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ASMI: Alaska Seafood COOK IT FROZEN!® Easy Recipes (The iPhone app)

Good job guys... Link to buy the app at Apple.

A Historic Cannery in Motion (Ketchikan Visitors Bureau)

KTN Daily: SE pink salmon harvest hits forecast

By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer  Back in mid-July, Southeast Alaska's commercial seine fishermen were growing concerned that pink salmon might be as scarce in 2010 as they were in 2008 - or worse yet, 2006. By mid-August, though, seiners were breathing a sigh of relief. Pinks had began arriving in good numbers by late July and continued a good return to rivers and streams throughout the region during the first three weeks of August. By Monday, seiners had landed about 19 million pink salmon. That's above the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's pre-season, all-gear harvest estimate of 19 million pinks, and well above the 2006 and 2008 seine catches of 10.1 million and 14.3 million pinks, respectively. And, unlike 2008 when most of the pink returns were to the southern Southeast Alaska region, this year's return is more balanced throughout the region. In addition, this year's pinks have an average weight in the 4.5-5 pound

Alaska salmon haul a surprise

Laine Welch Fisheries Published: August 28th, 2010 09:37 PM Last Modified: August 28th, 2010 09:37 PM KODIAK -- Alaska's salmon catch has blown past pre-season predictions and there is still a lot of fishing left to go. The 2010 statewide harvest was pegged at 137 million salmon, down by 15 percent from last year due to anticipation of lower returns of pinks. But the catch has topped 157 million salmon so far, and the humpy haul is approaching 99 million fish. Managers had predicted a catch closer to 69 million pinks. Most of the fish were coming from Prince William Sound -- 65 million so far, toppling the record of 63.5 million pink salmon set in 2007. The fleet of 164 seiners hauled in an amazing........... http://www.adn.com/2010/08/28/1429386/alaska-salmon-haul-a-surprise.html

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett - Aug. 26 2010

Coming up this week, the comment period for the Sea Lion BiOp is extended; the pink salmon catch in Prince William Sound is now an all-time record, and ghost fishing in Southeast. We had help from KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham, Deckboss Blogger Wesley Loy in Anchorage, Northwest News Network's Tom Banse in Portland, and KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg.  Audio >> http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2047&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

Arianespace’s initial Soyuz mission with Globalstar second-generation satellites is being readied

Published by   Klaus Schmidt   on Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:01 am via:   Arianespace Preparations are underway for a milestone Soyuz flight during which Arianespace is to orbit the first six Globalstar second-generation communications satellites from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in October. The launch campaign for this mission began on August 11 with arrival of its initial three Globalstar satellites at the Cosmodrome, and has progressed as these spacecraft undergo their checkout in clean rooms that are dedicated to commercial Soyuz missions. The initial three Globalstar second-generation satellites arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome on August 11 aboard an An-124 cargo jetliner (photo at left), and were transported via the launch site’s internal railroad system (center photo) to clean room processing facilities. At right is a photo of the Soyuz launcher’s dual-segment payload dispenser, which will carry a total of six Globalstar satellites on each of the four missions to be performed by A

SE pinks wind down

PETERSBURG-AK (08/26/2010) A better-than-expected pink salmon season has been winding down in Southeast Alaska. As of early this week (Aug 25th), the Seine Fleet had harvested about 20 million pinks which is about on par with projections. But the fish have been bigger than average and they’ve been worth more than last year on the dock. Meanwhile, there are signs of a big pink run next year. Audio >>  http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1350

Iceberg - 3 rescued from sinking fishing boat in Wrangell Narrows

The Associated Press Published: August 27th, 2010 06:25 PM Last Modified: August 27th, 2010 06:25 PM The F/V Emily Jane struck an iceberg Friday morning 200 yards northwest of the Wrangell Narrows entrance buoy. The boat took on water and sank..........  http://www.adn.com/2010/08/27/1427944/3-rescued-from-sinking-fishing.html

Support fishermen with a single click!

