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Proposed SE Alaska hydro project trading on Toronto exchange

Image via Wikipedia PETERSBURG-AK (09/30/2010) The company that’s proposed a controversial hydro-electric development near Petersburg is raising money in Canadian financial markets. Cascade Creek LLC is now owned by a new company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The same people are running Cascade Creek, but they hope the move to the stock exchange will generate more funding for the project. Audio >>

FREE Safety Training Offered for Commercial Fishermen in Ketchikan

September 29, 2010 Wednesday Ketchikan, Alaska - A 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course will be offered in Ketchikan on Saturday November 6, 2010 at UAS - Ketchikan campus, Robertson Room 115 from 8am - 7pm..............

Wrangell Assembly raises concerns over hydropower project

Image via Wikipedia WRANGELL (2010-09-28) The Wrangell Assembly went into this week's meeting looking for an update on a hydropower project only to come away with nothing. Last year, the Borough invested a quarter-million dollars in the development of hydropower at Swan Lake and hasn't heard much from the private company handling the project. Now, the Assembly is looking for answers. KSTK's Tony Gorman reports..... Audio >>

Alaska Marine Highway System plans to offer WiFi

SITKA, ALASKA (2010-09-28) Alaska Airlines will extend wireless internet service to most in-state routes by the end of the year. But there will be gaps. The Alaska Marine Highway System also plans to offer onboard, online service. But it’s unclear when it will be available to the public. Audio >>

Bar Codes Add Detail on Items in TV Ads

A screenshot One of Bluefly’s “Closet Confessions” commercials, featuring Bethenny Frankel of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” with scannable information about things for sale on Bluefly. By   ELIZABETH OLSON Published: September 26, 2010 Bar codes, the tiny black and white boxes that have been popping up in magazines, on posters and on some billboards, are arriving on television. From the comfort of their sofas, mobile-phone users can scan a bar code embedded in commercials on certain evening shows on Bravo and instantly obtain additional information about a product and a discount to buy it. The 45-second commercials by the online fashion retailer   Bluefly show snippets of its   “Closet Confessions”   interviews with......... To read the rest of this article on your Smartphone scan this QR code.

Coast Guard chooses pellet heat for Sitka station

Image via Wikipedia by The Associated Press 17 hrs ago SITKA — The Coast Guard plans to install a wood-fired boiler to provide heat to the Sitka Air Station. The pellet-burning system will save money on heating bills and help the Coast Guard meet a federal mandate to reduce carbon emissions, said Sudie Hargis, an energy program specialist with the Coast Guard civil engineering division in Juneau. The wood pellet boiler should be installed by next winter.........

Governor Parnell Urges FDA to Deny AquaBounty GE Salmon Application

Image via Wikipedia PR September 25, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell expressed opposition to the approval of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon for human consumption. The governor said genetically engineered salmon pose significant potential threats to the environment, consumer health, and the wild seafood industry. In a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, the governor questioned whether the application has received sufficient scientific and public scrutiny, and said he was troubled by the lack of transparency in the review process. “Like many, we are concerned genetically engineered salmon could jeopardize the health of wild salmon stocks if released into the wild,” Governor Parnell said. “Genetically engineered salmon could spread disease, cross-breed with wild salmon, and out-compete them for food and mates.” The governor’s letter reminded FDA that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmosphe

Kookesh dismissal sets stage for state's appeal

Image by Trina Landlord Sen. Albert Kookesh SITKA, ALASKA (2010-09-24) The dismissal last week of a subsistence violation against Sen. Albert Kookesh could prompt major changes in the state’s subsistence fishing policy – if the ruling stands up to an expected appeal. The attorney general’s office has asked the district court to reconsider its September 17th decision to dismiss the case. The legal arguments in the motion suggest the state is gearing up for an appeal. When Albert Kookesh, an Angoon Democrat, and three friends were cited in July of 2009 for overfishing their subsistence permits in Kanalku Bay near Angoon, the Senator appeared ready to make a Katie John-style constitutional argument questioning the state’s authority to manage subsistence on federal lands. Angoon is situated on Admiralty Island, a national monument. Kookesh told KCAW in 2009 that he thought he’d end up paying the state’s $500 fine, but he also thought the case was headed for federal court. “Dual manageme

