Kristi Wallace / Alaska Volcano Observatory/USGS

All of Alaska’s currently active volcanoes are hundreds of miles from the scientists responsible for warningus of potentially hazardous activity or the likelihood of ash clouds that disrupt air traffic.  Satellite imagery and seismic sensors give researchers a look into what’s going on, but they depend heavily on citizen scientists for eyes and ears on the ground.  The Alaska Volcano Observatory aims to improve the quality of ash forecasts through a new online tool.

Russel Nelson

Fuel is still leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star that’s sitting in the mouth of the Igushik River. Pictures obtained by KDLG News from an independent overflight of the Lone Star shows a distinct fuel sheen coming from the vessel, which sank on June 30th.

A new report is shedding some light on how Dillingham and Aleknagik residents keep their homes heated through the year. The door-to-door survey was funded by the EPA, and conducted by the Bristol Bay Native Association in partnership with the Aleknagik Traditional Council and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports.

A fire in Lake Clark National park that had been quiet sparked up over the weekend.  8 smoke jumpers dropped in to monitor the Currant Creek fire before it approaches any nearby Native Allotments.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.

Mike Mason

A major response effort is underway to remove the fuel from a sunken fishing tender sitting in the mouth of the Igushik River, which is one of the large salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Some planning trips to the remote, exclusively wilderness region of the park are having a hard time figuring out how to avoid interruptions.

Mike Mason

Fuel is still apparently leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star. The current commercial fishing closures will stay in place until the vessel is recovered. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Katmai Brown Bear Cameras Attract Attention Online

Jul 12, 2013

Those looking for a new way to chew up internet bandwidth and have seen enough cat videos, can now watch a much larger and less cuddly mammal.  Several live video feeds of Katmai brown bears fishing for salmon are now broadcasting online at explore.org. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.

NPS Extends Lake Clark Land Protection Plan Comments

Jul 12, 2013

The National Park Service is extending the public comment period for draft land protection plans for Lake Clark National Park as well as Gates of the Arctic National Park. The plans are now open for comments through August 12th.

Mike Mason

No fuel sheen was spotted during the latest observation flight of the sunken tender Lone Star. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Mike Mason

Port side vents reported plugged; now divers are turning their attention to the Lonestar's starboard side, currently buried in the mud.

DNR Will Allow Limited Helo Landings in Wood Tikchik

Jul 5, 2013

Nuvista Electric and Light Cooperative is authorized to use helicopters for a total of seven days around Chikuminuk Lake this season.

Scientists Downgrade Pavlof Volcano

Jul 3, 2013

Scientists have downgraded the Pavlof Volcano after its eruption greatly declined over the past 2 days.  The Alaska Volcano Observatory says that sensors are no longer picking up seismic tremor or explosions.  Satellites have not detected on any ash or steam plumes. The aviation color code now stands at yellow with an alert level of advisory.

Pavlof’s historic eruptions include fluctuations between calm periods and explosive activity. AVO says the current pause does not necessarily mean that the eruption has ended.

Fire Danger Low in Lake Clark National Park

Jul 3, 2013

Thanks to a few days of rain, fire officials say the fire danger in Lake Clark National Park is low.  The Currant Creek Fire 15 miles northeast of Port Alsworth continues to burn towards the east.  It stood at 1200 acres and is not expected to jump the Currant creek or present any danger to human life or structures.  

Efforts to boom off the overturned fishing tender near the mouth of the Igushik River proved unsuccessful Monday night. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.