By the Bay: February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020

On the show this week, we go to a meeting BBAHC held on healthcare in the area. We talk through Nushagak Cooperative's price hike. And we hear from a few young athletes who competed in the Junior Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage

Hailey Williams, Kahlen Savo and Jake Neketa talk about competing in the Junior Native Youth Olympics. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
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The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss its services in Dillingham. That drew a big crowd. Much of the discussion centered on the Curyung Tribe’s withdrawal from BBAHC. 



A lot of ground was covered at the meeting — from the public raising concerns about how the hospital’s executive committee and full boards were set up, to speculation about what healthcare in Dillingham would look like if the tribe does withdraw. 

Towards the end of the meeting, Curyung Second Chief Gayla Hoseth said that the hospital was not clarifying that as part of mediation, the tribe negotiates each service the hospital provides. 


Robert Clark, BBAHC's CEO and president, said that the two entities were still in mediation, and that he was talking about potential outcomes. 

Nushagak Cooperative has increased prices for its members. Those will start with next month’s bill. Residential base rates will increase by two cents per kilowatt hour.  Service charges will increase by $5. Read more here.   
Athletes at the Junior Native Youth Olympics Eskimo Stick Pull event in Anchorage.
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Dillingham sixth grader Hailey Williams, and fifth graders Kahlen Savo and Jake Neketa were some of the student athletes who participated in the events. They were in the studio this week to share their experience. When it came time to compete, the kids had some mixed emotions.

The athletes who competed in the Junior NYO tournaments were: Myra Davis, Mathew Kropoff, Jordan Mann, Jake Neketa, Kahlen Savo, Hailey Williams, and Emmy Wilson.

Dillingham's Junior NYO team.
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The McDowell Group and the City of Dillingham held a meeting last week on plans for the Dillingham harbor waterfront. Here are some main points, as the plan nears completion.


The Dillingham Elementary School spelling bee took place last night. 

After about an hour and a half of tight competition and a long back and forth between fourth grader Trinity Luckhurst and Owen Nelson, Nelson got the gold with “agricultural”. Luckhurst was the second place winner and the fourth grade winner, and Ian Fritze was the third grade winner. 

As the spelling bee champion, Nelson will go on to represent the Dillingham Elementary School in Anchorage next month. Here’s what he had to say after the competition:


Finally, we talked through what the winter has looked like so far in the region with climatologist Rick Thoman. 

Owen Nelson won the Dillingham Elementary Spelling Bee, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
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After each contestant came off stage, they were greeted by their supportive peers. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
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