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Google+ On Air with the Black Eyed Peas (Live)

The web is changing in a big way. Watch 9 others in a Google+ Hangout interact with the stars online now.. HG Labs.. h/t wil.i.am @Google+ https://plus.google.com/109351399938437494273/posts

NPR National: Proposed Alaska Mine Faces Fierce Opposition

Link >> http://www.npr.org/2011/09/29/140932799/proposed-alaska-mine-faces-fierce-opposition KDLG.. BBNC Running Film Contest, Giving Away Cameras 09/29/11 (Deadline to submit videos Oct 20, 2011.. HG) The Bristol Bay Native Corporation is running a video contest. It’s called,‘Day in our Bay’. They’re giving away video cameras and teaching people how to use them. KDLG's Daysha Eaton explains. (3:53) .... Audio >> http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1495 Opinions about the Save Our Salmon Initiative 09/29/1 Several prominent Alaskans and mining experts have been using the media in recent days to make their opinions known about the proposed Pebble Mine and the “Save our Salmon” initiative that will be before voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough next month. KDLG’s spoke with a couple authors of recent opinion pieces for this report. (4:22) Audio >> http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1497

Groups sue to block Arctic offshore drilling / Wikileaks: Major UN Climate Programme ‘Basically A Farce’

EngineRoom powered by Cat - professionalmariner.com By DAN JOLING The Associated Press Published: September 29th, 2011 05:34 PM Last Modified: September 29th, 2011 05:34 PM More than a dozen Alaska Native and environmental organizations sued Thursday to block offshore oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast. The groups filed the legal challenge with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking an order reversing federal approval of Shell Oil's exploration drilling plan in August. Earthjustice attorney Holly Harris asserted in a news teleconference that Shell didn't have a credible plan to clean up an Arctic Ocean oil spill, long a contention of environmental and Native organizations. Allowing drilling under that circumstance is insulting and irresponsible, she said. But Shell has long contended that the chance of a spill during........ ..................... Shell Alaska has said it has spent upward of $4 billion on leases and developmen

Prince of Wales Island: Road, line work starts at Reynolds Creek hydroproject #RareEarth #mobile #hardware

Ed Schoenfeld JUNEAU, ALASKA (2011-09-29) Haida Energy is starting to build Prince of Wales Island’s next hydropower plant. But it still needs more funding. The Reynolds Creek hydroproject has long been a dream of the Haida village Native corporation, based in Hydaburg. Project manager Corry Hildenbrand says that dream is close to becoming reality. “We are on the ground. Durrett Construction is moving in with their barge. We awarded early in September. And we’ve got 9 to 11 weeks of work, so hopefully the weather will.... Audio/Text >> http://kstk.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=2023 In the orb.....  (10 miles away)  #RareEarth #mobile #hardware http://www.blog.haulinggear.com/2011/09/bokan-part-2-se-alaska-rare-earth-mine.html Further North.. Plans for Susitna dam are moving fast, but better alternatives exist Richard Leo | Sep 29, 2011 Of course outrage is natural when the truth finally sinks in. A dam as stupefyin

Sealaska strategy helps it get through recession

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce October 2011 Like most Alaska Native regional corporations, Sealaska Corp. of Juneau has navigated the recession with a successful strategy of business diversification, but there are major uncertainties out there. The economic recovery is weak, which has caused slower growth than expected in some Sealaska businesses, Sealaska President and CEO Chris McNeil says. While that has been offset by stronger growth in Sealaska’s business with government agencies, possible federal budget cuts may have a dampening effect this next year. Meanwhile, Sealaska is still tied into one market that is strong. Demand for timber in Asia is still growing and this has allowed Sealaska Timber Corp. to maintain steady harvests from Southeast Alaska forestlands owned by the corporation, McNeil said. Timber harvesting has been a core business for Sealaska since 1980, and Sealaska Timber currently employs about 400. Legislation now pending in Congress would allow Sealas

Juneau: Students get hooked on salmon

Posted: September 29, 2011 - 12:07am By Sarah Day JUNEAU EMPIRE Students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School are digging deep into learning about salmon, from guts to growth. Science teachers and cultural specialists formed a large unit on salmon — from traditional science to cultural importance. About 90 students on Tuesday and Wednesday listened to Tlingit elder John Martin Sr., share stories and history of the importance of salmon and respecting all living things. Martin first went through the different names of the salmon species and body parts in Tlingit with the students. "Your tongue is not going to get stuck when you pronounce Tlingit words," Martin said. "We respect all living things and all living things have spirits. To me, when we say these species of salmon, don’t be afraid that you’re going to offend the salmon species." For example, the cheek is called a w’ashi. The scales are called a kageigí. Martin told the story of the salmon boy. It told........