At the bottom of the page is also a link to the White House message system. Click that link to leave a personal message....  http://thesortingtable.nationalfisherman.com/2010/08/support-fishermen-with-a-single-click.html

Kodiak: King salmon project expected to produce 150,000 eggs

Article published on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer The Kodiak King Salmon Enhancement Project is collecting eggs this week for the stocks that produce Chinook runs on Kodiak road system rivers. After vandalism threatened next year’s production the project was able to replace enough kings in the last few weeks to produce a small but adequate number of........  http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=9061

Kodiak: Talk of the Rock: Gripping Tale of Rescue Told in 'Deadliest Sea'

Aug. 24, 2010 On this week's edition of Talk of the Rock, host Diana Gish talks with Kalee Thompson, author of " Deadliest Sea ," the story of the sinking of the factory trawler Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea and the ensuing rescue of the crew by the U.S. Coast Guard......... Audio > http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2040&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

Nordstrom Links Online Inventory to Real World

Stuart Isett for The New York Times Employees at Nordstrom’s flagship store in Seattle can check online for available merchandise at any location. By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD Published: August 23, 2010 SEATTLE — Retailers have been flailing about a bit in their efforts to get people to shop again, deploying all sorts of gimmicks and promotions to spur customer spending.  Wal-Mart hoped that deeper cuts in its standard rollbacks would be a draw, but then said the prices went too low . At Saks, perhaps customers would go for designer labels if the lines offered less-expensive items. And for Macy’s , how about inexpensive clothes by Madonna ? The secret, at least for Nordstrom , has not involved a piercing insight into a customer’s mind. Rather, it has changed the way that it handles, of all things, inventory. And that has brought the department store more success in improving sales than at most of its competitors, whose recent reports signaled that their consumers were stil

China's massive traffic jam could last for weeks

  A cleaner picks up waste on the roadside of a jammed section of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway in Huailai, in north China 's Hebei province, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. The massive traffic jam that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won't be finished until the middle of next month, an official said. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) By Anita Chang Associated Press 8:39 a.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2010 BEIJING (AP) — A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won't be finished until the middle of next month, an official said. Bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanning for 60 miles with cars moving little more than a half-mile a day at one point has improved since this weekend, said Zhang Minghai , director of Zhangjiakou city's Traffic Management Bureau general office. But he sa

FDA, industry at odds over egg-recall response

Agency not doing job with power already available, says key critic UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Margaret Hamburg says of the contaminated egg scare: "We need additional resources, we need additional authority." By Joseph Weber The Washington Times 9:30 p.m., Monday, August 23, 2010 In the face of a nationwide scare involving contaminated eggs, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner said Monday the agency needs more resources to hunt down the sources of contaminated food and hold commercial farmers and others accountable. "We need additional resources, we need additional authority," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. "We need to be able to more routinely review records." But the call for more federal authority resulted in a strong response from the commercial food industry. Dr. Hamburg's statement "that the FDA hasn't had enough authority to help prevent outbreaks li

WT EDITORIAL: Tattletale trash cans - Nanny-state spy chips watch your garbage

By THE WASHINGTON TIMES-The Washington Times6:55 p.m., Monday, August 23, 2010 In the never-ending quest to extract money from the public, municipal busybodies have turned to spying on your trash. Cleveland wants its residents to participate in the feel-good ritual of recycling. On Wednesday, the City Council voted to expand installation of radio-frequency identification (RFID) spy chips in everyone's dumpsters to track the trash and eventually dish out $100 fines to anyone who fails to participate. The town's high-tech garbage trucks are capable of weighing each trash can as it is collected. Spy chips enable the system to track precisely how much and what kind of material each home disposes on a weekly basis. Should the recycled bin's contents fail to meet an arbitrary threshold, municipal revenue agents can be dispatched to rummage through and............ http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/23/tattletale-trash-cans/

