Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham
The Alaska Legislature is scheduled to go back into session on Jan. 17 but in advance of that date lawmakers are starting to reveal some of the bills that will be introduced. One of the bills would give employers who hire a veteran a large tax credit.
Some Jalapeno Peppers likely shipped to Alaska have been recalled because of potential contamination with salmonella. So far no cases of the disease have been reported here.
The consolidation of the seafood processing sector in Bristol Bay took another step forward this week.
A local attorney has been appointed to replace retired Dillingham judge Fred Torisi. Pat Douglas is thoroughly familiar with the justice system there, as Mike Mason of member station KDLG reports.
The local college campus in Bristol Bay is asking area residents for a little piece of their Christmas tree.
Projections for the once magnificent Togiak Herring run are down. Mike Mason of member station KDLG reports that the forecast has deliberately been set conservatively because of some difficulty gathering field observations last season, and market factors will likely control the amount of effort.
The freshwater lake seals that apparently make their home in Lake Iliamna are the subject of an ongoing scientific project that was outlined in some detail during last week’s 27th annual Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium in Anchorage.
The issue of “Foregone Harvest” was among the topics addressed during a major fisheries science symposium that’s ongoing in Anchorage.
The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it is handing out over $118-million to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and organizations. Several in Alaska are receiving some of that money.
The efforts of Dillingham to annex the nearby waters of Bristol Bay will be brought to the ballot some time early next year - if the Local Boundary Commission makes its approval final next month.
The federal Housing and Urban Development Department has re-opened the home mortgage bridge loan program for people unable to make their mortgage payments. The eligibility requirements have been loosened slightly, so, as Mike Mason at member station KDLG reports, applicants who were turned down may want to try again.