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9:33 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Stakeholders Prepare to Fish This Summer in the Wood River Special Harvest Area

Commercial fishermen, processors, and the managers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are all preparing for the upcoming sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. In one of the 5 districts stakeholders are contemplating a scenario that puts a large number of fishermen into a relatively small river. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Fisheries
2:52 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

ADF&G Conducts the First Aerial Survey of the Togiak District: No Herring Spotted

Tenders awaiting the start of the 2013 Togiak sac-roe herring fishery.
Credit Thorey Munro

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game planned to take their first survey flight of the Togiak District on Thursday to look for signs of herring in the District. However, the Department took a look early based in part on a pilot report of fish spotted in the shallows of Togiak Bay on Sunday. Tim Sands is the Area Management Biologist for the upcoming Togiak sac-roe herring fishery. He confirms that Tuesday’s survey didn’t turn up any signs of herring, sea lions, or grey whales.

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Fisheries
11:21 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Fish and Game is Anticipating an Early Start to the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery

Vessels awaiting the start of last year's Togiak sac-roe herring fishery.
Credit Thorey Munro

The largest herring fishery in Alaska is the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery and many stakeholders in the fishery are preparing for an early start. That includes the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.

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Pebble Mine
7:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Representative Mike Chenault on Rio Tinto's Divestment Decision

Speaker of the Alaska House Mike Chenault speaking on the floor of the House.
Credit KTOO

The Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives recently weighed in on the decision by Rio Tinto to get out of the Pebble Mine project. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Fisheries
6:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Fish and Game Getting Ready for the Sockeye Fishery in Bristol Bay

The 2014 sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay is still a couple of months away but preparations for the fishery are already underway. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports about how the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is getting ready for the season.

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Crime and Safety
2:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

3 Men Arrested for an Alleged Home Invasion in Dillingham

3-men have been arrested and charged for an alleged home invasion in Dillingham Saturday morning. Officers with the Dillingham Police Department went to a home off of Tower Road after receiving a report of a home invasion and assault in progress. By the time the officers arrived the assailants were gone.

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Fisheries
11:48 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Fish and Game Will be Cautious in the Ugashik District This Season

A vessel full of sockeye during the 2013 season.
Credit Elijah Lawson

Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye salmon fishery is still a couple of months away but stakeholders are getting ready. That includes the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which last month published the 2014 outlook for commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay. The outlook includes the details about the forecast and how the Department intends to manage each of Bristol Bay’s 5-commercial fishing districts. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview of the Ugashik District.

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Fisheries
8:58 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Chairman of the Board for Ocean Beauty Seafood's Talks Sockeye in Dillingham

A Bristol Bay driftnet vessel on the water during the 2013 season.
Credit Elijah Lawson

This year’s sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay was a major topic of discussion Saturday during the first “Business of Fish” workshop of the season. The workshop was held in Dillingham and was sponsored by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. Robin Samuelsen Junior is the Chairman of the Board. He observed that the price fishermen receive for their sockeye catch has been increasing in recent years.

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Business
11:43 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Soutwest Alaska Posts an Unemployment Rate of 13.8-Percent

The latest unemployment numbers show that Southwest Alaska continues to lead the state in regional unemployment. The March unemployment rate in the Southwest region was 13.8-percent. That’s essentially unchanged from the 13.9-percent rate recorded in February.

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Pebble Mine
11:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Opposition Grows to the "Regulatory Fairness Act of 2014"

A portion of the area proposed for the Pebble Mine.
Credit Jason Sear

14 sportsman’s and conservation groups have come out in opposition to legislation introduced in Congress that would take away a power currently held by the EPA that the agency intends to use in the Bristol Bay region. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Fisheries
2:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

No Interest in the Security Cove Herring Fishery

A shot of Security Cove taken during a Fish and Game aerial survey.
Credit ADF&G

Fishermen and processors are gearing up for the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery, which is largest herring fishery in Alaska. However, they apparently are not planning on taking part in a much smaller fishery to the west. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

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Politics
10:44 am
Thu April 17, 2014

AFN Calls for a $400-Dollar Increase in State Education Funding

AFN is calling for more education funding for Alaska's public schools.
Credit AFN

The Alaska Federation of Natives is joining the call for lawmakers to increase funding for Alaska’s public schools. AFN is also calling for any such increase to be made through the established “Base Student Allocation”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Politics
7:25 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Bill Approved in the House to Extend a Hiring Preference to More Veterans

The Alaska House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday intended to allow more veterans to take advantage of hiring preferences. Senate Bill 145 was approved unanimously by the Senate back in March and a slightly different version of the bill was approved unanimously by the House on Wednesday.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

High Mercury Levels Found in Lake Trout from Lake Clark

Lake trout from Lake Clark are found to have high levels of mercury.
Credit Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

A new study shows that lake trout in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve have mercury levels that exceed the state and national standards for consumption by women and children. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Crime and Safety
2:50 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Legislation Approved to Allow VPSO's to Carry Guns

The Alaska Legislature has approved legislation that would allow Village Public Safety Officers in Alaska to carry guns. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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