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Northern Dynasty puts stake in Pebble prospect up for sale

NORTHERN DYNASTY: Firm says it's not big enough to handle a project the size of this operation. By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press Published: August 30th, 2011 09:39 PM Last Modified: August 30th, 2011 09:40 PM A mining company with a 50 percent interest in a huge copper and gold deposit where hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on exploration is trying to find a buyer for the contentious project. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. CEO Ron Thiessen said the Vancouver-based company is considered a junior mining company. What the Pebble Mine project needs is a mega-mining company to step in and help move the project forward, he said. "We are interested in what is best for the project," Thiessen said. Opponents, including many commercial fishermen and lodge owners, say they want what is best for Bristol Bay and its world-class salmon-producing streams. To them, that means stopping the project before it is permitted and goes into production. The proje

Challenging year for reopened Kake Seafoods

Posted: August 29, 2011 - 9:29pm By Pat Forgey JUNEAU EMPIRE Sealaska Corp. says it will be back next year, despite this summer’s difficulty in getting plant going A reopened fish plant is bringing some badly needed jobs to Kake, but Sealaska Corp. is already finding running the old plant to be a challenge. Russell Dick, president and CEO of Sealaska’s Haa Aaní subsidiary, is overseeing the new Kake Seafoods venture. He said he expected challenges in getting the plant — closed for six years — up and running. “Putting people to work, local people to work in a community that is over 50 percent unemployed, to me that is worth the challenge,” he said. Avoiding discussing the plant’s finances or...... View Larger Map

Wrangell harbors plan for security upgrades

WRANGELL, ALASKA (2011-08-30) Harbor projects are in full swing, and with work in motion, the Harbor Department has a few friendly reminders for the public. KSTK’s Charlotte Duren has more on the when projects are expected to be completed as well as some of the deadlines for Wrangell boat users. Work on Heritage Harbor continues, but for harbor users the closure date was recently extended. Harbor Master Greg Meissner says asphalting will begin Wednesday, August 31st. “Southeast Earthmovers will be shutting down the south entrance to heritage harbor, and also dividing the main parking lot of non parking and parking areas and getting it asphalt ready,” he says. Meissner expects asphalting to be completed and the harbor to be open to.... Audio/Text >> 

Mystery Bilge Dump Fouls Kodiak Harbors

Aug 30, 2011 Jay Barrett/KMXT             Officials are unsure about the source of contamination in the waters around downtown Kodiak. A diesel odor and sheen was noticed on the south end of Near Island over the weekend. The harbormaster's office and the Coast Guard have been investigating. Harbormaster Marty Owen says he suspects the pollution is from a ship that may have pumped its bilge after the heavy rains on Saturday.              Owen says he took investigators from the Marine Safety Detachment out Monday to investigate, after they surveyed the sheen from atop Pillar Mountain. They boarded two........ Audio >>

Kodiak: City May Expand Parking at St. Herman Boat Ramp

Aug 30, 2011 Jay Barrett/KMXT             For anyone who's tried to launch or retrieve their pleasure craft or park their trailer around the boat launch at Saint Herman Harbor on a sunny day, this should be welcome news: The city has plans to install a turnaround and increase parking by 27,000 square feet adjacent to the current ramp.             The plan, according to Harbormaster Marty Owens, started out as a way to conveniently dispose of rock dredged from the.. Audio >>

Legislators Flock to Unalaska for Fly-In

Thu August 25, 2011 Every two years, legislators from across the state visit Unalaska to get a sense of how the community – and its economy – operates. Today, Sen. Linda Menard of Wasilla, Rep. Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham, Rep. Tammie Wilson of Fairbanks, and Rep. Lance Pruitt of Anchorage are touring the town and meeting area residents. This morning, they stopped by the powerhouse, OSI, the clinic, and the school. They also got a chance to check out the Klooesterboer cold storage facility and have some of their questions about the seafood industry answered by operations manager Matt Darbous. Council Member Dick Peck came along for part of the tour. He says that the city covers travel expenses for the legislators while here, while the state pays for travel. For him, it’s a good investment for the city to...... Audio >>

