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Naknek-Kvichak Update 06/30/11

On Monday and Tuesday commercial fishermen in the Naknek-Kvichak District harvested just over 1-million sockeye to push the total harvest to nearly 2.2-million fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the man who makes the day to day decisions about fishing time in the district for this report. Audio >>

Are hatchery salmon killing off herring in Prince William Sound?

Image via Wikipedia Published: June 29th, 2011 11:36 AM Last Modified: June 29th, 2011 11:37 AM Juvenile pink (humpback) salmon from hatcheries have been identified by researchers as one likely cause of the failure of the Prince William Sound herring population to recover from......

Navy Times: House panel rips Coast Guard for red tape

By Christopher P. Cavas - Staff writer Posted : Monday Jun 27, 2011 8:23:15 EDT Congressional patience with the Coast Guard’s bureaucracy is wearing thin. Lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with the service’s inability to provide up-to-date budget and fleet plans and mission studies, and are seeking to compel the completion of a plan to recapitalize the aged icebreaker fleet. In its late-May markup of the 2012 Homeland Security Department funding bill, the House Appropriations Committee repeatedly chided the Coast Guard for an abundance of study and a lack of action, yet the panel added $251 million to the administration’s budget request, for a total operating budget of $7.07 billion. Following the markup, the DHS funding bill was sent to the Senate. In its accompanying report, the committee withheld $75 million in appropriations until the service provides Congress with three studies: a revised future-years Capital Investment Plan for

Camera crews filming the Coast Guard in Kodiak

Related note: By WES HANNA Kodiak Daily Mirror via The Associated Press Image via Wikipedia Published: June 29th, 2011 04:56 PM Last Modified: June 29th, 2011 04:57 PM KODIAK -- For the past six weeks, camera crews have been filming the Coast Guard in Kodiak and elsewhere for a television pilot episode that captures not only the attention-grabbing search and rescue work, but also the everyday training and preparation indicative of the military branch that takes "Always Ready" as its motto. The pilot is being prepared for the Weather Channel by Al Roker Productions.  The nature of Coast Guard activities being documented by the television crew has meant more training time and potentially working at any hour of the day when an emergency call comes in. But the production company producer, who goes by Saladin, said the payoff should be stories that a

Naknek-Kvichak Update 06/30/11

On Monday and Tuesday commercial fishermen in the Naknek-Kvichak District harvested just over 1-million sockeye to push the total harvest to nearly 2.2-million fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the man who makes the day to day decisions about fishing time in the district for this report. Audio >>

Parnell budget vetoes top $400 million ( Full list embedded .pdf )

By SEAN COCKERHAM Published: June 29th, 2011 10:21 PM Last Modified: June 29th, 2011 10:59 PM Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday vetoed some $400 million in spending, including energy projects, weatherization and rural school construction. Parnell said his vetoes would leave the capital budget at about $2.8 billion, including a billion dollars going into energy projects. He left the entire $34 million in state spending for the new University of Alaska Anchorage sports arena and cut $500,000 from the $2 million appropriation the Legislature approved to help the struggling Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament. Parnell vetoed $7.5 million of the $37.5 million the Legislature appropriated for the troubled Port of Anchorage expansion project and cut the entire $4 million for the creation of the Waldron Lake park in Anchorage. He vetoed the................ Miner op-ed >> http

Seattle P-I Exclusive: First Look at New Deadliest Catch Spin-off Special

By Michael Schneider, TV GUIDE Published 11:21 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Two of Discovery Channel 's Deadliest Catch captains are trading crab fishing for a different kind of prey: Sea monsters. Brothers Johnathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand have signed on to star in.......

