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12:22 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Salvagers May Tow F/V Lone Star This Weekend

The F/V Lone Star was raised out of the Igushik River last week; now salvage crews are preparing to tow it to Unalaska.
Credit Russell Nelson

Having overstayed its visit in the Igushik River by about 3 months, Coast Guard says the F/V Lone Star could finally depart Sunday.

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Environment
11:15 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Veniaminof Volcano is Erupting Again

Composite satellite image of Veniaminof volcano collected by Landsat-8 on July 9, 2013. This image is a composite of the short-wave infrared data (to show thermal emissions from the active lava flow) overlain onto a visible wavelength image.
Credit Dave Schneider

The Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula began erupting again over the weekend resulting in an increase in the volcano alert level. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Environment
5:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Lone Star has been lifted from the bottom of the Igushik River

Resolve-Magone Marine Services salvage crews attach chains to the fishing vessel Lone Star during an attempt to recover the vessel from the Igushik River near Dillingham, Alaska
Lt. Daniel Peters U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard confirms that progress has been made in the effort to recover the sunken fishing tender Lone Star from the bottom of the Igushik River. The 78-foot vessel sank in a channel in the Igushik River on June 30th.

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Science
3:24 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

A Small Explosion at the Cleveland Volcano Detected Near Dillingham

False-color composite image of Cleveland volcano collected by Landsat-8 on July 26, 2013. This image is a composite of the short-wave infrared data (to show thermal emissions) and high temperatures in the summit crater as shown as a small red region (indicated by the arrow). These hot temperatures are likely due to the extrusion of a small lava dome.
Credit Dave Schneider

A piece of equipment installed a few years ago near Dillingham has helped detect a small explosive event at the far away Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Environment
2:43 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Another Large Walrus Haulout Spotted on a Beach Near Point Lay in the Chuckchi Sea

A large number of Pacific walruses at a beach haulout on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea near Point Lay.
Credit NOAA Fisheries

Thousands of Pacific Walruses are hauling out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea, near Point Lay. The walruses were spotted by NOAA scientists participating in an aerial survey.

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Science
11:24 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Changes Coming Tuesday to the Marine Weather Forecasts for Southwest Alaska

A map of the new marine forecast zones that take effect Tuesday.
Credit National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is rolling out some significant changes to the marine weather forecast for the Bristol Bay region. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Science
2:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Details Released About the Syphilis Outbreak in Alaska

Electron micrograph of Treponema pallidum on cultures of cotton-tail rabbit epithelium cells (Sf1Ep). Treponema pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services confirms that there is an ongoing syphilis outbreak in Alaska that is primarily affecting men.

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Environment
11:57 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Slow Start to Lone Star Salvage Ops

The Coast Guard says the front of the vessel is lodged so deeply in mud that salvage crews have been unable to wrap a second chain around it.

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Environment
3:29 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The Lone Star recovery effort will get started again this week

The buoys in the photo mark the location of the sunken fishing tender Lone Star in the Igushik River.
Credit Mike Mason

The next attempt to remove the sunken fishing tender Lone Star from the mouth of the Igushik River is set to get started this week. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Environment
10:54 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Still Leaking into the Pacific Ocean

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Credit wikipedia.org

Radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan continues to leak into the Pacific Ocean raising concerns that seafood is being contaminated. However, the Food and Drug Administration reports that so far there is no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. food supply at levels that would pose a public health concern.

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Environment
4:41 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

The Veniaminof Volcano is Settling Down

The Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula is among the most active volcano's in Alaska.
Credit AVO

Once of the most active volcano’s in Alaska has begun to settle down after several months of eruptive activity. On Friday the Alaska Volcano Observatory lowered the Volcano Alert Level for the Veniaminof Volcano to “Advisory” from the more severe “Watch”.

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Environment
4:17 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

No Impacts Expected to Next Year's Fishery from the Sinking of the Lone Star

The fishing tender Lone Star is stuck in the mud on the bottom of the Igushik River.
Credit Mike Mason

For the next several day’s a group of salvage experts will try once again to raise the sunken tender Lone Star from the bottom of the Igushik River. The impact of the sinking on the local commercial salmon fishery was outlined this week during a meeting in Dillingham. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this report.

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Science
5:24 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Nushagak Peninsula Caribou Herd is Growing Slightly

The most recent population numbers for caribou on the Nushagak Peninsula indicates that the local herd is growing. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Environment
1:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

A New Plan has been Approved to Try and Recover the Sunken Fishing Tender Lone Star

The 78-foot Lone Star is still stuck in the mud in the Igushik River. Recovery efforts are expected to resume next week.
Credit Russel Nelson

The new plan to recover the sunken fishing tender Lone Star has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel has been sitting in the middle of one of the major sockeye salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay since late June.

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