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Bill aims to counteract Wash. fuel tax - Juneau Empire

Bill aims to counteract Wash. fuel tax - Juneau Empire : " Bill aims to counteract Wash. fuel tax By Anne Sutton | The Associated Press JUNEAU - A bill imposing a nearly $16-a-barrel surcharge on North Slope crude destined for Washington state was introduced in the Alaska House on Monday. It's a saber-rattling response to a bill in the Washington Legislature that would tax fuel that's refined in Washington and exported to other states, including Alaska. Washington currently exempts .................... ................. Two years ago, Alaska lawmakers sounded off on another Washington proposal to impose a fee of $100 or more on shipping containers carrying freight in and out of that state. Both the Alaska House and Senate passed resolutions opposing the measure, saying the added cost of shipping would be economically devastating to Alaska..... http://juneauempire.com/stories/033109/sta_416718817.shtml

Using Google Earth Offline | Google Earth Blog

Using Google Earth Offline | Google Earth Blog : "March 31, 2009 Using Google Earth Offline One of Google Earth's speed features also has the benefit of enabling the application's use when Internet is not available. The key is the Google Earth cache file which stores imagery and other data locally on your hard drive. This speeds up your experience even when you have broadband Internet, but it also is the secret to offline GE use. By using the GE cache, you can still use most of Google Earth's features while on an African Safari, while driving your car, while boating offshore..... ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, The GE offline capability can be really useful. I've used it personally for driving in a car , traveling by plane, and while sailing . There are still places without broadband or even cell phone connectivity. But, Google Earth can still work even in those remote places. Amazing! ............... http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2009/03/using_google_ear

Cold Bay road signed into law

Legislation protects wilderness in nine states: Rural Alaska | adn.com : Legislation protects wilderness in nine states The Associated Press Published: March 30th, 2009 08:29 PM Last Modified: March 30th, 2009 10:55 PM WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed legislation Monday setting aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness...... The Cold Bay road is finally a reality ........ http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/rural/story/742144.html The bill signed into law Monday allows a road to be built connecting King Cove and Cold Bay. (KTUU-TV)

Rural Alaska blog: The Village : Fish fight | adn.com

Rural Alaska blog: The Village : Fish fight | adn.com : "Fish fight Posted by thevillage Posted: March 30, 2009 - 5:51 pm Comments (0) | Recommend (0) I ducked into one of the hot, crowded conference rooms at the Anchorage Hilton today, where people were starting to testify on a juggernaut of a topic for Western Alaska villages: Hammering down a new cap on the number of chinook salmon pollock fishermen catch in...... http://community.adn.com/adn/node/139907

Bycatch cap for Bering Sea fishery weighed: Commerical Fishing | adn.com

Bycatch cap for Bering Sea fishery weighed: Commerical Fishing | adn.com : " Bycatch cap for Bering Sea fishery weighed KING SALMON: Heated debate expected versus pollock industry. By WESLEY LOY wloy@adn.com Published: March 28th, 2009 10:08 PM Last Modified: March 29th, 2009 12:21 AM Every year a powerful commercial fishing fleet scoops up billions of pounds of Bering Sea pollock to make products such as fish sticks and imitation crab. It's an immense harvest, and many Western Alaska villagers have grown upset about it. They say the fleet increasingly is catching and killing a far more precious fish -- chinook, or king salmon -- while in pursuit of pollock. This week in Anchorage, the issue is expected to produce an epic debate as federal fishery managers consider an unprecedented limit on how many chinook the pollock fleet can catch each year. To many in this fight, the stakes couldn't be higher. Pollock is the nation's biggest commercial catch b

Sitka Sound herring fishery opens: Laine Welch | adn.com

Sitka Sound herring fishery opens: Laine Welch | adn.com : "Sitka Sound herring fishery opens LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: March 28th, 2009 06:40 PM Last Modified: March 28th, 2009 06:40 PM KODIAK -- Alaska's most lucrative herring fishery got under way at Sitka Sound last Sunday when seiners scooped up 2,700 tons in a 15-minute opener................ FARMED SALMON WOES Reduced supplies of salmon from other regions could benefit Alaska producers this year......... FISH IS TOP CROP Don't ever refer to it as farming -- but home-grown fish are Alaska's largest agricultural crop. Call it instead "ocean ranching." Whereas farmed fish are grown in closed pens or cages until they're ready for market, Alaska fish (mostly salmon) are grown in............. full >> http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/739928.html

