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Board of Fisheries to consider 15 options to protect Bristol Bay’s Nushagak king salmon runs

At this week's statewide Bristol Bay finfish meeting, the Board of Fisheries will decide on an action plan to address the struggling Nushagak king salmon run.
Dillingham school students

‘We felt accomplished’: Dillingham students celebrate name change for local creek

Alora Wassily, Trista Wassily and Harmony Larson had worked to change a local creek’s racist name since 2021 — long before federal officials did so.
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Three Board of Fish proposals address management of Nushagak kings

Alaska's Board of Fish will consider 52 proposals to change Bristol Bay fisheries regulations at the end of the month. Comments on those proposals are due Nov. 14.
Dillingham voters

$20K will go to Bristol Bay communities with high voter turnout this election

A total of $20,000 will go to Bristol Bay communities with high turnout in next week’s election.
Mary Peltola and Lisa Murkowski

Murkowski, Peltola deliver crash course in government to Dillingham students

On Halloween, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Mary Peltola spent some time chatting with a room full of students dressed as butterflies, pirates, Minions and mimes.
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Snake escapes in Dillingham classroom — twice

Dillingham Elementary students and their teacher had a bit of a fright this year, when the class snake escaped. It's taught them about reptiles and overcoming fear of the unknown.
Alaska 2022 U.S. House candidates

House candidates agree bycatch is a problem. They have different approaches to solving it

Salmon was a hot topic in Wednesday night’s debate among candidates for Alaska’s sole U.S. House seat.
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: How to recognize it and get help

Christina Love, a senior specialist with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, shares some ways to recognize and address domestic violence.
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Bill Hill is named Alaska’s Superintendent of the Year for his work in the district he graduated from 35 years ago

Hill grew up in Kokhanok, a village on Iliamna Lake. His family moved to Naknek in the Bristol Bay Borough when he was in high school.
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‘A fat bear year-er’: Juneau writer brings humor and depth to Katmai’s fat bears

Juneau-based writer Christy NaMee Eriksen, a self-described superfan of the fat bears in Katmai National Park, was hired by the Anchorage Daily News to cover Fat Bear Week.
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Dillingham volunteers organize post-Merbok ‘fish drive’ for Chevak

Dillingham resident Mark Lisac started the drive after hearing news coverage on how the remnants of Typhoon Merbok affected people in coastal communities.
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Bristol Bay’s sockeye runs are breaking records, but the fishery’s growth has left many locals behind

Over the past half-century there has been a dramatic shift in who fishes commercially in Bristol Bay, with local permit ownership declining sharply.
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Dillingham’s housing crisis has teachers sleeping in the school

Dillingham’s housing shortage is acute, but it’s not unique. Across the country, people are struggling to find places they can afford to rent or buy.
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Dillingham hunter survives bear mauling up the Nushagak River

John Casteel was medevaced to Anchorage with deep leg and arm wounds after he was mauled by a bear during a Friday hunting trip near Dillingham.
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A Bristol Bay principal bet his hair on his seniors’ success. They all graduated.

Last year, a Bristol Bay principal made an unusual bet with a student to help motivate him to graduate. The senior put in the work to get his diploma — and shave his principal’s head.
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Belugas spotted in lake 20 miles inland from Dillingham

Fishermen aren’t the only ones hunting salmon in Bristol Bay. Last week, people spotted mysterious shapes in the freshwater lake about 20 miles inland from Dillingham.

Bristol Bay’s sockeye run is already the biggest on record

Bristol Bay’s 2022 sockeye run is now the biggest on record: 69.7 million fish have returned this summer.
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Peter Pan Seafoods will pay fishermen at least $1 per pound of Bristol Bay sockeye

This year's base price is less than 2021, leaving fisherman disappointed as they wrestle with high inflation and gas prices.

Wildfire in Katmai National Park grows to 3,500 acres

Officials say lightning likely caused the Contact Creek fire, which is burning in an uninhabited area about 40 miles southeast of King Salmon, on Lake Brooks.

As EPA moves to block Pebble mine, supporters and opponents look to details

The EPA said mining the Pebble deposit would result in unacceptable loss of salmon habitat, both at the site and further downstream.