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Wood River Bridge Update 02/16/12
Construction on the first ever bridge across the Wood River is currently scheduled to get started in the summer of 2013. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (7:53) Audio >

APICDA to expand False Pass, Atka plants
The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association is planning major expansions of its False Pass and Atka processing plants.Larry Cotter, chief executive of Juneau-based APICDA, offered details of the expansions in a talk Friday at the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference annual meeting in Anchorage. APICDA is one of Alaska's six community development quota companies. Under the CDQ program, these companies hold lucrative Bering Sea fishing rights, proceeds from which are..

West Behm herring on board agenda
By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer Proposed changes to commercial herring sac roe fishery management in West Behm Canal are among the many topics on the agenda when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets beginning Friday in Ketchikan. Read more... (password req.)

Alert level goes up for Kanaga Volcano
Information gathered from several sources indicates Kanaga Volcano is about to erupt. Volcanic tremor was detected on the mountain's local seismic network around 6:20 am Saturday. Satellite photos shortly after show what is most likely a small ash plume of unknown altitude about 39 km (24 miles) NE of the volcano. The Alaska Volcano Observatory has raised the alert level to Advisory and the aviation color code to Yellow......

RFP for 2012 PWS Ice Barge Program
The CR/PWS Marketing Association (CRPWSMA) is soliciting bids to contract a vessel and crew for the 2012 PWS Ice Barge Program. This will be the fourth year of the program.
Contract requirements include:
Provide vessel, crew and related support services for a minimum 40-day contract period (Approx June 10-July 20)
Serve as an ice staging platform in PWS..

Federal budget mixed bag for commercial fisheries
Laine Welch
Published: February 18th, 2012 10:59 PM
Last Modified: February 18th, 2012 11:32 PM
The federal budget provides a mixed bag for commercial fisheries in the coming fiscal year.... Based on the preliminary budget released last week, funds for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration went from $4.7 billion to $5.5 billion, an increase of about $750 million.....

Sitka scientist wins ocean leadership award
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
February 18, 2012 6:00 am
A scientist in Sitka will be honored for her work tonight in Anchorage. Jan Straley will receive an Ocean Leadership Award from the Alaska SeaLife Center. The honor is given out annually to people who have made “significant contributions to awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources.”....

FisherPoets Gathering
15th FisherPoets Gathering:  Feb. 24, 25 & 26, 2012
Hope you can join in!
The FisherPoets Gathering has become an Astoria tradition, bringing men and women tied to the fishing industry together to share original poems, stories, songs, memoirs, essays and art in celebration of the work, its people and their concerns.....

Satellites Track Health of Seal, Penguin Populations in Antarctica
Source: The Antarctic SunPosted Saturday, February 18, 2012
A satellite image shows chinstrap penguin colonies at Baily Head, Deception Island, in 2003. The white patches are the colonies. Researchers are using high-resolution imagery shot from satellites to find, count and assess the population health of penguin and seal colonies around the Antarctic. Photo Credit: (c)DigitalGlobe Inc.; Image provided by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Commercial Imagery Program...

Months later, Arctic ring seal deaths leave scientists flummoxed
Alex DeMarban | Feb 17, 2012
Radiation does not appear to be causing the mysterious affliction that has sickened and killed scores of Arctic ringed seals. Preliminary tests of a few tissue samples of healthy and sick seals show no evidence of radiation exposure, said the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in a press release issued Friday. Walrus, some of which have been spotted with the unusual lesions on their skin, are also being tested. "At this point, scientists do not believe that radiation is a primary factor in this unusual mortality event or that radiation is causing the symptoms and....

Obama Cuts Weather Satellites for Defense…But Not For Commerce
by Ben Shapiro

F-16 meeting draws hundreds in Fairbanks
by Jeff Richardson
Feb 18, 2012
FAIRBANKS—The proposed relocation of Eielson Air Force Base’s F-16 fighter plane squadron to Anchorage was strongly criticized at a community meeting today by Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, who both said not enough scrutiny has been given to the economic and strategic implications of the move. Begich and Murkowski spent nearly 90 minutes discussing the subject at a Carlson Center conference room, where about 300 people had gathered. It followed a closed morning meeting in Fairbanks between local officials and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz on the issue.....

Opinion: Alaska Intrastate Gas: Pretty Pictures Don't Tell the Whole Story
Posted 02/19/2012
by Mary Anne Bishop - for the Cordova Times
If you can’t judge a book by its cover, Cordovans might not want to judge Alaska Intrastate Gas Company by the flyer it mailed out. So, why not instead consider the facts and then judge AIGCO?
Who is AIGCO?
#AIGCO stands for Alaska Intrastate Gas Company, a 26-year-old privately-owned company with certificates to provide propane-air, natural gas, or manufactured gas public utility service to 18 communities in Alaska including Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Petersburg, Valdez, Kodiak, Seward and Cordova.
What communities does AIGCO currently provide propane, natural gas, or manufactured gas service to?
None. They have...

Undercover boat purchased with Fishermen Fines used for Pleasure
A luxury undercover boat purchased with fines collected from fishermen was used by federal fishery police to visit dockside restaurants with friends and for high-speed "pleasure cruising," according to documents released. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bought the 35-foot boat for about $300,000, so its law enforcement officers could covertly monitor whether whale watch boats in Washington’s Puget Sound were harassing the animals.... #NOAA

Alaska's 'weight watchers' make sure you get what you pay for
Ben Anderson | Feb 16, 2012
For those who don’t think government employees work hard enough, consider this: the State of Alaska’s Division of Measurement Standards and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (MSCVE) -- a division of the Department of Transportation -- has 10 weights and measures inspectors. Between Oct. 10, 2010 and Sept 30, 2011, those 10 inspectors examined 18,717 devices -- everything from huge commercial gas pumps to the deli scale that the employees at Fred Meyer weigh your cold cuts on -- for accuracy.....

Retailers Shut Facebook Storefonts Amid Apathy
By Ashley Lutz - Feb 16, 2012 8:00 PM GMT-0900
Last April, Gamestop Corp. (GME) opened a store on #Facebook to generate sales among the 3.5 million-plus customers who’d declared themselves “fans” of the video game retailer. Six months later, the store was quietly shuttered....

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