SitNews: 'Fish fraud' rampant in U.S., government auditors say

Fish fraud' rampant in U.S., government auditors say By ISAAC WOLF Scripps Howard News Service March 26, 2009 Thursday Mislabeled seafood is swimming into U.S. kitchens, sickening people and cheating consumers who aren't getting what they have paid for. Unscrupulous seafood producers and distributors are committing "fish fraud," says a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. And there's minimal oversight to make sure that you are actually getting the fish you've paid for. To beef up their bottom lines, the investigators found, seafood merchants cheat customers in three main ways: By providing portions that are too small, giving the wrong species of fish, or sidestepping country-specific taxes by first shipping the seafood through intermediate countries. With Americans consuming 5 billion pounds of seafood in 2007, fish fraud has

Globalstar Announces Coface Backing for Proposed Financing

Globalstar Announces Coface Backing for Proposed Financing - FOXBusiness.com : Globalstar's second-generation satellite constellation has a 15-year design life and is expected to secure Globalstar's space segment beyond 2025. The proposed financing would pave the way for the delivery and launch of second-generation satellites including the accelerated delivery of these satellites. The launch and deployment of the second-generation satellite constellation is scheduled to begin later this year . http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/industrials/globalstar-announces

Sitka: Four men were rescued by the Coast Guard. Persistent text messaging by the distressed party helped aid the rescue effort.

KRBD - Public Radio in Ketchikan, Alaska - Local News : "SITKA, ALASKA (2009-03-25) Four men were rescued by the Coast Guard and Sitka Mountain rescue Monday night (3-23-09) after their 16' boat capsized in Silver Bay. Persistent text messaging by the distressed party helped aid the rescue effort. .... Audio >> http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=608

Ocean Beauty Seafoods Sponsors Alaskan Snowboarder | Reuters

Ocean Beauty Seafoods Sponsors Alaskan Snowboarder | Reuters : " Ocean Beauty Seafoods Sponsors Alaskan Snowboarder Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:54pm EDT Callan Chythlook-Sifsof Exemplifies the Spirit of the Alaska Salmon Industry SEATTLE, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Ocean Beauty Seafoods, one of the largest seafood companies in the country, announces its sponsorship of Alaskan snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, the 2007 National Snowboardcross (SBX) Champion and a 2010 Olympic hopeful. As part of the sponsorship, Chythlook-Sifsof will serve as an ambassador for Ocean Beauty and the sustainability and healthy attributes of wild Alaska salmon. She will appear in advertisements and speak to the benefits of a diet consisting of Alaska wild salmon. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081023/AQTH092) Chythlook-Sifsof was born and raised in Aleknagik, a small town along Alaska's Bristol Bay, a region rich in salmon http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS36014+24-Oct-2

Alaska Politics Blog : Izembek road on the way to the White House for Obama's signature | adn.com

Alaska Politics Blog : Izembek (Cold Bay) road on the way to the White House for Obama's signature | adn.com : From Erika Bolstad in Washington D.C. -- Posted by Alaska_Politics Posted: March 25, 2009 - 10:36 am The House of Representatives this afternoon passed a sweeping public lands bill that will allow planning to begin for a 25-mile gravel road through a wildlife refuge in a remote community on the Alaska Peninsula. The proposed road, which cuts through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, is just one of hundreds of . http://community.adn.com/node/139661

Herring Rodeo kicks off in Sitka - ( EXCLUSIVE: Video from the air )