Kodiak: City schedules special meeting to discuss possible groundfish closures

Article published on Friday, September 24th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer     The Kodiak City Council scrambled to take a stance on a series of proposed Kodiak-area groundfish closures at its regular meeting Thursday night. After public comments from a group of local trawlers, the council decided to schedule a special meeting next Wednesday night to vote on whether to take an official position. The closures are designed to protect tanner crab and are on the agenda of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) when it meets Oct. 4-12 in Anchorage. There is not enough time for the City of Kodiak to file an official letter before the meeting, but based on next week’s meeting the city could give testimony of the closures’ impact to Kodiak residents. NPFMC is considering several options, including closing three areas completely to trawl and pot gear. Other options would close the areas for part of the year, mandate gear modifications to reduce crab bycatch, or require vessel

Alaskans head to D.C. to stop Pebble

GROUPS: EPA urged to use clean water act to halt mine. By MARY PEMBERTON Associated Press Writer Published: September 24th, 2010 10:00 PM Last Modified: September 25th, 2010 02:17 AM A Native leader and fishing groups traveled to the nation's capital this week to try to stop development of a huge copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska. The Pebble Mine is near some of the world's most productive wild salmon streams and is being readied for permitting beginning next year. Tom Tilden, chief of the Curyung Tribal Council, said.........

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett - Sept. 23, 2010

Coming up this week, the FDA holds a hearing on the future of Frankenfish, Denby Lloyd steps down as Fish and Game commissioner, and what's this about feathered bycatch? All that and The Deadliest Lawsuit threatens the Hillstrand Brothers and the fishing vessel Time Bandit. Also: Disaster relief on the Yukon, the skipper of the FV Zimovia is safe after his boat sinks near Sitka, and a fond farewell to boat-builder and fisherman Mel Martin. We had help this week from Coast Alaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Sitka, KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska, KSTK's Peter Helgeson in Wrangell, and KBBI's Aaron Selbig in Homer..... Audio >

Commissioner Lloyd to retire, shares final thoughts on Fish and Game

Web posted   Thursday, September 23, 2010 By Laine Welch For the Journal Denby Lloyd is retiring as Alaska Department of Fish and Game commissioner Dec. 1. He informed Gov. Sean Parnell personally late Sept. 16 and then broke the news to me. "I planned for quite some time to retire at the end of this term, even before the DUI (arrest Aug. 9 in Juneau). But you can't really announce something like that very early and still get good work done," he said. "The timing seems right, and I also want to give time for the staff to get used to the idea, and for the constituents to decide who they might want next for commissioner. "And to be honest, the demands of a job like this take a toll, and I don't know if I have the drive or desire to keep up this kind of pace," he added. Lloyd's trial date on the DUI charge is Dec. 14. He has held the commissioner's seat since 2007. He is a 1985 University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate with degrees in biology

Southeast red king crab fishery remains closed

Image via Wikipedia PETERSBURG, AK (09/23/2010) It will be another year without a commercial fishery for red and blue king crab in Southeast. The fishery was last opened in 2005 but fishery managers say the amount of harvestable red king crab continues to drop around the region. Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game along with the commercial crab fleet are trying out other ways of estimating crab stocks..... Audio >>

Skipper safe after vessel sinks at Six Mile Rock

Image by Don Kluting SITKA, ALASKA (2010-09-21) A Wrangell man is safe after his fishing vessel sank in Sitka Sound early Tuesday morning (9-21-10). The 44-foot Zimovia sank off of Kulichkof Rock, six nautical miles south of Sitka shortly after midnight. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charlie Hengin is a spokesman for District 17. She says Air Station Sitka launched a helicopter around 11:40 PM. A boat crew from Sitka Mountain Rescue was underway at about the same time.   “The Sitka Mountain Rescue boat crew actually made it to the Zimovia at around midnight and they were able to embark the man. Once he was aboard the vessel he was treated for cold water exposure and taken to Sitka Community Hospital.” The Zimovia is owned by 73-year old Wrangell resident Wayne “Doc” Davenport, a retired physician and public radio personality. According to family members, Davenport was in good condition early Tuesday. Don Kluting, the .... Audio >

