Isabelle Ross, KDLG - Dillingham
Newhalen, New Stuyahok, Igiugig and Perryville have all suspended travel for non-community members until further notice.
The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss its healthcare services in Dillingham. The meeting came several months after the Curyung Tribe said it was withdrawing from BBAHC because of its concerns about patient care and the corporation’s administration.
Parishioners carry the star from house to house and community to community. That tradition has changed over the years, as dog-sleds were replaced by snow-gos, which were eventually replaced by air travel.
Over 500 vendors exhibited at the 2019 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle in late November — the place to be for commercial fishermen, processors and small businesses.
The International Astronomical Union is holding a competition to give the two a name — with the public casting votes through November 14 for the top three finalists. One of the 10 semi-finalists is a member of the Curyung Tribal Council in Dillingham.
At a Bristol Bay Regional Subsistence Advisory meeting, all members expressed concern for subsistence resources in the region following this year’s hot, dry summer.
People learning Yup’ik now have another way to practice — a new Yup’ik language app aiming to help them develop their skills outside the classroom. The goal is to revitalize the language in Bristol Bay.
The Mulchatna herd was only half of the minimum population objective this year. Now a proposal to reduce federal subsistence harvest limits is on the table.
Along with significant seabird die-offs near Port Heiden, there have been reports of small whales and porpoises, walrus and sea otters washed up on shore.
The controversial tax could generate about $3.5 million a year — but processors and fishermen say it would stress the industry even more.
At $306.5 million, the preliminary exvessel value for the salmon season is the highest in the fishery’s history.
To organize the two companies, BBNC has formed the subsidiary Bristol Bay Alaska Seafoods. The U.S. Department of Justice paved the way for the merger last week by ruling that it did not violate any antitrust rules.
Emergency firefighters and local volunteers are still working to suppress a 5,000-acre fire near Levelock. The fire has been burning since Sunday night, and residents are finally beginning to see improvements.
In Igiugig, a first-of-its-kind hydrokinetic generator is getting a year-long trial. The launch last week marked a major step in the community’s quest for independence from diesel.
The United States Postal Service Tuesday announced a new stamp series of 12 Wild and Scenic Rivers from around the country. The Tlikakila River in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is part of the series.
Donna Vukich, 60, was sentenced to almost three years in prison for misappropriating funds from the utility. Federal authorities said this is the largest embezzlement from an organization receiving federal funds ever prosecuted in Alaska.
In a legal victory, a Superior Court judge Friday dismissed a Pebble-backed lawsuit against Bristol Bay's regional seafood development association.