Isabelle Ross, KDLG - Dillingham

Isabelle Ross, KDLG - 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.
Exterior: a lake framed by mountains

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.
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Firefighters contain Round Island wildfire in Bristol Bay walrus sanctuary

Sparks escaped from a burn barrel on the island and ignited the fire.
A man takes photos close to brown bears

3 men sentenced for wading in river with feeding bears at Katmai

One of the men was caught on a livestream camera wading into Brooks Falls and taking a selfie in front of the bears.
Snowmachiners in silhouette, parked next to a wrecked snowmachine

With a ski plane and a plywood gurney, friends rescue Dillingham man badly injured in snowmachine crash

A Dillingham man needed help after crashing his snowmachine into a creek bed. From the messages his friends and family were getting, he seemed to be in rough shape.
A in a river catching a salmon in its mouth

Katmai National Park may be in for a big year as Brooks Camp opens at full capacity

The Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park and Preserve will operate at 100% capacity this season for the first time since the pandemic began.
An aerial view of a crowd of people with snowmachines gathered in a remote spot on a frozen lake

5 survive plane crash near Iliamna

A plane carrying five adults crashed about eight miles southwest of Iliamna around 1 p.m. on Saturday.
People standing around a row of about 10 snowmachines on the open tundra

Togiak basketball team travels 70 miles by snowmachine to its first competition since the pandemic began

With no planes flying, 10 students, coaches and chaperones snowmachined across frozen tundra, streams and lakes to the tournament.
A view of rocky islands from the deck of a fishing boat

While Chignik fishermen wait on 2018 relief funds, some look beyond the fishery to survive

Chignik fishermen are finally expecting federal relief funds to start coming in. But that assistance may be too late.
Quonset huts in the middle of a sprucy wetlands

EPA announces next step in veto process for Pebble; mine opponents say the agency is too slow

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it intends to revise a proposed determination under the Clean Water Act that could permanently block development of the Pebble deposit, upstream from Bristol Bay.
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High winds cause Alaska Airlines jet to slide on icy Dillingham runway

The jet was carrying 74 passengers and four crew members. The airline said no one was injured.
A man twirls a bright tinsel star.

Bristol Bay sings for slavii, but celebrations look different this year

Slavii is a Russian Orthodox tradition in what’s now Ukraine, but it has a long history in communities around the state, including Bristol Bay.
A woman in a button-up shirt on a boat.

After 33 years, Fish Radio’s Laine Welch hangs up her mic

Laine Welch served as host of Alaska Fish Radio for more than three decades, bringing news and perspectives on the fishing industry to listeners around the state.
Searches pull a snowmachine out of water.

New Stuyahok man found alive more than 18 hours after he went missing

"He saved everything on the snowmachine, and went up, built a fire, dried off his clothes and changed into dry clothes," said one searcher about Andrew Wyagon. "Amazingly, he had a space blanket that helped keep all the chill off all night. Sitting in space blankets works wonders.”
A boy in a jacket stands outside in the snow.

How a Dillingham teen turned an ancient epic poem into a rap

When Tracen Wassily got the assignment to create something new based on the “Epic of Gilgamesh," he went right to work.
A black and white photo of two people on a boat.

Trident founder Chuck Bundrant remembered as industry risk-taker who emphasized personal connections

Chunk Bundrant started out as a deckhand on an Alaska crabbing boat in the 1960s and went on to become one of the most influential seafood executives in the world.