Shell president optimistic on Arctic, anxious to explore

Image via Wikipedia DELAYS: Company wants the resolution of various permits and opposition claims. By DAN JOLING The Associated Press Published: June 29th, 2011 09:18 PM Last Modified: June 29th, 2011 09:19 PM Shell Oil President Marvin Odum has faith that his company can develop vast reserves in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. But he'd like to get on with exploratory drilling to tap into a resource that could be crucial to meeting the country's energy needs. "That's an area where working in Alaska has, frankly, been disappointing to us as a company," Odum said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It has taken much longer that we originally thought it would." Shell Oil Co. spent $2.1 billion on Chukchi leases in 2008 but has yet to drill an exploratory well. The Houston-based subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC has been stymied by an appeal of an Environmental Protection Agency clean air permit, a lawsuit that...

Industry ready to invest in Knik crossing

Image via Wikipedia COMPASS: Other points of view By SEN. LINDA MENARD Published: June 29th, 2011 09:51 PM Last Modified: June 29th, 2011 09:52 PM Something terrific happened in New York City the week of June 13. Investment companies from all over the world came to the Big Apple to express their interest in the Knik Arm crossing project in a series of back-to-back meetings with the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority. The response validated what KABATA and I have been saying: This project has huge interest in the private sector, 92 percent of Alaskans know about it and 70 percent support the project, according to the latest polling.......

Juneau: Murkowski and Begich jump into FEMA flood map debate

Image via Wikipedia By Sarah Day JUNEAU EMPIRE    Posted:  June 28, 2011 - 9:31pm   Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have taken notice of the issues Juneau is having with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s proposed new flood maps for the city. Both have written letters to FEMA officials asking to allow Juneau to extend its deadline for public comment and revision, and to assist in getting a more accurate product. Murkowski sent a letter to Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator, asking him to help resolve controversy in Juneau’s map revision. She cited examples of how little public interaction and awareness was made during the comment period. The city Planning Commission realized this, and called for another public meeting last week — three days before the end of the comment period. “The overwhelming sentiment expressed at that meeting was the draft (Flood Insurance Rate Map) is inacc

UK: Trials of 'super WiFi' that uses white space between TV channels to begin in Cambridge

Cognitive radio defined > ht @Drudge By Damien Gayle Last updated at 9:24 AM on 29th June 2011 Trials of a new breed of 'super WiFi' that uses the white space between TV channels are set to begin in Cambridge. Microsoft, the BBC, BSkyB and BT are among the tech giants investigating how the gaps in frequencies between TV broadcasts can be used to transmit broadband. They hope the technology could help them create 'super WiFi' networks that can support bandwidth hungry mobile internet devices like smartphones and tablet computers. The aim of the trials, which begin this week, is to show that the new services do not interfere with TV signals. So-called 'white space' includes the unused frequencies in the TV spectrum - between 470MHz and 790MHz - which are left empty to....... R

Click and mortar..... California web tax... A heavy hitter rant.

Image via CrunchBase An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos On Terminating The Amazon Affiliate Program In California by Danny Sullivan on June 30, 2011 in Internet , Rants Dear Jeff– Thank you for your letter today, informing me that after seven years of being one of your affiliates — and having earned for you about $150,000 in that time — that you “deeply regret” unilaterally terminating my contract with Amazon to be an affiliate. I also especially appreciated the part where you reassured me that this action wouldn’t affect my ability to keep buying from your company. Nice touch. I deeply appreciate that after so many years of supporting your company, and earning my 4.5% cut over those years (as I figured today, looking at my stats), that you’ve decided that I should be a pawn in your fight with my state. That type of loyalty really makes me want to support you in the future, should you restore your program. It also encourages me to want to continue shopp

Bristol Bay Run Summary for Tuesday June 28

The Commercial fishing fleet in Bristol Bay hauled in another 1.1-million sockeye salmon on Tuesday and so far this season fishermen have caught well over 6.4-million fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details... Audio >>

Area M Commercial Fishery Update 06/29/11

Fishermen in Area M have harvested over 1.7-million sockeye salmon through Tuesday. Most of that harvest has occurred in the South Peninsula area. The largest harvest of 918.2-thousand sockeye occurred in the June South Unimak fishery with another 422.6-thousand sockeye harvested in ...... Audio >>

