Optimism in the salmon markets, elders scammed for drug money in Dillingham, plus a kayaker's incredible survival and rescue tale.
Bristol Bay and Beyond, May 6: This week, elders in Dillingham are being scammed for drug money. "So I was sitting there, still feeling wrong, but still gullible, and they conned me out money three times in a row, and I should've realized it, but with health-wise the way I was," said 83-year-old Pat Durbin. He and the police tell us more about this disturbing trend. A Port Heiden man survived an incredibly long time in the water last week after his kayak was swamped on a solo trip. "I must've passed out or something, because I heard a knock on the kayak, like somebody knocking on the door, and when I woke up the seal was like two feet away from me, like a guardian angel," Andrew Lind says about his endeavor. Plus, about this time last year, every market indicator pointed to bad economic trends ahead of the salmon season. But this year, things seem to have improved. "While I wouldn't get too terribly excited quite yet, I definitely think that things are going to be better than they were a year ago," said BBEDC's Norm Van Vactor. He, Bristol Bay MAP agent Gabe Dunham, and McDowell Group's Andy Wink offer perspective. Those stories, and a look back at the week's news.