EXCLUSIVE: Video from the fishing grounds March 24, 2009   *************** Related news in the Juneau Empire today...... Herring roe-deo kicks off in Sitka - Juneau Empire : Herring Rodeo kicks off in Sitka In 2008, sac roe boats caught 10,000 tons in half-hour opener" By Kate Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Story last updated at 3/25/2009 - 9:41 am Schools of silvery herring arrived this week in Sitka. "It's really quite a lovely day," said fisherman Scott McAllister. "I'm enjoying my last few minutes of peace and quiet before we do battle." Tuesday's opener was the second so far for this year's Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery, Alaska's quickest and one of its most intense fisheries. From now until the season is closed, perhaps the end of the week, the 50 purse seiners are on two-hour notice for.... http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/032509/loc_414286017.shtml

FOXNews.com - Mt. Redoubt Rumblings Threaten Oil Terminal

Mt. Redoubt Rumblings Threaten Oil Terminal FOXNews.com - Mount Redoubt Erupts Again Wednesday Morning - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News : "'The tank farm is entirely intact, no sheen or spill has been sighted,' Francis said. She said all the tanks are 'quite distant from any mud or debris.' Cook Inlet Keeper, a conservation group, on Tuesday called on Chevron and state and federal agencies to remove the oil from the tanks to protect Cook Inlet's valuable fisheries. Bob Shavelson, the group's executive director, said there is flooding and a lot of debris moving into the area near the terminal. 'Everything is pretty much in flux,' he said. 'We feel Chevron has an obligation to protect those fisheries.' A Chevron spokeswoman did not immediately return a call for comment. Tom Evans, an Alaska Native from the lower Cook Inlet village of Nanwalek, said people depend on inlet fisheries to feed their families. 'It make

Struggle for power on doomed trawler

The struggle for power on doomed Alaska Ranger Originally published Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM Former crew members who worked for Fishing Company of Alaska allege misconduct by Japanese fish masters, and the Coast Guard is investigating possible violations of U.S. maritime law. Japanese fish master Satoshi Konno was a tall man with ramrod posture and a volcanic temper. He erupted one summer day in 1994 aboard a Seattle-based trawler as a young American crewman accidentally slipped a bag of frozen fish into the wrong hold. Konno walked up behind the crewman and, without warning, shoved him face-first onto the deck. When the crewman protested, Konno "went ballistic on me, and started screaming: 'You are nothing. If I want you off the boat, you're off the boat,' " Clayton Putnam recalled. Putnam filed a complaint with the boat's owner, The Fishing Company of Alaska. The incident 15 years ago foreshadowed a pattern of misconduct by

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Effects of spill linger in environment, Alaska communities for decades

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : " Effects of spill linger in environment, Alaska communities for decades Article published on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound. The resulting oil spill still reigns as the largest in U.S. history. Twenty years have passed since the disaster, yet physical and psychological effects of the spill linger. Friday night at Kodiak College two researchers presented their findings on the oil spill’s effects. Duane Gill, professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University, talked about his 20-year study of how the disaster has affected people and communities. Gill’s research on technological disasters began with his study of a train wreck in 1982. “A train crew, drinking in a downtown bar, became too drunk to operate the train. Is this starting to sound familiar?” Gill asked with a laugh................... http://www.kodiakdailymir

Exxon Valdez Ghost Lives On as Company Hires Spill-Prone Ships - Bloomberg.com

Exxon Valdez Ghost Lives On as Company Hires Spill-Prone Ships - Bloomberg.com : "Exxon Valdez Ghost Lives On as Company Hires Spill-Prone Ships By Alaric Nightingale and Tony Hopfinger March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Alaskan fisherman J.R. Janneck’s boat is 38 feet. The SeaRiver Long Beach, the sister ship of the Exxon Valdez, which caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, is 987 feet and carries 1.5 million barrels of oil. There is another difference. “My boat is double-hulled,” Janneck, 63, said as he worked on his silver salmon fishing boat in Valdez Harbor last month. Twenty years after the March 24, 1989, disaster, Janneck still remembers the “tiger-stripe sheen” of oil in the water and the absence of birds around him. Even after 79

