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#RadioChatter #04-10-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Former judge likely to keep his Alaska Board of Fisheries seat
Residency doesn't derail last fish board hearing.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: April 9th, 2012 10:26 PM
Last Modified: April 10th, 2012 07:21 AM
JUNEAU -- Retired Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone's reappointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries advanced through his last confirmation hearing Monday with questions about his residency still an issue but apparently not serious enough to cause much trouble. Johnstone acknowledged collecting a travel allowance and having his hotel bill paid by the state during Fish Board meetings in Anchorage -- even though it's his official residence.....

Largest ice-seal count ever about to begin in Arctic
Alex DeMarban | Apr 09, 2012
An international count to estimate the number of ice seals in the Bering Sea region begins this week, with researchers from Russia and the US planning to fly 30,000 square miles and use thermal imagery to pinpoint warm seals on the ice pack.... // Direct tube >

The Largest Campaign in Dillingham History? 04/09/12
The largest most professional campaign in the history of Dillingham has been geared toward defeating a long discussed annexation effort by the city. The vote is Tuesday. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:17)...

Annexation Opponent Presents His Side to Staff with the Dillingham City School District 04/09/12
One of the final public events related to the Dillingham annexation election was held Friday afternoon. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (5:53)....

Alaska's ghostly maritime past
Ben Anderson | Apr 08, 2012
After a brief debate over what to do with the derelict fishing vessel Ryou-Un Maru, an unoccupied ghost ship that drifted over to U.S. and Canadian waters after being dislodged by last year’s tsunami in Japan, the Coast Guard decided sinking it would pose the least risk to other vessels in the shipping route. Ryou-Un Maru joins a host of other vessels sitting at bottom of the sea in Southeast Alaska, some of which have been explored, others not. How many of those might have also been ghost ships like the Ryou-Un Maru isn't immediately clear, nor is it clear exactly how common such unmanned vessels are....

Major salmon season ahead for west coast fishermen
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 02:20 (GMT + 9)
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has determined a set of ocean salmon seasons providing commercial opportunities coastwide. California and Oregon fishers especially will benefit from higher-than‐usual salmon returns in the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers this year. The recommendation will be sent to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for approval by 1 May.....

Originally published Monday, April 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM
Beyond the 'spill' — finding the next step for Northwest salmon and people
Spring brings hope to Northwest salmon, first in the form of spill and then in the possibility of a new, lawful recovery plan, writes Port Angeles fisherman Ron Richards.
By Ron Richards
Special to The Times
SPRING brings welcome changes in Washington state. Temperatures slowly rise. The clouds eventually give way to the sun. The most eager among us have ordered more seeds than our gardens — or busy schedules — can support. And soon, a first trickle of salmon will swim into our coastal waters — stirring fishermen to clean boats and gather gear in anticipation of the coming season. In addition — thanks to the dogged efforts of fishermen, tribal people, conservationists and the state of Oregon — we will also enjoy year No. 7 "spilling" water over federal dams in the Columbia Basin. By allowing water over dams during their....

Mobile Card-Processing Machines for Marketers on the Road
Published: April 9, 2012
People do not carry as much cash as they once did, relying instead on debit and credit cards for even a cup of coffee. But until recently, entrepreneurs, trade show exhibitors and other small-business people who sell products on the road had to lug around a bulky machine and a stack of paper slips to process the cards, or risk losing business....

Could Whale-Loving Marine Biologist Go to Prison? (video)
4/9/2012 10:30:00 PM
Thanks to a far-reaching federal statute, marine biologist and orca expert Nancy Black is facing a potential 20-year prison sentence for her work. Clare Major reports from Monterey, Calif....

AT&T purportedly unlocks in-contract iPhones for deployed military personnel
By Zachary Lutz  posted Apr 10th 2012 3:02AM...

UK Residents Dig Their Own 51 Mile Fiber Trench
Tired of Waiting on BT's Fiber to the Press Release
by Karl Bode 116 minutes ago....

All your tabs, accessible everywhere
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | 8:00 AM
Imagine you’ve looked up directions to a cool new restaurant on your home computer. Later, when you’re leaving work, you realize you can’t quite remember how to get there. If only you could quickly pull up the same directions on your office computer with one click! Well, with the latest Chrome Beta, you can. When you’re signed in to Chrome, the tabs you have open on one device are available on all your other devices—just click the “Other devices” menu on the New Tab page....