Mind blowing cool panorama 360 of whales in New Caledionia

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The New York Times imagines the kitchen table of the future

Aug 30, 2011 By Megan Garber At The New York Times Company’s R&D Lab, the group’s collective of technologists, artists, and journalists talks a lot about “information shadows” — the auras of data that surround us in our daily lives. Tracking and processing the info trails we leave, the thinking goes, allows for deeper insights into ourselves — and it can also help media organizations to provide their users with news consumption experiences as intimate as they are relevant. We tend to emphasize the “self” aspects of “the quantified self“; the R&D Lab is exploring what it means to be a part of a quantified community — and, for the Times, what it means to be a provider of information to that community. I recently had the chance to visit the R&D Lab, which is housed on the 28th floor of the Times building in New York. In the video above, Matt Boggie, The Times Co.’s Media & Technology Strategist for R&D, demonstrates the Times’ screen-top version of a kitchen table

Coast Guard rescues three after F/V Bear grounds 196 miles southwest of Kodiak (video)

Image via Wikipedia By CASEY GROVE Published: August 30th, 2011 05:31 PM Last Modified: August 30th, 2011 05:31 PM A helicopter crew rescued three fishermen from a life raft early Tuesday after their boat ran aground on the Alaska Peninsula 196 miles southwest of Kodiak, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Patrick McBride, 31, and his two crewmen -- Kirk Vandoren, 48, and Garrett Doktor, 22 -- were flown to Kodiak unscathed in what a Coast Guard spokeswoman called a "textbook" rescue. The Coast Guard received a distress signal about 3:20 a.m. coming from the Homer-based Bear, a 52-foot vessel longlining for halibut near Aniakchak Bay, Petty Officer Sara Francis said. The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk with a rescue swimmer onboard just before 5 a.m., the Coast Guard said. "If there's a (signal), it goes off, and we get a reasonable search area to go look for, we go," Francis said. "Up here, with the.... http://

'Crab experts' at Alaska Dispatch shift cross-hairs to Red Lobster

HG flag on this July 29, 2011 Red Lobster sees seafood differently than most Alaskans Craig Medred, Amanda Coyne | Aug 29, 2011 The national seafood chain Red Lobster is airing a picturesque new  television commercial  featuring an Alaska crabber who lives in Washington state, a fishing boat that's registered in Washington state, and gorgeous Alaska tanner caught using crab-pot sized loopholes in Alaska law. The theme of the campaign is "Sea food differently." Tor Myhren, president and chief creative officer at the advertising firm Grey New York, told  The New York Times  that the intent of Red Lobster's new campaign was to "prove that authenticity (of Red Lobster) by showing the real people, the real places, with real dialogue that is not scripted."  The dialogue might not be scripted, and the crabber featured does indeed fish in Alaska waters for a living, but it a

Juneau Empire: My Turn: Navigation rules: international and inland

Posted: August 28, 2011 - 9:09pm By CAPT. JACK CADIGAN U.S. COAST GUARD (RET.) I believe that we are over-regulated at all governmental levels as bureaucrats justify their existence by formulating new regulations. So I have a certain amount of tongue in cheek when I propose yet another regulatory requirement. As one with over 60 years experience as a professional mariner on ships and boats, including over 30 years in the Coast Guard, it is periodically alarming to be involved in proximity of other boats who are oblivious as to the very basics of Navigation Rules. Weekends, not surprisingly, find the worst offenders out on the water, as during the week the bulk of..............

Kodiak: Eating Salmon for Science

Brianna Gibbs/KMXT Aug 29, 2011  On Saturday, about 200 people got to be scientists for a day when they taste tested cold smoked salmon. Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences put an open invitation to the Kodiak community to help taste test salmon that had undergone a commercially refined liquid smoking method.           Graduate student Naim Montazeri worked on the cold-smoked salmon research project and said getting consumer feedback is a crucial step in the research.           As a raw product, Montazeri said cold smoked salmon runs the risk of housing bacteria that is normally killed during some sort of heating process.           His researched has focused on using liquid smoke as an antibacterial agent for.... Audio >>

Alaska Airlines launches new iPhone app

Originally published Monday, August 29, 2011 at 8:28 AM Alaska Airlines says its application for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available with a new feature that gives users the ability to check in and access their mobile boarding passes within the app...