S.C. shrimpers hope to learn Alaska's secrets - Juneau Empire

S.C. shrimpers hope to learn Alaska's secrets - Juneau Empire : "S.C. shrimpers hope to learn Alaska's secrets Fishermen visit Juneau, Petersburg to glean ideas in effort revive state's shrimp industry By Jeremy Hsieh | JUNEAU EMPIRE In Jeff Toomer's version of Southeast, he enjoys warm breezes, tidal marshes and Spanish moss hanging from palmetto trees. Since flying 3,000 miles to Alaska's Southeast on Wednesday, he's been surrounded by freezing temperatures, mountains and snow - all pretty much unheard of in his region of South Carolina known as the lowcountry. Toomer is a commercial shrimper from Hilton Head, S.C. He's one of five South Carolina shrimpers and....... http://juneauempire.com/stories/032209/loc_413174281.shtml

Exxon Valdez: Can it happen again?: Exxon Valdez spill | adn.com

Exxon Valdez: Can it happen again?: Exxon Valdez spill | adn.com : "Exxon Valdez: Can it happen again? By Wesley Loy wloy@adn.com Published: March 21st, 2009 09:40 PM Last Modified: March 22nd, 2009 12:37 AM It was 20 years ago Tuesday, just after midnight in the calm waters of Prince William Sound, an oil tanker plowed over charted rocks known as Bligh Reef......... http://www.adn.com/exxonvaldez/story/731971.html

newsminer.com • Study touts benefits of Susitna hydroelectric project

newsminer.com • Study touts benefits of Susitna hydroelectric project : " Study touts benefits of Susitna hydroelectric project By Rena Delbridge Published Sunday, March 22, 2009 JUNEAU — A new study shows that despite a high construction price tag, a hydroelectric project at Susitna could generate reliable, environmentally friendly power for the Railbelt for as little as 14 cents per kilowatt-hour. After the project is paid off 50 years from a start date, electricity would cost about one cent per kilowatt hour, the report estimates. But it will likely take all six Railbelt utilities working together to fund such a massive project, said Steve Haagenson, statewide energy coordinator and executive director of the Alaska Energy Authority. Golden Valley......... http://newsminer.com/news/2009/mar/22/study-touts-benefits-sustina-hydroelectric-project/

Xark!: 2020 vision: What's next for news

Xark!: 2020 vision: What's next for news : "Give the pixels, sell the cotton. Know how webcomics creators get paid? Not by restricting access to their panels, but by selling t-shirts and posters... http://xark.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/03/news-futures-a-whats-next-overview.html#more

The Pebble Blog : Pebble Partnership files complaint against foes | adn.com

The Pebble Blog : Pebble Partnership files complaint against foes | adn.com : "Pebble Partnership files complaint against foes Posted by Elizabeth Bluemink Posted: March 20, 2009 - 7:00 pm By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com An Anchorage financial manager broke the law by secretly financing the bulk of last year’s campaign to block development of the massive Pebble copper and gold prospect, the two companies trying to develop Pebble said Friday in a complaint filed with state elections regulators. (the complaint is a large file and may take a moment to download). The complaint, filed by the Pebble Partnership and the Resource Development Council, an Anchorage business trade group, said the financier, Bob Gillam, and three advocacy group violated state law in... http://community.adn.com/adn/node/139485

Golfing in the Bering Sea

Golfing in the Bering Sea : "Golfing in the Bering Sea Mike Burwell Mar 19, 2009" - for Gary E. No swell and sun today as Gary steers the Big Valley northeast through the channel reading the chart and the Daily News simultaneously, instructing us, like all captains before, on the Kodiak stories of the sea, the survival and sure loss that make a fisherman's life on this island. Stories that send the new ones out looking, make the older ones stay and go......... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/features/6-features/1019-golfing-in-the-bering-sea

Senate OKs bill - Cold Bay road on the horizon?