Feds help GMO salmon swim upstream

evolution.berkeley.edu 29 Sep 2011 7:45 AM AquaBounty Technology's genetically modified salmon just got a hefty financial boost from the USDA: On Monday, the agency awarded the Massachusetts-based company $494,000 to study technologies that would render the genetically tweaked fish sterile. This would reduce the likelihood they could reproduce with wild salmon, should any escape into the wild -- a scenario that has many environmentalists concerned. The Atlantic salmon, which is branded with the name AquAdvantage, has been genetically altered with a growth-hormone gene from a Chinook salmon and a "genetic on-switch" gene from an ocean pout that will allow the fish to grow all year round, reaching market size much faster than traditional salmon..... http://www.grist.org/food/2011-09-29-feds-help-gmo-salmon-swim-upstream

Kenai Peninsula: 18 percent of residents experience food insecurity?

By Lindsay Johnson Staff writer Story last updated at 5:49 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Do you eat fish? If you do, where do you get it? Do you get it as often as you want to? Can you afford it? Soon, if they haven't already,1,500 Kenai Peninsula residences will receive a post card from the University of Alaska Fairbanks asking them to answer six questions like these as part of a new study about food security on the Kenai Peninsula. The study is the project of Hannah Harrison, a Homer-grown UAF grad student working with research professors Phil Loring and Craig Gerlach. The questions they're asking in this study are specifically aimed at identifying local use of seafood with an emphasis on salmon. The researchers use the United Nations definition of food security, which Harrison summarizes as "Can you get food that's safe to eat, that's nutritious.............. ............ Overall, Alaska has much higher food insecurity rate than rest of Unite

Small Spill Contained in Dutch Harbor

6:09pm Thu September 29, 2011 By Alexandra Gutierrez (Ship Spotting) A cargo vessel spilled a small amount of fuel oil into Dutch Harbor on Wednesday. The Nelson Star was moored at the Unalaska City Dock when it.. http://kucb.org/post/small-spill-contained-dutch-harbor

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

Sep 29 2011 Coming up this week, we're focusing on one story: the events leading up to the downfall of Senator Lisa Murkowski's fisheries aide, Arne Fuglvog. We air an expanded version of the report by Libby Casey that aired on APRN earlier in the week. Audio >> http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3178&Itemid=2#JOSC_TOP

Season Summary for the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District

09/29/11 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued their summary of the 2011 sockeye salmon season in Bristol Bay. The summary confirms that the actual run was 21 percent below the preseason forecast. That percentage was 27-percent in the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the Area Management Biologist for the District and filed this report. (7:03) Audio >> http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1496

Red Tape 1991: News-Miner - Look at regulations Young’s bill won’t pass but it gets one’s attention

Sep 29, 2011 Editorial As expected, there’s much gnashing of teeth about Rep. Don Young’s forthcoming bill to negate all federal regulations of the past 20 years. It’s entirely likely the congressman doesn’t actually think his bill will become law. The divided control of Congress and a president of the opposing party immediately come to mind as reasons why. No, it’s likely Rep. Young’s regulation rollback idea is meant simply to fuel the debate about Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Look at regulations Young’s bill won’t pass but it gets one’s attention..... http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/15844265/article-Look-at-regulations--Young%E2%80%99s-bill-won%E2%80%99t-pass--but-it-gets-one%E2%80%99s-attention- Archive...   http://www.blog.haulinggear.com/2011/09/paper-to-politico-alaska-rep-young-roll.html

Blaze slams Akutan strip - Forget the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ — This is Alaska’s $64 Million ‘Runway for No One’