Gary Sinise Band -- Kodiak's Coast Guard Base Alive with Sound

Image via Wikipedia Go Guys Go! Kodiak's Coast Guard base was alive with sound Friday as the USO brought a 12-piece cover band fronted by actor Gary Sinise to entertain servicemen and women in a mission to boost morale. KMXT's Jacob Resneck visited the base and filed this report. It's Friday afternoon and the sound of the Lt. Dan Band rehearsing echoes off the tarmac in front of Hangar Three. The band's fronted by actor Gary Sinise and named after a character he played in the 1994 film Forrest Gump.  That evening hundreds of Coast Guardsmen and women gathered with their families in the hangar. Sinise told the crowd how the Lt. Dan Band came to be.   (Sinise1)  The Kimo he refers to is Kimo Williams, the band's lead guitarist and himself a cobat veteran... Audio >>

AT&T to sell satellite-enabled smart phone

Last updated September 20, 2010 9:49 p.m. PT By PETER SVENSSON AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER NEW YORK -- AT&T has weathered plenty of complaints about spotty cell phone coverage. On Tuesday, it will start selling its first phone that includes a backstop for AT&T's own network, over a satellite. That means blanket coverage of the U.S., even in the wilderness or hundreds of miles offshore. The new phone, the TerreStar Genus, could be an important tool for boaters, fishermen, forest rangers, emergency crews and others who go outside regular cellular coverage. There are a number of caveats, though. To use the phone, it has to have a clear view of the southern sky, where the satellite hovers, with no intervening trees, buildings or hills. That restricts its use to the outdoors. The satellite is aimed at the U.S. and doesn't provide global coverage in the.......

New guidelines aim to minimize salmon bycatch

By Margaret Bauman Published in   the Dutch Harbor Fisherman Sep 17th, 2010 New guidelines aimed at minimizing incidental catch of chinook salmon in the Bering Sea trawl fishery for pollock published in the Federal Register last week will go into effect when the season opens in January. That final rule sets a limit on the amount of chinook salmon that may be caught and shuts down the fishery if that limit is reached. It sets up a structure for the pollock fishing fleet to develop incentive plans encouraging each vessel to avoid chinook salmon at all times while fishing for pollock, not just when bycatch numbers are high. Commercial and subsistence fishermen in Western Alaska and in Yukon River communities who depend on the kings for income and..................

Shellfish feel the burn: damage linked to atmospheric CO2

By   John Timmer   |   Last updated   about 3 hours ago Last week, the National Academies of Science released a report on research of what has been called "the other carbon problem"—ocean acidification. Excess carbon in the atmosphere has been lowering the ocean's pH (increasing its acidity), which has the potential to severely alter the ocean's chemistry. The NAS report says that we're way behind in studying this problem, which wasn't even fully recognized until recently. Just how far behind we are is made clear by a paper that will be released this week by   PNAS , which reveals that two species of commercially harvested shellfish are likely to

You Too Can Join the Internet Of Things

  September 20, 2010,   1:50 PM ........................ The mbed device can plug straight into a U.S.B. port on a computer, appearing as a flash drive to the PC. People can then create programs or download existing modules from the mbed Web site and get off and running in a matter of minutes. “I was intrigued by the fact that people in the microcontroller industry won’t actually be the people who invent what they’re used for,” Mr. Ford said. “If there is a guy who knows about microcontrollers and a pig farmer who knows about pigs, it will be the pig farmer who will see how to automate feeding his animals so he can sleep more..............

Kake leaders plead for hydro power connection

Kake leaders plead for hydro power connection : "PETERSBURG, AK (09/20/2010) Leaders from the small Southeast community of Kake continued their pleas for a connection to cheaper hydro electric power, before a regionwide gathering of civic and business officials in Petersburg last week. The envirormental review of the power transmission line project is underway and construction could start in the next few years."

WP: FDA rules won't require labeling of genetically modified salmon

Image via Wikipedia By Lyndsey Layton Saturday, September 18, 2010; 11:20 PM  As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems certain: Shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one created with genes from another species. Despite a growing public demand for more information about how food is produced, that won't happen with the salmon because of idiosyncracies embedded in federal regulations. The FDA says it cannot require a label on the genetically modified food once it determines that the altered fish is not "materially" different from other salmon - something agency scientists have said is true. Perhaps more surprising, conventional food makers say the FDA has made it difficult for them to boast that their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients. The labeling question has emerged as the FDA det

Vietnam:Tracking technology raises seafood’s competitiveness

Updated : 9:06 AM, 09/19/2010 The seafood sector will begin applying hi-tech solutions to gain more information and trace the origins of its products, the fishing process and transport, aiming to raise its competitiveness in foreign markets. This technology will help seafood enterprises ensure the quality and freshness of their products to meet international demands and create a chain of safe food supplies for global consumers. Ta Viet Dung, Vice Head of the Technology Application and Development Department under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said that the origin-tracing system for aquaculture commodities will help businesses save production costs and detect errors in their products easily for quick correction. The department was assigned to cooperate with a Thai partner and the IBM company to...........

