The confusion surrounding the liquor license for the Willow Tree Bar in Dillingham has been cleared up and the Dillingham City Council has endorsed the issuance of a license. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

One of Dillingham’s 2 bars is facing questions from the Dillingham City Council about its liquor license. However, it appears to be just confusion about when the license actually expired.

American Maritime Partnership

A new study highlights the importance of the domestic maritime industry to the Alaska economy. The study puts the industries contribution at the Alaska economy at over $1-billion dollars a year. The new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers puts Alaska at 3rd in the nation in per capita maritime jobs with an estimated 4.3-thousand jobs and worker income of over $344-million dollars a year.

The latest unemployment numbers show that Southwest Alaska continues to lead the state in regional unemployment. The March unemployment rate in the Southwest region was 13.8-percent. That’s essentially unchanged from the 13.9-percent rate recorded in February.

Nushagak Cooperative

For many years the staff and Board of Directors for the Nushagak Cooperative have been trying to identify renewable energy projects that could be developed in the Dillingham area. So far those efforts have not resulted in a suitable project being found. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The Nushagak Cooperative is working with Vitus Marine to help facilitate the company entering the local fuel distribution market in Dillingham. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Alaska Sets an Employment Record

Apr 11, 2014

Alaska recorded its highest employment rate ever in late summer of last year. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

No Overloads on Dillingham Area Roads

Apr 9, 2014
Christina Bergmann

It’s shaping up to be a busy construction season in and around Dillingham but much of the heavy work will have to wait a little while longer. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the man tasked with handling seasonal weight restrictions in the Bristol Bay region to clarify how the Department of Public Safety uses weight restrictions to protect area roads.

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has signed legislation that extends the 12 Alaska Regional Development Organizations in Alaska. The ARDOR organizations include the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Kenai Economic Development District… among others.

The latest data shows that Alaska’s unemployment rate continues to be slightly lower than the national rate but that could change in the coming months. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was recorded at 6.4-percent. That translates to over 27.2-thousand Alaskans being officially classified as unemployed. Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the 6.4-percent recorded in December.

Bering Straits Native Corporation

In recent years many of the Regional Native Corporations in Alaska have been exploring ways to help support elders. This often results in special “Elder Dividends”.

This winter has been unseasonably warm in the Bristol Bay region despite the cold snap that hit the region earlier this month. The unseasonably warm winter has resulted in lower heating costs for most residents and businesses. However, the warm winter is concerning to officials with the local electricity provider for the Dillingham area.


The Community Development Quota organization for the Aleutian Islands region is expanding its tourism business by buying a well-known lodge on the Alaska Peninsula. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.


Leaders from across Southwest Alaska will convene in Anchorage early next month for a conference specifically focused on the Kodiak, Aleutians, and Bristol Bay regions. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.