Forget the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ — This is Alaska’s $64 Million ‘Runway for No One’ from The Blaze - Stories Posted on September 29, 2011 at 10:36am by Jonathon M. Seidl Almost everyone has heard about Alaska’s now infamous “ bridge to nowhere ” — the $400 million project mocked as a model of government waste that was supposed to connect Ketchikan to its airport on the sparsely-populated Gravina Island. Well now it has a rival, again in Alaska, called the “ runway for no one .” In short, officials are spending $64 million on a runway on an uninhabited island between the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean. In fact, in order to get to and from the runway, nearby residents of Akutan will have to take a helicopter or a hovercraft — a mode of transportation that could be problematic in the rough waters. The projected hovercraft route. (Graphic: CNN and the Alaska Dept. of Transportation) The Alaska Dispatch reports :        By next winter the small village in... http://ww

Halibut catch share plan going down?

Deckboss > http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2011/09/is-halibut-catch-sharing-plan.html NOAA via Begich Further Review Announced for Halibut Catch Sharing Plan September 28, 2011 Wednesday PM (SitNews) - After conducting a preliminary review of thousands of public comments received on the proposed rule to implement a halibut catch sharing plan (CSP) in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska, NOAA Fisheries has announced a delay in the implementation of the plan. According to the announcement by NOAA Fisheries, the public comment process elicited comments that raised a number of policy and technical issues which may require additional input from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council before NOAA Fisheries can proceed to a final rule. Specifically, numerous commenters raised concerns about: 1. the evaluation of the management implications at lower levels of abundance; 2. economic impacts of the CSP under all levels of potential combined catch levels; and 3. methods for calcul

Pebble Mine foe puts up $415,000 to fight project / National Enquirer: EXCLUSIVE! SARAH PALIN DOUBLE-CROSS

GILLAM: Businessman is sole source of funds behind initiative aimed at stopping prospect. By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Published: September 28th, 2011 09:33 PM Last Modified: September 28th, 2011 09:34 PM JUNEAU -- An Anchorage businessman is bankrolling an initiative aimed at stopping the Pebble mine. Records filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission show Robert Gillam was the sole contributor to Alaskans for Bristol Bay-Vote Yes on the Save Our Salmon Initiative. Records show Gillam contributed $415,000 from Feb. 2 to Sept. 24. Pebble Limited Partnership, which is..... http://www.adn.com/2011/09/28/2093713/businessman-is-sole-financial.html EXCLUSIVE! SARAH PALIN DOUBLE-CROSS Published on: September 29, 2011 By ALEXANDER HITCHEN, NATIONAL ENQUIRER ..... “Sarah double-crossed us,” he says. “When she was governor, Sarah told me on more than one occasion her daughter Bristol was named after Bristol Bay and she would never do anything to hurt the area, especially since she had

North Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting Kicks Off in Unalaska

Image via Wikipedia 4:27pm Wed September 28, 2011 While bycatch of halibut in the Gulf of Alaska and the rebuilding of the Pribilof Islands' king crab stock are the biggest issues at the meeting, the status of Steller sea lion management received some discussion this morning. KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez has more. Audio >> http://kucb.org/post/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-meeting-kicks-unalaska

Homer wants FEMA to explain flooding map

Image via Wikipedia According to new FEMA maps, more of the Spit is under threat of flooding; city has asked for explanation of expansion By Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune A worrisome problem is arising at the tip of the Homer Spit in a new flood plain designation under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA maps changed boundaries to show increased vulnerability if a severe storm washed ashore. According to the new FEMA maps, Fish Dock Road and the beach on the Mud Bay side of the harbor are part of the flood zone. Curiously, Land’s End Resort vulnerability is decreased in the map changes. And the boardwalk businesses were unchanged, said Homer City Planner, Rick Abboud, in a work session presentation to the Homer City Council Monday. The area in greater question of flooding is on the less-windblown leeward side of the Spit. According to the new designation, floods could impact the new deep water dock design and potential new businesses at work there. “The amount of un

