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Kodiak: American and Olds close to secure hatchery brood stock

Article published on Friday, July 30th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer There are healthy numbers of king salmon returning in new runs on the American and Olds rivers this summer, but don’t expect an extension on the sport fishery past its Sunday closing date. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to halt sport fishing on these two rivers to collect female salmon for the Kodiak King Salmon Enhancement Program. The program needs more egg-bearing salmon to replace fish lost July 11 when a Monashka Creek holding pen wa.......... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8988

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett - July 29, 2010

Coming up this week, what will the sea lion Bi-Op mean to fishermen; Captain Wild Bill is looking for a new deckhand - on YouTube, and it might be time to update your charts. We had help this week from Deckboss Blogger Wesley Loy in Anchorage, KBBI's Aaron Selbig in Homer, and KNOM's Laureli Kinneen in Nome.  Audio > http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1975&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

Kake residents discuss diesel alternatives

PETERSBURG, AK (2010-07-30) Residents in Kake are still hoping for a cheaper source of electricity and are banking on a connection to hydro-electric power, available about 40 miles away in the neighboring community Petersburg. Located on the Northwest end of Kupreanof Island, the small community of 500 is currently powered by expensive diesel fuel. Officials there are also considering other options, including wind and biomass energy.....  Audio >  http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1293

Petersburg Economic Development Council annual report shows economic declines, some positive news

Keith Chaplin July 29 , 2010. A report released by the Petersburg Economic Development Council last week described a series of negative trends in population, business, construction, the seafood industry and tourism in Petersburg. In a report to the Petersburg City Council on Monday, July 19, PEDC Coordinator Liz Cabrera described those negative trends as well as some positive news regarding the local economy, including increases in annual employment and average number of jobs in Petersburg. Those trends were contrary to the regional and state data that showed an overall loss. Petersburg’s population has dwindled each year since a peak of close to 3,400 residents in 1999. In 2009, the..... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/www/stories/072910economics.htm

Detergent company puts GPS into product to track consumers to their homes...

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Juneau fish committee pursues public cold storage

July 29, 2010 Juneau's Fisheries Development Committee has revived interest in building a public cold storage in the Capital City. The committee had been dormant for many years before being reconstituted by the CBJ Assembly in 2009 (last year). One of its first projects was to look at.........  http://www.ktoo.org/audiofile.cfm?clip=4780

Cordova fisherman seeks Southeast Islands House seat

JUNEAU, ALASKA (2010-07-29) The challenger in Southeast’s District 5 House race says he wants to focus on ferries, fisheries and finances. Cordova Democrat Robert Beedle hopes to win the seat held by Haines Republican Representative Bill Thomas. The incumbent has a similar agenda. The race is to represent small cities and villages from eastern Prince William Sound to southern Southeast. Those communities include Metlakatla, Craig, Klawock, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Skagway and Yakutat. Beedle is a member of Cordova’s City Council and a director of the town’s telephone cooperative. He’s also been part of organizations from the local Moose Lodge to the NRA to Cordova District Fishermen United. He says he........ Audio > https://www.coastalaska.org/kcaw/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1290

Majority of spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico unaccounted for in government dataMajority of spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico unaccounted for in government data

By David A. Fahrenthold and Leslie Tamura Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, July 29, 2010  Was Tony Hayward right, after all? Back in May, BP's chief executive told a British newspaper that "the Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean," and the vast amounts of oil and chemical dispersants dumped into it were small by comparison. After he said that, BP's well leaked for two more months. Hayward's upbeat assessment was cast as one of many gaffes committed on his way to resignation. Now, 14 days after the well was closed and 100 days after the blowout, U.S. government scientists are working on calculations that could shed some light on Hayward's analysis (even if they can't shed light on why he said it). They are trying to figure out where all the oil went. Up to 4 million barrels (167 million gallons), the vast majority of the spill, remains unaccounted for in government statistics. Some of it has, most likely, been cleaned up by natur

WP: Oil in gulf is degrading, becoming harder to find, NOAA head says

Image via Wikipedia By Marc Kaufman Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 27, 2010; 10:56 PM  Oil from the BP blowout is degrading rapidly in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and becoming increasingly difficult to find on the water surface, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. "The light crude oil is biodegrading quickly," NOAA director Jane Lubchenco said during the response team daily briefing. "We know that a significant amount of the oil has dispersed and been biodegraded by naturally occurring bacteria." Lubchenco said, however.............. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072705263.html