Lieutenant governor meets with Naknek/King Salmon residents

Image via Wikipedia June 28th, 2011 5:53 pm Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, a longtime advocate of developing geothermal resources, on June 27 applauded efforts of the Naknek Electric Association to push forward with its geothermal project, despite current financial difficulties. Speaking on the heels of his visit to Naknek and King Salmon June 24, to look at several facilities crucial to the area's economy, Treadwell gave credit to NEA for wanting "to move to something that is capital intensive to begin with, but (potentially) free fuel for life, and I admire them for it." The electric power cooperative filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors last September, and is still trying to...... ..................."We saw close to 2,000 containers ready to load up with fish and go," he said. The trip was "a real eye opener," said Treadwell. "Many people around the state don't understand how important that dock is," he said........ ht

California avocados join forces with Alaska’s Copper River salmon

06/29/2011 12:44:42 AM Don Schrack Two stars of nature’s summer bounty, California avocados and Copper River salmon from Alaska, are paired in a healthy seasonal promotion involving special recipes and joint point-of-sale materials.....   PR >> With two premium products at the peak of their highly anticipated seasons, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) and the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association (CRS) are teaming up Fresh California Avocados and Copper River Salmon in an initiative that looks to double every foodservice operator’s summer menu possibilities. In conjunction with a retail promotion that runs from June 20th through July 24th, the two organizations will be spotlighting customer preference for the superb quality and flavor of their Alaska salmon and California Avocados. An ideal match for summer’s lighter

House defeats coastal zone program bill

SPECIAL SESSION: Program giving state direct input to expire Thursday. By BECKY BOHRER The Associated Press Published: June 28th, 2011 10:34 PM Last Modified: June 28th, 2011 11:22 PM JUNEAU -- The Alaska House on Tuesday defeated a measure that would have extended the state's coastal management program, a surprising end to a special session that had been called to try to save it. The opt-in program, which allows states to put conditions on certain activities on federal lands and waters, will now expire Thursday night. On Monday, the Senate narrowly passed what had been billed as..... Newsminer Op-ed >

USGS boosts estimate of Cook Inlet natural gas reserves

Image by nouveaustar via Flickr RECOVERABLE: Tapping resources aided by better technology, equipment. By ERIKA BOLSTAD Published: June 28th, 2011 11:37 PM Last Modified: June 28th, 2011 11:38 PM Cook Inlet holds far greater natural gas reserves than government scientists estimated 16 years ago, the last time they studied the region's potential, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Tuesday. The USGS estimates that the Inlet holds 600 million undiscovered barrels of oil, 19 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 46 million barrels of natural gas liquids. That's up from the 1995 USGS estimates, which suggested there were about 2.14 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in an area that's seen steadily declining commercial interest until recently. The government attributes the new, higher numbers to more current geologic information and data, but new technology also plays a role. The amount of technically recoverable gas is great

Salmon permit prices soar in 2011

PETERSBURG, AK (2011-06-28) Purse seine permits are up almost 40 percent over last year and gillnet permits 30 percent. Their value has been rising steadily since lows in the last decade, but this year’s spike is exceptional. Permit broker Olivia Olson says Alaskan fisherman tend to buy into fisheries when they have high profit margins and sell their permits when the value drops. “In Alaska, now this isn’t just Alaskans, but the guys with Alaskan permits, they’re moving around. They’re watching what are the hot fisheries and they’re more aggressive fisherman when it comes to following the new trends and the hotter fisheries.” The ‘hot’ fish this season is salmon and Southeast fishermen are certainly following the trend. So far this year, Southeast seine permits are at their highest levels since 1993. The average value of a permit in the first five months of 2011 was $123,000, $36,000 more than the 2010 average. Economist Gunnar Knapp says the price reflects fish

Bristol Bay Daily Run Summary From Monday June 27

Commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay harvested over 1.3-million sockeye on Monday to push the total harvest this season to over 5.2-million fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked over the daily run summary for Monday and filed this report. Audio >>

Alaskans voice strong support for salmon habitat

Image via Wikipedia June 28th, 2011 11:28 am A new poll by the Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy of some 500 registered voters shows overwhelming statewide support for policies protecting salmon habitat across the state. Ninety-six percent of Alaskans surveyed said salmon are essential to the Alaskan way of life, and 97 percent said salmon are an important part of the Alaska economy, according to results of the poll released today. Statewide, 89 percent of Alaskans said that even in tough economic times, it is important to.......

Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad - Spot Trackers are Spot ON

Image via Wikipedia KTN Daily op-ed The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad reports that its Spot beacon loaner program “is really starting to take off.” We couldn’t be more pleased. The idea took root two years ago, according to KVRS, when the squad rescued a visiting fisherman who had activated a personal Spot locator beacon when he broke his leg at Jordan Lake. The squad realized that more and more, visitors were becoming lost or hurt in this area, and they didn’t all come with beacons. The ability to......

AmazonFresh app debuts on Microsoft’s Windows Phone

June 28, 2011 at 5:19 AmazonFresh, the online retailer’s grocery delivery service, released a mobile app today, developed on its behalf by digital agency Metia/Seattle. Nope, it’s not for Android, or even iPhone, neither of...........

Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa joins Canadian Naval vessels for training

Monday, June 27, 2011 Posted by: cgoettler JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, homeported in Petersburg, Alaska, joined the Canadian Naval vessels HMCS-710 Brandon , HMCS-702 Nanaimo and HMCS-705 Whitehorse for training maneuvers in Lynn Canal, the waterway connecting Juneau to Skagway, June 25, 2011. The Coast Guard was able to work with the Canadians and gained valuable operational experience in how they conduct their small boat and shipboard operations. Opportunities such as these allow the Coast Guard to be better prepared by knowing the capabilities of a neighboring agency in preparation for any future joint operation, response or emergency. The Canadian fleet made a port call in Juneau while transiting from Dixon Entrance to Skagway where they will be hosting day trips aboard their vessels for a number of visitors from Whitehorse. JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa joins Canadian Naval vessels HMCS-710 Brandon and HMCS-705 Whitehorse for joint

University of Alaska Fairbanks looks at linking fisheries with rural schools

Source UAF Alaska wild fish headed to rural school lunches Diana Campbell 907-474-5221 6/22/11 It takes more than swimming through oceans and rivers for Alaska fish to land on a school lunch menus. The fish know how to get to Alaska, but a new research team will study how to lure them into Alaska school lunchrooms. University of Alaska Fairbanks nutrition researcher Andrea Bersamin and her colleagues will begin studying the best ways to connect fishermen and processors with K-12 schools to provide wild fish to Alaska’s school children, provide opportunities for food systems and nutrition education, and support local businesses. “The question is whether we can improve the nutrition and health of Alaska kids, many of whom eat two meals per weekday at school, and meet the economic needs of local fish businesses at the same time,” said Bersamin, a Center for Alaska Native Health Research nutrition scientist who is leading the project. The center, which is part of the

Senate approves coastal plan, adjourns

COASTAL MANAGEMENT: Parnell raised concerns after lawmakers thought they had a compromise. By BECKY BOHRER The Associated Press Published: June 27th, 2011 11:05 PM Last Modified: June 27th, 2011 11:20 PM JUNEAU -- The Alaska Senate passed a measure intended to save the state's coastal management program, then abruptly adjourned Monday, even though the House had yet to gavel in for the second special session and no hearings had been held on the plan.  The 11-7 vote came on the proposal that was floated in recent days as lawmakers weighed whether to return to Juneau. Many lawmakers thought the compromise was a done deal, but things began to change by Monday as Gov. Sean Parnell raised concerns about whether the program -- gutted by lawmakers' indecision -- was too far gone to save.  Parnell said he was worried that.............

