Connor Ito

Dillingham residents can help make Christmas more merry for area senior citizens, one secret gift at a time.

The Co-Chairs of a special legislative task force focused on education in Alaska have been flying around the state in recent months gathering public input on the public education system in Alaska. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… they are currently in the Bristol Bay region.

Some drivers never tap their brakes as they swing through to drop their kids off in the dark morning hours.

Shannon Clouse

Denise Lisac, a 30 year veteran of Dillingham City Schools, was recently selected as the state's top educator.

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell used his speech at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention to unveil a new initiative to digitally linkup schools across the state. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

University of Alaska

The longest serving member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents has been appointed to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Mary Hughes is the first Alaskan to serve on the Board, which is the premier authority on higher-education governance.

Dillingham Schools Help Students Deal with Grief

Oct 3, 2013

Enrollment, dual credits, and dealing with grief were just a few of the topics discussed during the most recent meeting of the Dillingham School Board. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this report.

The State of Alaska confirms that 2,038 students earned Alaska Performance Scholarships this year totaling around $8-million dollars. The students will receive scholarships totaling over $4.7-thousand dollars based on their academic performance.

The Bering Strait School District, which serves a huge swath of western Alaska, is facing increasing costs while at the same time preparing for funding cuts. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

A new report from the Cato Institute gives the state of Alaska a failing grade for how well it shows where education funding is actually spent. The new report is called “Cracking the Books: How well do state education departments reports public school spending.”

Dillingham students returning to the classroom August 26th will attend three star schools, according to a new ranking system from the state. The new Alaska School Performance Index replaces No Child Left Behind’s adequate yearly progress benchmarks.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson explains the new accountability system.

Link to ASPI Data for individual schools

American Indian and Alaska Native students continue to lag behind many of their peers in regards to student performance. That’s according to a new report released by “The Education Trust”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.


A man who is well known to commercial fishery stakeholders across the state of Alaska has been chosen to head a research institution within the University of Alaska system. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Ben Matheson

Young scientists spent part of their summer vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful laboratories: Camp Polaris on Lake Aleknagik.  BBEDC’s Salmon Camp brought in local students and those from around the state to learn about the lifecycle of salmon, the scientific method, and alternative energy. The final group even earned college credit through the Bristol Bay campus.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson visited the camp and filed this report.

Gunner Knapp Chosen as the ISER Director

Aug 8, 2013

A man who is well known to commercial fishery stakeholders across the state of Alaska has been chosen to head the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. Gunner Knapp is a professor of economics and is considered one of the keenest observers of the commercial fishing industry in Alaska. Knapp has served as the interim ISER director since January. He has been a member of the ISER faculty since 1981 when he earned his PhD from Yale. ISER was created back in 1961.