Environment

Mike Mason

Monday is the deadline to comment on the proposed changes to the Area Plan for the Bristol Bay region.     The plan will help shape the future of development in the region but it's come under criticism for favoring mining over habitat protection. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

A wide-spread effort is underway to change a document important to the future of the Bristol Bay region. As part of that effort Alaska Native leaders from the region are calling for increased protections for subsistence hunting and fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason reports.

     

Mike Mason

A deadline is looming early next month to comment on proposed changes to a document important to the future of development of state land in the Bristol Bay region. That includes the controversial Pebble Mine. However, as KDLG's Mike Mason reports it's possible that an additional public review period could be forthcoming.

Jason Sear

Nearly a hundred people turned out Friday night in Dillingham to voice concerns about a document that will guide the future of development across the Bristol Bay region. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report.

With the appointment and confirmation of new U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, the outgoing secretary, Ken Salazar, took the opportunity to hold a “good bye” chat online with supporters.

When asked by Dillingham fisherman Verner Wilson III about protections for Bristol Bay salmon, he said it should remain off-limits to non-renewable resource extraction.

A series of public meetings will be held this week in the Bristol Bay region to gather public comments about a rewrite of the Bristol Bay Area Plan.

USFWS

The spring/summer season to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds opened Tuesday.

Scientists, educators and more gathered to discuss research and issues relevant to western Alaska.

With federal grants in hand, the borough plans to collect and eventually ship decades worth of scrap out of the region.

The Higman-McKittirick family, from Seldovia, is planning to walk 800 miles along the entire coast of Cook Inlet. KBBI's Aaron Selbig has more...

The retail company Orvis, which specializes in fly-fishing equipment and apparel, is pledging big money in the fight against the Pebble Mine. Orvis has stated a goal of raising $100,000 this year for Trout Unlimited and the "Stop Pebble Mine" campaign, citing the proposed mine's potential environmental hazards.  KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more:

Partnering with Trout Unlimited, Orvis has pledged to match customer donations to it's "Stop Pebble Mine" campaign, up to $50,000.  That makes it the Vermont-based company's top conservation effort this year.

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The Alaska Dept. of Transportation had intended to put the Wood River bridge project out to bid in January, with hopes to break ground by July. Now, DOT says that'll be pushed back a year.

Both Becharof NWR and Togiak NWR have announced the selection of new Refuge Managers. 

Adam Kane

On Wednesday, March 6, Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson of Dillingham had their home on Gauthier Way tested for air tightness. A conventional blower door test was used, which is common practice for energy audits. But Wednesday's was no ordinary test; it was actually an attempt to secure an official world record for "Tightest Residential Building."

Scientists Map Arctic Shipping Possibilities

Mar 13, 2013

Arctic shipping could be possible for unescorted, open-water vessels by mid-century.

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