Isabelle Ross, KDLG - Dillingham

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Bristol Bay sings for slavii, but celebrations look different this year

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Slavii is a Russian Orthodox tradition in what’s now Ukraine, but it has a long history in communities around the state, including Bristol Bay.
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After 33 years, Fish Radio’s Laine Welch hangs up her mic

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Laine Welch served as host of Alaska Fish Radio for more than three decades, bringing news and perspectives on the fishing industry to listeners around the state.
Searches pull a snowmachine out of water.

New Stuyahok man found alive more than 18 hours after he went missing

"He saved everything on the snowmachine, and went up, built a fire, dried off his clothes and changed into dry clothes," said one searcher about Andrew Wyagon. "Amazingly, he had a space blanket that helped keep all the chill off all night. Sitting in space blankets works wonders.”
A boy in a jacket stands outside in the snow.

How a Dillingham teen turned an ancient epic poem into a rap

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When Tracen Wassily got the assignment to create something new based on the “Epic of Gilgamesh," he went right to work.
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Trident founder Chuck Bundrant remembered as industry risk-taker who emphasized personal connections

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Chunk Bundrant started out as a deckhand on an Alaska crabbing boat in the 1960s and went on to become one of the most influential seafood executives in the world.
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Bristol Bay Native Association CEO and president Ralph Andersen dies at 67

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Ralph Andersen was known for his sense of humor and compassion, said the Bristol Bay Native Corporation.

Boatbuilder sentenced for defrauding 22 customers, including Village of Igiugig

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Michael Dismer received more than $4 million from customers but he never fully delivered on his promises, instead spending much of the money on personal expenses.

Chignik residents fear for their communities’ future if abysmal salmon runs persist

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Chignik residents are questioning how long their community can survive if low salmon runs persist. "How can the state let this happen?" said 80-year-old Elder Vivian Brandal. "I have grandchildren that thought this was their legacy."
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Bristol Bay likely experiencing widespread community transmission of COVID-19

There has been a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the Dillingham area since the middle of the month.
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Record-high Copper River prices boost market optimism ahead of the Bristol Bay fishery

Pre-season prices were sky-high for salmon from early fisheries like Copper River, and some in the industry are optimistic about what this summer has in store, despite low returns to one of the state’s earliest fisheries.
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On Dillingham trip, Murkowski pushes permanent protections for Bristol Bay

Murkowski said the best way to ensure long-term protections is for Congress to pass a law. Earlier this year, regional and statewide groups opposed to Pebble put forward several options for protecting the area.
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Less than half of expected sockeye have returned to Copper River so far this year

The department of Fish and Game said commercial harvest is the fourth lowest to date in the last 50 years. The commercial fishery has only opened three times so far this season.
Boats in a river

Frustration mounts as CDC keeps face mask rules for commercial fishing crews

The CDC and Coast Guard require fishermen wear masks when on board the boat, but many argue that makes communication difficult and creates safety risks.
A woman in a green and navy blue shirt smiles for a photo.

Red Cross honors Igiugig woman for helping light runway during late-night medevac

Ida Nelson says lighting up the runway is just another example of the community coming together. "It’s something that we in Igiugig do constantly, like almost every day.”
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For years, Aleknagik’s 911 calls have gone through the Dillingham police. That’s finally changed.

Aleknagik residents have reported difficulties summoning help in emergencies, and nearby Dillingham officials no longer want to be caught in the middle. Now, the police department’s long-standing practice of fielding 911 calls from outside city limits is ending.
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Big sockeye runs, struggling kings creates complicated balancing act for Bristol Bay managers

Faced with another huge sockeye run this summer, managers in the Nushagak District say they will try to allow fishermen to harvest the above-average sockeye run that's predicted and also conserve chinook.
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Gillnetters will get first shot at record-forecast of Togiak herring

While the forecast is the highest it's been under current prediction methods, the fleet of vessels taking part is smaller than ever, which creates risks and opportunities for fishers.

In a single day, Dillingham clinic vaccinates almost 20 percent of community

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Almost twenty percent of Dillingham was vaccinated against COVID-19 last Saturday alone.
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Struggling Southwest Alaska seafood processor hopes to come back stronger under new ownership

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So when its owner, Japanese seafood giant Maruha Nichiro, initially announced its sale of Peter Pan to three buyers, it said it expected a loss of almost $28 million.
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LISTEN: Bristol Bay communities sing for Orthodox Christmas

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Slavii is a Russian Orthodox celebration observed by many in Southwest Alaska.