Tanana River bridge gets 21-shovel salute

by Jeff Richardson SALCHA — Twenty-one ceremonial shovels were wielded at the groundbreaking for the Tanana River bridge, which said something about both the profile of the project and the anticipation behind Wednesday’s event. After nearly a decade of planning, regulatory hurdles and funding headaches, more than 100 dignitaries and spectators arrived to formally celebrate the arrival of the $190 million bridge along a secluded stretch of the river in Salcha. “This is a great day,” Rep. Don Young said. “We’re finally going to build a bridge to somewhere.” The new bridge will span a 3,300-foot section of the Tanana River, marking the first phase of a four-phase project that planners hope will eventually bring a new rail line to Delta Junction. Planning for the project began in 2002, and federal funding for environmental studies of the site began in 2004. Funding challenges and lengthy environmental reviews kept it on hold until this year, when the state supplied $44 million ne

Treadwell: Russia eyes Arctic -- What about D.C.? / Iceland plows fwd with zero-carbon datacenter

COMPASS: Other points of view By LT. GOV. MEAD TREADWELL Published: September 28th, 2011 06:55 PM Last Modified: September 28th, 2011 06:55 PM Russia's leaders called an Arctic neighborhood meeting last week to make one thing clear: They see opportunities posed by global demand for Arctic resources, receding sea ice, and the North's strategic location. They're ready to pounce. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, chair of the Russian Geographical Society, summoned a bevy of Arctic hands to Arkhangelsk to tell us this: • Russia intends to make the Northern Sea Route, which passes Alaska's front door, as important to global shipping and commerce as the Suez Canal. Major tanker loads of oil products, gas condensate and mineral ores have come our way already. • Russia, heavily dependent on oil and gas exports, intends to sell in Asia as well as.... http://www.adn.com/2011/09/28/2094056/russia-eyes-arctic-what-about.html In the orb...... Iceland moves forward wit

Juneau: DIPAC expanding facilities

Posted: September 28, 2011 - 4:42pm  |  Updated: September 29, 2011 - 12:06am By Jonathan Grass Juneau Empire Douglas Island Pink and Chum has begun a two-phase expansion. The hatchery has just broken ground on constructing its new storage warehouse, a project that could be completed by late winter to early spring. Director of Operations Rick Focht said this will..... http://juneauempire.com/local/2011-09-28/dipac-expanding-facilities

Can Alaska Fish and Game make room for salmon in pike habitat?

Image via Wikipedia Craig Medred | Sep 28, 2011 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has engaged an unwinnable war against northern pike in the still-wild Susitna Valley, but the commander in charge believes the conflict could be worth the three-quarter million dollar cost. The battle focuses on remote Alexander Creek, 30 miles northwest of Anchorage, where a half- dozen fishing lodges once flourished. Most have struggled and died since the middle of the last decade when pike that had long lived in the headwaters of the creek moved downstream to decimate the king salmon fishery by feasting on young salmon. "All the way up to 2004, we had pretty good, healthy runs of chinooks (kings) in that system," said biologist Dave Rutz. "We had pike throughout the system then, but they weren't in very big numbers." Why the creek's pike population exploded after 2004 is unclear. A winding, slow-moving tributary to the lower Susitna River, much of Alexander Creek has al

Alaska Airlines Execs Field Suggestions from Bethel Residents

Image via Wikipedia By Shane Iverson, KYUK - Bethel | September 26, 2011 An entourage of Alaska Airlines executives and upper managers were in Bethel as part of a rural tour to learn more about the customers in their back yard.  Participants at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce meeting told the airline officials what they liked, and didn’t like, about flying with the airline. The trip took place last month, but some of the changes they discussed could be seen in the future. Audio >> http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/09/26/alaska-airlines-execs-field-suggestions-from-bethel-residents/

Sackton: Fall Fishery Outlook for Alaska, New England

Uploaded September 26, 2011 We discuss the fall out look in Alaska - king crab down snow crab up and the results of the NMF bottom trawl survey. In New England we preview some of the issues before the council on herring and a review of catch shares. Video >> http://www.viddler.com/explore/UrnerBarryTV/videos/745/

Heavy weapons allowed in tuna fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean

SPAIN Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 23:40 (GMT + 9) In order to combat pirates’ action in the Indian Ocean, the Ministry of Defense of Spain authorized the use of large caliber weapons -- 12.70 mm -- in tuna vessels fishing in these waters. So far, the boats have been able to carry weapons of 7.62 millimetres, but the current ones are much more powerful and they are usually anchored using some kind of support. The measure was announced by Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, after meeting..... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=46378&ndb=1&df=0

NYT Bits: Should Google Tweak the News We Consume?