US Navy Rescues, Returns Iranian Fishermen

August 20, 2010 - 7:48 PM | by: April Girouard The USS Harry S. Truman has returned eight rescued Iranian mariners to an Iranian vessel, the Navy said Friday. Navy helicopters pulled the fishermen from the sea Wednesday after their boat caught fire. “One of our aircraft reported seeing a fire on the water,” said Capt. Steven Wieman, the aircraft carrier’s Operations officer. Two SH-60 helicopters and............  http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/08/20/us-navy-rescues-returns-iranian-fishermen/ Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Gulf dearth of visitors blamed on media

Proprietors now want publicity By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times 9:45 p.m., Thursday, August 19, 2010 White sandy beaches free of oil have proved to be no match for the endless television news footage of tar balls collecting after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the pleas for billions of dollars of help from local businesses complaining of ruin, and the regular bashing of BP PLC coming from Capitol Hill. Now, with the oil well capped, tourism officials are hoping they've turned a corner - though they say there can never be enough positive press coverage to undo the worst-case scenarios that were bandied about during the months-long barrage of bad news. "The reporting of the event was as expensive to the businesses on the Gulf Coast as the actual event was. I think the reporting generated much of the hysteria," said Jim Hutchinson , assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism . "Much of the impact was as a result of the reporting

Fishermen state their case against ban to aid sea lions

HEARING: Proposal would end commercial harvests near Attu. By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: August 19th, 2010 11:05 PM Last Modified: August 19th, 2010 11:06 PM Some fearful and upset fishermen testified in Anchorage on Thursday against a federal proposal to shut down key commercial fisheries in the western Aleutians to provide more fish for the region's dwindling sea lion population. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued an 836-page biological opinion this month that says the population of endangered Steller sea lions west of Adak is.......... http://www.adn.com/2010/08/19/1417247/fishermen-state-their-case-against.html

E-mails reveal state, federal falling-out over Aleutian wolves

PREDATORS: Messages reveal control issues between state and federal agencies. By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press Published: August 19th, 2010 11:12 PM Last Modified: August 19th, 2010 11:13 PM E-mails obtained by The Associated Press reveal a fissure that turned into a divide between federal and state wildlife managers over a plan to go into a national refuge in Alaska and kill wolves this year. The state and federal governments have a long history of working cooperatively behind closed doors to manage the state's vast wildlife resources, but the dispute over a caribou herd ended in a public showdown in court, with the state losing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was required by federal law to do an environmental assessment of the state's plan to kill wolves on caribou calving grounds inside the Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/08/19/1416891/e-mails-reveal-state-federal-falling.html#ixzz0x9gjtzl9

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett Aug. 19, 2010

Coming up this week, a record number of pinks have been hauled aboard in Prince William Sound, but the chum run is far behind on the Yukon. And we get an update on the Southeast troll season. All that and fishermen propose their own sea lion solution, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report.We had help this week from KCHU's Erik Wander in Valdez, KUAC's Dan Bross in Fairbanks, KFSK's Melati Kaye in Petersburg, and APRN's Steve Heimel in Anchorage..... Audio>>  http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2026&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

Cultivating ideas on urban 'grocery gap'

District measures aim to supply healthier food choices ASSOCIATED PRESS First lady Michelle Obama  harvests vegetables in the  White House  garden on the South Lawn in June with the help of children from  Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria , Va.  Mrs. Obama  launched a campaign against childhood obesity. By  Deborah Simmons - The Washington Times 7:55 p.m., Thursday, August 19, 2010 It has been decades since '60s groupies beckoned "come gather 'round people ... for the times they are a-changin'," and the hippie movement spawned a wave of farmers markets and food cooperatives. Times are indeed a-changin' as that counterculture movement goes mainstream, including government efforts to help close the "grocery gap" in low-income, urban neighborhoods. President  Obama  and first lady  Michelle Obama  were hardly hippies, but the first lady's campaign against childhood obesity and Washington's funding priorities are helping to