Senate OKs bill to expand wilderness on its second try: Politics | adn.com : "The bill also would let Alaska go forward with plans to build an airport access road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge as part of a land swap that would transfer more than 61,000 acres to the federal government, much of it designated as wilderness. Critics have called the project a 'road to nowhere.' Backers say the road is needed for residents of a remote village on the Bering Sea who now use a hovercraft to reach an airport and hospital. The 77-20 vote on Thursday sends the bill to the House, where final legislative approval could come as early as next week. Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Mark Begich, a Democrat, both voted for the bill...... http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/729887.html

Good news from the sea: Ocean conservation success stories - Ars Technica

Good news from the sea: Ocean conservation success stories - Ars Technica : "Good news from the sea: Ocean conservation success stories Although most oceanic news is full of doom and gloom these days, there are a few success stories. For instance, these are especially good times for New England haddock. By Jonathan M. Gitlin | Last updated March 18, 2009 9:30 AM CT Fishing boats in Sopot, Poland macieklew @ Flickr My last post

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Fishermen’s fight started with pipeline

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Fishermen’s fight started with pipeline Article published on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer" The commercial fishermen of Cordova battled big oil companies long before the Exxon Valdez oil spill tainted Prince William Sound and disrupted their way of life. The struggle is documented in a 1985 doctoral thesis by James Payne titled “Our Way of Life is threatened and Nobody Seems to Give a Damn.” The Prudhoe Bay oil strike in 1968 precipitated a rush by the oil industry and the State of Alaska to bring the field into production. The following year the state leased 179 tracts for exploration. A consortium of companies formed the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and applied for a permit to construct an oil pipeline. Alyeska opted for an all-Alaska route for the pipeline and selected Valdez as the site for an oil terminal. Cordova fishermen were concerned that tanker traffic through Prince William

The Highliner : 175 million salmon expected this year | adn.com

The Highliner : 175 million salmon expected this year | adn.com : "175 million salmon expected this year Posted by The Highliner Posted: March 17, 2009 - 4:10 pm" Commercial fishermen are expected to catch nearly 175 million salmon this year, a 20 percent jump from last season's 146 million. The reason for the big increase: a larger return of pink salmon, say biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. If the forecast proves accurate, this year’s salmon haul will be the 11th largest since statehood, the department says. Here’s a forecast breakdown by region and species. And here’s the Fish and Game press release.. http://community.adn.com/adn/node/139306

State launches effort to put value on deckhands' work: Laine Welch | adn.com

State launches effort to put value on deckhands' work: Laine Welch | adn.com : "State launches effort to put value on deckhands' work By LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: March 17th, 2009 08:52 PM Last Modified: March 17th, 2009 08:52 PM KODIAK -- Alaskans are being asked to help shape a new program aimed at tracking the economic importance of deckhands to the fishing industry. Best guess is that about 20,000 deckhands work in Alaska. As they are self-employed workers, no wage reports are collected by the state. Each must buy a fishing license, but it doesn't tell if or when they fish, in what fisheries, or for ... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/726859.html

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Appeals court upholds feds' salmon hatchery policy

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Appeals court upholds feds' salmon hatchery policy By JEFF BARNARD AP Environmental Writer Mar 16, 8:41 PM EDT GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A federal appeals court Monday upheld the federal government's discretion to use salmon raised in hatcheries to bolster wild runs, but not as a substitute that would lift Endangered Species Act protections. The ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco included the last of a series of lawsuits on behalf of a coalition of builders, farmers and property rights advocates to remove restrictions on development and agriculture that protect salmon. It also covered a challenged by conservation groups to a decision by NOAA Fisheries to downgrade. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=18&path=O/OR_SALMON_HATCHERY_RULING

Climate change and the oceans: bleak prospects for the fish - Ars Technica

Climate change and the oceans: bleak prospects for the fish - Ars Technica : "Practically, this means local extinctions in traditional fishing areas (already being witnessed in the Bering Sea), and species invasion into others. Countries are going to lose fish stocks to their neighbors, something we're already seeing with jumbo squid and salmon. Cheung predicts that Norway, Greenland, and Alaska are going to be the biggest winners, with China, the mainland US, Indonesia, and Chile losing the most... http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/03/climate-change-and-the-oceans-bleak-prospects-for-the-fish.ars