Image by Getty Images via @daylife September 29, 2011, 9:17 am ....... The question came up when Ted Koppel, the longtime broadcast journalist, complained that too much news was drivel, as reporters cover the Casey Anthony trial instead of life-and-death issues in Africa. People are being fed the news they want instead of the news they need because that makes news organizations money, he said. Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor at The New Yorker, then asked Mr. Koppel if Google should tweak its algorithm to deliver people the news they need instead of entertainment-as-news. “That wouldn’t be a bad idea,” Mr. Koppel said.............. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/should-google-tweak-the-news-we-consume/

Trident agrees to $2.5M pollution fine #Alaska

Image via Wikipedia By DAN JOLING Associated Press Published: September 28th, 2011 03:05 PM Last Modified: September 28th, 2011 03:06 PM A Seattle-based seafood company will pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated clean water law at processing plants in Alaska, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Trident Seafoods Corp. also agreed to invest more than $30 million in waste controls, including the construction of a plant to turn seafood waste into fish meal at Naknek at Alaska's Bristol Bay, home of the world's largest sockeye salmon run. The settlement addresses a perennial problem of what do to with fish heads, skin, guts and bones removed from Alaska's massive seafood industry, which accounts for half of all wild fish caught in the United States. Commercial fishermen in 2009 landed 1.8 million metric tons of fish in... http://www.adn.com/2011/09/28/2093472/seafood-processor-ag

Gore gives up .eco domain to Gorbachev / USCG conducts overflight of Russian ice camp (Video)

h/t @Drudge Al Gore gives way to Mikhail Gorbachev for control of .eco domain Gore's Climate Reality withdraws bid for new 'green' domain, leaving door open for Gorbachev-backed Big Room • Would you donate your Twitter or Facebook account to Al Gore? • Is Al Gore now a help or hindrance to the global warming cause?   Adam Vaughan guardian.co.uk , Wednesday 28 September 2011 08.27 EDT Former US vice president and climate change activist Al Gore. Photograph: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images A bid by an Al Gore -backed consortium to control a major new "green" web domain has been dropped, paving the way for a rival pitch by an organisation supported by Mikhail Gorbachev. The global power struggle, with echoes of the cold war, is over control of........ http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/28/al-gore-group-eco-domain ************************ Coast Guard cond

Akutan..... A runway to nowhere? / Russia redrawing the #Arctic. Literally

Will $77 million airport in remote Alaska prove inaccessible? Ben Anderson, Jill Burke | Sep 27, 2011 On a wind-battered, uninhabited island sandwiched between the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean, a $77 million airport project is taking shape. To get to or from the airport, forget about taking a shuttle bus or an underground train. At this remote outpost, helicopters and hovercrafts connect you to your flight. Alaska is known for its largesse. Congressional representatives like Rep. Don Young and the late Sen. Ted Stevens earned a reputation for funneling cash into state coffers, often as a way to modernize small communities located off the road system, connecting them by sea or air to the rest of the world.  The most famous -- or infamous -- of these was the so-called “bridge to nowhere,” a $398 million project that would have connected another island runway to the city it served, eliminating the need to rely on a ferry to move people on and off the island. Killed off by a hos

Kodiak: Local Seafood Scientist Presents Program at Dillingham Conference

Sep 27 2011 Jay Barrett/KMXT             The Arctic Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science met in Dillingham late last week. Among them was a Kodiak professor who gave a presentation on the seafood technology class for high schoolers that he is involved with.             Brian Himmelbloom is the associate professor of seafood microbiology at the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak....... Audio >> http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3168&Itemid=2

Natural Gas One Step Closer to Anchor Point

By Aaron Selbig, KBBI - Homer | September 26, 2011 Residents of Anchor Point are one step closer to connecting their homes to natural gas. At their meeting in Homer Tuesday night, members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to approve a USAD – or Utility Special Assessment District –to finance distribution lines throughout the town. Audio >> http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/09/26/natural-gas-one-step-closer-to-anchor-point/  View Larger Map

