Dave Bendinger, KDLG - Dillingham


Pebble names First Quantum Minerals as new partner

First Quantum Minerals will buy in at $150 million over the next four years, during the permitting phase, and will have the option to become a 50 percent partner with Northern Dynasty for an additional $1.35 billion if the mine goes into production. Listen now

Washington man sentenced to 10 years in prison for extensive Alaska scamming spree

Floyd Jay Mann, a 56-year-old from Puyallup, WA, was sentenced to 10 years in jail Tuesday for scamming several Dillingham residents out of millions of dollars. Listen now

Bristol Bay Native Corp. against Stand for Salmon initiative

Despite firm opposition to the Pebble Mine, BBNC believes HB 199 and the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative threaten responsible resource development and possibly even subsistence activities. Listen now

Red Salmon Cannery dinged for Clean Air Act violation

Parent company North Pacific Seafoods settles with EPA for failing to report stored ammonia, and will pay $46,000 and spend $175,000 on energy efficiency upgrades. Listen now

Pebble opponents hammer EPA for changed course at Dillingham meeting

The Environmental Protection Agency is backing away from the use of preemptive Clean Water Act restrictions against large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed. That comes as part of a settlement with the Pebble Limited Partnership, and the company now says it is preparing to file for permits. Listen now

Critics call Pebble’s concept an investment ploy, not a real plan

Former state senate president Rick Halford is critical of Pebble's new effort to reintroduce the project in a smaller package, saying the move is aimed at "mining the stock market," not the copper and gold. Listen now

Pebble shows first glance at its new mine plans

Early Thursday morning in Anchorage Pebble CEO Tom Collier began the rollout of Pebble Mine’s new design. The company is focusing on a much smaller footprint in the Pebble West deposit only. Listen now

Bristol Bay braces for long awaited Pebble Mine plans

This week, Pebble Limited Partnership is expected to publicly unveil the outline for a plan to mine the copper and gold deposit northwest of Iliamna. Listen now

AK: At Katmai’s Brooks Camp, tourists and bears mingle mostly carefree

NPS has recorded only three bear-related incidents dating to 1950 at its most famous viewing spot. Park rangers attribute that to good orientation, supervision, accountability of food and gear, and abundant supply of Bristol Bay sockeye. Listen now

Bristol Bay wrapping up unexpectedly good fall silver fishery

Most taking home $.65/lb for their chilled coho catch, and with over 210,000 fish landed by probably less than 50 fishermen, the fall fishery proved a good one. Listen now

6-year sentence for heroin dealer nabbed in 2016 Dillingham bust

Joshua G. Rivera, 38, was caught with 12.5 grams of heroin and $19,000 cash in January, 2016. He reached a plea deal Tuesday, agreeing to six-year jail term. Listen now
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Naknek man killed after falling overboard on Lake Aleknagik

A boating incident late Sunday on Lake Aleknagik claimed the life of 35-year-old Bryan Anderson of Naknek, the well-known boys varsity basketball coach at Bristol Bay. Listen now

Peter Pan Seafoods Port Moller plant devastated in overnight fire

The Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller has been devastated by a massive fire that burned through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Listen now

PenAir files for bankruptcy protection as CEO promises to refocus on Alaska routes

The largest air carrier in southwest Alaska has filed for bankruptcy protection. Listen now

State OSHA investigation targets Silver Bay Seafoods in Naknek

A state OSHA investigator is looking into claims of workplace health and safety issues at the Silver Bay Seafoods processing plant in Naknek. While many of Bristol Bay’s salmon processing companies had issues with their workforce during this record-setting season, only Silver Bay has drawn the state’s attention so far. Listen now

Aircraft downed on north side of Lake Clark, recovery efforts underway

Recovery efforts are underway Thursday evening for what is believed to be a fatal aircraft accident in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Listen now

Big harvest and a buck a pound, Bristol Bay’s 2017 should be huge

The Bristol Bay run is not over yet, with word Monday that the Kvichak River seemed to finally “pop”, but this year’s fishery is shaping up to be one of the largest ever and certainly one of the most valuable in a long time. Listen now
Floyd Jay Mann, of Puyallup, WA, is an auto mechanic and painter who concocted an elaborate hoax to bilk millions from his victims, according to federal investigators.

Washington man admits he scammed millions out of Dillingham victims

Floyd Jay Mann, 55, of Puyallup, WA, pleaded guilty to all 19 counts in Anchorage federal court Wednesday. He remains free on bail, but faces up to 20 years in prison after he is sentenced in December. Listen now

Wildfire near Dillingham grows to 1,000 acres

The Kenakuchuk Creek fire northeast of Okstukuk Lake likely started by lightning, and first reported by area pilots. State firefighting assets out of McGrath will monitor fire that is in a "limited protection zone."

Cape Greig walrus are back, ADF&G plans changed fishery boundary again

Last year thousands of Pacific walrus unexpectedly showed up at Cape Greig north of Ugashik Bay, delighting sightseers but complicating fishing and shipping in the busy fishing district. When they left in the fall, biologists were not sure if they would be back the following summer or not. Listen now