Photo Release: Actor Gary Sinise visits Kodiak-based Coast Guard units

17th District Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard Photo Release Date: September 17, 2010 Contact:  Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally (907) 487-5700 Photo Release: Actor Gary Sinise visits Kodiak-based Coast Guard units KODIAK, Alaska - Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica McLeod, a Health Service Technician at the Kodiak-based Rockmore King Clinic, poses with Actor Gary Sinise during a tour he took of the facility Sept. 17, 2010. Sinise is know for his role in the movie Forrest Gump as Lt. Dan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally. KODIAK, Alaska - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro take a picture with Actor Gary Sinise, center, before his tour of the cutter Sept. 17, 2010. Sinise is a part of a morale tour supported by United Service Organizations and TriWest Healthcare Alliance to Alaska-based military units with the Lt. Dan Band. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally. KODIAK, Alaska - Actor Gary Sinise takes a moment for a ph

Alaska Fish and Game commissioner Denby Lloyd to retire ahead of DUI trial

The Associated Press Published: September 17th, 2010 03:45 PM Last Modified: September 17th, 2010 03:45 PM JUNEAU -- Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd, who was charged last month with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment, is retiring. Lloyd sent an e-mail to staff Friday. In it, he says..............

Jury reaches not guilty verdict in seine-cutting case

Article published on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer   A Kodiak jury returned a not guilty verdict Monday morning in the case of a Kodiak fisherman accused of intentionally cutting the net of another fisherman by running his boat over it. The verdict ends the four-day trial of Steve Suydam, 55, who if convicted could have received as much as a year in prison and a $10,000 fine. The charges stemmed from a conflict at a salmon opening in southwest Kodiak Island’s Red River on Aug. 20, 2008. The conflict involved Suydam’s fishing vessel Crimson Beauty and the Lake Oswego, Ore.-based fishing vessel Pacific Pacer. Both sides agree that Suydam’s boat did cut through the Pacific Pacer’s seining net, but most of the other circumstances of the case were contested in the trial, from the number of boats in the area to the orientation of the boats. According to ..........

GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill

Image via Wikipedia By MARY CLARE JALONICK The Associated Press Wednesday, September 15, 2010; 9:15 PM  WASHINGTON -- A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it. Republican  Sen. Tom Coburn  of Oklahoma says the bill, which has stalled in the Senate for more than a year, adds to the deficit and expands the power of an already troubled agency. Advocates for the bill say it is crucial to...............

Commercial fishing line snags rare albatross off Alaska

Image via Wikipedia By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press Published: September 14th, 2010 06:05 PM Last Modified: September 14th, 2010 06:05 PM A short-tailed albatross died as a result of being caught on a longline fishing hook in Alaska in what is believed to be the first recorded death of one of the endangered birds by a U.S. commercial fishing vessel since 1998. The American Bird Conservancy said the bird that was killed in the Bering Sea wore a metal leg band identifying it as a 7 1/2 year old bird from Torishima Island in Japan. That is where the majority of short-tailed albatross breed. The short-tailed...........

Kookesh case may undermine subsistence bag limits

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Story last updated at 9/14/2010 - 10:34 am By Pat Forgey |  JUNEAU EMPIRE A state judge who dismissed charges of subsistence overfishing against state Sen. Albert Kookesh has thrown into question multiple state subsistence bag limits and raises the concern that many of them may be invalid. Sitka District Court Judge David George wrote in a court order the Alaska Department of Fish & Game failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which sets out the formal process for the establishing bag limits, when it set the limit for Admiralty Island's Kanalku Bay. Dismissing that charge, though, may invalidate most of the subsistence bag limits in Southeast Alaska, suggests a legal filing in the Kookesh case. When the Board of Fisheries has not set a bag limit through the...........