Coast Guard terminates 2 in Bristol Bay

Image via Wikipedia Source USCG KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard personnel have conducted numerous safety compliance boardings across Western Alaska this week resulting in the termination of the voyages of two fishing vessels near Dillingham. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel terminated the voyages of the 32-foot fishing vessel Kuleana and 32-foot fishing vessel Morning Star, near Egegik 71 miles from Dillingham Friday. Both vessel masters were found to be operating with unservicable life rings and inoperable survival suits. The vessel masters are required to correct the discrepancies prior to getting underway again. The Coast Guard requires vessel masters to have enough operable survival suits for each crewmember aboard the vessel. Coast Guard crews, working with Alaska State Troopers, conducted safety checks on more than 290 commercial fishing vessels near King Salmon and Naknek, 86 safety checks near Dillingham and seven safety checks near Bristol Bay. These safety

26 cited for commercial fisheries violations in Bristol Bay

June 24th, 2011 10:06 pm Alaska State Wildlife Troopers have cited 26 commercial fishermen during the past week for illegal activities in Bristol Bay. All arraignments were scheduled to be held in Naknek District Court, except as otherwise noted. Geoff Wyman, 63, of Dillingham, was cited on June 23 for commercial fishing a drift gill net with an unmarked end buoy in the Egegik district. Arraignment is scheduled for July 20. Michael Dean Lomsdalen, 23, of Bow, Wash., was cited on June 22, for failing to properly display his vessel's Alaska Department of Fish and Game number in the Egegik district. Arraignment is scheduled for July 15. Joel Ludwig, 52, of Arlington, Wash., was.....

Training, PFDs critical to small-boat fishing safety

SITKA, ALASKA (2011-06-27) The death of two Yakutat residents last week (6-20-11) brings to seven the number of commercial fishermen killed this year in Alaska – and the season is just getting started. The fact that all seven lost their lives in open boats – and all were wearing life jackets -- has caught the attention of agencies involved in marine safety. There is consensus that it’s time for renewed focus on safety training for the small-boat fleet. It is Jerry Dzugan’s responsibility to go out of his way to interview survivors following commercial fishing accidents. The recent loss of Wayne Gray and Rex Newlun on the Dangerous River near Yakutat is no exception. But learning the details of this story was particularly hard.  “Two of the people in this incident in Yakutat had taken training from us in February. A drill conductor course.” Dzugan heads the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Sitka – or AMSEA. Dzugan says the accident immediately makes him th

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Ready for your hyperspectral close-up?

By Heather Clancy | June 28, 2011, 7:10am PDT Any self-respecting technophile has checked out their house at least once on Google Maps and marveled about what they could (and could not) see. But the way that we “see” things via satellite images in the future could be dramatically different, if emerging technologies from the likes of military technology contractor Raytheon. The technology I’m talking about is called hyperspectral imaging , a technology that creates unique spectral images of objects based on any number of factors such as the density, heat and other information. By comparing these images with a database of known substances and images, you can figure out what’s on the ground. Raytheon last week won a contract from the U.S. airfare to produce what is being called the first airborne tactical hyperspectral sensor system.........

Sackton: Dutch Harbor hit with potential $150 million fine in EPA case

The EPA has targeted the fishing industry in Alaska taking practices that had been tolerated in the past and making them subject to fines as clean water violations. The city of Unalaska is the latest victim - with the Dept. of Justice filing suit with penalties that could exceed $150 million. IN earlier settlement talks fines in the range of $25 to $30 million were proposed..

