Bristol Bay and Beyond

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Bristol Bay and Beyond, hosted by KDLG News Director Dave Bendinger, is our weekly newsmagazine with stories, conversations, and an occasional poem, essay, or song.

It's your home for a recap of the week's news and feature stories from Bristol Bay (and beyond). We love getting your ideas for stories or conversations you'd like to hear!

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We also love airing your poems, music, and essays. Contact us, or submit them to the email addresses above.

Bristol Bay and Beyond, July 8, 2016

Jul 8, 2016
Lisa Andreano, Michael Walgren, courtesy USFWS

This week, we go looking for that two billionth salmon, visit with historian John Branson, get the skinny on reported PSP in Chigniks, and hear about two gray whales that died badly at Cape Pierce. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, July 1, 2016

Jul 1, 2016
Hannah Colton

This week, no commercial salmon fishing in Kusko, reaction to the Governor's budget vetoes from some of you and Rep. Bryce Edgmon, plus culture camp at Kijik.

Bristol Bay and Beyond, June 24, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

Why Brexit matters to Bristol Bay, plus more on that Togiak herring making a splash in Seattle this week, a bear ripped a hole in a house, and "Where Water is Gold" author Carl Johnson joins.

Bristol Bay and Beyond, June 10, 2016

Jun 10, 2016
Yvonne Leutwyler

This week, the Ugashik north line is getting moved, Dillingham's annexations woes, drones in the boatyard, epic endeavors on the Peninsula, and village fish processing. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, June 3, 2016

Jun 7, 2016
Hannah Colton / KDLG

This week, thoughts on sockeye run timing and the rapid erosion at Kanakanak Beach, a new brailer bag business in Naknek, plus poetry and song, on Bristol Bay and Beyond. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016
BBBSD Facebook

School's out! A Dillingham principal says goodbye, students in South Naknek hop a plane to school, graduating seniors reflect on high school highs and lows, and more. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, May 20, 2016

May 23, 2016

A snapshot of the estimated $100 million tourism industry in Bristol Bay, which brings in tens of thousands of fishermen, hunters, rafters, and wildlife viewers each year. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

VPSOs are in short supply in the region, bed bugs aren't, lawmakers keep rolling further into overtime, and the Tanalian HS choir sings us out.  

Bristol Bay and Beyond: May 6, 2016

May 7, 2016
F/V Skagerrak

Optimism in the salmon markets, elders scammed for drug money in Dillingham, plus a kayaker's incredible survival and rescue tale. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, April 29, 2016

Apr 29, 2016

Politics in Juneau and Republicans in Fairbanks, herring still strong in Togiak, a conversation with Lake and Pen's Nathan Hill, local poets slam, and what are you up to this shoulder season?

Bristol Bay and Beyond, Apr. 22, 2016

Apr 22, 2016
Dave Bendinger/KDLG

We visit Newhalen to see a hydro electric plant and check-in on the Lake and Peninsula prom; as the nights get long, the Legislature gets weird; and back in Dillingham, there was a pop-up skatepark on Monday and another sign of spring is here: the annual musical.

Bristol Bay and Beyond, Apr. 15, 2016

Apr 15, 2016
Hannah Colton/KDLG News

Alaska Legislature going long, herring early at Togiak, a drifter weighs in on flood fishing, Bristol Bay Native Association has a new Director of Natural Resources and Togiak residents talk struggles and successes.

Bristol Bay and Beyond, Apr. 8, 2016

Apr 8, 2016
Michelle Ravenmoon

Heroin in Dillingham, prescription opiate management at BBAHC, a local artist reflects, Sands to fish the flood, and we get a boat ready for a spring launch. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, Mar. 18, 2016

Mar 18, 2016
pilot Danielle Troll

Gov. Walker joins to talk about budget and revenues, we go looking for erosion in Dillingham (it's not hard to find), plus a new pilot breaks into the biz, and some poems, out loud. 

Bristol Bay and Beyond, Mar. 11, 2016

Mar 11, 2016
A. Krumm / Lake Clark NP

The House passed a budget, Bob King drops in for a visit, we put WAISC in a nutshell, and Unalakleet readies for Iditarod action.