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All twelve jurors (it only takes 10 for a verdict in a civil trial) agreed that Fred Knutsen was 90 percent at fault for his Aug. 21, 2012 drowning. Former DPD officer Ramon Golden was 10 percent to blame, said the jury, because of his inflammatory language that did not help de-escalate the situation. Knutsen's two children were awarded $38,000 total, to be paid by the city of Dillingham or its insurance company. However, that amount is subject to paying the plaintiff's attorney, and possibly having to pay 90 percent of the defense legal bill after losing the case.


Res. 2017-08 proposes changes to who gets automatic tax exempt status, which small business must collect sales tax, and raising the sales tax cap from $2,000 to $5,000. A workshop and two public hearings are being planned before it comes up for a vote.

Brian L. Heinrichsen, 65, killed after accidentally shooting himself with .454 caliber Casull pistol at the start of a moose hunt north of Amanka Lake.  AST says Heinrichsen lives in Puyallup, Washington.


A highly lubricated post-fishing season has continued to keep law enforcement busy.

Suravak Road expected to be paved in September, and the first five miles of Lake Road before fall freeze-up. Some work will start on the Dillingham Airport runway rehab.

After 28 months on the job, veteran prosecutor Clint Campion announced Friday he is stepping down as the Anchorage District Attorney. Campion took over in May, 2015, after Sharon Marshall retired.


NPS has recorded only three bear-related incidents dating to 1950 at its most famous viewing spot. Park rangers attribute that to good orientation, supervision, accountability of food and gear, and abundant supply of Bristol Bay sockeye. 

Carrie Nick, Contessa Berlin both failed to show up on time for jury duty Thursday morning, and both had been drinking. Judge Heath ordered each repay their airfare, hotel, and other costs from the lengthy trial.

Lake and Peninsula Borough

Lake and Peninsula Borough staff and assembly cut ribbon on long-awaited waterfront improvement as M/V Tustumena makes landing Thursday during its overdue first run of the season.

courtesy Lance Spencer

Most taking home .65/lb for their chilled coho catch, and with over 210,000 fish landed by probably less than 50 fishermen, the fall fishery proved a good one.

Ty Anthony Moore, 26, taken into custody Tuesday in Togiak, a village he was banished from for suspected drug dealing. Moore was arrested pursuant to a warrant to begin a year in jail for conviction of being a felon in possession of a gun after Dillingham arrest last February.


Knutsen's family allege city police officers and volunteer EMS responders were negligent in not rescuing the young man. Knustsen, who was highly intoxicated, had climbed into the water at the harbor after getting into a fight that prompted a call for police to the scene.


Joshua G. Rivera, 38, was caught with 12.5 grams, $19,000 cash in January, 2016. He reached a plea deal Tuesday, agreeing to six year jail term. Rivera complained that jail is a hard place for an addict to recover.

Bryan Anderson, 35, Bristol Bay Angels varsity basketball coach, could not be resuscitated after falling into the lake returning from a hunting trip late Sunday.


So far no reports of injuries in large fire that continues to burn at large, remote salmon processing plant on the Alaska Peninsula.  One dock was cut away, and production facilities heavily damaged according to on-the-ground reports.