Southeast lawmaker Kookesh to face trial on fishing charges

The Associated Press Published: August 19th, 2010 05:02 PM Last Modified: August 19th, 2010 05:02 PM JUNEAU -- A judge has denied the dismissal of charges against a state senator that stemmed from a fishing incident last year on Admiralty Island. State Sen. Albert Kookesh, Rocky Estrada Sr., Stanley Johnson and Scott Hunter are...........  http://www.adn.com/2010/08/19/1416841/southeast-lawmaker-to-face-trial.html

POW: Reynolds Creek hydro project wins key state loan

JUNEAU, ALASKA (2010-08-19) A Southeast Alaska hydropower plant is closer to completion. A $9 million Alaska Energy Authority grant is the final piece of the funding puzzle for the Prince of Wales Island’s Reynolds Creek project. Hydaburg’s village Native corporation has been trying to build  the Reynolds Creek plant  for years. It applied for construction permits, put up some of its own money and won state and federal grants. But it was still far short of the $17 million needed to get the project going. Haida Corporation  Board President Alvin Edenshaw says the energy authority loan allows contractors to meet an October 24th permit deadline. "We’re moving forward with our project and things are really looking up. We’re hoping to... Audio>  http://kstk.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1336

Election regulators to probe anti-Pebble radio ads

Nonprofit didn't register, backers say in complaint. By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: August 19th, 2010 12:23 AM Last Modified: August 19th, 2010 12:24 AM State election regulators said this week they plan to investigate alleged campaign-law violations by an anti-Pebble group that has been running local radio ads telling Alaskans to vote for candidates who oppose the massive copper and gold prospect in Southwest Alaska. Truth about Pebble, a nonprofit group that....... http://www.adn.com/2010/08/18/1415715/election-regulators-to-probe-anti.html

So who besides sea lions eats Atka mackerel?

So who besides sea lions eats Atka mackerel? - http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2010...

Pizza Hut Says Half of Orders Come From Mobile

Pizza Hut Says Half of Orders Come From Mobile : " Pizza Hut Says Half of Orders Come From Mobile Just how important is mobile to businesses these days? Does your company need an iPhone app or a mobile website? ... "

Stevens in 2007: Encouraged by Sitka's "attitude"

.......Silver Bay. Those people have designed a state of the art processing facility to take that fish through and pack it and freeze it in record time under the most sanitary conditions I’ve seen. And I think that is real progress. And there’s a different attitude now than when I was here a little over a year ago, and a lot of people were saying ‘What can you do to help us?’ And now they’re saying ‘Look at what we’ve done for ourselves.’ It’s a real nice attitude I’ve found here.” Audio >> http://kcaw.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=centerBlock&ID=883

China, Economic Growth and ‘Green Jobs’ - Big Government

by Christopher C. Horner The news about China overtaking Japan as the world’s second-largest economy is actually quite relevant to the US climate and energy policy debate, which promises to continue despite the scientific scandal and evaporation of political will to associate with a “global warming” or cap-and-trade legislation. Thanks to a poll by Stanley Greenberg, the measure has been re-branded as “green economy” and “clean energy”.  But whatever you call it, and lame duck or otherwise, this latest excuse for central planning will be with us until it is unavoidably tied to serious political costs, like its forerunner the 1993 BTU energy tax, which according to Al Gore in a 2006 interview with the Financial Times led to the Democrat’s loss of Congress. Instructively, that experience originally prompted the re-branding to cap-and-trade. Now, about  the........... http://biggovernment.com/chorner/2010/08/17/chin