New Report highlights condition of Alaska's waters

Some waterbodies dropped from polluted list   July 27, 2010 Tuesday The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the release of its 2010 Integrated Report. Every two years DEC describes the condition of state waters in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act. The biennial Integrated Report categorizes them to meet federal reporting requirements. It helps the state prioritize waters for data gathering, watershed protection and restoration. The Kenai River and three other waterbodies that were listed as polluted now meet water quality standards, according to the 2010 Integrated Report. "The good news is that private groups along with local and state government agencies have worked together to improve the quality of water in some of Alaska's most important rivers, lakes and bays," said Lynn Kent, director of DEC's Water Division. "The Kenai Rive

Coast Guard receives 23 distress calls, saves two lives, assists 33 in six days

17th District Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard News Release Date: July 23, 2010 Contact: Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn (907) 321-4513 Coast Guard receives 23 distress calls, saves two lives, assists 33 in six days JUNEAU, Alaska - The Coast Guard in Alaska received 23 separate distress calls responding to or coordinating rescue efforts saving two lives and assisting 33 since Sunday. Emergency distress calls ranged in distance from the Alaska Peninsula to Sitka consisting of two medevacs, two boat groundings, three reported vessel fires and one man reported overboard. Sunday Sector Anchorage command center received a call on VHF channel 16 from the pleasure craft Trudy Spark stating they had struck a submerged object and were taking on water in vicinity of the northern entrance to Esther Passage. The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast.  The Alaska State Troopers responded within 20 minutes and transported all the people from the vessel to

Gulf Cleanup Chief Needs to Know: 'Where Is All the Oil'?

Published July 27, 2010 FoxNews.com Nearly two weeks after successfully capping the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico, cleanup crews roving the water's surface have a pressing question at hand: where is the oil? "What we're trying to figure out is where is all the oil at and what can we do about it," said National Incident Commander Thad Allen, the retired Coast Guard commandant heading up......... http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/27/gulf-cleanup-chief-needs-know-oil/

Four fishing boats go aground off Alaska

Image by adactio via Flickr By RACHEL D'ORO The Associated Press Published: July 26th, 2010 06:27 PM Last Modified: July 26th, 2010 06:28 PM Coast Guard crews responded to four fishing vessels that went aground in Alaska waters Monday. No injuries were reported in any of the morning groundings. A sheen, however, was spreading in Prince William Sound from the.......... http://www.adn.com/2010/07/26/1382261/four-fishing-boats-go-aground.html

Privacy wingnuts

Buzz Machine: July 23, 2010 I’ve been looking for a classic example of so-called, self-appointed “privacy advocates” gathered by the press going off the deep-end (if you have any, please send them to me).And then this dropped in my lap: a reputed outcry by these putative privacy advocates against Wal-Mart putting RFID tags on pants. What could possibly violate our privacy with tracking pants in a store to make sure there aren’t too many extra-large sizes on the shelves? (That was my experience with Wal-Mart when I tried to buy sweats before my surgery; I wish they’d restocked the mediums.) Well, say the advocates the Journal found: “While the tags can be removed from clothing and packages, they can’t be turned off, and they are trackable. Some privacy advocates hypothesize that unscrupulous marketers or criminals will be able to drive by consumers’ homes and scan their garbage to discover what they have recently bought.” Yeah, and then what? So they find out that I bought 33/34 je

'Deadliest Catch' recap: Phil's passing confuses the captains, and the sea | EW.com

by Mandi Bierly Categories: Deadliest Catch , Reality TV , TV Recap , Television , Why Am I Crying?   Image Credit: Blair Bunting/Getty Images The Bering Sea has always been a character on Deadliest Catch , but last night’s episode took it to another level as we watched it work through the five stages of grief. Unaware of Phil Harris’ final fight, the other captains continued to battle a 1,000 square-mile arctic storm. The Northwestern plowed through 45-ft. waves and 60-mph wind and suddenly looked like a toy in a bathtub. “That’s an angry sea, my friend,” deckhand Nick Mavar, Jr. said. Wind blew in every direction around The Wizard. “We got just this confused sea going on right now,” Capt. Keith said. The sea eventually turned flat calm — three hours after Phil passed. “I just feel weird right now. I don’t feel comfortable,” Andy Hillstrand said in the Time Bandit wheelhouse, where he hadn’t yet received the call from his brother, Johnathan. He looked out at one of his c

