Tyler Thompson

Reporter/Host
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.

  

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. 

  

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.

  

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.

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

Borough Clerk Kate Conley says that all votes have been counted, so the unofficial results will be certified at a special assembly meeting Nov. 30. 

 

  

KDLG/Izzy Ross

Robert Mawson, the council's first-choice candidate, withdrew his application, citing family reasons. The city started recruiting for the position in December 2020 after former Manager Tod Larson resigned to address medical needs.

Jason Sear KDLG

In wake of a recent revival of a tool of the Clean Water Act that could permanently block projects like Pebble from being developed in Bristol Bay, the company claims that the mine will not harm the fishery or impact water quality.

 

  

Bristol Bay Defense Fund

A U.S. District Court ruling reverses a 2019 decision by the Trump Administration, which withdrew the EPA’s 2014 proposal for protections. This restarts the 404c Clean Water Act process.

 

  

KDLG/Tyler Thompson

The Alaska Redistricting Board brought its proposed maps to Dillingham to gather feedback from community members. The process will shape how Bristol Bay is represented in the state legislature for the next decade. Several residents who attended agreed: Don’t break up Bristol Bay’s communities.

  

Nushagak Cooperative

The boost will come at no extra charge to members. That increase to speed and capacity will happen automatically on November 1. The latest upgrade to internet service comes as the cooperative prepares to launch unlimited bandwidth at ten times the speed by 2023.

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