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#RadioChatter #04-16-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Northwest Airlines Cargo, Boeing 747-251B(SF),...
Northwest Airlines Cargo, Boeing 747-251B(SF), N631NW. Taken from a view point near Anchorage International Airport, Alaska in January 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ignoring state pleas, feds will assess impact of Pebble on Bristol Bay
Margaret Bauman | The Cordova Times | Apr 15, 2012
Rebuked by Alaska for overstepping their authority, federal environmental officials are defending the legality of a large-scale Bristol Bay watershed assessment, a draft of which is due out in May. The report aims to understand of effects of large-scale development on water quality and fisheries.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/ignoring-state-pleas-feds-will-assess-impact-pebble-bristol-bay

Informational meeting set for salmon stock identification project
Posted 04/15/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is coordinating with the Western Alaska salmon Stock Identification Project, also known as WASSIP, to organize informational meetings in several regions in advance of reports to be released in September.... http://thecordovatimes.com/article/1215informational-meeting-set-for-salmon-stock

Coast Guard Plans Service For 2 Killed At Kodiak
By The Associated Press
5:39 p.m. AKDT, April 15, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)— A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the agency is planning a memorial service for two men shot on a base in Kodiak last week.... http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-coast-guard-plans-service-for-2-killed-at-kodiak-20120415,0,6087777.story

Originally published Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM
Don't sacrifice our maritime economy to poor transportation policy
With billions of dollars at stake from the construction of new commercial fishing boats, Seattle must pay attention to the needs of the freight community, whose access to the city's industrial neighborhoods will be curtailed by the new downtown tunnel, writes guest columnist Peter Philips.
By Peter Philips
Special to The Times
THE commercial fishing industry, which contributes more than $5 billion a year to Seattle's economy, is on the verge of a historic expansion. Thanks to high seafood prices, a change in federal law on the construction of new boats and advances in fish-factory design, the fishing fleet homeported in Seattle and plying the Bering Sea and distant waters is embarking on a quarter century of new vessel construction. These are big, expensive boats. Building them will create hundreds of high-paying jobs, but many of those jobs will not be here unless local government follows policies that accommodate this industry..... http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2017976995_guest16philips.html

Rural Alaska
A wacky Aleutian Islands winter by the numbers
Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Apr 15, 2012
The city road crew has been working a lot of overtime during this long, cold winter of much snow and ice, according to Nancy Peterson, the director of the Unalaska Department of Public Works. "Constant, almost every day our road crew has gotten called out to either plow, sand, or salt. It's been a long five months," Peterson said. Overtime pay for snow removal was budgeted at $50,000, but as of late last week the city had spent $78,000. Last year, the total overtime pay was just $30,000, she said.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/wacky-aleutian-islands-winter-numbers

Ruling delays southeast Alaska mine exploration
Posted: April 16, 2012 - 12:04am
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KETCHIKAN — Exploration work at a southeast Alaska mine is being delayed by a federal court ruling last month in a California lawsuit filed against the U.S. Forest Service. Hecla Greens Creek Mine is being held up in its plans to spend $4 million expanding known reserves on Admiralty Island and its exploration is one of about 600 projects across the nation affected by the lawsuit. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the lawsuit challenged 2003 regulations by the USFS that....... http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-04-16/ruling-delays-southeast-alaska-mine-exploration

Inupiat tribal leader wins prize for opposing offshore drilling
Cannon claims $150,000 award, continues fight to deny Shell Oil.
By LISA DEMER
Anchorage Daily News
Published: April 16th, 2012 12:56 AM
Last Modified: April 16th, 2012 12:56 AM
Her father was a Point Hope whaling captain. Her mother taught her how to butcher the bowhead and care for the meat. The family depended on the sea and land for so much.Caroline Cannon's lifelong connection to the Arctic Ocean pushed her to become one of the state's most vocal opponents of offshore oil drilling. Now, just as Shell Oil is poised to drill exploration wells off Alaska's northern coast, her advocacy has.... http://www.adn.com/2012/04/15/2424853/inupiat-tribal-leader-wins-large.html

Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions
USS Enterprise 
By Don Borders
April 11, 2012
Wednesday PM - #BridgeToNowhere
I find the view point presented by Mr. Dornblaser absolutely admirable to the fact that his idea is very much “outside the box thinking” and the local opposition opposed it due to because  it was not theirs or inside the box thoughts, the small box folks can stay in their confining box. Practical ideas are the life blood to new developments. Placing the USS Enterprise here in Ketchikan would solve many problems that fail to get outside the norm in the box thinking. I would suggest a more practical location at Ward Cove, There, some Cruse Ship is not likely to plow into it. In the Cove the power grid merges from three different directions. The location would be an added function and... http://www.sitnews.us/0412Viewpoints/041112_don_borders.html

Energy costs, jet fuel drop combine to close refinery
Decision by North Pole company will shut one unit, cost 35-40 jobs.
Associated Press
Published: April 15th, 2012 10:13 PM
Last Modified: April 15th, 2012 10:13 PM
FAIRBANKS -- Decreased jet fuel sales in Anchorage were a secondary factor into the decision to shut down a crude oil refining unit at the North Pole Refinery, which will cost 35 to 40 jobs, according to a spokesman for refinery owner Flint Hills Resources.Jeff Cook told the Fairbanks Daily News Miner that competitors are able to sell jet fuel cheaper to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport because it costs them less to produce it. "We cannot economically compete with refiners who can bring jet fuel into Anchorage refined at other locations with a) cheaper crude, and b) cheaper energy," Cook said.... http://www.adn.com/2012/04/15/2424720/energy-costs-jet-fuel-drop-combine.html

April 13, 2012
Cities' fishing suit says NOAA ignoring law
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Fishing industry plaintiffs have formally urged the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to overturn last June's lower court and invalidate the two-year-old catch share system used to manage the New England groundfishery. In searing language, the 31-page "reply brief" — filed with the court late Wednesday — will be the final written word before oral arguments later this year, projected as soon as June, but if not, by next fall.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/topstories/x611952330/Cities-fishing-suit-says-NOAA-ignoring-law