Quyana, Bristol Bay

Feb 13, 2019

News director,  Avery Lill, is moving to Colorado at the end of the month. This is her letter to KDLG listeners.


Credit Isabelle Ross/KDLG


The winter I moved to Bristol Bay, I filleted my first fish. I was skating on Lake Aleknagik, when I met a family who was fishing through the ice. They taught me to use an auger and gave me an Arctic char that they caught. A quick introduction into Bristol Bay generosity.

In the past few years, I have learned to fill a freezer with salmon and berries and to help others fill theirs. And you have all continued to be generous to me – with your friendship, your akutaq, your moose and caribou, your time, and especially your stories.

At the end of the month, I will move to Denver, where I will be working for Colorado Public Radio. I will miss watching the bluffs turn impossibly green, the first king caught on Kanakanak beach, the hum of activity in the boat yards in the summer, and fireweed signaling the beginning of fall. Most of all, I will miss the people that have welcomed me in every Bristol Bay community I have visited.

This place is a treasure, and your stories are so important. It has been a privilege to be a part of telling them.

KDLG news will be in the capable hands of host and reporter Isabelle Ross while the station hires the next news director. I hope that you will welcome them as warmly as you welcomed me.


Avery Lill
KDLG | News Director