Alaska DEC issues recall for Seapak shrimp

Posted: September 27, 2011 - 6:04pm JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF REPORT thebaynet.com Rich Products Corp. has issued a recall for Seapak Breaded Butterfly Shrimp because the shrimp coating may contain whey — a milk allergen not declared on the label. The Department of Environmental Conservation has verified...... http://juneauempire.com/local/2011-09-27/dec-issues-recall-seapak-shrimp More >> SeaPak Breaded Butterfly Shrimp recalled for undeclared milk  http://pottsmerc.com/articles/2011/09/27/news/doc4e81b5eb68547761732096.txt In the orb....  Listeria outbreak in cantaloupes is deadliest in a decade http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/7921129-418/story.html

Coast Guard receives new special purpose craft in Kodiak / Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment completed

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak received a new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft — Training Boat on Sept. 20. The SPC-TB is permanently stationed at the ANT Kodiak for use in aids to navigation, training and search and rescue missions. The SPC-TB replaces the ANT's 41-foot Utility Boat with improvements in performance, crew efficiency and operational availability. The SPC-TB is the only one of its kind in the Coast Guard. It has been used as a training platform for Coast Guardsmen at boatswain’s mate class “A” school in Yorktown, Va., since September 2010. The students learn the basics of seamanship and boat handling. Media are invited to St. Paul Harbor in Kodiak Tuesday at 1 p.m. to view the boat and get underway in the harbor. Those interested should contact Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen at 907-487-5700 or 907-321-4505 by 9 a.m. Tuesday. The SPC-TB is a Metal Shark aluminum boat built in Jeanerette, La.  A second SPC-TB

Paper to Politico: Alaska Rep. Young: Roll the red tape back to 1991 / Google drops cloud computing lawsuit against BLM

Our man in Washington home in Alaska telling it like it is.. Plus, some tidbits on the latest in government efficiency etc..... HG Don Young: Roll back regs to 1991 By DAN BERMAN | 9/28/11 9:06 AM EDT If Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young has his way, all regulations from the past 20 years would vanish — just like that. Young said Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation this fall to repeal every federal regulation installed since 1991, the Anchorage Daily News reports. "My bill is very simple, I just null and void any regulations passed in the last 20 years," Young said at a speech at the Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club. "I picked 20 years ago because it crossed party lines and also we...... http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/64612.html ADN/AP/ Miami Alaska Rep. Young wants regulations rolled back to 1991 levels By Sean Cockerham The Anchorage Daily News Posted on Wednesday, 09.28.11 Alaska Rep. Don Young suggested Tuesday he plans to introduce a b

TacSat-4 launches on a Minotaur 4 rocket from Kodiak, Alaska (Youtube)

Uploaded by spaceflightnow on Sep 27, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/user/spaceflightnow A Minotaur 4 rocket lifts off at sunrise from Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, carrying the U.S. Navy's TacSat-4 experimental communications satellite. Liftoff occurred on time at 7:49 am local time (11:49 EDT).

BC: Role of fish farms in wild salmon infections poorly studied, Cohen panel told

mark hume VANCOUVER— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011 9:06PM EDT Last updated Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011 9:12PM EDT Senior officials from the Department of Fisheries have testified that one of the key questions facing the Cohen Commission – whether fish farms could have spread disease to wild salmon – has not been adequately researched. Gregory McDade, a lawyer representing two conservation groups and fish farm critic Alexandra Morton, hammered away on the topic during cross-examination this week, as he tried to get a panel of DFO witnesses to acknowledge the government hasn’t adequately researched one of the possible suspects in the 2009 collapse of the Fraser River sockeye run........ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-politics/role-of-fish-farms-in-wild-salmon-infections-poorly-studied-cohen-panel-told/article2182639/

Sackton: Seafood industry consolidation a fact of life

Uploaded September 28, 2011 The New England council is wrestling with the impacts of consolidation of the fleet in New England as the 2010 catch share program accelerated the trend. We look at the trade offs between market based approaches and more regulatory approaches to reduce consolidation and don't see any easy answers whether in New England Newfoundland or Alaska. Video >> http://www.viddler.com/explore/UrnerBarryTV/videos/749/