GScreen's dual-screen SpaceBook laptop (made in Alaska) landing this November

By Gloria Sin | August 29, 2011, 12:31pm PDT Summary:  This positively alien-looking, dual 17″ HD LED screens in one, 10-pound gScreen SpaceBook laptop is no Photoshop joke, and is geared for the Photoshopping/video/spreadsheet editing-types. The SpaceBook features two 17.3-inch HD LED-backlit screens (1920 x 1080) that slide out from...... More > On the web >

‘Sea Life of the Aleutians’ shows a world seen by few

by David A. James / For the News-Miner Aug 28, 2011 FAIRBANKS, Alaska - When thinking of the Aleutian Islands, the image that usually emerges is one of muted shades: Black volcanic rock, darkened sea water, frequently gray skies, soft green ground cover, white snow and that’s about it. The wildlife that comes to mind is largely avian, with a few sea mammals and the odd fox tossed in for excitement. Slip below the surface of the water, however, and the same locale suddenly erupts with kaleidoscopic colors and an endless array of genuinely bizarre life forms that appear to have been spawned from the mind of a drug-addled science-fiction writer. Most of us won’t be scuba diving in the waters off the Aleutians anytime soon, but thanks to the fine folks at Sea Grant Alaska we can catch a glimpse of what can be seen there through “Sea Life of the Aleutians,” a remarkable new coffee-table photo book. In recent years, a team of marine science researchers have been exploring the regi

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission program links fishermen, consumers on the web

Internet used to sell catch Richard Burgess Advocate Acadiana bureau August 30, 2011 DELCAMBRE — A Port of Delcambre program that uses the Internet to connect fishermen with seafood lovers who want to buy directly off the boat is spawning similar programs across the Louisiana coast. “That thing has really taken off. They want to expand it across the state,” Port of Delcambre Director Wendell Verret said. The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission has awarded a $560,000 grant to launch new direct marketing programs for fishing communities in three other regions — Cameron Parish, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, and the New Orleans area. The commission, a five-state coalition that works to manage Gulf Coast fisheries, learned of the Delcambre program and believed it could serve as a model in other areas, said Thomas Hymel, an agent with the LSU Agricultural Center and the Louisiana Sea Grant program. He manages the Delcambre Direct Seafood program at the port and will

San Francisco restaurant serves 100% sustainable seafood

UNITED STATES Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 22:40 (GMT + 9) Bringing sustainable seafood to one of the most visited areas in the country, Aquarium of the Bay has welcomed Fog Harbor Fish House as Fisherman's Wharf's first "San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance Partner" restaurant.  Fog Harbor serves over 220,000 visitors every year with a menu that is now filled with 100 per cent sustainable seafood, including wild-caught salmon, Dungeness crab and Pacific Cod. "Welcoming Fog Harbor as Fisherman's Wharf's first San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance partner is a proud moment for the Aquarium, and a true testament to the power of relationships built with our neighbors at Pier 39," said John Frawley, President and CEO of Aquarium of the Bay and its partner organization, The Bay Institute. "Our conservation team has worked closely with the restaurant over the past year, from initial menu changes to their 100 per cent dedication to..... http://fis.

Sackton: Greenpeace paints target on tuna industry

Uploaded August 29, 2011 The Greenpeace campaign against the tuna industry is built on a lot of misinformation; and is designed to provide a foil for fundraising rather than improve tuna conservation. Otherwise why would Greenpeace ignore the fact that over 70% of the worlds tuna seiners have taken dramatic steps to improve fishery mgt. They ignore it because it won't support their fundraising. We give the details. Video >>

Kate Troll: Halibut conservation should be a shared responsibility

Posted: August 27, 2011 - 10:17pm By Kate Troll No one likes one halibut a day and the 37 inch size limit, particularly the guided sport industry. But unless the Halibut Catch Sharing Plan now before the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is adopted this will become the norm for some time. This is happening for three reasons. First the halibut resource is in a period of cyclical decline. But this is not enough to trigger the current restrictions. Overharvest is the other primary reason. Here in Southeast the charter fleet has exceeded its Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) every year by 22 percent —115 percent since the GHL went into effect in 2004. In the same time, the halibut resource has declined by 58 percent and the Southeast commercial harvest was cut......

