Bristol Bay and Beyond, July 29, 2016

Jul 29, 2016

  This week, Dillingham Dems report back from Philadelphia, a local adoptive mom on Alaska's new child welfare laws, snagging bear hair for science, and an outsider waxes poetic about the subsistence bounty of Bristol Bay.

Culture campers show off their skills at Grandma's House in Dillingham.
Credit Molly Dischner

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

Bristol Bay and Beyond, July 29: Two new child welfare laws were signed into Alaska law this week. We’ll speak to an adoptive mother in Dillingham on what that means for youth in need of homes in Bristol Bay. "While adults determine what's right or best or legal, these children are growing and developing and learning and establishing relationships," says Robyn Chaney, "and I think that's the hardest part of this whole system." 

A handful of Dillingham Democrats traveled to Philadelphia this week. We’ll hear from state party secretary Julie Baltar and delegate Pete Andrew: "I never ever thought that, coming from rural Alaska, going to that simple little caucus in the middle school gym, to eventually end up to be so lucky to come here to the national stage to see what I saw." 

Pat Walsh and Julie Baltar of Dillingham at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Plus, we head to Lake Aleknagik to the Fisheries Research Institute to check out some camera traps set up to keep an eye on bear activity.

And we'll hear from a Yup'ik Yuraq teacher at the end of Dillingham's summer youth culture camp. Those stories, after a look back at some of the week's news.

Sockeye salmon swim upstream at Happy Creek, where a barbed wire is poised to snag bear hair.
Credit Molly Dischner/KDLG
Cate Gomez cuts fish in perhaps the most heavily documented uluaq session of her life.
Credit Molly Dischner/KDLG