Christina McDermott, KDLG - Dillingham

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Bristol Bay is getting a drug investigator

An Alaska State Trooper will hold the position, vacant since 2012 amid state staff shortages, as fentanyl and other drugs flow across the region.
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In Bristol Bay, shock and concern follow move to nix council for nation’s largest state park

The Wood-Tikchik State Park's council, formed in 1978, is among boards and commissions targeted in 12 executive orders from Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
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Active shooter incident at Dillingham’s hospital leaves no reported injuries

Kanakanak Hospital staff say the shooter tried to enter the emergency department Sunday then fired shotgun shells, some of them at parked cars.
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Fewer restaurant workers translates to lower profits for seafood processors

Worker shortages are driving restaurants to serve fewer tables. Some seafood processors say that’s hurting their bottom line.
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Alaska Public Safety commissioner talks drug policing, prevention in Bristol Bay

James Cockrell says profitability fuels the drug pipeline to Alaska, after Bristol Bay saw three fentanyl overdoses – one fatal – in a single summer week.

In Bristol Bay and beyond, organizers push for change in tackling MMIP cases

Advocates say that until 2018, no one institution had put together a statewide list of cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous persons.
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Troopers stop active search for missing Togiak woman

Kelly Coopchiak, 25, had been fishing with her uncle on the Nushagak River before leaving alone in her uncle’s boat. She was reported missing Oct. 9.
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Longtime fisherman reflects on his career in Bristol Bay

Dan Barr has spent roughly four decades fishing Bristol Bay — half of them as president of the Bristol Bay Driftnetters Association.
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Wave of Western Alaska boating incidents leaves 4 dead, 2 missing

Kelly Coopchiak, 25, and Alexander Henry, 31, remain missing after the four incidents. Four other boaters are dead, with two more rescued.
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19 cases of avian flu identified in Dillingham

State Veterinarian Robert Gerlach spoke with KDLG about avian flu, its risk to the region and how to stay safe when hunting wild birds. 
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Heft, fluff and salmon: Katmai’s Fat Bear Week finals are upon us

Voters worldwide will decide the winner of Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week, after a summer of bears packing on pounds for hibernation.
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A 50-year situation: The market dynamic between fishing fleets and processors in Bristol Bay

Gunnar Knapp, who spent decades studying Bristol Bay’s salmon markets, discusses the pricing relationship between fleets and processors.
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Dillingham man charged with murder in double homicide

Joshua Wahl, 31, is charged in the deaths of Dillingham residents Timothy Evans, 31, and Jennifer Gardiner, 32.
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Bristol Bay fleets call for greater price transparency

Some Bristol Bay fishing captains are seeking more open negotiations with processors, after Trident Seafood's 50-cent-per-pound offer this year.
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Bristol Bay tribe forms recycling program for fish nets, rain gear

The Curyung Tribe and recycling firm Net Your Problem are collecting old fishing nets in Dillingham and Naknek to be remade into new goods.
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Fish and Game kills over 100 bears and wolves to boost Mulchatna caribou numbers

In May, Fish and Game shot 94 brown bears, five black bears and five wolves in a calving area for the Mulchatna caribou herd.
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Darigold’s milk size change limits choices for WIC participants

Darigold’s ultra-pasteurized 64-ounce cartons are now 59 ounces, meaning WIC participants can no longer buy them with program funds.
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BBNC’s cultural program centers on long-term revitalization of Native languages

Bristol Bay’s Native languages — Yup’ik, Alutiiq and Dena’ina — are thousands of years old, and carry with them distinct worldviews.