Dave Bendinger

News Director

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Bristol Bay finfish convenes in Dillingham late next fall, but now is the time to work with staff and stakeholders to draft proposed changes to sport, subsistence, and commercial fishing regulations.

The on-time comment deadline for proposals is Feb. 2. The board will meet at the DMS gym from Feb. 16-23, taking up proposed hunting and trapping regulation changes for Units 9, 10, 11, 13, part of 14, 16, and 17.

Sam Gardner, KDLG

Bristol Bay's soon-to-be second offering for regular service to Anchorage is finishing work on terminals in Dillingham and King Salmon, and holding Thursday meet-and-greets with company execs (and the Dash-8 aircraft).

360 North

Again facing a $2.5 to $3 billion deficit, and ahead of the 2018 elections, what’s ahead for the next 90 days? House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, spoke with KDLG before heading to Juneau.

State of Alaska ADF&G

Citing poor winter travel and low harvest numbers, ADF&G and USFWS have agreed to keep the hunt open till Feb. 20.

Pebble permit filing, courtesty USACE

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accepted a permit application for Pebble's proposed plan to mine the copper and gold deposit northwest of Iliamna.


Togiak hunters have requested the flexible season start soon as they apparently hope to hunt by skiff. ADF&G likely to allow up to 30 cows and 20 bulls harvested in Unit 17A.

Jason Sear - KDLG

First Quantum Minerals will buy in at $150 million over the next four years, during the permitting phase, and will have the option to become a 50 percent partner with Northern Dynasty for an additional $1.35 billion if the mine goes into production.


Pebble believes BBNC and its shareholders could benefit immensely with in-region contracts and revenue sharing if the mine moves forward. BBNC says it's not interested in working on a project it has openly opposed since 2009.

Citing a Dec. 2016 DUI and alleged car theft, 18 people signed a petition to start a recall of Newhalen council president Henry Olympic last October, but that was short of the threshold to trigger a vote.


King Salmon-based entrepreneur Bob Egli addressed the Bristol Bay borough assembly at its December 4 meeting, telling the members he would like the borough to eventually stop plowing and sanding local businesses for free.

US Dept. of Justice

Following two day sentencing hearing, Judge Timothy Burgess took a rare step in handing down a longer sentence than called for in the guidelines, and ordered Floyd Jay Mann of Puyallup, WA, to remand immediately.

Anchorage District Attorney says state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that S George Peterson did not stab Ellis Kaloke in self-defense.


ADF&G's Neil Barten made the decision to close the hunt Sunday night at 11:59 p.m., based on what the high level of hunting interest, coupled with good travel conditions, could do to the struggling herd.