Bristol Bay and Beyond: May 6, 2016

May 7, 2016

Optimism in the salmon markets, elders scammed for drug money in Dillingham, plus a kayaker's incredible survival and rescue tale. 

Mysterious creature from the deep? This sturgeon poacher was hauled up in a herring seine near Togiak and took a little time to identify.
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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. 

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Retired harbor master Pat Durbin, 83, was scammed out of money by young people claiming to be his new fuel distributor. Police believe they stole money to fund heroin addictions. Hear his story, and what police suspect is a larger issue, on this week's show.
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