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2:41 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New Unemployment Data Released for Alaska

Alaska’s unemployment rate inched upwards in August despite an established trend where the rate would fall through August or even September. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at the data for this report.

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Education
9:57 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Dillingham's Correspondence School Offers Alternative to Traditional Homeschooling

There are over 30 correspondence schools in the state of Alaska.  These programs enable parents to be directly involved in their child’s education. However, there are quite a few misconceptions concerning the correspondence school lifestyle.

Correspondence school is essentially home schooling.  However, the parents work with school districts for resources and some specialty courses as well as guidance.

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Crime and Safety
6:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Report Expected on Turnover in the Dillingham Police Department

For many years the Dillingham Department of Public Safety has experienced a tremendous amount of employee turnover and past efforts to address the issue haven’t worked. However, the City is going to take a look at the issue again. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Education
10:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Dillingham Schools Improving in ASPI Scores

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development released this year’s school ratings earlier this month.  Dillingham Schools faired very well, improving across the board.  This is part of the Alaska School Performance Index.  

The ASPI was adopted by the state in 2013.  The index rates schools on a 100 point scale.  The points are awarded based on test scores, improvement on tests, attendance, standardized tests and graduation rates.  The schools are the given ratings based on a scale of one-five, five being the best.

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Crime and Safety
9:13 am
Thu September 18, 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board Releases New Report of Maritime Accidents

Credit National Transportation Safety Board

  A new report was released last week that contains a summary and the probable cause of 21 marine accidents.  The national Transportation Safety Board is hoping the report will be an eye opener.  

The National Transportation Safety Board released “Safer Seas 2013: Lessons Learned from marine Accident investigations” last week.  The report includes a compilation of accident investigations that were published in 2013, organized by vessel type with links to the more detailed accident reports. 

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Fisheries
9:08 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Warmer Temperatures in Gulf of Alaska Could Have Effects on Fisheries

Temperatures in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska have been as high as five degrees Fahrenheit above average.  Although fluctuation does occur naturally with the seasons, this particular increase is attributed to other factors. 

El Nino is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there’s a 65 percent chance of El Nino emerging in fall and early winter. 

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Health
8:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

US Department of Health and Human Services Awards $5.3 Million to Alaska Clinics

Credit US Department of Health and Human Services

The US Department of Health and Human Services announced last week it’s awarding $295 million in Affordable Care Act funds to health centers.  27 health centers in Alaska will see a portion of that funding.  

Alaska will be receiving over $5.3 million to support health centers across the state.  The Bristol Bay health Corporation and the Borough of Bristol bay are among those receiving grants.  The grants are meant to help the centers expand services. 

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Crime and Safety
5:03 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Dillingham Signs a PFD Garnishment Agreement with the State

If you owe money to the City of Dillingham you could lose a portion of your Permanent Fund Dividend. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Local Sports
2:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Cross Country Runners Set to Compete in Dillingham

2 members of the Dillingham Cross Country team preparing to finish together.
Credit Shannon Spring

Dillingham will be full of cross country runners on Saturday competing in the annual Dillingham Invitational Meet. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.

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Pebble Mine
7:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Unity Ticket Opposes Preemptive 404-C for the Pebble Mine

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Byron Mallott, BBNA CEO Ralf Anderson and Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker during a visit Monday to the studios of KDLG in Dillingham.
Credit Mike Mason

The men who make up the unity ticket trying to unseat Alaska’s incumbent Governor outlined their position on the proposed Pebble Mine during a campaign stop in Dillingham this week. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Pebble Mine
2:15 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Friday is the Deadline to Comment on EPA's 404-C Determination

The EPA’s proposed restrictions on development of the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region are currently open for public comment. However, the deadline to comment is this Friday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Events & Information
12:59 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Unemployment Benefit Requirements go Into Effect Next Week

Credit Department of Labor and Workforce Development

As of the week of September 21st, Alaskans filing for unemployment insurance benefits must report their work search efforts.

Currently there are three major criteria a person must meet in order to qualify for unemployment insurance: wage credits from an employer that is subject to unemployment insurance laws, total gross income of at least $2,500 eared over two calendar quarters of your base period, and continuing eligibility for each week claimed.  The last part is what is being altered.  Eligibility means being able, available and actively seeking full time work. 

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Crime and Safety
11:55 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Alaska Leads Nation in Rate of Women Murdered by Men

Credit Violence Policy Center

A new report is out from a group in Washington, DC that looks at the rate of violence against women in the US.  According to the report, Alaska ranked first in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men. 

The Violence Policy Center released its annual report “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data.”  In the past 10 years, Alaska ranked in the top ten highest murder rates against women four other times. 

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