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Pebble CEO Tom Collier on company plans, Robin Samuelson and Kim Williams with reaction, plus Mark Lisac on his career at Togiak NWR, and Aleknagik's Carolyn Smith on the borough feasibility study.


Daniel Doty, currently an Anchorage municipal prosecutor, will move to town and take the reigns from current ADA Pamela Dale by June 1.

Drug mule Jason Alto, 21, of Egegik caught May 30 with three pounds of meth on board the ferry Kennicott. US District Court Judge Timothy Burgess handed down 20 month jail sentence with five years probation.

Attorney asked for lower bail, in part citing "weak charges" against his client Clark. State disagrees, saying case is strong. Clark was indicted for the Feb. 2015 murder of Ella Olsen in Dillingham.

State of Alaska

In a clunky five hour hearing to reconsider both, commissioner John Harrington called for vote, then re-vote, to see Dillingham's prior-approved annexation overturned.  The commissioners shrunk back boundaries for Manokotak to the mouths of the Igushik and Weary Rivers. Nushagak District likely to stay mostly tax free fishery for now.

Carl Perry Nunn, 29, of Dillingham was charged in the "brutal" assault of a female victim who said she was strangled several times, dragged around by her ankles, and driven in a truck that was crashed into a ditch.

Hammer Odomin

Village grieving loss of Alex Nielsen, 17, who was killed after ATV struck a snow bank on Iliamna Lake. In a tragic coincidence, his father Niel was killed 11 years ago on the same day, January 19, 2006, in an ATV accident outside of Kokhanok.

Anchorage Police served $10,000 arrest warrant and took Reece Johnson, 22, under arrest Wednesday at Merrill Field as he tried to board a flight to Ekwok.

Dr. Arnold Loera "a great doctor," says CEO Robert Clark, who did not renew Loera's contract for employment. Clark says the decision was his to make, not the health corporation's board of directors.

Ben Matheson / Carto / Geographic Information Network of Alaska

Update: Both pilot, passenger survived, successfully rescue by Coast Guard and transported for medical care Monday night.

Update: U.S. Coast Guard helicopter located downed aircraft and is preparing pilot and passenger for medical transport.

Original: Pilot, passenger believed alive but injured after Van Air chartered flight between Pilot Point, Port Heiden went down Monday afternoon. Passenger been able to communicate by cell phone. US Coast Guard enroute from Kodiak.

Jeffrey George, 25, facing felony assault, reckless driving charges after allegedly striking a woman with a metal rod, crashing snow machine into a house, following a day of drinking, says AST.

Arnold Kalmakoff, 45, passed away two days after an ATV accident, according to state troopers.


Coming up this week, HIV in Bristol Bay, Sen. Coghill on SB 91, Slaviq, dog mushing decline, and leaving a felony behind.

State of Alaska DHSS

Cluster of five new cases not believed to be tied to needle sharing, but rather unprotected sexual activity.

Michael Dinneen / Alaska Native Health Consortium Board of Directors

Smith served as BBAHC board chair for 22 of her 30 years as a director, one of many roles over a nearly 50 year career. She succumbed to leukemia in Seattle Tuesday, just five days after her 70th birthday.