A handful of commercial fishermen from Togiak have been accused of fishing illegally outside of the Togiak Commercial Fishing District. Last week the Alaska State Troopers served 4 search warrants in Togiak that resulted in the seizure of 4 driftnet vessels that the Troopers allege fished illegally from 1 to 2 miles outside of the Togiak District.
When someone thinks of law enforcement, the first thing that comes to mind is the Alaska state troopers, followed by municipal police. However, a not-so well-known group is Village Public Safety Officers, a group of first responders that serve in Alaska’s remote villages. KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on a new law that paves the way for arming these individuals.
Law enforcement officials in Dillingham are asking for the public’s help in identifying 2 suspects that burglarized a popular local business very early Monday morning. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
Alaska is preparing an emergency food supply for communities across the state. The idea is to provide 40,000 people with three meals a day for one week.
There are over 730,000 people in Alaska. The majority of our food products, 95% in fact, come from out of state sources. There are some places of the state that are only reachable by plane or by boat. However, the Alaska Department of Homeland Security started a new program that will provide 40,000 people in the state with food for a week in the case of a state wide emergency.
The regional Native Corporation for Southeast Alaska is endorsing U.S. Senator Mark Begich in his bid for reelection. Seaalaska is also endorsing Byron Mallott for Governor. Sealaska cited Senator Begich’s seniority and effectiveness as reasons for the endorsement. Byron Mallott received the corporation’s endorsement because of his long-term involvement in rural and Native issues. Sealaska currently has over 21.6-thousand shareholders.
Alaska has expanded its fish testing data and released new fish consumption guidelines. The new guidelines increase the number of fish species on the “unrestricted consumption” list.
The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services released a report upgrading several species of fish to unrestricted status. Some of the new fish include halibut up to 40 pounds, lingcod measuring up to 35 inches, big skate, black rockfish, broad whitefish, Dolly Varden, dusky rockfish, grayling, humpback whitefish and rough eye rockfish.
The Bendix sonar equipment used at the Nushagak sonar site for more than 25 years printed estimate data on a ticker tape (upper left and right). The DIDSON technology the site now uses produces ultra sound-like video of fish (lower left and right).
One of the largest king salmon runs in Alaska is the run to the Nushagak River. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports, escapement has picked up in recent days but is still short of the Department of Fish and Game’s management priority.
Last week, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services released a health advisory because of a bat that was found with rabies.
Biologists on the Prince of Wales Island trapped several Keen’s myotis bats. One appeared to be behaving strangely, and after testing, was found to have rabies. This is only the third case of bat rabies in the state of Alaska-- the first was in 1993 and the second in 2006. There are over 1000 different species of bats worldwide and only six species live in Alaska.
The National Park Service released a new report showing that 2.5 million visitors came to national parks in Alaska in 2013. Those millions of visitors brought with them money that supports some communities.
Alaska national parks brought in $1.1 billion in economic support to communities across the state. These parks employ 17,000 workers directly and thousands more indirectly. The three most visited parks in the state last year were Klondike Gold Rush at 928,000 visitors, Denali at 530,000 visitors and Glacier Bay at 500,000 visitors.