Ruling in Nunamta Aulukestai vs the State of Alaska Lawsuit (Victory for State & Pebble)

06/02/2011 A Superior Court Judge has handed down a ruling in a long running legal dispute related to exploration permits for the proposed Pebble Mine. The ruling is being hailed as a victory for the State and the Pebble Partnership. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. (8:15) Audio >> http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1489

APRN DC: Former Crew Members Attempted to Turn in Fuglvog

If you can't stream this today then bookmark it and make it happen later.Lots of news here.. HG By Libby Casey, APRN - Washington DC | September 26, 2011 When Senator Murkowski’s fisheries aide pulled out from consideration for an influential job in the Obama Administration two years ago, he said it was because the process was taking too long.  It turns out Arne Fuglvog was under investigation by the very agency he would have run. Fuglvog pleaded guilty last month to breaking commercial fishing law before joining Murkowki’s staff.  His admission shook the commercial fishing industry in Alaska, where Fuglvog had served on influential councils. Now, former crew members are coming forward saying they tried to turn Fuglvog in to authorities for years, and felt like they were ignored... Audio >> http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/09/26/former-crew-members-attempted-to-turn-in-fuglvog/ Direct .mp3 url > http://media.aprn.org/2011/ann-20110926-01.MP3 In the orb........ http

Alaska is proving to be an ideal place to develop a hydrokinetic power industry

The Alaskan way 27 September 2011 Alaska is proving to be an ideal place to develop a hydrokinetic power industry. Innovative technology ideas, strong interest from utilities and local communities, plus high energy costs are some of the reasons that look set to pave the way for Alaskan power development. Hydrokinetic energy is produced by placing a power-generating device (eg turbine, oscillating hydrofoil, or vortex induced vibration power-generating devices) directly in river, ocean or tidal currents. The amount of available hydrokinetic power that can be generated by such a device is the product of the water density and the cube of the current speed. Alaska is an attractive market for hydrokinetic power-generating device developers/users because of its high hydrokinetic resource potential, high energy costs (more than three times the US national average in rural areas), and state legislation that establishes a goal of reaching 50% renewable energy generation by 2025. Many o

Congress Losing Enthusiasm for Defense Green-Energy Projects

9/25/201 Senate authorizers are turning a skeptical eye toward renewable energy projects that are funded in the Pentagon’s budget, said a senior congressional advisor. As military budgets flatten or decline in the coming years, members of Congress will be dissecting funding requests more thoroughly, and renewable energy programs may become increasingly tougher to justify, said Lucian Niemeyer, an advisor to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Neimeyer, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, has been working on energy issues for three years, and has seen a shift in how lawmakers view the benefits of military investments in clean energy, he told a group of military officers last week at the Air Force Association’s annual convention. “We understand that [the Defense Department’s] energy goals will require some investment, but we are also cognizant that in a time of declining budgets those investments need to be competed against other requirements for national securit

Atlas Being Revised After Publisher Overestimates Greenland’s Glacial Melt

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 1:11pm by Liz Klimas Liz Klimas Over the last couple weeks, climate scientists have been trying to get ice added back onto the map of Greenland in the latest version of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World. Glaciologists came out in force stating the publisher exaggerated the rate of glacial melt and that scientists were not consulted about the figures. (Image: Daily Mail) These glaciologists report that Greenland’s melt should be more like 0.1 percent as opposed to 15 percent from 1999 to 2011, which was stated in publisher’s news release. At first HarperCollins stood by the accuracy of its map. The Guardian reported the publisher as saying, “We are..... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/overestimating-global-warming-scientists-say-new-map-of-greenland-now-needs-more-ice/ In the orb..... Alaska Natives First to Feel the Heat Climate change may be a gradual thing, but the Yup'ik people of Alaska are already seeing the effects

Alaska Senate President Discusses the Pebble Mine

The President of the Alaska Senate has consistently preached caution in regards to the proposed Pebble Mine and he reiterated those words of caution again during a visit to Dillingham last week. KDLG’s Mike Mason sat down with Gary Stevens for this report. (8:34) Audio >> http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1486

