashed into a mountain on its way to Perryville. Listen now

New assistant district attorney taking the reins at Dillingham office

Dillingham’s new assistant district attorney is in town this week as part of a transition to take over the caseload. His arrival comes after a two year fight to keep the local DA’s office open and staffed with a prosecutor in town.

New stipulations, shorter time period, for Pebble’s state land use permit

After months of delay, the Pebble Limited Partnership was granted its land use permit by the state’s Department of Natural Resources Tuesday. But taking into account the concerns raised through a public comment period, DNR is adding more oversight to Pebble’s activities and adding some new stipulations to the permit. Listen now

Naknek Electric sues former manager for $1 million over embezzlement allegations

The Naknek Electric Association has filed a lawsuit against its former longtime manager Donna Vukich, seeking $1 million in damages. NEA alleges Vukich used the company credit card for personal expenses going back more than a decade, and says she is no longer cooperating to pay back the embezzled funds. Listen now

Names of troopers and K-9 involved in weekend shooting revealed

Authorities have identified the troopers involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect Sunday outside of Wasilla. Listen now

House Science to EPA: drop Pebble Mine veto

In a letter Wednesday to new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the chairman of the House Science Committee asked that the agency rescind its 2014 veto of the Pebble Mine. EPA proposed the preemptive Clean Water Act restrictions based on findings from its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, and did so with the support of many area tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups. Listen now

Northern Dynasty rebuts Kerrisdale attack, warns of action to protect investors

Northern Dynasty Minerals issued a response Friday (Feb. 17) to a New York hedge fund’s claims that the Pebble project is over-hyped and overvalued. That report drove Northern’s share prices tumbling quickly, but the Vancouver-based mineral exploration company said they are the target of an aggressive activist short selling attempt based on "unsupported speculation." Listen now

New York hedge fund slams Northern Dynasty, Pebble Mine in investor report

“Worthless” is how a New York hedge fund labeled the value of Northern Dynasty stock in a report issued Tuesday. Northern Dynasty is the Vancouver-based company behind the proposed Pebble Mine, which Kerrisdale said is a project that will never be commercially or politically viable. Listen now
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Egegik man sentenced for intent to distribute meth

A young man from the Bristol Bay community of Egegik has been given a 20-month jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than three pounds of methamphetamine. Listen now

Kokhanok teenager killed in ATV crash Thursday

Village grieving loss of Alex Nielsen, 17, who was killed after ATV struck a snow bank on Iliamna Lake. In a tragic coincidence, his father Niel was killed 11 years ago on the same day, January 19, 2006, in an ATV accident outside of Kokhanok. Listen now

Pilot, passenger on downed aircraft near Pilot Point evaced Monday night

Both the pilot and passenger of a Van Air plane crash survived, and they were successfully rescue by Coast Guard and transported for medical care Monday night. Listen now

HIV cluster hits Bristol Bay village

Five cases of HIV in one Bristol Bay area village have been reported to health officials. The small outbreak, or cluster, began with one individual case reported in February of 2016. Two more were reported in October and November, and two additional people tested positive as officials began investigating. Listen now
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Alaska delegation looks to build road from King Cove to Cold Bay

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation that would authorize construction of the single lane, non-commercial, gravel road between King Cove and the all-weather airstrip in Cold Bay. Listen now

State delays renewal of Pebble land use permit

Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources has delayed renewing a two-year land use permit for the Pebble Limited Partnership to give state regulators more time to review an “extensive” number of public comments. Listen Now

Lake Clark search-and-recovery for missing plane stalled by ice fog

Boat operations have been suspended and aircraft grounded by bad weather with no more signs of a single-engine plane presumed to have crashed in southwest Alaska. Listen Now

Search continues for missing Port Alsworth plane

A second day of search efforts are underway for a plane that went missing between Port Alsworth and Anchorage Wednesday. Four people from Port Alsworth were onboard. Listen Now

Lake Clark plane crash victim found

After six days, the body of missing pilot David McRae and his plane have finally been found in Lake Clark National Park. Lieutenant Colonel Candis Olsmstead directs public affairs for the Alaska National Guard said weather cleared enough today to get close to the area. The Civil Air Patrol helped with the search and ultimately found the site. Listen Now

Trash proving costly to burn at Dillingham landfill

The incinerator at the Dillingham landfill has been clean-burning trash for a little over a year now. While it’s doing a good job of cutting down the volume of material that gets buried in limited cell space, it’s not proving as cost efficient to operate as hoped.