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"It's pretty great to have them come onboard with us," said Renewable Resources Coalition Executive Director Anders Gustafson.

The Alaska Dept. of Transportation is planning to hold a public meeting  in Dillingham on April 30th.

USFWS

The spring/summer season to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds opened Tuesday.

Paul Peter Hobson Jr., 20, of Kokhanok entered a "not-guilty" plea on an indicted charge of sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony.    

With federal grants in hand, the borough plans to collect and eventually ship decades worth of scrap out of the region.

A grand jury has indicted Leroy B. Dick Jr., 42, on the charge of murder in the first degree for the killing of VPSO Thomas Madole.  

KDLG

Dylan Wassily, a junior at DHS, is the second-ever recipient of the Drew O'Brien Award.

Poor weather did not deter the many who turned out to march in Thursday's "Choose Respect" rally in Dillingham.

This week, the Dillingham City School District is testing procedures for locking down a school in the event that someone enters the school with a weapon, similar to what happened in Newtown, Connecticut last December.  KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more:

Jason Sear

The rallies are intended to bring attention to the "epidemic" of domestic violence in Alaska, and show support for victims and survivors.

James H. Bingman Jr., 49, of Dillingham was sentenced Wednesday, following his conviction last November on a charge of felony coercion and fear accusation of crime. Bingman will spend 30 days in prison as part of a 12 month sentence with 11 months suspended.

Judge Patricia Douglass also added 3 years of probation to the sentence, and Bingman will be required to complete 120 hours of community service during each of the years he is on probation.

Alaska State Troopers (courtesy Anchorage Daily News)

KDLG's Dave Bendinger spoke with Leroy B. Dick Jr., who is in custody and has confessed to killing unarmed VPSO Thomas Madole.

Larry Phares, KDLG

At a first felony appearance before the magistrate at the Dillingham courthouse Wednesday morning, Leroy B. Dick, Jr, 42, of Manokotak, initially refused legal counsel, telling the judge: "To be honest, I could say I'm guilty of the crime."

Dick is accused of killing VPSO Thomas Madole, 54, Tuesday afternoon in Manokotak.  The State of Alaska is charging Dick with murder in the first degree, which carries a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison. 

Jason Sear, KDLG

A Village Public Safety Officer has been shot and killed in the community of Manokotak, about 25 miles southwest of Dillingham.

The retail company Orvis, which specializes in fly-fishing equipment and apparel, is pledging big money in the fight against the Pebble Mine. Orvis has stated a goal of raising $100,000 this year for Trout Unlimited and the "Stop Pebble Mine" campaign, citing the proposed mine's potential environmental hazards.  KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more:

Partnering with Trout Unlimited, Orvis has pledged to match customer donations to it's "Stop Pebble Mine" campaign, up to $50,000.  That makes it the Vermont-based company's top conservation effort this year.

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