Environment

New Bethel Area Tundra Tram Project is Complete

Aug 16, 2013

A new 420 foot tram has been built across the boggy tundra outside of Bethel.

Russell Nelson

The ongoing work in a large gravel pit in the city limits of Dillingham has prompted concerns that the operators are impacting the local water table. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

  

Lone Star Still Stuck in the Mud

Aug 15, 2013

More than 6 weeks after it first sank, The Lone Star is still stuck in the mud. Salvage crews are getting creative as they attempt to raise the 78 foot tender and overcome the massive amount of suction from the muddy river bottom at the mouth of the Igushik.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has more:

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FAA / Alaska Volcano Observatory

After weeks of staying relatively quiet, the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has again erupted lava and produced an ash cloud.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has more:

Tundra and Forest Ecosystems Revived by Wildfires

Aug 12, 2013
Fire Management - National Park Service

There are still 80 fires burning in Alaska, but the wildfire season is beginning to wind down in many areas.  With relatively long days and lingering summer warmth, plants and animals are quickly taking hold in burnt areas.  It will be 60 years before spruce forests have fully returned, but as KDLG’s Ben Matheson reports, plants and animals are quickly taking hold.

Russel Nelson

The large fishing tender that sank in late June in the mouth of a major sockeye producing river in Bristol Bay is still leaking fuel as responders attempt to get the last of the fuel off the vessel. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The Eruption of the Pavlof Volcano is Over

Aug 8, 2013
AVO

The eruptive activity at the Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula is over and the Alaska Volcano Observatory has downgraded the volcano alert level to “Normal”. AVO confirms that no lava or ash emissions have been detected since June 26th and seismicity is now at background levels. In a volcanic activity notice issued Thursday afternoon AVO noted that in past eruptions the Pavlof Volcano has resumed activity after pauses as long as 55-days. That has led AVO to stress that they will continue to closely monitor the volcano.

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:

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