Dave Bendinger

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Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

Two buyers and eight seiners left Togiak and fished two openers in Port Moller this week. A total of 1465 tons were landed, with an avg. roe reported around 12 percent and avg. weights above 450 grams.

Alex W. Savo, 25, originally of Naknek, pleaded guilty May 1 and was ordered to serve a two year sentence. His co-conspirator, Taylor Lack, 21, of Wasilla, is scheduled to plead Friday.

Public health nurse Gina Carpenter hosting the free, hour long classes starting Tuesday night at 5:30. The courses continue Wednesday and Thursday, and again on Thursday May 18, all at the Bristol Bay Campus.

Tom Collier, the CEO of Pebble Limited Partnership, joined Bristol Bay and Beyond Friday to discuss the new advisory committee raising eyebrows, and offer an update on the FACA case he says will probably resolved out of court with EPA within a week.

Tonya O'Connor, who has more than a decade of experience as the Dillingham court clerk and deputy magistrate, is now officially the Magistrate Judge and Clerk of Court.

Warner Lew / Icicle Seafoods

With just over a hundred tons left to fish, ADF&G calls it a season for Togiak purse seine fleet. No price given yet. Around 15 gillnetters still fishing, with about 6,000 tons left in their quota.

On Thursday we snuck behind the scenes as the Dillingham Drama Club ran through a dress rehearsal of "Annie, Jr." Catch the performances Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the D.E.S. 

KDLG

An update as Togiak seiners near their quota, Pebble CEO Tom Collier on proposed advisory committee and coming plans, a visit to Igiugig's "Goose Camp", new Magistrate Tonya O'Connor, and backstage at Annie.

DPD

Ty Anthony Moore, 26, pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, has heroin dealing charge dropped. Ordered to serve one year in jail, but first freed to fish in Bristol Bay this summer.

KDLG

Kim Williams, long the executive director of one of Pebble's staunchest opponents, let go after Nunamta's board said she signed on to an advisory role with Pebble. Williams and Pebble yet to confirm. "My opinion on the project has not changed," Williams said.

Sharon Thompson

Fully restored 1932 double-ender sailboat on long term loan from Anchorage Museum to Bristol Bay Historical Society museum in Naknek.

KDLG: A Dillingham man was arrested Friday after allegedly strangling a woman until she lost consciousness. 

The incident occurred at the Forestview Apartments in HUD.  Police say 29-year-old Andrew "Weebee" Olsen was highly intoxicated and had put one hand on the victim’s neck until she blacked. He was charged with second degree assault and held at the jail pending arraignment.

Warner Lew / Icicle Seafoods

State's largest herring fishery opened Friday night, with a steady harvest reported through the weekend. One tender, the F/V Tugidak, struck a rock and was beached for repairs Sunday.

USCG via AST

US Coast Guard located wreckage of Cessna 208B at 3000 feet Monday evening. AST will coordinate difficult recovery efforts. Pilot Gabriele Cianetti, 54, was killed and stilled trapped in the wreckage. 

ADF&G

Fish and Game documented the 35,000 ton threshold during an aerial survey Friday morning, and will allow the industry to begin its harvest. May take a few days for fish to "ripen" ahead of spawn.

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