Aleutian tern counts have declined at their nesting sites in Alaska in recent years. Researchers are working to tag the birds with radio transmitters before they nest. That way they can determine whether the birds are nesting in new places or whether the bird's population is actually declining.
The Nushagak River is at its lowest level in recent memory say residents of Ekwok, Koliganek, and New Stuyahok. Low water could make barge travel impossible and lead to problems with spring fuel delivery.
Burying trash is costly, as is burning it through the new incinerator. Sorting helps, if residents will do so, but the council seems poised to raise rates to help offset the expensive problem of managing trash.