International Pacific Halibut Commission turns to the Apple App Store

Fish Factor Field testing new technology By LAINE WELCH August 27, 2011 Saturday Fish tags with iPhone technology are being used for the first time to track halibut migrations based on the earth’s magnetic field.  Cash rewards of $500 are being offered to get the tags back so scientists can see how well they work.  “This year the technology that everyone has been talking about for a decade but hasn’t been able to miniaturize are tags that record magnetic field strength on three axes and have accelerometers and pitch and roll detectors. Those were the lynch pins– without being able to tell whether or not your tag is horizontal, you can’t really get the axis of the magnetism. The invention of the iPhone and its advancements made the pitch and roll detectors small enough to put in fish tags,” said Dr. Tim Loher, a biologist with the International Pacific Halibut Commission.    The IPHC oversees the health of the halibut stocks from California to British Columbia and the Berin

BC: Aquaculture industry never refused to give up salmon samples

CANADA Monday, August 29, 2011, 22:20 (GMT + 9) The British Columbia (BC) Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) has commented on Dr Kristi Miller’s recently testimony at the Cohen Commission by clarifying that the aquaculture industry never withheld salmon samples from federal biologists. Four major fish farming companies have agreed to provide salmon samples to Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) researchers to help them analyze a virus that could have caused the far-reaching and precipitous drop of wild sockeye stocks. Miller, a genetics researcher with DFO, said that the newly observed virus -- parvovirus -- "could be the smoking gun" to blame for the mass deaths of millions of sockeye salmon in recent years. BCSFA got in touch with FIS to shed light on.......

Recovery plan takes off for Oregon's salmon and steelhead

UNITED STATES Monday, August 29, 2011, 04:00 (GMT + 9) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state of Oregon have unveiled a long-awaited recovery plan for the Willamette Valley's salmon and steelhead. The goal is to help bring the species back to higher figures and cross them off the endangered species list. The plan was crafted with the counsel of state and federal agencies, local watershed councils, agricultural interests and other NGOS, among other parties. Although salmon and steelhead used to return to the Willamette Valley with numbers of more than half a million every year, recently the trend reversed as a result of flood-control dams, fishing, loss of habitat and.......

Juneau longshoremen's union to picket cruise ships today

Posted: August 28, 2011 - 9:29pm By Klas Stolpe JUNEAU EMPIRE The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is set to picket today over non-use of their union members by many of the major cruise ship companies that visit Juneau and other parts of Alaska. “Basically there is an immigration law that basically defines U.S. longshore work when foreign hulled vessels are in U.S. waters,” Alaska Longshore Division Local 200 Unit 16 president Dennis Young said. Young is also the Southeast Area committeeman for all of Alaska. “Those vessels have an obligation to contact contract stevedoring companies when they are in port areas in any U.S. waters to hire U.S. longshoremen to perform longshore functions.” Young described those longshoremen functions as tying up and casting off vessels, operating any equipment integral to the cruise vessels........

Alaska satellite launch for Naval research project set for September at Kodiak facility

Posted: August 28, 2011 - 9:28pm THE ASSOCAITED PRESS KODIAK — A research satellite is set to be launched from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Sept. 27. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the satellite is a Naval Research Laboratory project that has been in the works for several years. Naval Research Laboratory spokesman Tim Duffy says the satellite is smaller than a typical military satellite, weighing in at just under.......

