Environment

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.

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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.

Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay

An organization formed to advocate for the commercial fishing industry in Bristol Bay has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to ensure that the EPA quickly wraps up its work to finalize the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment".

Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is a 315,000-acre stretch of eelgrass and tundra pockmarked with lakes and lagoons, a site where the geese called Pacific black brants stop off to feed before they begin their journey to wintering grounds in Mexico. But the fate of this remote wilderness area has become a critical bargaining chip in an inside-the-Beltway battle, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) threatening to block Sally Jewell’s nomination as interior secretary unless the Obama administration agrees to put a road through it.

Ptarmigan this year?

Feb 28, 2013

With spring increasingly near at-hand, it's safe to say that this winter has been a little different than years past. After a rainy December and January, the snow certainly, and finally, arrived. But something else many have noticed is smaller number of ptarmigan in usual spots around the area. KDLG News put student reporters August Shade and Connor Ito on the hunt to find out where these birds may be, and if they're going to yet arrive. They filed this report:

Studies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Government Accounting Office show increasing numbers of Alaskans will be affected by floods and erosion in coming years due to rising waters and extreme weather events.

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