Alaska Sets an Employment Record

Apr 11, 2014

Alaska recorded its highest employment rate ever in late summer of last year. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

No Overloads on Dillingham Area Roads

Apr 9, 2014
Christina Bergmann

It’s shaping up to be a busy construction season in and around Dillingham but much of the heavy work will have to wait a little while longer. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the man tasked with handling seasonal weight restrictions in the Bristol Bay region to clarify how the Department of Public Safety uses weight restrictions to protect area roads.

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has signed legislation that extends the 12 Alaska Regional Development Organizations in Alaska. The ARDOR organizations include the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Kenai Economic Development District… among others.

The latest data shows that Alaska’s unemployment rate continues to be slightly lower than the national rate but that could change in the coming months. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was recorded at 6.4-percent. That translates to over 27.2-thousand Alaskans being officially classified as unemployed. Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the 6.4-percent recorded in December.

Bering Straits Native Corporation

In recent years many of the Regional Native Corporations in Alaska have been exploring ways to help support elders. This often results in special “Elder Dividends”.

This winter has been unseasonably warm in the Bristol Bay region despite the cold snap that hit the region earlier this month. The unseasonably warm winter has resulted in lower heating costs for most residents and businesses. However, the warm winter is concerning to officials with the local electricity provider for the Dillingham area.


The Community Development Quota organization for the Aleutian Islands region is expanding its tourism business by buying a well-known lodge on the Alaska Peninsula. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.


Leaders from across Southwest Alaska will convene in Anchorage early next month for a conference specifically focused on the Kodiak, Aleutians, and Bristol Bay regions. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.


A local Dillingham women has been chosen as the new head of the Bristol Bay Housing Authority. Last month the commissioners of the Authority named Brenda Akelkok the Executive Director Designee.

A new poll from Gallup indicates that Alaskans are the most satisfied with their standard of living compared to the rest of the states.

The flight attendants that work for Alaska Airlines have turned down the latest proposed contract. In a prepared statement, the Association of Flight Attendants wrote that through the vote they sent a strong message to management that they expect more for their award-winning contributions to the airline.

Construction Spending Forecast Released

Feb 11, 2014

Spending on construction projects in Alaska is expected to increase this year according to the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. The 2014 construction spending forecast was put together by the ISER researchers for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

The value of the Alaska Permanent Fund at the end of 2013 was $49.7-billion dollars. The value of the fund was buoyed by the 9.2-percent return for the first half of the fiscal year.

Alaska Business Development Center

Its tax season again. Residents of the Nushagak River village of New Stuyahok can get some free help with their taxes later this week. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.