Bristol Bay and Beyond, May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

Dillingham's new incinerator fires up, Rep. Bryce Edgmon drops by, a Dillingham Marine is in Nepal, and healing love from the tundra.

There's more than one way to run a river. This Manokotak resident is breaking in a new packraft.
Credit JoAnne Knight

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Pee Wee Wrestling wrapped up Wednesday in Dillingham. Dozens of youngsters came out and gave it their all, much to the delight of the packed house of parents and fans.
Credit Hannah Colton, KDLG

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Lynn Van Vactor and Denise Lisac of Tundra Love leave local plant parts to solar infuse in oil for several weeks. From left: cottonwood blossoms, chythlook, rose hips, cottonwood blossoms, carrots. (story below)
Credit Hannah Colton, KDLG

LCpl Sheldon Nelson, of Dillingham, was deployed to Nepal to assist in the US humanitarian mission in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25.

We learned yesterday that a US Marine from Dillingham is in Nepal, as part of the humanitarian mission to help the country recover from the April 25 7.8 magnitude earthquake. I spoke with Lance Corporal Sheldon Nelson, a tactical switch board operator with 7th Communications Battalion, which is attached to the third Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa Japan. We spoke via satellite phone Thursday night our time, which was well into Friday morning in Katmandu:

Boat traffic spied through the Dillingham City dock pilings.
Credit Clark Fair

Alaska’s elected lawmakers are on a bit of a break right now before the special session, called by Governor Bill Walker, resumes. Joining me now for an update is District 37 Representative Bryce Edgmon from Dillingham, who has been in town for part of this break.

What are you seeing in this photo? A lot of herring, that's what. This massive biomass of herring was spotted in the Togiak District during a recent ADF&G survey flight.
Credit Matt Jones, ADFG

What are you seeing in this photo? Dillingham's new incinerator, that's what. Municipal garbage is now being incinerated, rather than openly burned. The City hopes it will be a cleaner process and ease the problem of burial space at the landfill.
Credit Matt Martin, KDLG

The new incinerator at the Dillingham landfill has fired up. A DEC ban on more open burning and limited space led city officials last year to purchase the incinerator. KDLG’s Matt Martin was along for a tour this week as landfill employees began burning the town’s trash a little bit differently than has been done in the past:

Lynn Van Vactor samples one of Tundra Love's products made from locally grown and gathered plants.
Credit Hannah Colton, KDLG

Tundra Love's Denise Lisac is making bath bombs, which fizz when dropped in the tub or steam bath water.
Credit Hannah Colton, KDLG

‘Tundra Love’ is the name of a new line of locally produced salves, soaps, and balms (listen to the full show for our Seinfeld throwback here).  KDLG’s Hannah Colton stopped by for a look at how two women are using wild tundra plants to create their line of interesting new products.

Hank and Kris Boggs are leaving town for new horizons this month. They graciously dropped by (early!) on Friday morning and played a few songs before they go.
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Before we go this week, I’m happy to have the company of Hank and Kris Boggs in the studio. Both moved to Dillingham in the early 1990's. Hank worked construction and later retired as Dillingham's Public Works Director. Kris recently retired as a Dillingham Middle School math and science teacher. Amongst plenty of other attributes, the two are seen at nearly every live music opportunity in town, and I asked them to play us a tune once more before they go:

Let me see yer war face! Peewee Wrestlers in Dillingham Wednesday.
Credit Hannah Colton, KDLG

Construction on Dillingham roads got underway May 1. Are they sure this is big enough to handle Scandanavian Creek's salmon and smelt runs?
Credit Clark Fair

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Alright, one more Peewee wrestling photo ... why not? We have the space, and we're always trying to beat the Bristol Bay Times to the punch.
Credit Hannah Colton, KDLG