Federal agency tries to write Alaska polar bear plan (SUV's off the hook) by Dan Joling / Associated Press Aug 28, 2011 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In a windowless convention center room more than a thousand miles from polar bears roaming on sea ice, marine mammal biologists gathered last week in Anchorage to work on a recovery plan for the Arctic Ocean's most famous fauna. The Interior Department three years ago listed polar bears as threatened because of the alarming rate at which sea ice, their primary habitat, is projected to disappear each summer. In the same announcement, then-Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said endangered species law would not be used to set climate policy or limit greenhouse gas emissions, a rule affirmed by........ ............. Rosa Meehan, the USFWS marine mammals manager in Alaska, said recovery plans traditionally have dealt with a very specific threat that causes habitat loss. "We don't have that," she said. "We're dealing with a projected change and it's not 'a' directed featur

Search suspended for Chignik fisherman who fell overboard

By LISA DEMER Published: August 28th, 2011 06:23 PM Last Modified: August 28th, 2011 06:27 PM Troopers said Sunday that efforts to locate a man who disappeared early Friday from a fishing boat in Chignik Lagoon have been unsuccessful. Troopers believe he fell overboard in the lagoon and was swept out to sea. Moses Kosbruk Jr., 43 of Perryville, was on....

APRN DC: Alaska Issues Under Scrutiny in Wake of Fuglvog Incident (Great video by Sackton)

By Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC | August 25, 2011 The admission this month by a Senate staffer that he’s guilty of illegal fishing in Alaska is creating greater impact than just one man’s future.  Arne Fuglvog was an aide to Senator Lisa Murkowski for five years.  He was a local Petersburg fisherman who was considered a top expert in the U.S. Senate on fisheries policy.  Now some of the Alaskan issues he promoted are under extra scrutiny... Audio >> Sackton who was in the APRN piece has a compelling video message here.. Time for the Industry to Defend US Fisheries Management Uploaded August 26, 2011 US Fisheries management is under attack - at the council level and at NOAA - by those who say industry involvement makes the system corrupt but who actually want to overturn allocations like the halibut charter operators. Its time for the industry to push back and publicize

Alaska joins appeal of ruling on polar bear 'threatened' status

By RICHARD MAUER Published: August 26th, 2011 10:38 PM Last Modified: August 27th, 2011 12:11 AM The Parnell administration on Friday joined a parade of parties appealing the June decision by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., that the government correctly listed polar bears as a threatened species. On Thursday, 35 plaintiffs and intervenors, some working together, filed three separate notices that they were appealing U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan's decision in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's listing of polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. Most of the parties support or engage in trophy hunting, though they also include an organization of California cattlemen. The fourth notice of appeal, to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, belongs to the State of Alaska. It was filed this morning by....... More >>  http://www.alaskadisp

Kodiak entrepreneurs send homegrown fish outside Alaska with pickled recipe

JAMES BROOKS  Kodiak Daily Mirror First Posted: August 26, 2011 - 1:23 pm Last Updated: August 26, 2011 - 1:23 pm KODIAK, Alaska — A new business on Shelikof Street is providing a fresh artery to deliver Kodiak seafood to gourmet restaurants and stores across the United States. Pickled Willy's has been operating for just five weeks, but it was almost a year and a half in the making, said co-owner Barbara Hughes. Hughes said she got the idea for the business from her uncle, Bill Alwert, a commercial fisherman who, like most others, was constantly at sea. Between trips, he would drop off salmon or crab at home and cure the meat with salt to preserve it. After the end of crab season, he'd pickle it and give the result out for Christmas gifts or simply trade. It's a common practice, Hughes said. "I watched it for years," she said, and each fisherman "thought they had the best." She started believing her uncle when he traded a case of pickled

UAF's Chambers: Not convinced that quality pays? Consider a cost-benefit analysis

August 26th 2:48 pm | Izetta Chambers I often have discussions with fishermen about the issue of salmon quality. When questioned about whether a fisherman has chilling capacity, such as RSW or insulated holds or slush bags for holding slush ice, the results are mixed. Those fishermen who are not yet on the quality bandwagon seem to have a host of excuses, some of them legitimate, and others that are more for the sake of argument. Here are some of the most common excuses: (1) I don't have a refrigerated seawater system (RSW); (2) I don't have the money for installation of an RSW system; (3) my boat is too small to put an RSW system onboard; (4) there is no ice where I fish; (5) ice is too expensive; it's not worth it; (6) who cares if I ice and bleed my fish - they are only going to be mixed up with other poor quality, warm fish at the tender or plant. Because most of these excuses seem to center around the issue of the cost of chilling your catch, here is a si

