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Welders accidentally started fire on dry-docked Alaska ferry
Associated Press
Published: February 20th, 2012 12:39 PM
Last Modified: February 20th, 2012 12:39 PM
KETCHIKAN -- An investigation report by the Ketchikan Fire Department says welding accidentally caused a recent fire on the Alaska state ferry Malaspina....

APICDA to Expand Seafood Processing Facilities in False Pass and Atka 02/20/12
The CEO of the Community Development Quota organization for the Aleutian Islands Region confirms a major expansion at seafood processing plants in False Pass and Atka. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:51)...

The Pebble Mine Could Enter Permitting Within the Next 16-Months 02/19/12
The controversial Pebble Mine could go into permitting sometime in the next 16-months. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.... (5:46)...

Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Update from the EPA 02/19/12
The concerns raised about a large open pit mine in the Bristol Bay region has prompted the E-P-A to put together a watershed assessment for the region. That assessment is not yet done but the E-P-A has just issued an update on the process. KDLG's Mike Mason looked it over and filed this report. (1:22) .....

Icicle Seafoods gift extends throughout the UA system
Posted: February 19, 2012 - 12:04am
The University of Alaska Foundation today announced a $300,000 gift from Icicle Seafoods Inc. for scholarships, student aid, research and technology programs throughout the UA System. The many programs benefitting from the gift include rural campuses and the communities they serve, as well as opportunities for both secondary and post-secondary students. This is the latest in a string of generous gifts to the university that brings Icicle’s total donations to UA over the past five years to a remarkable $1.1 million. “Through its consistent and generous donations, Icicle is providing the university a tremendous opportunity to bolster student scholarships and integrate more technology into the classroom; provide more research about Alaska fisheries and seafood markets; and expand marine science...

Salmon future looks fine, Icicle manager says
John Woodruff, vice president of operations for #Icicle Seafoods Inc., was another speaker Friday at the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference meeting. And he had plenty to say. Seattle-based Icicle is one of the largest seafood processors operating in Alaska. In fact, Woodruff ranks his company third among shoreside operators behind Trident and Maruha Nichiro. "I'm a fish buyer," Woodruff began his talk. He oversees production at Icicle's Petersburg, Seward, Larsen Bay and Egegik plants, and spends a good part of his days talking directly with commercial fishermen. Icicle also has floating processors, including the Northern Victor, a.....

Panel finds little danger from tsunami debris
Posted: February 20, 2012 - 12:02am
Dr. Ward Hurlburt, director of the Alaska Division of Public Health, speaks at a tsunami debris panel discussion organized by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski...

Caught in troubled waters
Firm’s genetically engineered salmon facing fierce opposition
By Adrianne Appel
Globe Correspondent / February 20, 2012
AquaBounty Technologies, a Waltham company that has created a genetically engineered Atlantic salmon, is treading water while it waits for the Food and Drug Administration to decide whether it can sell its fast-growing fish to the public. The already lengthy federal approval process has grown longer and more complicated in the face of strong opposition to the AquAdvantage salmon, the nation’s first genetically engineered food fish, by environmental groups, consumer advocates, and some lawmakers. But these efforts are shortsighted, said the company’s president and chief executive, Ronald L. Stotish. “If anti-[genetically engineered] food activists succeed, the unintended consequence is that we will still one day be eating [genetically engineered] animal food - it will be produced elsewhere,’’ he said in a statement. #AquaBounty is also facing the challenge of shaky...

Coastal management bill introduced in state House
by Casey Kelly
February 17, 2012 11:50 am
A bill re-establishing an Alaska Coastal Management Program has been introduced in the state House of Representatives. House Bill 325 is largely the same as a citizen’s initiative on track for a statewide vote later this year. Lawmakers can pre-empt the measure by passing substantially similar legislation. The bill was introduced by seven members of the House Majority caucus, including Kodiak Republican and Majority Leader Alan Austerman as primary sponsor. Austerman could not be reached for comment this afternoon (Friday). Minority Leader, Juneau Democrat Beth Kerttula signed on as a co-sponsor as soon as the bill was introduced. “For me, it’s maintaining people’s ability to be part of the process and for Alaskans to be able to have the right to speak up against federal government on its... ... More >

Umiat, Tanana road plans raise ire of Arctic senators
Sen. Stedman calls for speedy start to SE roads-to-resources construction projects
Posted: February 19, 2012 - 12:11am
Juneau’s three-mile section of road leading to the resources of Cascade Point and Berners Bay is fairly small compared other potential Roads to Resources projects. Department of Transportation and [filtered word] Facilities Deputy Commissioner Patrick Kemp focused his testimony to the Senate Finance Committee, Friday, on the agency’s larger roads-to-resources projects. Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, asked Kemp to take a look at some of these smaller projects also, in the $10 million to $20 million range like access to Bokan Mountain’s Rare Earth minerals, the Niblack Mine on Prince of Wales Island, the Katlain Quarry and access to Cascade Point by...

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Possible Conflict Of Interest In ABC's Exclusive Access To Apple Chinese Supply Chain
In January, the New York Times published a controversial and troubling report about working conditions in Chinese FoxConn factories where Apple products are manufactured. Beneath the smooth exterior of the iPads and...

Internet again disrupted in Iran ahead of election
TEHRAN | Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:45am EST
(Reuters) - Iranians faced a second and more extensive disruption of Internet access Monday, just a week after email and social networking sites were blocked, raising concerns about state censorship ahead of parliamentary elections.....

State sovereignty challenge at root of Yukon River hovercraft case
Craig Medred | Feb 19, 2012
A federal magistrate might have rejected arguments the state of Alaska -- not the federal government -- holds sway over the Yukon River within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve north of Fairbanks, but U.S. District Court Judge Russell Holland says he's willing to listen. Holland on Feb. 14 issued an order recognizing Alaska's interest in a case challenging federal authority over state-owned navigable rivers and submerged lands. The case hinges on whether state or federal officials get to say who does what on the navigable waters within the Yukon-Charley, and the state believes it has the ideal test case in the form of a former state forester who owns a hovercraft. John Sturgeon has been using that boat to hunt moose in the Interior Alaska preserve for years. The National Park Service, however, says it wants him out of Yukon-Charley because hovercraft, for reasons that remain unclear, are not allowed in national parks. Who allows what on...

Why LightSquared failed: It was science, not politics
By Jon Brodkin | Published about 19 hours ago #GPS
The seeds of #LightSquared's failure to win government clearance to build a 4G-LTE network can, ironically, be found in the "approval" the company received just 13 months ago. In January 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was clearly getting a positive vibe from LightSquared's plan to build an open-access network using both satellites and cell towers. The conditional approval issued by the agency stressed the positives of LightSquared's plan, noting that "if LightSquared successfully deploys its integrated satellite/terrestrial 4G network, it will be able to provide mobile broadband communications in areas where it is difficult or impossible to provide coverage by terrestrial base stations (such as in remote or rural areas and non-coastal maritime regions), as well as at times when coverage may be unavailable from terrestrial-based networks (such as during natural disasters)."....

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