Captian 'Wild Bill' looking for a deckhand from the Gulf

DCWILDBILL | July 20, 2010 Applicants should be at least 20-21 because I want to see work history. Next I need references from prior jobs. Next is a personal photo, full body picture that shows physical size. Next is a short paragraph on how you were affected by the BP oil spill. All this needs to be mailed to Capt Wild Bill c/o Peter Pan Seafoods PO Box 1027 Valdez Alaska 99686. All applications need to be postmarked no later than Aug 20th 2010. After the 20th nothing will be eligible. Again this is not a contest, I am looking for a crew member for the Kodiak. If you don't think you can handle the job don't apply! Good fishing Related >> http://www.captwildbill.com

Urbanite struggles with new life as Alaska fisherman

by Libbie Martin/ Book Review July 25, 2010 FAIRBANKS — In 1940, Hazel Burrell was a successful, 40-year-old Seattle socialite with everything going for her. She directed an organization of 600 professional women; her family was healthy and happy. And yet, somehow, it wasn’t enough. Maybe I’m only interpreting that last statement. Why else would an attractive, successful woman leave her home, family and profession to marry a 54-year-old “ex-baseball player turned chicken farmer,” take up residence on a “modest, used 40-foot trolling boat” named the Olympic, and sail off to Alaska to try her hand at commercial fishing? Her decision stunned her family and friends as well, according to her niece, Arlene Lochridge, who has taken Hazel’s Alaska adventure, detailed in Hazel’s diaries, and turned it into “A Fish Out of Water,” in tribute to her “exciting, enigmatic” aunt. Like most people of her generation, Hazel kept detailed diaries throughout her life. Unlike journals

Kodiak: FV Polar Star Refloated

July 23. 2010 The fishing vessel Polar Star, which ran aground in the Shelikof Strait on Tuesday, is being towed back to Kodiak today. The Coast Guard reported that.......... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1960&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

No Fish? Let’s go to Misty Fjords

~ by juneautek on July 23, 2010. With the announcement of a full week closure of fishing in Southeast Alaska, we decided to head out to Behm Canal, which is just on the back side of Ketchikan.  Most tourists refer to the area as Misty Fjords, which is pretty catchy.  Luckily, we were blessed with incredible weather.  For four days the sun continued to shine on our moving boat raft. The first night we hunkered down in Yes Bay, then the....   see post with great photos here >> http://juneautek.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/no-fish-lets-go-to-misty-fjords/

Deadliest catch now safest catch?

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Joshua Saul | Jul 23, 2010 Bering Sea crabbing has long been mythologized as the most dangerous way to make a buck. The Discovery Channel's " Deadliest Catch " is the biggest example, but even before the show premiered in 2005 the fishery was known nationwide for the endless hours, hellish conditions, and most of all, for the deaths. But a new study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that a 1999 safety program has cut deaths by 60 percent. The study also found that while the rate of deaths in Bering Sea crabbing was 260 per 100,000 from 2000 to 2009, the figure for Atlantic scallops was a............  http://alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/news/6142-deadliest-catch-now-safest-catch

Commercial fishermen 'tickled pink' over salmon prices

Image by Cpt. Obvious via Flickr Friday, July 23, 2010 Story last updated at 7/23/2010 - 10:54 am By Klas Stolpe | JUNEAU EMPIRE   "I love it. I wish I would have done this 10 years ago," fishing vessel Kira captain Bucky Eddy, 30, said as his hands mended gill net. "I am definitely not upset with my chosen profession." Eddy is just one of the many Juneau-area fishermen content with this year's prices as the commercial salmon season approaches the halfway point in the gillnet and seine seasons. Another is Rick Fitch, captain of the Mollie Lindell, who has been fishing for 52 years. "Prices were better 20 years ago," Fitch said. "That was when diesel fuel was 13 cents and a good boat could be bought for about $2,500." Fitch, wife Patti and their Belgian barge dog, Keta (Tlingit for dog salmon), love to fish in the Juneau waters, especially when prices are climbing. "I am optimistic that they....

