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5:19 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

A USDA Representative is in the Bristol Bay Region This Week

Kitty Cardwell is the National Program Leader for the USDA's Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Credit USDA

A high-ranking official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the Bristol Bay region this week to discuss a seldom used program focused specifically on helping small businesses overcome challenges. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Fisheries
3:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Pink Salmon Run Total Pushes 446 Thousand

Large numbers of pink salmon are being targeted by fishermen in the Nushagak District of Bristol Bay as of Sunday. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has the details.
 

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Education
3:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Igiugig Recieves Historic Preservation Grant

Credit National Park Service

The National Park Service has just released this year’s group of historic preservation grants.  The funds are used by a variety of Native Americans for preserving physical sites as well as culture.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the grants as well as an Alaska village making use of one.

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Health
3:27 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Dancing Star Issues Recall on Carob Products

Credit Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

A group of snacks containing carob powder may have been tainted with salmonella, and their manufacturer has issue a recall.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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Events & Information
3:18 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

RurAL CAP Elder Mentor Program Offers Opportunities to Children and Seniors

Credit http://ruralcap.com

This August an orientation will be held at the Bristol Inn for those in Dillingham interested in the Rural Cap Elder Mentor Program. 

The Rural Alaska Community Action Program was founded in 1965.  It’s a private, statewide nonprofit that aims to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans.  The organization created the Elder Mentor Program in the hopes of providing some financial assistance to low income Alaskans and help school children with their school work.

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Open Line
2:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

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Environment
12:04 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Court Overturns Threatened Listing of the Beringia Population of Bearded Seals

Credit www.telegraph.co.uk

In 2012 the Beringia population of bearded seals was deemed threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  However, now there’s evidence that the seals in that area may not be endangered after all. 

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Fisheries
6:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Pebble Partnership Employee Named Fisheries Advisor to Governor Parnell

The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan has been picked to be the new fisheries advisory to Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Late last year Dan Sullivan named Ben Mohr as campaign manager. Mohr has left the campaign to accept a job as Alaska Governor Sean Parnell’s fisheries policy advisor.

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Health
5:18 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Alaskan Farmers Markets Branch Out to Accept EBT

Credit http://www.spenardfarmersmarket.org

National Farmers Market Week is August 3rd-9th and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people visit the nearest of the 37 farmers markets in the state.  The state is also working on a way to make these markets more accessible to lower income residents. 

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Environment
4:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Study Suggests Climate Change May Reduce Caribou Habitat

Credit Dean Biggins, US FIsh and Wildlife Service

Wildfires and the caribou population are the subject of a new study released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the US Geological Survey.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the data and its implications.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Alaska Supreme Court Ruling Recognizes Same Sex Couples' Rights to Workers Compensation

Credit http://www.brownstonelaw.com

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday that excluding same sex couples the right to collect workers compensation would constitute unequal treatment under the law. 

In 2011, Kerry Fadely was working at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage when she was shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee. Her partner of 10 years, Deborah Harris, was denied any workers compensation afterwards and subsequently lost their house.

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Other
12:58 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Secretary Jewell Tells Alaskans to "Get Over" Izembek

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The struggle between the community in King Cove and the Secretary of the Interior took a negative turn last week. 

A National Council of State Legislatures event was held last week.  Alaska House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt was in attendance and asked Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about her decision to refuse the construction of the Izembek Road.  Pruitt says Jewell said “I wish that Alaskans would get over it.”

Although there is no recording of Jewell saying Alaskans should “get over” the Izembek Road, Pruitt says as soon as he heard it, he wrote it down.

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Politics
10:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Begich Advances Bill on Incidental Water Discharge

Credit Senator Mark Begich

Water discharged from fishing vessels and other marine watercraft is the subject of a new bill that has just advanced out of committee.  KDLG”s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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Fisheries
7:08 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 25, 2014

Credit Elijah Lawson

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a detailed story about the factors that led to the much larger sockeye run than was forecasted preseason.  The report also includes an update on how things are looking in the Togiak District and a review of how the 2014 season went in the eastside districts of Bristol Bay.

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Business
2:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

USDA Awards Energy Based Grant to Native Alaskan Nonprofit

An electrical lineman works on the distribution system in Mekoryuk.
Credit Steve Steinke - Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Facebook

An electric utility company that serves much of southwest and western Alaska recently received a grant to improve energy costs for small businesses. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.
 

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