Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham
Last month four hunters from the village of Platinum were rescued by the Coast Guard after they traveled across all of Bristol Bay on an ice floe after running out of gas.
The largest herring fishery in Alaska is on hold in Bristol Bay as fishermen and processors wait for the herring to show up.
The state Senate’s Finance Committee held a special meeting late last week to take another look at what can be done to address the high energy costs in Alaska.
In Dillingham, the final results are in from Tuesday’s special election and both ballot questions passed. On ballot question 1 voters approved annexing the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District and the Wood River Special Harvest Area into the Dillingham City Limits. On ballot question 2 Dillingham voters have approved imposing a 2.5-percent local fish tax. It’s estimated to bring $700,000 in additional revenue to the City of Dillingham.
The margins are slim and there are still votes to count but it looks like Dillingham residents have approved Proposition One to annex the local Nushagak commercial fishing district into the city limits and also approved the second proposition to impose a 2.5 percent raw fish tax. Both measures gained about 50 more votes in favor than those opposed. But, the final results won’t be known till tomorrow.
The largest campaign in the history of Dillingham has been geared toward defeating a long discussed annexation effort by the city.
A tribal organization in the Bristol Bay area has released a new study on the idea of forming a borough. Boroughs have been rejected in the past, and the city of Dillingham is...
The Majority Caucus in the Alaska House of Representatives has released some new polling data that seeks to gauge the importance of issues being addressed by the Legislature.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory has been able to make some detailed observations of the Iliamna Volcano on the West side of Cook Inlet. In recent months the volcano has had elevated levels of earthquake activity.
There has been some increased earthquake activity at the Iliamna Volcano and the Alaska Volcano Observatory is investigating.
The Alaska Legislature has been wary of getting involved in the debate about the controversial Pebble Mine for a number of reasons. However, a bill under consideration would basically give the Legislature the power to approve or deny the mine because it could impact the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve created by the Legislature in 1972.
The CEO of the Community Development Quota group for the Aleutian Islands Region says there will be major expansion at processing plants in False Pass and Atka. Mike Mason tells us that Larry Cotter announced the plan at the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference economic summit recently.
This week the Pebble Limited Partnership is releasing more than 20,000 pages of research they commissioned and paid for. Since 2004, more than 40 firms have been gathering data in and around the area envisioned for the controversial Pebble Mine.