Alaska Air Cargo Enhances Seafood Shipment Services

Alaska Air Cargo Enhances Seafood Shipment Services : "Alaska Air Cargo Enhances Seafood Shipment Services Alaska Airlines implements system wide cool chain training program 3/14/2009 9:06 a.m. SEATTLE — Prized wild seafood from the state of Alaska will arrive as fresh as possible at grocery stores and restaurants across the nation, thanks in part to a new quality control program at Alaska Air Cargo designed to keep seafood shipments cold. Alaska Air Cargo is one of the first air carriers to implement a special training program for employees who handle perishables such as fresh Alaska seafood. These strict seafood quality standards require employees to pass an annual food quality course. Defined by the seafood industry as 'cool chain,' the program is used by processors and shippers to ensure a temperature-controlled environment for proper food handling. The goal is to keep the seafood moving expeditiously throughout its journey on Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air and mainta

Bill would boost loans for vessel upgrades

"Bill would boost loans for vessel upgrades By Margaret Bauman Alaska Journal of Commerce Web posted Friday, March 13, 2009 Legislation to broaden the use of the Commercial Fishing Loan Act to include energy efficiency upgrades is garnering growing support from conservationists and groups representing residents of Alaska's fishing communities. The Alaska Marine Conservation Council on March 6 added its support to House Bill 20, which includes language to make low-interest loans to available to a large number of the state's commercial fisheries improve the energy efficiency of vessels. In recent years, great advances have been made in diesel and outboard technologies, AMCC officials said. Fuel efficiency and... http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/031309/fis_fish003.shtml

Washington Times - Obama creates food-safety group

Washington Times - Obama creates food-safety group : "Obama creates food-safety group Makes two FDA picks Stephen Dinan (Contact) Saturday, March 14, 2009 President Obama on Saturday created a food safety working group to advise him on new rules and tools to protect the U.S. food supply and tapped two people to serve at the top of the Food and Drug Administration . Mr. Obama said food-born illness outbreaks have increased in recent years — including major incidents of tainted spinach in 2006, salmonella in peppers or tomatoes last year and the peanut outbreak this year. He said that means the U.S. must do more than it has been and called on his food safety group, led by the secretaries the departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, to give him recommendations. "This working group will bring together cabinet..... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/14/obama-creates-food-safety-group/

LOST and Found: Senate Moves Toward Ratification of U.N.'s 'Law of the Sea Treaty' - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

LOST and Found: Senate Moves Toward Ratification of U.N.'s 'Law of the Sea Treaty' - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com : "The Senate is gearing up to ratify a Nixon-era U.N. treaty meant to create universal laws to govern the seas -- a treaty critics say will create a massive U.N. bureaucracy that could even claim powers over American waterways. LOST -- the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also called the Law of the Sea Treaty -- regulates all things oceanic, from fishing rights, navigation lanes and environmental concerns to what lies beneath: the seabed's oil and mineral wealth that companies hope to explore and exploit in coming years. But critics say the treaty, which declares the sea and its bounty the 'universal heritage of mankind,' would redistribute American profits and have a reach extending into rivers and streams all the way up the mighty Mississippi. The U.N. began working on LOST in 1973, and 157 nations have signed on

PETA Pushing George Clooney-flavored tofu?

PETA's Star Gimmick Is Tough to Swallow - Reliable Source - Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts share gossip from inside the Beltway and beyond. : "Just when we thought we'd seen it all from PETA -- the animal rights organization known for high-profile celebrity ads -- President Ingrid Newkirk has come up with this: George Clooney-flavored tofu. In a letter sent to the actor. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/reliable-source/2009/03/rs-peta12.html hat tip Drudge

SitNews: Facing hard times, South Carolina shrimpers look to Alaska for help

SitNews: Facing hard times, South Carolina shrimpers look to Alaska for help : "Facing hard times, South Carolina shrimpers look to Alaska for help Alaska fishermen and business experts share secrets to success March 09, 2009 Monday Petersburg, AK - While Americans consume ever-increasing quantities of imported farmed shrimp, shrimp fishermen in places like South Carolina - who have for generations relied on wild shrimp harvests - are finding themselves locked out of markets and undercut in price. 'Shrimpers all over the country have felt the same financial strain from cheaper shrimp imports that fishermen here in Alaska have felt from farmed salmon coming into the country,' said Glenn Haight, fisheries business specialist with....... http://www.sitnews.us/0309news/030909/030909_secrets.html

