Environment

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.

A new report is shedding some light on how Dillingham and Aleknagik residents keep their homes heated through the year. The door-to-door survey was funded by the EPA, and conducted by the Bristol Bay Native Association in partnership with the Aleknagik Traditional Council and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports.

A fire in Lake Clark National park that had been quiet sparked up over the weekend.  8 smoke jumpers dropped in to monitor the Currant Creek fire before it approaches any nearby Native Allotments.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.

Mike Mason

A major response effort is underway to remove the fuel from a sunken fishing tender sitting in the mouth of the Igushik River, which is one of the large salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Some planning trips to the remote, exclusively wilderness region of the park are having a hard time figuring out how to avoid interruptions.

Mike Mason

Fuel is still apparently leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star. The current commercial fishing closures will stay in place until the vessel is recovered. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Katmai Brown Bear Cameras Attract Attention Online

Jul 12, 2013
explore.org

Those looking for a new way to chew up internet bandwidth and have seen enough cat videos, can now watch a much larger and less cuddly mammal.  Several live video feeds of Katmai brown bears fishing for salmon are now broadcasting online at explore.org. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.

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