New Energy Estimate Breathes Life Into a Declining Alaskan Oil Field

U.S. NEWSAUGUST 27, 2011 BY RYAN DEZEMBER A combination of state incentives and improved estimates of the amount of natural gas held in Alaska's storied Cook Inlet are prompting energy companies to take a fresh look at the state's original oil patch. Alaska officials want to reverse a decline in natural-gas production around the inlet, which is home to more than half the state's population, as well as to spur the creation of new jobs and generate production royalties. Situated on Alaska's southern coast, Cook Inlet is the birthplace of the state's modern oil- and gas-exploration business. Drilling began in 1958 along the narrow bay that stretches ......... .............."It was just a flight of capital," said Joe Balash, Alaska's deputy commissioner of Natural Resources. "For a generation we've been living off Prudhoe Bay while we're sitting on what, by any other measure, is a world-class basin." This summer, the U.S. Geo

Alaska study seeks to quantify cost of endangered species Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Alaska study seeks to quantify cost of endangered species

by Becky Bohrer / Associated Press Aug 26, 2011 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state of Alaska wants to study - and quantify - the economic costs of Endangered Species Act listings. In a solicitation for proposals, the commerce department said there has been a "constant expansion" of use of the act since the 1970s and that potential or actual listings in Alaska have stopped, slowed or threatened development. It said implementation of the act has had "substantial" economic effects but that the study will seek to determine the size of those resulting from designations under the ESA. There is a $350,000 budget for the project. The notice, issued Thursday, said...................

Alaska-Washington Connection 2011: Ports anchor AK-WA trade

Diverse commercial activity to and from the Last Frontier helps to boost cargo, passenger traffic at ports of Tacoma, Seattle Rose Ragsdale For Alaska-Washington Connection Vol. 16, No. 35 Week of August 28, 2011 Cargo moving to and from the Last Frontier accounts for more than 100,000 jobs and some $3.8 billion in goods and services annually in Puget Sound, while cruise ship and air passenger traffic creates thousands more jobs and additional billions in revenue. Numerous businesses through the Pacific Northwest depend on ......... ..... More than 30 members of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce visited Tacoma in early May to meet with area business leaders and provide updates on the Alaska economy. The breakfast program included highlights on oil and gas, fishing and seafood, Alaska Native corporations, mining and transportation. The group also visited The NorthWest Co. (parent of Alaska Commercial Co.), VersaCold, and the TOTE terminal at the port.

Freight forwarder rolls out delivery aide ( IT think tank sides with LightSquared on GPS spectrum issues ) Vol. 16, No. 35 Week of August 28, 2011 American Fast Freight, Inc. of Fife, Wash., June 30 reported the initial roll-out of FastTraxSM. A combined hardware, mid-ware and software program, FastTrax is designed to provide customers with real-time shipment tracking and document optimization and assist the company in maintaining and improving outbound load planning and delivery programs. It is comprised of proprietary software developed internally by American Fast Freight’s information technology department, coupled with GPS tracking and sophisticated portable computer tablets..... On the tubes > In the orb >>> IT think tank sides with LightSquared on GPS spectrum issues By Kevin Fitchard The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, backed by the biggest IT and telecom vendors, claims GPS device vendors are responsible for the mess they’re in and claims tha

Vita Foods recalls more than 8,000 packages of (Nova) smoked salmon #Listeria From Greg Morrison, CNN August 27, 2011 2:48 a.m. EDT (CNN) -- Vita Food Products says it is recalling more than 8,000 packages of its smoked salmon because the product may be contaminated. The recall affects the Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon. The Chicago-based company says 8,088 packages could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can.... In the orb...... Seafood products seized from California manufacturer UNITED STATES Friday, August 26, 2011, 23:30 (GMT + 9) At the request of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Marshals this week seized seafood products manufactured by the Meiko Food Co in South El Monte, California, because the products are adulterated. A complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that Meiko Foods manufactures and packages ready-to-eat seafood, including cooked seafood balls and fried fis