Lynden Transport Offers Real Time GPS Mapping for Tracking Shipments

Image via Wikipedia Enhanced EZ Tracing and redesigned website puts customer in the driver's seat ANCHORAGE, Alaska , July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Lynden Transport's industry leading EZ Tracing system just got better with the addition of GPS mapping of shipment locations while in route over the highway.  By clicking on a link on the Lynden Transport website, customers can monitor their shipments on a digital map that shows the truck as it moves from origin to destination.  Lynden Transport is the only Alaska trucking company to offer this live tracking service to its customers. The company also launched a brand new website, www.lyndentransport.com/ltia , redesigned based on............ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lynden-transport-offers-real-time-gps-mapping-for-tracking-shipments-99109134.html

WSJ: Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

Image via Wikipedia July,23 2010 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to roll out sophisticated electronic ID tags to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, the first step in a system that advocates say better controls inventory but some critics say raises privacy concerns. Starting next month, the retailer will place removable "smart tags" on individual garments that can be read by a hand-held scanner. Wal-Mart workers will be able to.......... .....  "Concerns about privacy are valid, but in this instance, the benefits far outweigh any concerns," says Sanjay Sarma, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The tags don't have any personal information. They are essentially barcodes with serial numbers attached. And you can easily remove them." .................  Wal-Mart won't say how much it expects to benefit from the endeavor. But a similar pilot program at American Apparel Inc. in 2007 found that stores with the technolo

Island Seafoods to brand its salmon with Pillar Mountain turbines

Image by fotoandrew via Flickr Article published on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer    Adding value to a product like seafood usually means adding cost, too. But Kodiak’s Island Seafoods plans to add value to its salmon with only the reputation of the Pillar Mountain wind turbines. Coming soon, salmon produced at the small Shelikof Street processor will have a new message touting the processing plant’s connection with sustainable energy. “We’re going to have a green label that says something like, ‘Sustainable fish produced by clean, sustainable wind turbine energy,’” general manager John Whiddon said.   Electricity from the....... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8963

Cisco Space Router Passes Satellite Orbit Test

I nternet Routing in Space technology enabled the use of IP-based communications and services with 99.95 percent availability, according to Cisco. By  Elizabeth Montalbano InformationWeek  July 20, 2010 07:00 AM  Space-router technology from Cisco has successfully passed a Department of Defense (DoD) satellite-orbit test, paving the way for the use of next-generation satellite-based IP services and communications from space. The Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) technology was launched as the first IP router on an Intelsat IS-14 commercial satellite on Nov. 23, 2009, and recently passed an IRIS Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) evaluation for use in orbit, according to Cisco.............  http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/enterprise-apps/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=226000020&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_News

Trout Unlimited drifts left

Image via Wikipedia By Alex Gimarc  Alaska Standard Contributor  One of the axioms of political life is that any organization that is not explicitly conservative will invariably drift leftward.  Some do it quicker than others.  The latest example of this is Trout Unlimited, ostensibly an organization set up to enhance fishing opportunities nationwide.  They have a national office and a number of local chapters, 12 of which are here in Alaska.  They have been quite busy mucking around in the lives of Alaskans – and not all for the positive. The first event was their participation in the Alaska Board of Fisheries banning felt-soled wading boots starting in 2011.  These are boots that maintain traction pretty well on rocky streams (the Russian River on the Kenai is one example).  They don’t do so well on Cook Inlet mud.  Cost for a pair is in the $100 – 200 range.  The rationale given for pushing this ban is..............  http://www.thealaskastandard.com/content/trout-unlimited-drifts

Anchorage: Downtown witnesses sound alarm on Coast Guard training

By KYLE HOPKINS khopkins@adn.com Published: July 20th, 2010 04:47 PM Last Modified: July 20th, 2010 04:47 PM A U.S. Coast Guard training exercise this morning in Cook Inlet scrambled Anchorage firefighters when downtown callers saw flares and thought someone was in trouble or...........  http://www.adn.com/2010/07/20/1374361/witnesses-sound-alarm-on-coast.html

"Fish Factor' - Murkowski: EPA discharge moratoria extended, crab loans getting noticed

Alaska Dispatch   | Jul 20, 2010 Laine Welch's syndicated fisheries column, "Fish Factor" (via SitNews, Ketchikan), reports this week after a conversation with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on two matters important to Alaska's maritime industries. The first is that the Senate passed a bill that............... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/blogs/political-animal/6081-murkowski-epa-discharge-moratoria-extended-crab-loans-getting-noticed

