Tyler Thompson, KDLG - Dillingham

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A river otter in a box

River otter in Dillingham tests positive for rabies

The otter was spotted in the harbor in Dillingham. When ADF&G captured the otter, it was covered in porcupine quills which is abnormal. Three cases of rabies were reported in Dillingham foxes this spring.
A woman and man pick fish from a net on a beach

Rapid erosion threatens set net fishery in Southwest Alaska village

The beach acts as natural infrastructure for the fishery. But the rapidly eroding coastline takes away a top layer of gravel. That causes weight issues for the trucks delivering large catches to the processor about a mile away.
A man in a winter jacket and boots stands on a muddy patch of a swampy lagoon.

Researchers roll out new erosion tracking tech in Bristol Bay

Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks will travel to Dillingham this week to continue erosion research in Bristol Bay’s coastal communities.
Four girls stand in a clssroom

Fifth graders campaign to change ‘squaw’ in Dillingham road name

Alora Wassily, Trista Wassily and Harmony Larson were learning about the history of colonization in social studies class in Dillingham. They visited with the Curyung Tribe and learned the story of “The Seven Sisters.” Then, they decided to try to change the name of a road.

New report: Value of Bristol Bay subsistence salmon would cost Alaska families $5 to $10 million to replace

It would cost Alaska families $5 to $10 million to replace the value of subsistence-caught Bristol Bay salmon in their diets.
A white SUV with a blue strip that says 'troopers'

Dillingham law enforcement involved in shooting; person brought into custody

Dillingham Police and Alaska State Troopers were involved in a shooting with an individual in Dillingham Thursday afternoon. The individual was brought into custody at 5:30 p.m. The scene is under investigation.
A large bull caribou trots through tundra

Biologists find first cases of infectious bacteria in Southwest Alaska caribou herd

Brucellosis can be lethal to caribou and can also lead to miscarriages.
A native man in a blue anorak and a tie

Alaska Native leader Trefon Angasan passes away from complications of COVID-19

Angasan was the chairman of the Alaska Peninsula Corporation. He was also a founding member, and he served on the board for more than 42 years.
An aerial view of a beluga and a baby beluga in gray water

Environmental groups say Pebble could threaten the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale

Conservationists are raising concerns about adding yet another stressor to an already endangered whale population — the proposed Pebble Mine.
A giganticly obese grizzly bear stands knee deep in a river.

747 wins heavyweight title in Katmai’s annual Fat Bear Week

A park ranger who oversaw the contest said the bear is the biggest he's seen in the park.
A wide waterfall with bears hunting salmon

Bears are fatter than ever for Fat Bear Week

Strong salmon runs over the last few years, the bears in the annual contest are looking chubbier than ever.
A musk ox crossing a dirt road with spruce trees in the background .

Musk ox don’t live in Manokotak. Why is there a musk ox in Manokotak?

A rare sighting of a bull musk ox has been caught on camera.
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Pebble closes in on a federal permit, supporters and critics respond

Critics say that the environmental impact statement was flawed.

F/V Knot Crazy sinks in Nushagak Bay

Nobody was hurt or injured, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A new transportation route for the proposed Pebble Mine faces backlash from land owners

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to release its final environmental review for the proposed Pebble Mine later this summer. Last month, the Corps changed which transportation corridor it recommends. The route cuts through land owned by several Bristol Bay entities that refuse to grant Pebble access to their properties.

Dockside exams have started in Bristol Bay; the Coast Guard has a new approach

The Coast Guard will have a larger law enforcement presence in the bay this year. They will also practice social distancing and other protective measures while conducting vessel exmaniations.

Sen. Murkowski pushes for an additional $1 billion in federal fisheries relief funds

Murkowski said that the PPP loans don't adequately cover seasonal businesses like fisheries.

Bristol Bay announces 3 additional cases of COVID-19 since Friday

Two individuals tested positive at Camai Health Center’s walk-up clinic, according to the health center’s announcement on May 29. These two will not be recorded as positive cases in the Bristol Bay Borough, because, the state said, "they are not local residents."

Alaska Airlines to start regular service to Bristol Bay May 18

It will be the first commercial service to the region in months following RavnAir's abrupt bankruptcy.