Bristol Bay and Beyond, April 10 2015

Apr 12, 2015

On this week's show, an update from Juneau, some talented young musicians converge in Dillingham, and how pricey airfare is impacting local business.

This curious fox came close for (just) a photo shoot this week in Port Heiden.
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Spring runoff beneath the Alaska Peninsula Highway, connecting to the Naknek River.
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Look closely ... that tundra swan was one of several spotted in the tundra near Manokotak this week. Rumor of others appearing have circulated, including four at Lake Aleknagik.
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There are nine days left in the first session of Alaska’s 29th Legislature, and there is much yet to get done. As lawmakers wrestle with how to manage a $3-4 billion dollar deficit, they are also considering expanding Medicaid, how to move forward with a natural gas pipeline, and seating Governor Bill Walker’s nominees to top agency posts, boards, and commissions. They have until Sunday the 19 to get it all done, lest they end up in an extended session. 

Brian Venua prepares for the regional music festival in Dillingham.
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Visiting students from four western Alaska schools made their way to Dillingham for the Regional Music Festival this weekend. Young musicians have been tightening their bows and cleaning out their spit valves as they prepare for their performances and a chance to go to the state competition. 

The cost of getting from Dillingham to Anchorage is a common topic of conversation around town, and often a sore one at that. Pen Air has had scheduled service connecting Anchorage and Dillingham since the 1980s, a point which CEO Danny Seybert touted at a meeting in Dillingham in February. But the ticket prices keeps climbing, and the ripple effects might threaten Dillingham’s status as a hub community. Losing hub traffic can mean losing local business. Joining me now to talk about this is Dan Boyd, who runs a raft and camping equipment rental company out of Dillingham. Boyd caters to traveler from around the world who come to float and fish some of Western Alaska’s signature rivers, which many consider among the premier destinations on the planet.

Over the past two weeks on this program, we have been discussing some maintenance tips on taking care of outboard motors. Our guest for this series is Gabe Dunham, the Marine Advisory Program agent in Bristol Bay and a seasoned marine mechanic. In the first part of this series, we put together a basic tool kit to keep on board. Last week, Gabe walked us through a preseason maintenance check, and this week it’s time to tend to a few, certainly not all, of problems encountered while underway.

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Dillingham's Christopher Marx participated in the Region 1 Music Regions Festival this weekend.
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That's it for this week's Bristol Bay and Beyond, our weekly newsmagazine on KDLG. We hope you join us each Friday at 12 noon and 6:30 p.m. on AM670, and at 8:30pm on 89.9 FM.

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Scene from just outside Manokotak this week.
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