Alaska Bycatch Study Will Provide Baseline for Future Measurements

Jay Barrett/KMXT             Late last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report outlining for the first time bycatch in the nation's fisheries. It was compiled from data collected in 2005, and will serve as a baseline for future bycatch reports.             Samantha Brooke was with the NOAA Office of Science and Technology when she worked on the report. She's now with the protected resources division of NOAA's Northwest Region in Seattle, where KMXT news reached her... Audio >> http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3163&Itemid=2

Togiak Spawn On Kelp Study

09/26/11 Last week’s Arctic Science Conference in Dillingham featured quite a few presentations about scientific projects conducted in the Bristol Bay region including one focused on harvesting herring spawn on kelp in the Togiak area. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. (3:26) Audio >> http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1488

Ketchikan to host shellfish events in October

SCOTT BOWLEN, Ketchikan Daily News Published 03:40 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2011 KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Alaska shellfish growers, harvesters, regulators and aficionados will be gathering in Ketchikan late in October for four days of meetings and educational opportunities, capped by the second annual Alaska Shellfish Festival up at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. "I think for anyone interested in aquaculture, it's going to be a real exciting time," said Rodger Painter, president of the Alaskan Shellfish Growers Association that has scheduled its annual meeting for Oct. 28-29 in Ketchikan. The series of shellfish-related events actually will start Oct. 26 with a meeting of the OceansAlaska Industry Advisory Committee. Based in Ketchikan, the OceansAlaska Marine Science Center recently took delivery of its new floating mariculture research, training and development facility that will be moored at its George Inlet site. The advisory committee will be working on sett

Hood River: After illness outbreak, FDA warns of oysters distributed in 23 states

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog September 26, 2011, 5:29 p.m. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday afternoon warned consumers not to eat oysters harvested from Washington state's Hood Canal Area 4 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19. The oysters are suspected of carrying vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, and are believed to be the cause of an outbreak of illness in as many as five consumers to date. The oysters that are subject to the warning have been distributed to 23 states and several countries. The states are Alaska, Arizona, California............ http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-fda-oyster-warning-20110926,0,2685972.story

Juneau voters to decide plastic bag tax

by The Associated Press Sep 26, 2011 JUNEAU, Alaska - Voters in Juneau next week will decide a 15-cent tax on plastic shopping bags. Proposition Number Five asks...... http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/15679595/article-Juneau-voters-to-decide-plastic-bag-tax-

Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan could change roads, ferries

Morris.com - A road without a bridge..  Ketchikan, Alaska Ed Schoenfeld JUNEAU, ALASKA (2011-09-25) Public meetings on Southeast Alaska transportation options begin Monday (Sept. 26). Some of the plans up for review would drastically change ferry service or increase road mileage in the region. Imagine a ferry system with no service to the Lower-48 or across the Gulf of Alaska. How about where vessels operate until they wear out and aren’t replaced? Or one with an expanded highway system connected with shuttle ferries but no mainliners. Those are among the six options proposed for the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan. They will be presented and discussed in about a dozen public meetings over the next month in the region’s main cities. Transportation Department Southeast Planning Chief Andy Hughes says it’s an important part of preparing for the future. "Some alternatives reduce existing excess vehicle deck capacity. Some increase reliance on roads over longer ferr

WP: Military spearheads clean-energy drive

somewhere at wordpress.com By Juliet Eilperin, Published: September 25 PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. — With the Navy’s Blue Angels and their F/A-18 Hornets arrayed in a neat line behind him, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that they would perform in the Labor Day Air Expo using a 50-50 mix of a plant-based biofuel and conventional fuel. “It’s part of our process to move to alternative energy all across the Navy,” Mabus told reporters gathered on the sun-baked runway before him on Sept. 1. “The main reason we’re moving toward alternative fuels in the Navy and the Marine Corps is to make us better war fighters.” ........... ................... The Defense Department has pledged to obtain 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. In doing so, it has provided a new target of opportunity for environmentalists and green businesses now that climate legislation has failed and renewable-energy subsidies have come under fire, most recently with the collapse of solar