Google to Use Wind Energy to Power Data Centers

Image via Wikipedia Image via CrunchBase By REUTERS Published: July 20, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's energy unit has entered into a deal to buy wind power from NextEra Energy Inc for the next 20 years to power data centers. The deal comes less than three months after the giant Silicon Valley Internet search company invested $38.8 million in two wind farms in North Dakota, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, that generate enough energy to power........... http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/07/20/technology/tech-us-google-windpower.html ....................... Kodiak wind turbines featured on Discovery Channel  June 4, 2010 Congratulations to Kodiak Electric Association. The community’s three 1.5-megawatt each wind turbines installed last year on Pillar Mountain are featured in the June edition of the Alaska Airlines magazine (p.30) and are part of a 4.5-minute segment on the Discovery Channel’s Shades of

Harbinger-Skyterra ink $7 billion deal with Nokia to build 4G LTE satellite mobile broadband network

7-20-2010 Harbinger Capital , a New York investment firm with extensive telecommunications holdings, plans to announce Tuesday a eight-year, $7 billion deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to build and operate a satellite and mobile broadband network for wireless providers and other businesses. The new venture will feature the mobile high-speed Internet service developed by Nokia Siemens and rely on satellites and terrestrial spectrum that Harbinger acquired through its purchase of Reston-based SkyTerra earlier this year, according to..... ............ LightSquared would control 59 Mhz of nationwide spectrum, satellites and 40,000 cell phone base stations............. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/07/harbinger-skyterra_ink_7_bln_d.html

PR: NOAA Ship Fairweather Maps Aid Shipping Through Bering Straits

New multi-year effort to update charts of priority Arctic regions July 20, 2010 Using state-of-the-art echo sounding technology, NOAA Ship Fairweather is detecting navigational dangers in critical Arctic waterways. High resolution (Credit: NOAA) As Arctic ice recedes, countries are looking forward to faster, safer and more efficient sea routes across the top of the world. Responding to a request from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Maritime Pilots and the commercial shipping industry, NOAA sent one of its premier surveying vessels, NOAA Ship Fairweather , to detect navigational dangers in critical Arctic waters that have not been charted for more than 50 years. Fairweather , whose homeport is Ketchikan, Alaska, will spend July and August examining seafloor features, measuring ocean depths and supplying data for updating NOAA’s nautical charts spanning 350 square nautical miles in the Bering Straits around Cape Prince of Wales. The d

Island Seafoods Teams with KEA to Promote Sustainable Salmon

 July, 19 2010 Kodiak is not only the most verdant place in Alaska - it's not called the Emerald Isle for nothing - but it could also be the most green in that other way: environmental consciousness. With the Terror Lake hydro-electric plant and the one-year-old, 1.5-megawatt windmills overlooking town, Kodiak Electric Association produces a huge portion of our electricity through sustainable means.             In fact, enough electricity is made from the windmills alone to entirely power at least one of the fish plants on cannery row. John Whiddon runs Island Seafood, which has entered into a marketing partnership with KEA promoting sustainability........... Audio > http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1945&Itemid=2

Four Alaska boats request Coast Guard support, two rescued in Cook Inlet

17th District Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard News Release Date: July 16, 2010 Contact: External Affairs Office (907) 463-2065       JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew safely hoisted two people off the 34-foot gill netter, John Henry, homeported in Homer, after it started taking on water in Central Cook Inlet Thursday around 8 p.m. Eric Olsen and Leah Lansdowne, ages and hometown unknown, made a radio call reporting they were taking on water which was relayed by the crew of the Shadow Line to the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center. However, when the Coast Guard crews arrived on scene they were no longer in distress utilizing pumps and making their way back to Homer.  The Coast Guard proceeded to the vessel Gizmo also reportedly taking on water near Kalgin Island. Shortly after the Gizmo case was resolved and determined Coast Guard support was not needed, the Coast Guard was notified by the master of

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GOP senators: Obama failing in oil clean-up

