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#RadioChatter Comfish News Roundup 02-04-2012

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Tech upgrade in Southwest on a roll
#TerraSW February 3rd 2:57 pm | Hannah Heimbuch ........ While the success of these initial connections in Bethel and now Dillingham are a major milestone in the project, that doesn't mean the network will be ready to link into area living rooms just yet. The portion of the project complete at this point is the "middle mile," said Johnsen. That's the super highway that brings the initial connection to the region — the one that health facilities and schools in #Bethel and #Dillingham are tapped into now. "Here in 2012, we'll be constructing the last mile," Johnsen said, "so.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1205tech_upgrade_in_southwest_on_a_roll

No more ER shots on Deadliest Catch
February 3rd 3:03 pm | Jim Paulin #DeadliestCatch
The Deadliest Catch's access to scenes of injured fishermen inside the local clinic has been cut off. The Iliuliuk Family and Health Services board of directors unanimously voted down a location release on Jan. 18 from Original Productions, the popular television show's producer. Before the vote was taken, clinic health care providers were asked by board chair Michelle Callaham how they felt about being rock stars and TV stars on the show that airs on the Discovery Channel featuring Bering Sea crab boats.
None spoke in favor. Rebecca Stroklund, a clinic physician, said a patient disregarded requests to stop video-recording with his small camera, and falsely claimed the footage was only for his personal use. She said clinic staff determined later... http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1205no_more_er_shots_on_deadliest_catch

Arctic Slope corp. buys Sitka’s McGraw construction firm
by Ed Ronco, KCAW #Sitka
February 3, 2012 6:59 pm
A regional Native corporation from Barrow is making inroads into Southeast Alaska. The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation purchased the business of McGraw Custom Construction, which has been in Sitka for 30 years. McGraw is a frequent bidder on public works projects in Sitka and communities across Southeast Alaska. Arctic Slope’s purchase of McGraw could be a sign of companies positioning themselves to benefit from Sitka’s ambitious public works agenda. Audio/Text > http://www.kcaw.org/2012/02/03/arctic-slope-corp-buys-sitka%E2%80%99s-mcgraw-construction-firm/

CDFU backs bill to lower loan amounts for fishing entry permits
Posted 02/03/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Cordova District Fishermen United in late January threw its support to legislation pending in the Alaska House of Representatives aimed at increasing the number of Alaskans holding limited entry fishing permits... http://thecordovatimes.com/article/1205cdfu_backs_bill_to_lower_loan_amounts_for

FV Kimberly Awaits Tow Off Beach
Feb 3 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The fishing vessel Kimberly is still hard aground on the Alaska Peninsula coast west of Kodiak Island. It washed ashore a week and a half ago in heavy icing conditions and winds reportedly gusting to 100 mph. All four crewmen had to spend the night on the beach as the storm prevented a Coast Guard helicopter from reaching them the night of... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3537

DNR's mission statement shift raises questions; 
Governor defends #ADF&G , & More...
By LAINE WELCH #FishFactor
February 04, 2012
Saturday AM
(SitNews) - Alaskans were surprised to learn (from the Anchorage Daily News’ Alaska Ear, of all places) that there is a new and very different mission statement posted by the Department of Natural Resources on the State of Alaska website.... http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/020412_fish_factor.html

Northern Waters Task Force Releases a Report to the Alaska Legislature 02/03/12
Back in 2010 the Alaska Legislature started the process of addressing the impacts of climate change in the Arctic by creating a special task-force. That task force has released their full report to the legislature. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (6:31) Audio > http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1704

Dillingham City Council Approves Raw Fish Tax Ordinance That Includes Tax Refund Provisions 02/03/12 The #Dillingham City Council approved an ordinance at their meeting this week that—- pending voter approval—- would put in place a 2.5-percent tax on all of the salmon harvested each summer in the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:20) Audio > http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1705

Grounded vessel Baranof back at work
February 3rd 2:50 pm | Jim Paulin
The Baranof has returned to the fishing grounds.
The Bering Sea crab catcher-processor grounded Jan. 9, at the Little South America Peninsula in #Unalaska. The 180-foot former Coast Guard buoy tender grounded at 9:39 a.m. and was pulled off the rocks by the tug James Dunlap at ... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1205grounded_vessel_baranof_back_at_work

Nushagak annexation vote set for April 10
February 3rd 3:07 pm | Carey Restino
#Dillingham voters will have a chance to give the proposed and approved annexation of the waters of the #Nushagak Commercial Salmon District the thumbs up or down on April 10 following the Local Boundary Commission's approval of the move in mid-December... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1205nushagak_annexation_vote_set_for_april_10

Some Commerce Department Employees Blocked From Internet for 10 Days Due to Virus http://bit.ly/y0andH #NOAA

BREAKING NEWS! KATH-HD now available on DirecTV across Southeast Alaska http://bit.ly/wCh1FT #SuperBowl #Alaska