Top Climate Scientists Speak out on the Satellitegate Scandal

By John O'Sullivan   Monday, August 16, 2010 US Government admits global warming satellite sensors “degraded” - temperatures may be out by 10-15 degrees. Now five satellites in controversy. Top scientists speak out. In an escalating row dubbed ‘Satellitegate’ further evidence proves NOAA knew of these faults for years. World’s top climate scientists and even prior governmental reports cite underfunding and misallocation as the trigger for spiraling satellite data calamities. Key flaws with five satellites undermines global data. Most disturbing of all is that it took publication of my article last week to persuade the authorities to withdraw the errant NOAA-16 satellite from service. But as Dr. John Christy indicates, the real Satellitegate is not about one satellite. The scandal is endemic with comparable flaws across the entire network; the scandal is also that it took a tip off from a member of the public and the widespread broadcast of my article before one of t

California and the International Green Energy Racket - Big Government

by Chuck DeVore    Last week, the premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, paid a visit to the California State Legislature.  He spoke at length about his province’s green energy partnership with California in supplying California with electricity while helping the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. I listened to the leader of the Western Canadian province of 4.4 million people and I found myself asking, “What is he selling?”  So, I decided to follow the money.  What follows is a summary of an international green energy scam that costs California taxpayers millions while robbing California of jobs due to higher electricity costs and electricity imports. The Scam Decades ago, the West Coast began exchanging electricity.  During the summer, when air conditioning use spiked in California, Washington State and British Columbia would ship hydropower down to the Golden State.  Later in the year, during C

Two lives saved in Bristol Bay!

The U.S. Coast Guard sent out this press release last night: Aug. 14, 2010 Coast Guard rescues two fishermen in Bristol Bay JUNEAU — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew along with an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Kodiak located and rescued two people in the water Saturday who abandoned the 32-foot aluminum vessel......... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2010/08/two-lives-saved-in-bristol-bay.html

Market study to introduce reindeer to Alaska consumers

Image via Wikipedia FAIRBANKS — For most hungry Alaskans, reindeer meat doesn’t represent much more than a spicy sausage link. University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers want to know if there’s more potential for the state’s roughly 18,000 reindeer. A new market study is under way to see whether local consumers are interested in high-end cuts of reindeer, and to determine what they’re willing to pay for them. Greg Finstad, the manager of UAF’s Reindeer Research Program, hopes to see a day when customers eagerly throw a petite reindeer steak on the grill. “We’re trying to establish the connection — the business relationship between the retailer and consumer,” Finstad said. UAF researchers began providing Home Grown Market with sides of reindeer last week to........... http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/9153186/article-Market-study-to-introduce-reindeer-to-Alaska-consumers

Coast Guard Loran Station Attu's tower demolished

17th District Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard Multimedia Release Date: August 13, 2010 Contact: Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios (907) 321-4516 Editors Note: Click on thumbnail to view video JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard demolished the 625-foot Long Range Aids to Navigation tower in Attu home of the westernmost Coast Guard unit in Alaska Wednesday before LORAN Station Attu is scheduled to be decommissioned August 26. Due to the deteriorating condition and with no funding for repairs, the station’s 625-foot LORAN tower was becoming an ever-increasing risk of uncontrolled collapse. The Coast Guard began decommissioning its LORAN infrastructure in response to direction from Congress provided in the 2010 budget.  LORAN Station Attu ceased transmission of the LORAN signal Feb. 8, 2010 and the Russian-American signal ceased Aug. 1, 2010. Coast Guard video by Loran Station Attu

Seiner goes aground!

