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While the count is not officially complete, the 56.2 million total run is bigger than all recorded years but 1980, 1995, and 2015. The harvest of 37.5 million is bested only by 1993, 1996, and 2016.

Avery Lill / KDLG

Andrew "Weebee" Olsen, 29, arrested on drug possession and trafficking charges after tips lead police to Saturday night boarding and bust at the Dillingham Harbor. Six grams of heroin, cash, and syringes seized.

A funeral service is being tentatively planned for Saturday for Bristol Bay fire chief Steve Jones. The fisherman, firefighter, and community leader collapsed and died suddenly Sunday afternoon.

KDLG

State investigating claims of workplace health, safety violations after record setting catches strained Bristol Bay's processors and workforce. But so far, only Silver Bay has drawn state's attention.

NPS

Pilot Joel Black of Pemberville, OH, sole occupant of Cessna 206 that crashed. Cause of crash unknown. Pilot's remains have been recovered and transported to Anchorage for an autopsy.

KDLG

U.S. Coast Guard air assets, state troopers, Pilot Point VPSO and volunteers, and good Samaritans searched until Thursday night for a crewman from the F/V Lady Colleen who went overboard around midnight Thursday.

The F/V Cachalot was taking on water, according to the Coast Guard, and the ship's master needed a medevac on account of a hand wound. The vessel was escorted to safe harbor at Peter Pan in Port Moller.

Frustrated and fearful Kvichak River village questions why killer roams free awaiting possible homicide charges to be filed after Friday night killing.

Mike Davis

Mother Nature sent way more sockeye back to Bristol Bay than was expected, and many fishermen recorded their top seasons ever. As other fisheries fall short, the market is eager for all the fish the Bay can provide, so the fleet goes home with a better price, too. The ex-vessel value may be the highest since early 90s.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Several big buyers post a $1/lb base price, the run shoots to 49 million, and the districts head to wide open or weekly schedules. As we wrap up our special coverage, ADF&G's Paul Salomone, Travis Ellison, and Tim Sands join for a preliminary recap of this incredible, historic year for the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.

Sarah Grace Durrance

Sometime today someone in the Nushagak is catching the sockeye that will break the all time harvest record for the district, and boats are piling into Ugashik for the next million or so of the run. Bristol Bay's total run has shot past 47 million as river after river "over escapes." Thanks for your generous support during pledge drive week! We raised at least $60,000 in new contributions, and we're not even sure what's coming in on fish tickets.

courtesy Belleque Family

Another 1.7 million in the bins helps push the total run to 45 million. If the upper eastside forecast proves true, there still may be a long tail that takes this run well past 50 million for the third year in a row. Boats are crowding into Ugashik and the Kvichak to see this thing through!

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Bristol Bay tops the preseason forecast, and when the Kvichak tower tallied the 2,000,000th fish today, all rivers (but the usually late Togiak) have met their escapement goals. Differing opinions on how big this run might go, and what kind of tail that large Naknek-Kvichak will get to fish. Were these lag days indicated in Port Moller, and are there more coming? Better yet, are these slower days letting the buyers get ahead of the game?

Mann, 55, of Puyallup, WA, pleaded guilty to all 19 counts in Anchorage federal court Wednesday. He remains free on bail, but faces up to 20 years in prison after he is sentenced in December.

Dr. Curry Cunningham, UW-FRI

The Nush goes all time big and the run is beating its preseason forecast sometime today. Catches have slimmed out a little, and boats head east for a big finale. Egegik and Nushagak fishermen have had a heck of a season ... will Ugashik and Naknek Kvichak catch up?

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