Bristol Bay and Beyond, January 8, 2016

Jan 8, 2016

Dillingham Mayor Alice Ruby on the year past and ahead, who to watch this coming basketball season, Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas, and these lost-winter blues ... 

Along the Snake River west of Kanakanak Hospital.
Credit KDLG

Join us Fridays for Bristol Bay and Beyond, our weekly news magazine on KDLG. The show airs at 12 pm and 6:30 pm on AM 670, and at 8:30 pm on 89.9 FM.

Coming up this week, Dillingham Mayor Alice Ruby joins as we continue our series looking back to 2015 and forward to this year with area elected officials. "We are not going to be able to depend on the state, the federal government, the city to do a lot of the things that we will just have to return to doing ourselves. But I have to say, we're rural Alaska, we can make this work," said Ruby. 

Celebrations of the birth of Christ continued this week, as followers of the Julian calendar gathered to sing, worship, and go starring: "So you go to every house and you sing, and you bless every house, and when you have three or four stars like this, at the end when they say the last three verses they kiss," one worshipper explained.

We’ll get some advice on what to do if you’re feeling a little blue this winter: "You know, in years when there's no snow, is there a possibility to ice skate, is there a possibility to go on long walks across the tundra. People have to capitalize on the conditions that they have," says Camai mental health counselor Pete Tallman.

Plus a little preview on some of our area basketball programs to see what’s ahead for the coming months ... like those Lady Angels, who are maybe the team to watch: "They have it in their blood this year, they're ready to do it, they want that state title, so they're hustling, they're working hard, and their team dynamics are pretty amazing," said Bristol Bay Athletic Director Paula Singley.

Those stories are coming up after a look back at some of the week’s news.