Tyler Thompson

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Local mental health experts shared tips for managing wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel included voices from the City of Dillingham, the Dillingham City School District and the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation.

Courtesy of Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines started its seasonal summer service in the Bay earlier than normal this spring, after RAVN Air Group declared bankruptcy in April. They officially announced year-round service for Dillingham and King Salmon one month later.

Courtesy of the Alaska Federation of Natives

Dillingham resident and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon delivered a keynote speech at 2020's virtual Alaska Federation of Natives conference. Edgmon talked about Alaska Native representation and COVID-19 concerns.

KDLG/Izzy Ross

The COVID-19 panel featured speakers from the City of Dillingham, Curyung Tribe, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and Public Health. 

KDLG/Brian Venua

The Dillingham Middle-High School held an award ceremony in the school parking lot. Athletes were greeted by a large, socially-distanced crowd to celebrate another season. 

KDLG/Izzy Ross

Over 300 votes were cast in this year's municipal election with over 50 absentee ballots. Aksel Buholm and Curt Armstrong will return to city council. Karl Clark and Jenny Bennis join the school board. 

Katmai National Park and Reserve

Bear 747 was named the winner of Katmai National Park's Fat Bear Week competition, defeating 32 Chunk in the finals.

KDLG/Izzy Ross

The individual has not traveled recently and was not showing symptoms. Contact tracing is underway. 

Katmai National Park and Reserve

It’s a huge election year … for bears. Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week is underway, and the competition is bigger than ever. That’s in part to large sockeye salmon runs in Bristol Bay. 

KDLG

Three candidates are running for school board this year with two seats open, one unopposed. The candidates are focused on supporting education with COVID-19, growing skill-based classes and future policy development. 

KDLG/Brian Venua

The municipal election is October 6, with two City Council seats up for grabs. Kaleb Westfall is running against Aksel Buholm, and Curt Armstrong is running unopposed. 

Izzy Ross/KDLG

The person who tested positive is currently isolating, and the state public health team started contact tracing on Saturday.

 

Courtesy of Melvin and Sally Andrew

A muskox was recently spotted in Manokotak. This is highly unusual — these animals normally range further north and west, across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. But in recent years, state biologists and Bristol Bay residents have noticed these stocky, furry fellas stepping out of their home turf.

 

Brian Venua/KDLG

The Dillingham City Council has one seat up for grabs, and the School Board has two. All seats are three year terms. The municipal election is October 6.

Amber Webb

The new federal initiative to track cold cases for missing and murdered Indigenous people is up and running in Alaska. In Bristol Bay, local activists and social workers are focused on drawing attention to the issue — something they’ve been doing for years.

 

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