Bristol Bay villages plan to mark trails
DILLINGHAM - An organized system of trail markers has been established around Bethel and Nome to help snowmachiners find their way in winter.
But that kind of network doesn't exist around Dillingham, and a number of snowmachiners continue to get lost every winter as they travel between villages in poor weather.
Sixteen search and rescue missions were conducted in the Bristol Bay region last year, with one fatality, authorities said.
The Bristol Bay Native Association hopes to mark about 340 miles of trails between villages over the next couple of years, said Patrick Chiklak. The money is from the state Department of Transportation.