Avery Lill

News Director

Avery Lill is news director, host and multimedia reporter for KDLG. She writes stories on a range of topics, from Bristol Bay’s dynamic fisheries and environment to education and public safety.

Avery grew up in Austin, Texas and studied philosophy and creative writing at Baylor University.

Before joining the KDLG news team in 2016, Avery was an intern then a news assistant at National Public Radio in Washington D.C. She also interned with NPR member station, KWBU in Waco, Texas. Her stories have aired statewide and on National Native News, NPR’s All Things Considered, and American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report.

When she’s not reporting, she’s probably outside hiking, kayaking, fishing, berry picking or cross-country skiing, depending on the season.

Austin Fast/KDLG

It was a rollercoaster salmon season around Bristol Bay this summer. West side districts saw their largest sockeye runs on record. East side districts saw their latest red run's on record. In the end, every river in the bay made its escapement goal.

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The exvessel value per permit has been over $100,000 for the past 10 years in the Chignik Management Area. This year, the entire fishery brought in $3000, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's season summary.

The sale of PenAir’s assets to the same company that owns Ravn Air Group has been approved. At a hearing today in Anchorage, Judge Gary Spraker approved J. F. Lehman & Company’s bid to buy Peninsula Airway’s assets for $12.3 million . The attorney for the trustee overseeing the sale said that the buyer confirmed the deal will likely take between one and three months to finalize.

PenAir is a regional air carrier that serves primarily Bristol Bay and the Aleutian-Pribilof region. It has been undergoing bankruptcy proceedings since August 2017.

Robyn Chaney

The Cross-Country State Championship drew athletes from across Alaska on September 29, and 16 students from Bristol Bay area schools represented the region.

After a seven-day trial in Dillingham, a jury found Samuel Nicketa, 37, guilty of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.

Pipa Escalante/KUCB

A bankruptcy judge will decide tomorrow whether to approve the purchase of Peninsula Airways assets for $12.3 million.

Law enforcement is investigating a report the Egegik Clinic was broken into on Tuesday.

Zackariah Huffman, 34, allegedly forced entry into a woman’s home, threw a cooler at her head, kicked her in the face and struck her with the blunt end of a splitting maul. Huffman told law enforcement he did not assault the woman.

Avery Lill/KDLG

More than a dozen people offered testimony about the controversial Ballot Measure 1 in Dillingham on Saturday. The ballot initiative, sponsored by Yes for Salmon, aims to strengthen salmon habitat protection. Only one person who spoke at the Bristol Bay hearing opposed the measure.

Sephora L. Trefon

Mount Veniaminof, located on the Alaska Peninsula north of Perryville, has been emitting lava and sporadic plumes of ash since early September. 

Katmai National Park and Preserve

Six people were on board a de Havilland Beaver floatplane that crashed into a bank on Kukaklek Lake. All survived with only minor injuries reported.

SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration regional administrator appluaded Bristol Bay economic leaders for their focus on nurturing local business and highlighted ways the federal agency could help entrepreneurs.

Stacy Hill

Runners from Port Alsworth, Bristol Bay Borough and Newhalen earned spots at the ASAA Cross-Country State Championship in Anchorage Sept. 29.

Christina Salmon

Seven were on board a de Havilland DHC-2 that crashed near Igiugig on Thursday. All survived. Two suffered minor injuries.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Alaska Department of Transportation is selling furniture, hardware and appliances out of the Dillingham Hotel, which is slated to be demolished in the spring. That will make way for renovation of Dillingham downtown roads. 

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