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1:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The King Salmon Run to the Nushagak River is Doing O.K.

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).
Credit ADF&G

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.

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Environment
12:36 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bat With Rabies Found on Prince of Wales Island, First in Eight Years

Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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. 

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Environment
11:16 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Alaska's National Parks Bring in $1.1 Billion to the State

Credit National Park Service

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.

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Politics
9:28 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Palin Calls for Obama Impeachment at Summit

WCS Logo
Credit Courtesy: Colorado Christian University

 

A former Alaskan governor made strong comments about the president at a recent conservative conference held in Colorado. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.
 

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Fisheries
5:11 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Togiak District Update: Things Picking Up

Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye run is basically over and the vast majority of fishermen have called it a season. However, there are still fishermen targeting the small sockeye run to the Togiak River. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Barrow Gets Earthquake Seismograph

An underground seismograph has been installed in Barrow to detect earthquakes across the continent.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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Fisheries
4:27 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

2014 Fishing Season Reactions from Dillingham Harbor

A fishing vessel headed back in to the Dillingham Harbor during the 2014 fishing season.
Credit Luke Brummer

Bristol Bay's massive sockeye salmon fishery is winding down. KDLG's Luke Brummer checked in with a few fishermen returning to the Dillingham Harbor and filed this report.
 

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

New Bill Protects Minors in Alaska from Cyberbullying

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signing a number of bills on July 16, 2014.
Credit Courtesy Alaska.gov

A new bill was recently signed into law in Alaska which will make it illegal for individuals to harass minors online. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.
 

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Fisheries
4:03 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

DNR Recommends Acquiring Shore Fishery Leases

A setnet near the Dillingham Harbor.
Credit Luke Brummer

The Department of Natural Resources is recommending that Bristol Bay setnet fishermen protect the right to fish their sites by getting a shore-fishery lease from the State of Alaska. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.
 

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Fisheries
3:49 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Fish for Kids Program Continues on for its 7th Year

Tom Whinihan with SW Region School Board leaders and summer camp children at a "Fish for Kids" event on July 17, 2014.
Credit Luke Brummer

An annual program which donates salmon to area schools and organizations in Southwest Alaska held a special send off event on Thursday. KDLG’s Luke Brummer attended the event and filed this report.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Begich Continues to Push for Action Against Supreme Court Ruling

Last week saw the unsuccessful attempt to pass a reversal of the Supreme Court’s ruling that stated it was in fact constitutional for businesses to refuse certain kinds of birth control to its employees based on the religion of the owners.  However, some Democrats are still pushing forward with a new bill to help employees understand their insurance.

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Business
1:24 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Unemployment in Southwest Alaska is 13.4-Percent

Southwest Alaska continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the state. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Pebble Mine
1:14 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Act that Curbs EPA's 404(c) Authority Advances in House

Don Young debating the Regulatory Certainty Act of 2014
Credit House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

A measure that would reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s 404(c) authority advanced through the House Transportation Committee last week.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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Fisheries
6:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 18, 2014

Professor Bob Hansen teaching a class at Dartmouth College that uses the Bristol Bay sockeye fishery as a tool to teach students about supply and demand.
Credit Bob Hansen

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 18 includes details of the 404 C determination rolled out on Friday by the EPA and reaction to the $1.20 base price for sockeye caught this season in Bristol Bay.  The report also includes a story about a class at Dartmouth College that uses the Bristol Bay sockeye fishery as a case study to teach students about supply and demand.

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Education
3:27 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

UAF Unveils Oral History Exhibit on Exxon Valdez

Credit University of Alaska-Fairbanks

The Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill is the subject of a new oral history project by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on how the project got started and what perspectives it can offer on the incident.

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