Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham


The Bristol Bay Native Corporation announced plans to acquire Katmailand, Inc., a long running sport fishing and bear viewing operation in and around Katmai National Park. Download Audio
Coastline in Togiak, March 2015. (Photo courtesy of City of Togiak)

The Togiak herring fishery opened Sunday, the earliest date on record. The herring showed up unexpectedly last week and have already begun to spawn all over Bristol Bay's northern coast. As KDLG's Dave Bendinger reports, Fish and Game, processors, and the fleet got caught flatfooted and are hustling out to try and make a season. Download Audio
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Citing "known fact" of 26-year-old's importation of drugs and alcohol, tribal president Jimmy Coopchiak said unnamed man is "no longer welcome in this community." Download Audio

Retired EPA ecologist Phil North resurfaced in the US last month for deposition in a lawsuit filed by the Pebble Mine. Pebble alleges EPA broke Federal Advisory Committee Act rules when it developed the Bristol Bay watershed assessment, and says North was at the center of the effort. But whether Pebble found a silver bullet with EPA's once 'missing man' remains to be seen Download Audio

Former EPA official Phil North returned to the United States and is cooperating with a deposition in a lawsuit between the Pebble Partnership and the Environmental Protection Agency. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more: Download Audio

The state legislature may soon take a clear line of authority over designating Tier 3 or Outstanding Natural Resources Waters in Alaska, which is the highest level of protection for bodies of waters in the US. [Both the Koktuli and the Bristol Bay Watershed as a whole have been nominated in the past.] Governor Bill Walker says the consequences Tier 3 status are too far-reaching for a state agency to have control over. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more. Download Audio

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski chairs the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Tuesday, she used that platform to grill Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on a number of issues in – or not in – the president’s budget, including the King Cove road. Download Audio

An Aleknagik man is in custody this hour [today] on attempted murder and assault charges. Troopers say 51 year old Robin Chythlook stabbed his wife multiple times and pointed a hunting rifle at the unarmed Village Public Safety Officer Tuesday evening. Download Audio

Governor Bill Walker announced his intentions Tuesday to keep the Dillingham District Attorney’s office open. Walker’s amended operating budget restores the $340,000 of funding the Department of Law had originally proposed cutting in the December version of the budget.
Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai. (Department of Corrections photo)

A fight between inmates at the Wildwood Correctional Facility in Kenai has left a Dillingham man hospitalized in Anchorage. KDLG News has learned that Vaughn Clark, who was sentenced last December to four years in jail on drug dealing charges, was one of two involved and was medevaced with serious injuries Tuesday night.

Families were gathered to mourn Sunday in Togiak after the bodies of three men lost in a boating accident had been recovered from beaches near the village. Download Audio

State troopers now say that a 5-year-old Kokhanok boy was accidentally shot Saturday by an 11 year old boy who had gotten hold of a .22 caliber rifle. The two were apparently in the same home playing video games at the time.

State troopers have concluded an on scene investigation but still have not released details as to what led to a young boy's shooting death in Kokhanok over the weekend. Kokhanok is a village of about 160 people on the south shore of Iliamna Lake.

Police allege that Chelsea Sam, 22, sold a dose of black tar heroin to a confidential informant three days before Christmas. At her arraignment on a felony charge of second degree misconduct involving a controlled substance Thursday, Chief Dan Pasquariello was asked to testify about the substance police recovered.

A report released Wednesday by the EPA's Inspector General found the agency's work in Bristol Bay regulating the development of proposed mines like Pebble has been unbiased and done without a predetermined outcome. Download Audio

The Dillingham Police Department seized 12.5 grams of heroin and $19,000 cash in a drug bust in the Nerka subdivision Saturday night. The alleged dealer is Joshua G. Rivera, 37, from Anchorage, who is being held on two felony charges and $50,000 bail. Download Audio

Following more than a yearlong investigation, state wildlife troopers have charged a Colorado man with eight counts of "unlawful acts while acting as a big game guide" in Alaska, specifically in GMU 19. That hunting area stretches from Kalskag, past McGrath, to the border of Denali National Park and Preserve. Download Audio

The state's Department of Law maintains the Fairbanks Four were not exonerated in the settlement, or completely cleared of blame. Download Audio

In a long day of wrestling that went almost till midnight last Friday, dozens of Western Alaska wrestlers earned a chance to go to the state tournament in Anchorage.

Alaska’s Department of Law will close the Dillingham district attorney’s office at the end of this fiscal year, according to a budget plan submitted this week. It’s unclear if the one attorney and one paralegal positions will be cut or relocated.