Seiner goes aground! : " The Guardian, it is One of the last truly nice wooden boats. I have seen this boat around for years. The key is that everyone is fine and I have a feeling the Guardian will be around for many more years. Here’s a photo... http://juneautek.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/seiner-goes-aground/

Native Corp. joins effort to stop Pebble mine

The Associated Press Published: August 13th, 2010 07:19 AM Last Modified: August 13th, 2010 01:40 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Bristol Bay Native Corp. is joining the effort to stop a huge copper and gold mine proposed for southwest Alaska. The corporation represents 8,600 Eskimo, Aleut and Athabascan shareholders in the Bristol Bay region, where the Pebble Mine project is controversial because of its location near some of the world's best wild salmon streams. The Anchorage Daily News reports that along with six tribes and some fishing groups, the corporation is urging............  http://www.adn.com/2010/08/13/1408285/native-corp-joins-effort-to-stop.html

The Difference Engine: Chattering objects

Aug 13th 2010, 16:36 by N.V. | LOS ANGELES  WHATEVER happened to that “internet of things” promised a decade or so ago? Everyday objects—from food, clothing, pills and pets to personal electronics, appliances and cars—were to be tagged with tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips and linked together in an open network of objects that would communicate with one another as well as with their users. Running out of milk, losing the car keys or forgetting to take your medicine would be things of the past. The ability to locate anything, anywhere, at anytime, would cause crime to decrease, stores to remain stocked, healthcare to be improved, road accidents to be reduced, energy to be saved and waste to be eliminated. The internet of things (IoT) was going to be transformative. It has not happened. Well, not in any significant way. The original idea of having all sorts of things reporting their status and location using simple RFID tags and readers promised oppo

Coast Guard commandant passes through Kodiak

Article published on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer   The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard passed through Kodiak this week on a trip to Kotzebue. Although he was headed to the Arctic to see a Coast Guard operation, Adm. Robert J. Papp did not sound optimistic about the chances of a larger Coast Guard presence in the Arctic in the near future. If the Coast Guard does put any more money toward the Arctic this year, he said, maintenance for the Coast Guard’s two 1970s-era icebreakers should be a priority. For at least two years, the prospect of adding a fourth icebreaker to the Coast Guard’s fleet is not likely.   “The reality that I’m confronted with is........ http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=9019

Kodiak Leaders React to Stevens' Death

Aug 10, 2010 Jay Barrett/KMXT Political and industry leaders in Kodiak reacted with shock and sadness today upon hearing of the death of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens in a plane crash northwest of Dillingham Monday night. Stevens was...... Audio >> http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2008&Itemid=2

Industry, state working to record fish crewmembers

Sunday, August 08, 2010 Story last updated at 8/8/2010 - 1:44 pm By Sean Manget | Alaska Journal of Commerce, Morris News Service No one really knows how many crewmembers work the fishing vessels operating in state waters. And that could be knocking the crews and their communities out of potentially millions of dollars in grants and potential fishing quotas, according to industry leaders. Existing catch shares for sablefish, halibut and crab are based on a given harvester's history and participation in the fishery. Giving crewmembers a better way to access and log information about their employment would allow them to prove their level of participation in a given fishery, said Geron Bruce, an assistant director with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. As quota holders, crewmembers would likely be more valuable employees to captains because the addition of their shares to the shares captains hold captains would incre

PAPER: The threat of the 'fake fishermen': BP may be paying out millions in oil spill compensation to fraudsters...

On Drudge this morning....

Money where his mouth is

Obama is noshing on seafood for the Gulf Coast ASSOCIATED PRESS  President  Obama  meets with area residents at Camardelle's, a seafood restaurant in Grand Isle, La., in June. Restaurant owners are hoping  Mr. Obama 's recent consumption of Gulf seafood will boost business and encourage residents to buy local. By  Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times 10:39 p.m., Wednesday, August 11, 2010 GULFPORT, Miss. | It's not clear whether President Obama's stomach can save an entire industry, but he's making a real go of it when it comes to seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. From his two-day trip in June, when he put away as much crawfish and shrimp as possible, to the Gulf shrimp he had served at his birthday barbecue last weekend, Mr. Obama is doing what could best be described as stomach stimulus in the wake of the catastrophic BP oil spill. And the president will go for third helpings this weekend during a two-day vacation in Panama City, Fla. "Americans can conf

