Dave Bendinger

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U.S. National Weather Service

A powerful Bering Sea cyclone will push strong westerlies into coastal Southwest Alaska Wednesday and especially Thursday. The storm will bring winds of 30-40 mph, with gusts up to 60, and high seas and some storm surge along the coast are in the forecast as well.

Bristol Engineering Services

The City of Manokotak is still advancing its road-to-Dillingham proposal, even as the cost to build may be upwards of $100 million.

KDLG

On Thursday, Pebble CEO Tom Collier is expected to roll out details of the company's smaller plan to mine the copper and gold deposit northwest of Iliamna. Bristol Bay's residents and leaders, including some of Pebble's loudest opponents, are gearing up to finally get a look behind the curtain of this proposed project.

KDLG

The unexpected banner pink year filled a gap after the sockeye run came in well below expectations, and helped push the Chignik salmon fishery past and estimated $15 million in ex-vessel value.

courtesy KPEDD

New city manager accepted the city council's offer and will move from Seldovia to Dillingham by Nov. 8. The retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel is "excited to get to Dillingham and work with the Mayor, City Council and Citizens to continue the momentum developed in the City.”

KDLG

“It’s got a bit of a homey atmosphere, and you walk in and you smell fresh coffee and some cookies baking, and you know we just love on ‘em like their family would,” said Bobbie Overgaard, who has helped outreach to the thousands of seasonal workers who call Naknek home for two months every summer.

AST

John Etuckmelra, 28, arrested Friday on two outstanding warrants. He eluded arrest during a previous attempt Sept. 3. AST also charged his sister Deanna Etuckmelra with hindering prosecution.

The teenage boy was found in a skiff down by the city dock, slumped over next to an open can of gas troopers believe he was huffing. The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.

Gavin Augustus Carlson, 27, and Delta Elizabeth Bailey, 29, have both been charged with misdemeanor drug possession following a bust early on July 29 in Naknek.

Fred Tom Hurley, III, 26, is being held in custody on six rape charges against two women. The young man from Ekwok had been out of custody less than two days before the alleged rapes occurred in Anchorage.

Willie Larson

By Tuesday, ADF&G had 137 moose recorded taken in 17B and 17C this fall, and six so far in 17A that closes after Wednesday. The eastside units have been a little less productive, but some good hunting opportunities are ahead in 9E that is open through Sept. 25.

Sarah Grace Durrance

ADF&G's Bristol Bay salmon season summary highlights the incredible year 2017 proved to be: 56.5 million total inshore run was 2nd biggest in 20 years, all rivers met or beat escapement goals, and value (without chilling, floating, bleeding bonuses added in) is nearly double the 20 year average.

KTOO

Write-in candidates still welcome to register for most races, but deadlines vary. Municipal elections held Tuesday, Oct. 3, or done by mail in the Lake and Peninsula Borough.

Troopers, DPD respond to calls for help as pair of hunters reported being chased at high speeds by another man after a minor accident on Snake Lake Road. Ronnie Johnson, 54, charged with two counts of fear assault.

Sarah Grace Durrance

The sonar only counted 56,000, just over minimum escapement, but biologists think low water and abundance of sockeye hindered the sonar's king counting ability. Post-season aerial surveys found plenty of kings on spawning grounds in all tributaries.

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