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It has been a low water summer on the Nushagak River. Even with late-July rains, the two villages furthest upriver are still waiting on their first barge deliveries.


Earlier this month, seven area middle school students spent five days on Cape Peirce, a remote area within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. While they adventured, they learned about wildlife biology, traditional uses of plants and art.

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Qualified subsistence users will be able to hunt the Nushagak Peninsula caribou herd starting August 1. Initially the limit will be three caribou per hunter, but the refuge manager says that the limit may be raised mid-season.

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At a 30-day wellness camp hosted at Ekwok Lodge, participants fought alcohol and drug addiction with fishing and berry picking. Friday was graduation day.

International Maritime Organization

At their July meeting, the Marine Environmental Protection Committee, a committee of the United Nations agency that regulates international shipping, adopted a proposal to address environmental risks heavy fuel oil could pose in the Arctic. Heavy fuel oil is already banned in Antarctic waters.

Since June, an increasing number of New Stuyahok homes have been dealing with low or no water pressure. It is unclear when water will be restored.

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Glen Szymoniak comes to Dillingham from the North Slope Borough School District, where he was superintendent for two years.

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Karen Kapatak of Koliganek will begin teaching kindergarten and first grade at the school in her hometown this fall.

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Three Bristol Bay students traveled to Anchorage at the end of June to participate in a camp put on by Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program.

Stormi K. Joachim

Someone dumped hundreds of processed fish carcasses by Ralph's Road in Naknek. Bristol Bay Borough police are investigating this littering case.

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Koliganek and New Stuyahok are still waiting on their first barge of the year. Heating fuel use for residents and businesses in New Stuyahok is limited.

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Red salmon hit subsistence nets hard in Koliganek this summer, but so far they are pulling in very few king salmon.


A new walrus haulout site between Ugashik and Egegik is more accessible to tourists than traditional Bristol Bay haulout sites. Pilots and lodges in the area are both trying to utilize and protect this opportunity.

photo courtesy of Karyn Marxmiller

On her first trip to Bristol Bay in 26 years, Karyn Marxmiller planned to assist her husband and sons' commercial fishing operation from shore. She ended up fishing for a week.

While problems with water pressure persist in New Stuyahok, the city has identified the problem's cause and hopes to fix the broken pipe by the end of the week.