ADF&G Daily Run Summary for Sunday, June 26

Sunday was the first day of the commercial Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery that fishermen hauled in over 1-million fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked over the numbers from Sunday and filed this report. Audio >>

Traveling to rural Alaska requires interest and a little bit of work

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Our good friend Scott with an awesome wrap up from his trip during the Arctic Imperative Mission last week Scott McMurren | Jun 26, 2011  Alaskans travel for many reasons. Some are serial adventurers: scaling a peak here, kayaking a cove there. Others are going to work: fishermen, teachers or oil patch workers. Whatever takes you to the remote stretches of Alaska, it's hard not to pause at the grandeur of the country. That was the case when I tagged along on a rapid-fire economic development fly-through of Alaska's northwestern Arctic region. Our itinerary included stops in Barrow, Wainwright, Kotzebue, Savoonga and Nome. The larger communities are accustomed to travelers. But towns like Savoonga and Wainwright? Well, they're not quite sure what to make of "tourists". There is a well-traveled path north to Barrow. It helps to have jet service from Alaska Airlines . This accommodates the day-tripper who wan

NASA Ocean? Team to study the ocean on USCG Cutter Healy

Image via Wikipedia NASA Sets Sail on Second Leg of Arctic Ocean Research Voyage By NASA Published: Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2011 - 6:09 am WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists embark this week from Alaska on the second and final campaign of a NASA field campaign to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. On June 25, the ICESCAPE mission, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," resumes its shipborne investigation of the impacts of climate change in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas along Alaska's western and northern coasts. Research teams depart from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The field campaign takes 47 scientists for five weeks to the Arctic Ocean, where a variety of instruments will be used onboard the Healy and deployed into the ocean and on the sea ice. Following the mission's first campaign in summer

Alaska's North Pacific teems with marine life, new study says

Doug O'Harra | Jun 26, 2011 Rich in nutrients and seasonally flush with schools of tasty fish, the Prince William Sound and the Kenai Fjords areas of the Gulf of Alaska regularly draw gobs of sharks, whales, pinnipeds and birds on epic migrations from waters off the California coast, according to a ground-breaking, 10-year project that used satellite tags to track marine predators across thousands of miles of ocean. Among the findings: salmon sharks regularly cruise up from California to feast in the Sound. And one fin whale startled researchers by wintering amid the Gulf’s freezing swells. Starting in 2000, scientists attached 4,306 electronic satellite tracking tags to 23 species of marine predators as part of the North Pacific’s portion of the Census of Marine Life. The final results of the Tagging of Pacific Predators project, published in the journal Nature, show how 1,791 individual animals crisscrossed the ocean in search of prey over a staggering 256,386 “animal t

Scientists study orca ears, employ lasers to create hyper-sensitive underwater microphone

By Brian Heater posted Jun 27th 2011 5:13AM There are plenty of reasons to want to monitor what's going on in the ocean, from whale migration, to the recent stylistic resurgence of hot crustacean bands. There are certain inherent difficulties, however, in.........

Whale, plankton move across Northwest Passage into Atlantic

Image by peace chicken via Flickr WARMING: Gray observed in the Mediterranean off Israel is first sighted since mid-1700s. By ARTHUR MAX The Associated Press Published: June 26th, 2011 10:50 PM Last Modified: June 26th, 2011 10:50 PM AMSTERDAM -- When a 43-foot gray whale was spotted off the Israeli town of Herzliya last year, scientists came to a startling conclusion: It must have wandered across the normally icebound route north of Canada, where warm weather had briefly opened a clear channel three years earlier. On a microscopic level, scientists also have found plankton in the North Atlantic where the two varieties had not existed for at least 800,000 years. The whale's odyssey and the surprising appearance of the plankton indicates a migration of species through the Northwest Passage, a worrying sign of how global warming is affecting animals and...... More >> http://news.discovery

How to make tasty sockeye salmon burgers

Really nice slide show included.. Kirsten Dixon | Jun 25, 2011 With the end of June approaching quickly, I take pause to consider my summer so far and look back to measure it against summers past.  Garden: not an early start this year and the ground is still a little cold, but the garden is looking fantastic and I know it will catch up. Bugs: not too bad yet. Bears: they are everywhere. Remarkable summery things have already been happening: A pair of gulls has nested in a tree on an island in the middle of the lake at Winterlake Lodge. Whoever heard of that? A charm (that’s the name for a group) of hummingbirds descended upon our back deck at Tutka Bay Lodge and a few are still lingering on to delight us. A bear came up and kissed (really more like licked) our bear carving near the walkway at Redoubt Bay Lodge and an employee caught it on................

