Avery Lill

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Opponents of mining in the Bristol Bay watershed celebrate Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement and are committed to remaining vocal on the issue. On the other hand, four village corporations with land near or adjacent to the Pebble deposit have called on Pruitt to “ensure a full and fair review for the project” and are concerned that proposed restrictions could impede that process.

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Last week, the Bristol Bay Opioid Task Force and Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services held a meeting in Dillingham . At the meeting, Bristol Bay residents weighed in on how the state should next respond to the opioid epidemic.

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Jason Johnson is slated to start work as the superintendent of Dillingham schools July 1.

Ole Shangin, 32, was arrested Wednesday on murder charges related to the 2016 shooting death of Joseph Peterson, 31, in Ivanof Bay.

Robert Joseph May, a 42-year-old from King Salmon, will serve two and a half years in jail for possessing child pornography

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Cynthia Rogers is no longer the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Bristol Bay Campus director.  Sarah Randolph-Andrew took over Tuesday as interim director while UAF searches for a permanent replacement.

Alaska Earthquake Center

Several Alaska Peninsula communities evacuated to higher ground during a tsunami warning Tuesday.

The state is seeking input from Bristol Bay residents on Alaska's response plan to the opioid epidemic.

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Dillingham City School District enrolled more students than projected this year, which brought in $400,000 more from the state than the school board anticipated when it formulated the 2017-2018 budget.

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Formerly the subsistence research specialist at the Bristol Bay Native Association, Hoseth stepped into the role of director of natural resources in November.

The assistant director for the University of Alaska’s Bristol Bay Campus says she is being forced to resign. Meanwhile, faculty and the campus advisory council have written letters to UAF administration expressing concern about low morale among campus staff and faculty under the new director.

courtesy of Monica Turrentine

Monica Turrentine became principal and teacher at Ekwok “Sonny Nelson” School in December. Substitutes had been covering the position since November because the previous principal and teacher resigned.

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On Sunday, Eastern Orthodox Christians around the state celebrated Christmas. In the days following Christmas, many celebrate the holiday by bringing brightly decorated stars from house to house for a caroling tradition called ‘slavii.’

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In the 32 years Naknek and King Salmon have participated in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, watchers have never counted more than 24 species. This year, birders saw 27.

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Thirty people volunteered to participate in Dillingham’s bird count on Saturday. Last year, 18 participated. The volunteers this year spotted 19 species, including the possible sighting of a species new to Dillingham’s Christmas count.

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