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The DEC reports the vessel is secure, divers are ready, and another attempt is scheduled for Wednesday at 4:30pm.

Public health officials say they have "a pretty good handle" on the village-sized outbreak, and that they don't expect it to spread further.

Crews Battle New Wildfires in Southwest Region

Jul 31, 2013
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

Lightning strikes ignited new fires in Southwest Alaska over the weekend.  Two fires are burning in the Nushagak drainage, while a second fire this summer is threatening Lime Village.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.

Imagine if you could harvest a salmon and know exactly where that fish has been and where it’s headed. That may sound far-fetched but the ability to do just that might be here sooner than later. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Ray Williams

ADEC estimates 30 gallons of diesel were spilled at Williamsport on Pile Bay Road; Iliamna Development Corporation said they've cleaned up their mess.

Russell Nelson

The work to get the fuel off the sunken tender Lone Star is nearly complete. The vessel has been leaking fuel into a pristine salmon producing river in Bristol Bay for nearly a month. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

BBHLT says DNR does not have the legal authority to authorize activities in the Wood Tikchik State Park which were expressly prohibited in the park's enabling legislation.

Denise Devotta

New research seeks to better understand the micronutrients that are essential for aquatic ecosystems.   Salmon are known to be a big source of the nutrients, but scientists are learning that a slightly less delicious organism plays a huge role in the health of salmon-producing streams and lakes. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story:

The Veniaminof Volcano is Still Erupting

Jul 25, 2013
Bob Murphy

The most active volcano in Alaska right now is the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Carl Johnson

Earlier this summer, we reported on Carl Johnson, an Anchorage based photographer working on a book called “Where Water is Gold.” The book contains photographs and essays from Bristol Bay documenting the intertwined lifestyles and natural resources of the region.  After 2 unsuccessful campaigns on Kickstarter, Johnson is leading one final push to gather support for the final stages of the project.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story:

Russell Nelson

The sunken fishing tender Lone Star that’s sitting in the mouth of the Igushik River is still leaking fuel. The effort to pump off the remaining fuel is scheduled to get started later this week. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Volcano Screams Just Before Eruption

Jul 18, 2013
Cyrus Read / Alaska Volcano Observatory/USGS

Volcanic eruptions are visually spectacular.  Lava explodes into the air and giant plumes drop ash particles on nearby towns.  Scientists can also listen to volcanoes as they rumble and ultimately explode. Mount Redoubt’s 2009 eruption even allowed scientists to record a scream just before it erupted.  KDLG's Ben Matheson has the story.

Russel Nelson

The effort to remove the fuel from the sunken fishing tender Lone Star was scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Kristi Wallace / Alaska Volcano Observatory/USGS

All of Alaska’s currently active volcanoes are hundreds of miles from the scientists responsible for warningus of potentially hazardous activity or the likelihood of ash clouds that disrupt air traffic.  Satellite imagery and seismic sensors give researchers a look into what’s going on, but they depend heavily on citizen scientists for eyes and ears on the ground.  The Alaska Volcano Observatory aims to improve the quality of ash forecasts through a new online tool.

Russel Nelson

Fuel is still leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star that’s sitting in the mouth of the Igushik River. Pictures obtained by KDLG News from an independent overflight of the Lone Star shows a distinct fuel sheen coming from the vessel, which sank on June 30th.

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