Alert Alaska ferry lookout hears hiker's cries for help

Image by gillfoto via Flickr The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — A lookout on a state ferry heard an injured hiker's faint cry for help from a rocky beach near Skagway and was credited with sparking a rescue that saved his life. Malaspina Capt. Nick Kollars told the Juneau Empire that the vessel Thursday night was approaching the Skagway harbor when lookout Roger Sperber heard cries for help. The bow lookout is one of the few areas on the vessel with reduced noise. Kollars said Sperber reacted alertly when he heard the cry. "He is one of the most skilled and impressive men in the fleet," Kollars said. "He has been here a long time. People always.......

Tugboat sinks in Bering Sea - All four safe

The Associated Press Published: June 26th, 2011 02:43 PM Last Modified: June 26th, 2011 02:43 PM A 68-foot tugboat sank this morning in the Bering Sea but four crew members made it safely onto the barge they were...........

Copper River Seafoods among winners of food awards

June 25th, 2011 9:18 pm Scott Blake of Copper River Seafoods , and Jim Harmon of SeaShare shared top leadership awards with Ralph Carney, of Alaska Chip Co., and Palmer farmer Ben Vanderweele at the recent Global Food Alaska's biennial event in Soldotna. Blake, president of the largest Alaska-owned and Alaska based seafood processing companies, partnered with three fishermen 15 years ago to establish Copper River Seafoods. Today the company has operations in Cordova, Anchorage, Togiak and Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. Harmon is the..........

Oil spill prevention technology center planned for University of Alaska Fairbanks

Image via Wikipedia ARCTIC RESEARCH: School in unique spot to coordinate learning. By ALAN BAILEY Petroleum News Published: June 25th, 2011 08:30 PM Last Modified: June 25th, 2011 08:31 PM The University of Alaska Fairbanks is planning the formation of a science and technology center for oil spill prevention and preparedness in the Arctic, Mark Myers, vice chancellor for research at UAF, told Petroleum News June 15. While the various challenges associated with oil spill risks present the biggest single hurdle to moving forward with oil and gas development in the Arctic offshore, UAF is in a unique position to research, develop and coordinate a wide range of state-of-the-art technologies for addressing the particular challenges that the Arctic presents, Myers said. "This is something where the university can really.............

Alaska lawmakers work to round up votes on coastal program

SENATE: A special session to deal with issue starts Monday. By BECKY BOHRER The Associated Press Published: June 25th, 2011 10:53 PM Last Modified: June 25th, 2011 11:18 PM JUNEAU -- With another special session looming Monday, Senate leaders worked to rally the votes needed for a compromise to keep Alaska's coastal management program alive.  A majority vote from each branch is needed to pass the bill but a two-thirds vote is needed for the effective dates. A spokeswoman for the Senate's bipartisan majority bloc said Saturday that.........

Maine’s Bold Coast beyond Big Brother’s reach

‘Just one area of the world that doesn’t matter’ By Stephen Beale - Special to The Washington Times 5:01 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011 In an era when government regulation has seeped into seemingly every aspect of modern life — from the lead content of decorative rhinestones to the size of your septic system — one area of the Maine coast is apparently too remote even for the long tentacles of the Nanny State. Known as the Bold Coast for its rugged landscape — a head-on collision of granite cliffs and icy-cold seas — the name could just as easily refer to some of the people who call it home. “We’re so remote, we’ve stayed that way — very self-reliant and reliant on the land, trying to scratch out a living,” said Robert Cates, a fisherman. His hometown of Cutler, a fishing community of about 500 residents, is huddled around one of the last true harbors before Canada. Northeast of the harbor, the Bold Coast wilderness boasts 13,500 acres of bushy barrens, spongy bogs, and de