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Comfish News Roundup - #05-21-2012 - #RadioChatter

Sugar hampers brain function, fish oil counters the effects: study
Monday, May 21, 2012, 01:50 (GMT + 9)
A new rat study at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the first to show that a diet steadily high in fructose thwarts memory and learning — and that omega-3 fatty acids can counteract it. The findings were published in the Journal of Physiology this week. "Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College... ////

Kake-Petersburg Road stays on Governor's budget
May 17, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 20
On Monday, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed into law three budget bills for Fiscal Year 2013 appropriating an estimated $870 million for transportation. Among the budget items is the allocation of $40 million for the controversial Kake-Petersburg Road. Many residents from the cities of Petersburg and Kupreanof sounded off during the last City Council meeting. They asked for city action toward a line-item veto of the project. The council voted in favor of drafting a resolution, but there wasn’t enough time to send it out. Kupreanof Mayor Dana Thynes, and Kupreanof residents Joe Sebastian and Forest Sebastian, attended the Transportation....

ASMI Cook Off Nails It
May 21, 2012
Last weekend ASMI threw quite the event. I hope to be invited again next year to their Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off because it showcased something to be proud of: how our seafood is prepared. All six of the dishes were cooked by some of Alaska’s best and most celebrated chefs. Here’s a quick photo journal from my view.....

Assessing Pebble: EPA’s document doesn’t justify ending the process
May 20, 2012
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
It’s not surprising that the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that development of the Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska could harm the salmon fishery to some extent. No one disputes the possibility. The important task is to prevent any significant harm from becoming reality. The debate is about how to do so. The EPA’s assessment should add to that debate, not shut it down. However, after Friday’s release of the EPA’s draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment, environmental groups said the agency should now refuse to entertain any application for a mine permit under the federal Clean Water Act. Most of Alaska’s political leadership said that approach would be too hasty. Wait until the project owners actually apply for a permit before deciding whether the vast copper and.....

Pew Environment Group says flimsy stance was taken on oceans
Monday, May 21, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
Susan Lieberman, director of international policy at the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the lack of necessary action on high seas biodiversity conservation at the United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) meeting, which concluded recently. Under no.....

FCC considering ‘all options' to save bankrupt tech company LightSquared
By Brendan Sasso - 05/19/12 12:30 PM ET
A top official at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told a Republican congressman that the agency is still considering ways to save LightSquared's plan for a high-speed wireless network. The company invested billions of dollars in plans for a nationwide 4G network, but the FCC moved to block the network earlier this year over concerns it would interfere with GPS devices. In a letter sent last month that was obtained by The Hill, Mindel De La Torre, the chief of the FCC's International Bureau, told Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) the agency is "continuing to consider all options for addressing this [interference] issue." LightSquared filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday due to the....