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Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Luki Akelkok, 28, of Dillingham and 28-year-old Stefan Weingarth of Anchorage were coming back from a hunting trip on Esther Island when they encountered bad weather, Troopers said. Akelkok is still missing as of Thursday evening.

  

Alaska Climate Research Center/Geophysical Institute, UAF

Areas across the region broke both daily and monthly records. For King Salmon, it's the coldest November on record. In Dillingham, wind chills dropped to negative 41 degrees. That's the lowest November wind chill in 50 years.

  

KDLG/Brian Venua

Salmon processors in Bristol Bay are boosting the prices per pound for sockeye amid favorable markets. Preliminary data released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in November, suggests better prices and increased demand over 2020’s salmon season. That improvement extends beyond Bristol Bay, as more fisheries across the state had better harvests this year.

  

Courtesy of Norm Van Vactor

Van Vactor started as CEO in 2013, a role he said allowed him to get involved in issues he was passionate about, like Pebble Mine and permit retention among local fishermen.

KDLG

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will open the hunt Dec. 1 at 12:00 a.m. The any bull hunt in Unit 17B will remain closed. The Unit 17C portion of the hunt will also remain closed due to conservation concerns.

  

KDLG/Tyler Thompson

Choggiung Limited closed the store closed to address some emergency plumbing and drain repairs. The company also used that time to inspect the building for further improvements. The "soft reopening" means part of N&N may not have much inventory at first. It has also partnered with a new grocery supplier. 

Brian Venua/KDLG

It's the third reported death in the area from the state in less than a month. According to the state, these deaths occured between April and October. A total of eight people have died of COVID-19 in the Dillingham area since the pandemic began, according to the state dashboard. 

  

Kendra Kapotak/KDLG

A Dillingham high school literature class recently had a unique assignment: Write a skit, essay or song about the world’s oldest known epic poem, the story of Gilgamesh. One student decided to apply his passion for rap to the text.

  

Brian Venua/KDLG

The state reported more COVID-19 cases among Bristol Bay residents in October than in any other month since the beginning of the pandemic.

KDLG News Team

The City of Dillingham will hire its third interim city manager in less than a year. City council members unanimously agreed Friday, Nov. 12 to choose Mark Lynch for the position. The council is extending its search in the Lower 48.

  

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Update: Dillingham Search and Rescue is continuing its search on Wednesday. People who want to volunteer to help with the search should call 907-842-5354.

Courtesy of the Dillingham Police Department.

Peter Golia, 32, was last seen around 6 a.m. on Sunday at his home on Kanakanak Road, according to Dillingham police. If you have seen him or have information concerning his location call the police at 907-842-5354.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Veterans, students and community members gathered in the Dillingham High School gym to celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday.

Alaska Redistricting Board

The Alaska Redistricting Board finalized and adopted the map Wednesday. The new district is largely the same but does have some small changes.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Superintendent Jason Johnson said in an update that the school was notified of the cases Monday, conducted contact tracing that evening, and reached out to families of children identified as close contacts.

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