FCC Chairman Says Rural Broadband Service Should Receive Subsidies (USF Reform)

7:51 p.m. AKDT, August 26, 2011 ................... “I had been told before I came to Alaska that there was urban, rural and then there was Alaska,” says Genachowski.  “And out in New Stuyahok I saw that.  The challenges of getting communications infrastructure to communities like that are very real.” The chairman also called for reforms to the Universal Service Fund.  He says......,0,327972.story In the orb..... Alaska public broadcasting system backs off merger plans by Jeff Richardson / Aug 26, 2011 FAIRBANKS — After spending more than two years pondering a plan to consolidate parts of Alaska’s public broadcasting system, those leading the effort have largely decided it isn’t worth the trouble. The talks — involving KUAC in Fairbanks, KTOO in Juneau and Alaska Public Telecommunications in Anchorage — were spurred by a desire to cut cos

Xinhua: Lost Russian satellite poses threat

Xinhua, August 27, 2011 The Russian heavy satellite Express-AM4 lost on Aug. 18 might pose a threat to other space vehicles, local media reported Friday. Citing a source in the space industry, Interfex news agency said the Express-AM4 "will stay on its orbit for years or even for decades." The Express-AM4 may collide with other telecommunication satellites from.......... In the orb.... (Literally)

Facebook Deals RIP?

I Was Wrong (And I Don't Care) Facebook Deals Couldn't Kill Groupon By  Marshall Kirkpatrick  / August 26, 2011 5:56 PM  On the 25th of April  Facebook's discount shopping platform Facebook Deals was unveiled  and I belligerently declared Groupon as good as toast. Today Facebook announced that  it will soon shutter its Facebook Deals product . (" Facebook Deals Launches Tonight & Groupon Doesn't Stand a Chance ") There were so many reasons Facebook would win, I thought: it was free for retailers at launch, Facebook's mobile apps and newsfeed are totally dominant and the big social network could share the rich demographic and interest data it has about consumers with the retailers who ensnare them. It was going to be a massacre, I said, and 63% of ReadWriteWeb readers agreed with me in a survey. Friends, we were all wrong - but  I was especially wrong.  Wrong, wrong, wrong!..........

Petersburg team working to free tangled grey whale

PETERSBURG-AK (08/26/2011) A team of four, trained volunteers from Petersburg has been trying to free a young grey whale that’s tangled in some sort fishing net and line. The animal was originally spotted in Ideal Cove, south of Petersburg but the responders found it this morning in the Wrangell Narrows right in front of Town. The team includes Petersburg Marine Mammal Center President Barry Bracken, and Board Members Don Holmes and Sunny Rice, as well as local Fisherman Bob Martin. They’ve all trained to respond to tangled whales as part of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Grey Whales are unusual for the area. Bracken says the animal appears injured….and emaciated and from what they can see so far, the netting does not look like the type of gillnet gear used in southeast, which suggests the whale may have been tangled for a while. The team is working from Bracken’s charter vessel “Island Dream” and he gave Matt Lichtenstein an update by cell phone late Friday morning.

Juneau: Docks and Harbors to act on Fishermen’s Memorial

Posted: August 24, 2011 - 8:43pm By Sarah Day JUNEAU EMPIRE The City and Borough of Juneau’s Docks and Harbors board is expected to take action tonight on future plans for the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial. The City Assembly approved the cruise ship dock expansion project 16B, with the express condition the board work with the memorial board if moving the memorial was deemed necessary. The memorial board ultimately would rather not have the cruise ship docks built in front of the memorial because it values the ability to connect the structure with its yearly Blessing of the Fleet. The memorial board wrote a letter to Docks and Harbors stating that......

Letter to Peninsula Clarion: Catch share proposal a disgrace and an outrage

Posted: August 24, 2011 - 9:00am By Brian Emard Voices of the Peninsula The new halibut catch share proposal (CSP) will potentially devastate the charter fishing industry, local economies of Homer and Seward, and negatively impact virtually every business in Alaska with any dependence on tourism. Disguised as a conservation measure, this CSP will not in fact reduce the catch levels, but simply re-allocate a major share of the guided catch to the commercial sector that already controls the lion’s share of the resource. The proposal will in effect reduce the guided recreational bag limit next year in half from two fish to one. It contains an absurd provision whereby charter fisherman could “buy back” fish for.....

