Chignik Lagoon, AK

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 29, 2022

Fishing slowed down a bit in most districts, but Egegik led Tuesday's harvest again with well over half a million salmon. The Nushagak District saw about half a million in escapement and Ugashik fishermen once again brought in some big deliveries. The bay-wide run so far is at 14.3 million salmon. That’s double what last year’s total run was at this date.
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Health officials distribute opioid overdose emergency kits in Bristol Bay

State and local health officials are ramping up efforts to combat opioid overdose deaths. In the Bristol Bay area, local clinics in Naknek and Dillingham are handing out emergency kits that include the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone. They’re urging the public to have one on hand just in case, in hopes of preventing untimely deaths.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 28, 2022

The price of fuel is on the rise in the United States and many industries are feeling the pressure. Rural areas generally face higher prices for fuel, but in recent months, Bristol Bay residents have seen those prices creep even further. Bristol Fuels in downtown Dillingham Gas set their price...

COVID testing available in Naknek and Dillingham

The number of COVID cases in Alaska rose by more than 25 percent in the first week of June, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. There were at least 1,900 cases reported statewide in the last week – that’s a drop of 12 percent.

Contact Creek fire grows to 7000 acres in Katmai National Park

The Contact Creek Fire in Katmai National Park is now estimated to exceed 7,000 acres. Around 60% of the fire has been naturally extinguished, however other areas of the fire are still growing. Mark Sturm is the superintendent of Katmai National Park. He says the fire is slowly moving towards...

Nominations for Assembly & School Board Open

Lake and Peninsula Borough Assembly and School Board Nominations Open June 6, 2022. Notice is hereby given that on October 4, 2022, the General Election of the Lake and Peninsula Borough will be held in accordance with AS 29.26.040, for the purpose of electing the following officials:. · Assembly Member,...

Fire Danger in LPB

Dry weather and dry grass have produced extreme fire danger and potential for wildfires in all of Lake and Peninsula Borough. Residents, visitors, and workers should take all precautions to prevent fire. This includes no open flames and extreme caution when participating in activities which may spark a fire, including use of a 4-wheeler or chain saw.

Katmai National Park to dedicate monument to Pelagia Melgenak

Katmai National Park and Preserve announced Thursday officials will unveil a monument to commemorate the life of a widely respected leader closely affiliated with Katmai. Pelagia Melgenak dedicated her life to living, teaching, and sharing her culture, values, and spirituality on her ancestral lands. The monument will be unveiled 1...

Wildfire in Katmai National Park remains at 3,500 acres

A private pilot reported a wildfire on Sunday night in Katmai National Park and Preserve, according to the National Park Service. Earlier in the week, it was smoldering and growing to the southeast. But it hasn't moved in the last two days, and it hasn’t damaged any infrastructure. Officials...

Econ 919 - Divvying up Disaster Dollars

A $131.8 million package of federal relief funds is heading to Alaska fishermen and researchers to offset what are known as fishery disasters in the state. Fishermen and their coastal communities had to fight hard for those disaster declarations. Now, they’re helping to decide how managers should split the funds, including $9.4 million for Cook Inlet fishermen. The money is to make up for the losses from the 2018 upper Cook Inlet set-net fisheries and the 2020 Cook Inlet salmon fisheries.

Extreme Fire Danger over Memorial Weekend

Low precipitation and warm weather and wind conditions have combined to make fire danger high. This means critical fire weather conditions are imminent or occurring now or will shortly. Rapid ignition, growth and spread of fires are possible impacts. URGENT FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE. EXTREME FIRE DANGER IN LAKE AND PENINSULA...

Wildfire in Katmai National Park grows to 3,500 acres

A private pilot reported a wildfire on Sunday night in Katmai National Park and Preserve, according to the National Park Service. The fire is currently smoldering and growing to the southeast, but it hasn’t damaged any infrastructure. Officials say lightning likely caused the Contact Creek fire, which is burning...

3 men sentenced for wading in river with feeding bears at Katmai

Three men were sentenced Monday for leaving a popular bear viewing platform in Katmai National Park and Preserve and wading into the river toward brown bears feeding on salmon, according to federal prosecutors. The incident took place at the iconic Brooks Falls. The park’s rules are pretty simple: Humans have...

Governor Dunleavy Demands Federal Recognition of State Owned Lands

April 26, 2022 (Anchorage) — Today, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced a lawsuit that asks the courts to recognize the State’s ownership to submerged lands within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, an ownership granted at Statehood but not yet fully recognized by the federal government. Governor Dunleavy also announced Notice of Trespass and cease-and-desist letters recently sent to the Agriculture and Interior Departments for federal infrastructure, such as docks, that lacks permits on State-owned submerged lands. Both actions are part of Governor Dunleavy’s “Unlocking Alaska Initiative,” which began a year ago to secure Alaska’s submerged lands and navigable waterways.