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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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Other
2:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Alaska Visitors Reach Record High

A view of a cruise ship in Ketchikan, Alaska. Cruises to the state made up the majority of visitors last year.
Credit Courtesy Flickr User: blmiers2

 

A record number of tourists visited Alaska in the last year indicating a substantial rebound for the 49th state’s tourism industry. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has the details.
 

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Politics
1:29 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Senator Murkowski Attempts to Reach Out to Secretary Jewell

Credit Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski

It’s been seven months since Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected a road that would connect King Cove and Cold Bay.  US Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter Wednesday to Secretary Jewell expressing her disappointment in the lack of action. 

King Cove is 25 miles away from Cold Bay and there is currently one gravel road that connects the two communities.  The residents of King Cove would like a direct and paved road to the Cold Bay all weather airport so in the event of a medical emergency it will be faster and easier to Medevac to safety. 

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Arts
12:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Bristol Bay Film Making Festival Rounds

Elijah Lawson displays the "In the Same Boat" poster before prepping his vessel for the 2014 fishing season.
Credit Luke Brummer

A film about the people that make up the Bristol Bay fishing industry has been making the film festival rounds across the country. KDLG’s Luke Brummer reports.

The film will play at the Willow Tree in Dillingham, Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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Politics
12:15 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

US House and Senate Attempt to Work on VA Reform

The Veterans’ reform bill recently passed by the US Senate by a vote of 93-3 increases access to health care for veterans as well as provides much-needed reforms to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  However, after the US House of Representatives met Wednesday night to try to pass its own version of the bill, US Senator Mark Begich spoke on to the Senate on his feelings towards the Veterans’ Conference Committee. 

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Fisheries
5:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Has Exceeded 41-Million Fish

A fishing driftnet at sunset in Bristol Bay.
Credit Elijah Lawson

Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye fishery is not quite over as there are still fishermen scratching for an end to their season. The sockeye run to the Togiak District is also still coming in, which means the final numbers can still change. However, one thing is certain. This year’s run came in much larger than expected. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Education
4:48 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UAF Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research Awarded Edith R. Bullock Prize

Credit University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Foundation announced the winner of this year’s Edith R. Bullock Prize is Dr. Dana Thomas. 

The Edith R. Bullock Prize was established by its namesake who served the University of Alaska for 30 years as a member of the UA Board of Regents and the foundation’s Board of Trustees.  The title includes a cash award and is the single largest award presented by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees each year.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Young Speaks Out at Migratory Bird Treaty Amendment Hearing

Alaska natives and the use of migratory bird parts was the subject of a legislative hearing in the US House Thursday.   KDLG's Chase Cavanaugh has more. 

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Environment
3:45 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UAF Researchers Look at Alaska Frogs that Survive Extreme Cold

Credit Canadian Geographic

Researchers studying wood frogs have discovered the little vertebrates are able to survive incredibly cold temperatures.  

Alaska’s interior is home to wood frogs.  These amphibians create a hibernaculum, or a shelter occupied during the winter.  These shelters can sometimes remain at temperatures below freezing for more than six months with minimum temperatures of minus four degrees. 

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Politics
3:11 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Forum Held on Potential Repeal of SB 21

Earlier this month, a public forum was held in Juneau to discuss the potential repeal of SB21, the new oil tax regime signed into law by Governor Parnell in June.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the participants and their opinions on the upcoming ballot referendum. 

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Health
1:40 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

American Lung Association Releases New Report

Credit American Lung Associate

Smoking-related diseases cost Medicaid programs $833 million in taxpayer dollars per state in 2013. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the US and it costs the country up to $333 billion annually.  But one organization is trying to curb the amount of smokers in the country by focusing on the state level.  

The American Lung Associate released a new report that looks at the influence of the Affordable Care Act on smoking prevention.  The report takes a close look at each state and the way its health care system will help smokers quit. 

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Arts
12:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Round Island Fox Help Publicize Documentary in the Works

Credit Jonathan VanBallenberghe

A YouTube video of a fox on Round Island shows him playing with a GoPro camera.  The camera is getting footage for a bigger project that will look at the wildlife in Alaska.

Imagine a grassy field with a narrow path.  Suddenly a fox appears in the distance.  He’s curious and kind of adorable.  He jaunts over to your two or three hundred dollar camera, licks it, then picks it up with its mouth and runs away.

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Politics
12:45 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Begich Sponsors Mental Health First Aid Bill

Credit Senator Mark Begich

Mental health is the focus of a new bill introduced by U.S. Senator Mark Begich, specifically, mental health first aid.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Begich Sponsors Duck Stamp Rate Hike

Credit Senator Mark Begich

One of the premier sources of funding for preserving wetlands may receive a rate increase.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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