Klas Stolpe: Stevens: A longtime champion of fisheries conservation

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 From the Eastern seaboard to Pacific Northwest, former Sen. Ted Stevens' impact on fisheries has been and will continue to be immense. "Ted Stevens is the reason so many fishermen's children can afford to wear diapers and shoes and their kids can go to college," Southeast Alaska Seiners Association executive director Robert Thorstenson Jr. said. Thorstenson's father, Bob Sr., a founding member of Petersburg Fisheries Inc. (now Icicle Seafoods based in Seattle), would often entertain the senator, and young Robert would bounce on his knee. "My dad and Ted worked together long before the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and were close family friends. ... The entire Alaska seafood industry would be a completely different place (without Stevens) - he.......... http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081110/loc_693502957.shtml

Stevens commands the front page of the Washington Post

Ted Stevens: A flier who faced the risks Former senator Ted Stevens dies in plane crash Your memories of former Senator Ted Stevens Photos

Stevens made history with tenacious style

Image via Wikipedia By SHEILA TOOMEY Anchorage Daily News Published: August 11th, 2010 12:32 AM Last Modified: August 11th, 2010 01:39 AM Ted Stevens died Monday the way Alaskans die, in a plane crash in the wilds of the state he devoted his life to. At 86, he was the last giant of statehood and a major architect of the Alaska that emerged from its territorial history. A U.S. senator for 40 years until his defeat in 2008, Stevens and four others were apparently killed Monday afternoon when a deHavilland Otter, owned by Alaska telecommunications company GCI, slammed into a hill north of Dillingham in bad weather. The group, which included several former Stevens aides and a GCI executive with her daughter, was headed for a fishing lodge owned by GCI. Stevens was a avid fisherman and a regular patron of exclusive fishing lodges in some of the remotest parts of Alaska. The deHavilland pilot and four passengers died. Four passengers survived. It was Stevens' second aircra

BRONZE MAIDEN SEAFOODS AWARDED BEST OF KETCHIKAN 2010

August 09, 2010 Monday Ketchikan, Alaska - For the second consecutive year, Bronze Maiden Seafoods, LLC has been awarded the "BEST OF KETCHIKAN 2010" in the Fish and Seafood category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). Each year the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. According to the USCA, these are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.   Nationwide, only 1 in 70 (1.4%) 2010 Award recipients qualified as two-time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2010 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the....... http://www.sitnews.us/0810news/080910/080910_bronzemaiden.html

Pebble opponents seek EPA help to block mine

WASTE DISPOSAL: Young seeks to strip agency of authority. By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: August 10th, 2010 02:50 AM Last Modified: August 10th, 2010 02:50 AM The opponents of Pebble, the giant copper and gold prospect in Southwest Alaska, have asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to invoke its potent and rarely used power to block the potential mine.  But U.S. Rep. Don Young late last month filed legislation seeking to strip the EPA of that authority. Six tribes in the Bristol Bay region want the EPA to prohibit or restrict the disposal of mining waste in either of the two major river drainages that the..... http://www.adn.com/2010/08/09/1402707/pebble-opponents-seek-epas-help.html

Iridium Receives Commitments for $1.8 Billion Credit Facility for Construction of Iridium NEXT

Aug. 4, 2010, 4:24 p.m. EDT MCLEAN, Va., Aug 4, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Iridium Communications Inc.   ( IRDM   10.21 ,   -0.01 ,   -0.10% ) announced today that it has received in excess of $1.8 billion of commitments from a syndicate of preeminent international banks in connection with the credit facility that will be used to finance the construction of the company's next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. The facility will bear an interest rate below six percent, the majority of which will be fixed rate and will have a repayment term from 2017 through 2024. Iridium expects to sign the credit facility in September and close shortly thereafter. The closing of the facility will be subject to customary conditions as well as conditions relating to the then-current Euro-to-U.S. dollar exchange rate. Matt Desch, Iridium's CEO, commented, "This represents another important milestone for Iridium, and we are extremely pleased with............... http://w