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#RadioChatter #05-06-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Packrafts in Nushagak Bay
Packrafts in Nushagak Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Concerned
Don't let Pebble Fund grants slip away, Southwest Alaska
Scott Woodham | May 04, 2012
TO: Bristol Bay region
CC: State of Alaska
SBJT: Free rural development funds!
Dear Southwest Alaska,
As you may well know, Pebble Partnership announced last week its latest round of grants from “The Pebble Fund,” administered by the Alaska Community Foundation. In 2009, the partners behind the controversial mine planned in Southwest Alaska made a 5-year, $5 million commitment to fund community projects and aid renewable resource development across Bristol Bay. So far, The Pebble Fund has given more than $4 million to a variety of causes -- everything from children's field trips, school facilities and church vans, to streetlights, public utility upgrades, fire trucks and public roads. This year's biggest single recipient was the Moravian Church in Togiak, which received $110,621 to replace its aging church with volunteer labor. The City of Nondalton will receive $85,000 to build a new road to the airport. Camai Community Health Center will get a new $55,900 X-ray machine by October. Including the awards announced for spring 2012, the Pebble Fund will have distributed $4 million to a variety of Southwest Alaska projects. The list of Pebble Fund winners, in fact, reads much like a government budget or a list of state or federal grants. Which makes us wonder why the state, with billions in surplus, isn't helping, say ... relocate the sewer lines threatened by beach erosion in Naknek, provide a burn box and...

Strange bedfellows urge EPA to improperly stop Pebble Mine
May 03, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Robin Hayes, chairman of North Carolina's Republican Party, painted a target last month on Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine. In an open letter, he endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency's use of an unprecedented regulatory gimmick to veto the mine in advance, even before its plans are complete -- ostensibly to protect Bristol Bay salmon runs and fishermen. That gush of Big Green rhetoric coming from Hayes is odd. During his five terms in Congress, he had racked up a League of Conservation Voters lifetime green voting score of....

Millions of dollars in operating, capital budgets go to fisheries
Posted 05/04/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Correction: An early version of this article stated that the budgets were approved in June.  Millions of dollars for various entities and efforts related to Alaska's fisheries were included in the state's operating and capital budgets approved recently by....

Sea-monster of tsunami debris starts to foul Alaska coast
Published: May 6th, 2012 12:03 AM
Last Modified: May 6th, 2012 12:04 AM
Soccer balls, motorcycles and a million other reminders of the massive tsunami in Japan a year ago are appearing along Alaska's coastlines. "It's safe to say that tsunami debris is here," said Merrick Burden, director of the Juneau-based Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation. Since January, the MCA has been tracking where and what kinds of debris is coming ashore, and whether it is radioactive (none so far) at Kodiak, Yakutat, Sitka and Craig, where wreckage was expected to hit first.....

Fairbanks cholarship dinner emphasizes eating locally
by Nancy Tarnai / Homegrown Alaska
May 05, 2012
FAIRBANKS - Chef Michael Roddey wasn’t sure what to expect when he went courting Alaska farmers and producers about food for the scholarship dinner of the culinary program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College. No one dreamed the response would be so great that he was able to assemble a dinner consisting almost exclusively of Alaska-grown food. In springtime, no less, when harvests are a long way off. But that is exactly what happened April 28 at Hutchison High School. CTC culinary students had been working hard all week to prepare the....

Wild salmon is best for you, for the environment
1:26 AM, May. 6, 2012
Salmon consumption has been linked to improved cardiovascular health and brain function. But not all fish are created equal. In the U.S., two-thirds of salmon are farm-raised. Compared to their wild counterparts, these fish are often less nutritious and have a larger environmental impact. If you spot Atlantic salmon at the market or on a menu, chances are it’s farm-raised. Less than 1 percent of Atlantic salmon is wild-caught. A more ocean-friendly choice is wild Pacific salmon, especially fish....