Dell's second gen rugged laptop: Can it stop a bullet? | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com

Dell's second gen rugged laptop: Can it stop a bullet? | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com : "Dell's second gen rugged laptop: Can it stop a bullet? Posted by Larry Dignan @ 4:27 am Dell on Tuesday launched the second generation of its rugged laptop—the Latitude E6400 XFR—with the biggest improvement being a new suit of armor. Dell's rugged laptop targets a niche market, but can take some water torture. Dell is clearly going after Panasonic’s ToughBook market and to do that you need some cool stats via the company’s blog and launch statement ( Techmeme ): Among them... http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=14206

Alaska Politics Blog : Dueling Web sites target/praise predator control & Palin | adn.com

Alaska Politics Blog : Dueling Web sites target/praise predator control & Palin | adn.com : "Dueling Web sites target/praise predator control & Palin Posted by Alaska_Politics Posted: March 9, 2009 - 9:54 pm Comments (3) | Recommend (0) From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage -- Remember the Defenders of Wildlife Web site that popped up last month knocking Gov. Sarah Palin on predator control? Sportsmen for Habitat Alaska, a hunting advocacy group that proposed some of the new predator control rules at this month's Board of Game meeting, has launched a kind of rival site at www.defendersofwildfood.org ."

FedEx to move 68 pilots: Aviation Industry | adn.com

FedEx to move 68 pilots: Aviation Industry | adn.com : "FedEx to move 68 pilots ANCHORAGE HUB: Transfers reflect lower volume of air cargo. By WESLEY LOY wloy@adn.com Published: March 6th, 2009 01:02 AM Last Modified: March 6th, 2009 01:02 AM FedEx Corp. is transferring 68 Anchorage-based pilots to new assignments elsewhere, a further sign the world economic crisis is beginning to gnaw more deeply at the local economy Jim McCluskey, a spokesman for the express delivery giant, said Thursday the pilot transfers are part of company moves to cut costs and improve efficiency as cargo volumes drop. The transferring....... http://www.adn.com/money/industries/aviation/story/712768.html

Group seeks protection for Kittlitz's murrelet: Alaska News | adn.com

Group seeks protection for Kittlitz's murrelet: Alaska News | adn.com : "Group seeks protection for Kittlitz's murrelet By DAN JOLING The Associated Press Published: March 5th, 2009 03:48 PM Last Modified: March 5th, 2009 03:48 PM" ...... http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/712347.html ... birds also harmed by oil pollution and fishing nets. The petition seeks additional protections for the birds in state coastal waters.

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Dock ID checks go smoothly in third week

Dock ID checks go smoothly in third week Article published on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Those who frequent Kodiak’s waterfront facilities may have noticed recent changes in security protocol. Sweeping changes to the nation’s port security system made by the Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA) went into effect Feb. 12. All U.S. Coast Guard licensed mariners and anyone requiring unescorted access to secure waterfront facilities must obtain a Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC). Possession of a TWIC card is limited to people who have successfully passed a security threat assessment conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Facility employees, longshoremen,... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7316

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Researcher: predation by cod may be slowing king crab recovery

Researcher: predation by cod may be slowing king crab recovery Article published on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "The 1960s and 1970s was a time of plenty in Kodiak, the heyday of the king crab fishery, and Kodiak had a boomtown bustle. Crab stocks underwent a precipitous decline in the late 1970s, and the commercial fishery was closed in 1983. Since then, neither Kodiak nor the king crab have fully recovered. William Bechtol, a doctoral candidate in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, has been conducting research to try to answer the mystery of why the..... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7312

Skittles Cozies Up to Social Media - WSJ.com

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Fish prices may not follow economic trends: Laine Welch | adn.com

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