Coast Guard cutter Liberty executive officer arrested

Posted: August 25, 2011 - 9:46pm By Klas Stolpe JUNEAU EMPIRE The executive officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Liberty was arrested Aug. 5 in Ketchikan on charges of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault on a police officer, first-degree harassment, resisting or interfering with arrest and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Lt. j.g. Paul A. Sprenger, 25, has a preliminary hearing set for Monday before Ketchikan judge Kevin Miller. “The Coast Guard is fully cooperating with the Ketchikan Police Department with regards to the investigation,” Coast Guard spokesperson Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow said. “This is something the Coast Guard takes very seriously, which is......

Western Alaska Wired: FCC Chief Genachowski, Begich, Treadwell and GCI's Duncan cut ribbon for Terra-SW in Dillingham (Photo)

News made. Plans for expansion of microwave links to Unalakleet and Kotzebue and then completing loop to fiber backbone in Bettles . Interesting details from KDLG Radio. Nod to Stimulus from Begich.  State, Federal and local officials gathered in Dillingham Thursday for what was billed as a milestone event for a massive project to bring broadband internet to the Bristol Bay and Y-K Delta regions. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (9:59)...  Audio >> Ribbon cutting... ( Photo tweeted by     Click for full .  ) In the orb..... AVEC Takes Over Electricty System in Ekwok 08/25/11 Audio >>

‘Polarbeargate’ Scientist To Head Back To Work

By NPR | August 25, 2011 The polar bear scientist who has spent more than a month suspended from his government job has now been told that he should report back to work on Friday — although NPR has learned that his job is changing and he will no longer manage federal contracts. “Chuck is planning to go to work. He just doesn’t know what the work is going to be,” says attorney Jeff Ruch of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which is providing legal representation for wildlife biologist Charles Monnett. In 2006, Monnett published a report on his sightings of apparently drowned polar bears in the Arctic. The dead polar bears became a powerful — and controversial — symbol of the danger of melting ice and climate change. Monnett was put on administrative leave on July 18 by the agency he works for at the Department of the Interior. The move came as Monnett was being investigated by the department’s Office of Inspector General. That investigation is ongoing, and it

Dip netting in the Copper River is never easy and this year was no exception Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Dip netting in the Copper River is never easy and this year was no exception

by Tim Mowry Aug 24, 2011 FAIRBANKS — As rain and night began to fall, reality began to set in. Brian O’Donoghue and I had been dip netting in the Copper River for 15 hours and had 16 salmon between the two of us. While that may sound like a lot of fish to some people, it wasn’t for us. We wanted more. A lot more. It’s not that I’m greedy, but the whole point of driving all the way to Chitina and back — a round-trip of about 650 miles — is to catch your limit. In our case that meant a combined 60 salmon — 30 for each of us. After a full day of dipping, things weren’t looking good. We left town last Wednesday night, hoping to avoid the weekend crowd. We arrived in Chitina early Thursday morning, grabbed a few hours sleep and hiked a half mile out to Salmon Point, a popular fishing spot just below the McCarthy Road bridge. Salmon Point had treated me well the past few years. I had been able to catch my Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Dip netting in the Copper River

Kodiak: Pink Harvest Expected to be 13-Million Below Projection

Aug 24, 2011 Jay Barrett/KMXT             It's been a strange year for the pink salmon fishery around Kodiak Island. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Management Biologist James Jackson, the fishery has been a different story depending on which side of the island you look at... Audio >>

Ketchikan: Mariculture research facility set to open next month

KETCHIKAN, ALASKA (2011-08-25) Work is wrapping up on a new OceansAlaska mariculture research and training facility in George Inlet. The non-profit organization is hoping the new center and additional staff will provide the necessary support to expand the region’s fledgling mariculture industry. Audio >>