July 18, 2010 Just days after BP temporarily plugged the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, Senate Republicans on Sunday lashed out at the Obama administration for failing to clean up America's soiled shoreline. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNN's "State of the Union" that the administration was suffering from "incompetence."  “This is mainly a failure of the administration,” McConnell said. “BP caused the spill. It’s BP’s responsibility to plug.........  http://www.politico.com/blogs/politicolive/0710/Vitter_Obama_is_ignoring_oil_spill.html?showall

How Social Media Drives New Business: Six Case Studies

by Leena Rao on Jul 17, 2010 Businesses both big and small are flocking to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Foursquare. The fact is that a presence on these platforms not only allows companies to engage in conversations with consumers, but also serves as an outlet to drive sales through deals and coupons. And while major brands like Starbucks, Virgin, and Levi’s have been participating in the social web for some time now, the rate of adoption among small businesses is increasing too. According to a recent University of Maryland study, social media adoption by small businesses has doubled from 12% to 24% in the last year. But as these businesses look to Facebook and Twitter to connect with customers, many are finding that some strategies work and some do not produce results. We’ll be exploring these questions at a panel on Social Media and Businesses at our Social Currency CrunchUp on July 30. We’ve found some local and national businesses

KMXT Kodiak - Deckwatch July, 16 2010

Deckwatch is produced by the public affairs office at the Kodiak Coast Guard Base, and is heard on KMXT every Friday morning at 9 a.m. Audio >> http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1942&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

WD-40 issues 1950s style collector's can

By Philip Kennicott Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, July 17, 2010; C01 Before there was control-alt-delete, there was WD-40, the liquid space-age remedy for machine-age problems. It was the Task Manager of last resort, the final hope for the mechanically inept dealing with a world that was always freezing up, rusting out and breaking down. Its oily goodness would fix balky locks, get bolts spinning on their axes once again and generally remove the crud from just about anything that was meant to be crud-free. If you didn't own or couldn't identify the right tool for the job, there was always WD-40 and a hammer. The WD-40 Co., once known as the Rocket Chemical Co., has reissued "a 1950s style WD-40 Collector's Can" to promote, in the age of catastrophic oil spills and a national petroleum addiction, a new love for its more-than-half-century-old hydrocarbon wonder. This month they invite you to buy their nostalgia-themed twin pack, which pair

BP, scientists try to make sense of well puzzle ( Deepwater Horizon )

This image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 17:56 CDT shows that oil has stopped flowing from the new 75-ton cap atop the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, July 15, 2010. Engineers will monitor pressure gauges and watch for signs of leaks elsewhere in the well. ( AP Photo/BP PLC ) By Colleen Long and Harry R. Weber ASSOCIATED PRESS 8:30 a.m., Saturday, July 17, 2010 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Engineers kept vigil Saturday over the massive cap holding back oil from BP's busted Gulf well, their eyes glued to monitors in a faraway control room that displayed pressure readings, temperature gauges and underwater images. Their round-the-clock work deciphering a puzzle of data from undersea robots and instruments at the wellhead is helping BP and the government determine whether the cap is holding tight as the end of a critical 48-hour testing window approaches. Signs so far have been promising but inconclusive.

Why Old Spice matters (Old Spice guy holding a fish..)

It looks like a farmed fish to us.. But what the heck? Baby steps... Link >> http://snarkmarket.com/2010/5854 Screen shot 7-16-2010 Related:   http://www.blog.haulinggear.com/2010/07/google-cfo-old-spice-is-future.html   http://www.blog.haulinggear.com/2010/07/old-spice-man-answers-tweets-on-youtube.html

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett - July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010 Coming up this week: The mysterious increase in the popularity of chum salmon, four fishermen rescued from their burning long-liner, and three Coast Guardsmen are remembered. We had help from KFSK's Melati Kaye and Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KYUK's Shane Iverson in Bethel and KCAW's Ed Ronco and company in Sitka. Audio >>  http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1941&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

Google CFO: Old Spice Is The Future

from  TechCrunch   by  Erick Schonfeld July 15, 2010 At the tail-end of a long, very long, 90-minute  earnings call  in which I dozed off at least three times, Google CFO Patrick Pichette perked me up when he made a reference to the Old Spice social media marketing campaign. “It just gives you a glimpse of where the world is going,” he said with a touch of awe in his voice...........  http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/15/google-old-spice/ Related ....... 7-13-2010 >>  http://www.blog.haulinggear.com/2010/07/old-spice-man-answers-tweets-on-youtube.html