Isabelle Ross, KDLG - Dillingham


Bristol Bay, on edge as it heads into fishing season, has its first resident coronavirus case

The first Alaskan from the Bristol Bay-Lake and Peninsula region has tested positive for COVID-19. The state has not disclosed which community they are from because it has less than 1,000 residents.
Boats in a sweeping bend in a river

State says it will provide additional testing to communities ahead of fishing season

Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink said that fishing regions would get extra testing capacity as out-of-state workers descend on the region in the coming weeks.

Bristol Bay groups want state to get tough on incoming fishery workers, including testing for coronavirus before they arrive

“If the fishery is allowed to go forward without these measures ... the consequences will be devastating and generational,” the group's letter says.

In Bristol Bay a rising concern among tribes that fish processors’ quarantine plans aren’t enough

Naknek Native Village Council joined in Dillingham's call for cancelling the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season.

Togiak’s herring buyer says floating processor will have “zero impact” on community

Icicle Seafoods says its floating processor will ensure that crew don't interact in the community and inadvertently spread the coronavirus.

Joining villages across the state, Bristol Bay communities restrict travel to stem disease spread

Newhalen, New Stuyahok, Igiugig and Perryville have all suspended travel for non-community members until further notice.

Upheaval between health corporation and tribe in Bristol Bay stirs healthcare worries

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.

LISTEN: Bristol Bay celebrates Slaviq, or Orthodox Christmas

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.

At Pacific Marine Expo, Pebble worries dominate discussion

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.

Dillingham woman is a semi-finalist to name celestial bodies after rivers in Bristol Bay

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.

Unprecedented summer heat sparks caribou, climate concerns for Bristol Bay Subsistence Council

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.

Dillingham’s new Moravian Church opens its doors

Congregation members singing at the opening service in Dillingham's new Moravian Church, Sept. 29, 2019. CREDIT ISABELLE ROSS/KDLG Members of Dillingham’s Moravian congregation crowd into the main room of their new church. A few look down...

Learning Yup’ik on the go: a new language app for Bristol Bay

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.

Federal board considers restricting Mulchatna caribou harvest

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.

Salmon shark stranded near Port Heiden at the end of an unusual summer

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.

Bristol Bay is outgrowing its wastewater infrastructure. Could a fish tax help fix it?

The controversial tax could generate about $3.5 million a year — but processors and fishermen say it would stress the industry even more.

At 56.5 million fish, Bristol Bay’s 2019 salmon season smashes expectations

At $306.5 million, the preliminary exvessel value for the salmon season is the highest in the fishery’s history.

BBNC to acquire two giants of Alaska’s Pacific cod fishery

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.

Offal Fire moving away from Port Heiden

A volunteer was sent to a hospital in Anchorage last night due to smoke inhalation. The crew was able to put out the southern and middle portions of the fire with heavy equipment.