Dillingham talks about budget, environment with Edgmon

March 24th 11:53 pm

Alaska's budget and local environmental concerns were at the forefront of a community meeting with Western Alaska's legislative representative earlier this month. On a sunny afternoon, more than two dozen Dillinghamers turned out March 18 to discuss state [...]

Fundraiser brings in $37,000 for Destination families

March 24th 11:52 pm

A benefit event last Friday at the Norwegian Rat Saloon in Unalaska brought in over $37,000 for the families of the crew of the crab boat Destination which disappeared in the Bering Sea on Feb. 11 along with six fishermen. The biggest item auctioned, in terms [...]

Pebble, EPA ask for extension in court case

March 24th 11:51 pm

Both sides are looking for a little more time in the lawsuit over whether a federal agency acted improperly in its efforts to block a proposed mine in Bristol Bay. In 2014, the Pebble Limited Partnership sued the Environmental Protection Agency, asserting [...]

GCI receives OK for cell towers

March 24th 11:50 pm

New cellphone towers and a technology upgrade should help Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, the home of some of the world's worst weather and poor cell phone and Internet service, go beyond the reach of fiber optic cable. Two tall new cellphone towers were approved [...]

Dillingham school board to consider $9.2 million budget

March 24th 11:49 pm

Despite funding uncertainties, the Dillingham City School District board will take up next year's budget in the coming week, and consider a change to how the administration is structured. The school board added a new board member at its March 20 meeting, and [...]

Manokotak prepares for expanded boundaries

March 24th 11:48 pm

With no action to the contrary, the city of Manokotak has gotten quite a bit larger. Mayor Melvin Andrew said March 21 that since the Legislature did not act in opposition to Manokotak's request to expand its boundaries, the city has grown. "Our boundaries [...]

Aleknagik students learn survival skills

March 24th 11:47 pm

On a sunny, brisk Tuesday afternoon, 16 Aleknagik students turned toward the mountains north of their school, mostly in unison. Their heads were down, studying bona fide compasses, rather than taking in the views. Then instructor Ward Jones told them to turn [...]

Manokotak road meetings scheduled

March 24th 11:46 pm

Community meetings are planned in western Bristol Bay this month to review options for a potential new road between Manokotak and Dillingham. In an email, Bristol Engineering's Isaac Pearson said the meetings will look at the results of a draft feasibility [...]

Crew of lost crabbing vessel declared legally dead

March 24th 11:45 pm

The six men lost when their crabbing boat sank on a cold morning in the Bering Sea last month were declared legally dead at an unusual court proceeding Monday, allowing heartbroken families to take a first step toward closure and settling their loved ones' [...]

New project to count eider population poisoned by shot

March 24th 11:44 pm

Threatened spectacled eiders, sea ducks that have died in large numbers after ingesting lead from hunters' spent ammunition, will be tracked and counted in a research project announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Interior. The project was announced just [...]

Ducks in Unalaska getting mercury from local mussels

March 24th 11:43 pm

The Aleutian Islands, though far away from the world's industrial centers, are no sanctuary from mercury contamination. Newly published research adds ducks on Unalaska Island to a list of Aleutian animals showing elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.

Fish and Game salmon forecast predicts double harvest in 2017

March 24th 11:42 pm

Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest that nearly doubles last year's catch, due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the total catch at [...]

Native corporations argue over ANWR wealth

March 24th 11:41 pm

With some Alaskans increasingly hopeful the new Congress will open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling after decades of failed attempts, some Alaska Native corporations are arguing they deserve to share the wealth. Those Native corporation [...]

Choose Respect march planned in Dillingham

March 24th 11:40 pm

Dillingham residents are invited to show their support for the 'Choose Respect' movement this month. SAFE, the local women and children's shelter, is organizing a march against domestic violence beginning at the SAFE parking lot at 12:30 p.m. March 29.

Washington fisherman charged for alleged assault

March 24th 11:39 pm

A Washington fishermen was sentenced this month for an alleged assault that occurred during the summer fishery. According to Alaska State Troopers, Don Iodice, a 54-year-old resident of Everett, Wash., pled guilty last fall to assaulting a co-worker and [...]

Dillingham DMV planning closure

March 24th 11:39 pm

The contract Department of Motor Vehicles office in Dillingham will be closed for much of April. The Dillingham DMV office will be closed from April 10-28. Some services are available by mail and online at the state website during the closure.

Governor seeks applicants for Tribal Advisory Council

March 24th 11:38 pm

The governor's office is soliciting applications from those interested in serving on the Tribal Advisory Council. There are three seats up for appointment this year: transportation, subsistence and economic development. Those seats are currently held by [...]

Governor extends opioid disaster declaration

March 24th 11:38 pm

Gov. Bill Walker signed into law a bill that will allow for a more concentrated approach to the state's opioid crisis on March 21. Senate Bill 91 gives the state's chief medical officer statutory authority to plan a statewide response to opioid use and abuse [...]

Alaska Senate again targets public broadcasting for budget cuts

March 24th 11:37 pm

JUNEAU — An Alaska Senate budget committee Tuesday proposed deleting all state spending on public radio and television, an effort that was debated last year. Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that controls [...]

Opinion: Spring fever cure found in dirt

March 24th 11:37 pm

My calendar says the first day of spring was earlier this week. Despite long, sunny days, it does not feel much like spring. The ground is covered with several feet of snow and the air is biting cold most of the day. But there are signs — my cat is [...]

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