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Barrow to Anchorage walrus transfer (video)

Uploaded by infoatHaulingGear on Jul 31, 2012 Two baby walrus which were rescued in Barrow, Alaska, were transferred aboard a Kodiak-based Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane to an awaiting Alaska SeaLife Center veterinarian at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson July 30, 2012. The walrus were transferred by Coast Guard and Air Force personnel from the airplane to an awaiting truck for further transportation to Seward. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley News >>

PitbullMusic: Walmart and Sheets Challenge: Kodiak, Alaska (video)

Published on Jul 31, 2012 by PitbullMusic Pitbull gets sent by Walmart and Sheets to Kodiak, Alaska! Check out his time there.

Federal mapping tool for emergency responders for the Arctic (link) (screenshots)

Posted on 31 July 2012 A new federal interactive online mapping tool used by emergency responders during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been expanded to include the Arctic and will help address challenges in the Arctic posed by increasing ship traffic and proposed energy development. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), called the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) an important step forward for the Arctic region. “The addition of Arctic ERMA will be a tremendous benefit to responders in this rapidly developing region,” said Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This scientific tool could provide essential information in responding to potential oil spills and pollution releases in the Arctic.” “I know first-hand how critical it is for.....

Ketchikan based NOAA Ship Fairweather pings ground for new charts from Dutch Harbor to the Arctic

Scroll down for comments from Senator Murkowski Mission to update measurements dating to the 18th century July 30, 2012 Using state-of-the-art technology, NOAA Ship  Fairweather detects navigational dangers in critical Arctic waterways. High resolution  (Credit: NOAA) NOAA Ship  Fairweather  begins a 30-day survey mission in the Arctic this week, scheduled to check a sparsely measured 1,500-nautical mile coastal corridor from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, north through the Bering Strait and east to the Canadian border. The mission will collect needed information to determine NOAA’s future charting survey projects in the Arctic and will cover sea lanes that were last measured by Captain James Cook in 1778. “Much of Alaska’s coastal area has never had full bottom surveys to measure water depths,” said Cmdr. James Crocker, commanding officer of Fairweather , and chief scientist of the party. “A tanker, carrying millions of gallons of oil, should not be asked to rely on measureme

#07-31-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Big donors against Coastal Management initiative Posted: July 31, 2012 - 12:02am By Pat Forgey JUNEAU EMPIRE Opponents of the Coastal Management measure on the August 28 ballot have raised 10 times the amount the Alaska Sea Party has raised to promote the measure, with the state’s mining industry far exceeding its oil and gas industry in funding the opposition. “Mining is the largest portion of our resource development economy, and they’ll probably have the largest portion of funding for the ballot measure campaign,” said Mike Satre, executive director of the Council of Alaska Producers, the.. Coastal plan puts us back on right track COMPASS: Other points of view By ARLISS STURGULEWSKI Published: July 30th, 2012 07:08 PM Last Modified: July 30th, 2012 07:08 PM On Aug. 28, you will be asked to decide whether the voices of local Alask

Alaska salmon catch swells to nearly 59 million fish

Tourists at a Cook Inlet overlook. Photo taken on Alaska vacation in June 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Posted 07/30/2012 by - Margaret Bauman In Cook Inlet , Southeast Alaska and Kodiak the pace of harvests of wild Alaska salmon is picking up speed, and the statewide harvest as July ended swelled to nearly 59 million fish, up 9 million from the previous week. In Upper Cook Inlet alone the cumulative harvest rose from 1,223,000 fish to 3,515,000 fish, including 2,981,000 reds, up from 1,120,000 reds the previous week. For Cook Inlet overall, the cumulative harvest reached 3,686,000 salmon of all species, including 3,140,000 reds, 244,000 chum, 239,000 pink, 60,000 silvers and 2,000 kings. The bounty was taken by the drift gillnetters, as Cook Inlet set netters operating near the Kenai River were shut down to protect the escapement of king salmon heading north on the river. The Alaska Board of Fish, faced with one of the worst....

Greenpeace activists fire volley at Shell over coral in Arctic

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy Published 09:56 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2012 This sample of sea raspberry coral was taken from the floor of the Chukchi Sea near a proposed Shell drill site. A Shell spokeswoman says of the coral: "When impacted, they return within months." Photo: Jiri Rezac / © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace WASHINGTON - Environmental activists are keeping the pressure on  Shell Oil Co.  as it inches closer to launching exploratory drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska. Greenpeace  activists and marine biologists conducting research in the area documented thick accumulations of soft coral in the Chukchi Sea near an area where Shell plans exploratory oil drilling. Greenpeace scientists documented the sea raspberry coral during a recent research submarine dive in the Arctic waters north of Alaska. They took samples and photos of the species, known as Gersemia rubiformis, during the research mission and published the images on their website. The move is t

Southeast Alaska: Study proposes hydro facilities in Borough

July 26, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 30 Greg Knight Construction of a third turbine at the Tyee Lake hydroelectric plant is one of the topics discussed in a report issued by the Alaska Energy Association. A report issued by the Alaska Energy Association, in cooperation with the research group Black and Veitch, has named eight potential locations in the Wrangell area that could be used for hydroelectric generation. The Southeast Alaska Integrated Resource Plan report states that Anita (Kunk) Lake, Lake Shelokum, Sunrise Lake, Thoms Lake and Virginia Lake could be looked to for future development of sustainable hydropower. The creation of a new dam at Tyee, or construction of a third Tyee turbine is also on the list of possibilities for the borough. The proposed project at Virginia Lake would be the most expensive, estimated at costing between $103-154 million to build – though the new facility could generate up to 12 MW of capacity and show an annual output of more than 43,0

KMXT Kodiak: 'Ladies and Gentlemen, Pitbull HAS arrived!'

Click image to view FB thread.. . ********* Live twitter feed (our picks)... Refresh post for new tweets. HG CBS: Pitbull, holds baby Christopher Brian Pruitt-Panamarioff on stage in Kodiak…… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) July 31, 2012 Native dancers in Kodiak make big splash @ gawker +…… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) July 31, 2012 In Victory for the Internet, Pitbull Visits Alaska, Receives Gift of Bear Spray… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) July 31, 2012 Pitbull can say he’s safe from Alaska bears after getting repellant spray during Kodiak visit - The Washington Post… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) July 30, 2012 # Kodiak kids love Pitbull. "Pitbull rocks the rock"… — Nicole Klauss (@NicoleKlauss) J

#07-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Collapsing King Salmon Runs Devastate Kenai Economy Near-Record Sockeye Run May Be Saving Grace July 29, 2012 | By Dan Fiorucci | Channel 2 News KENAI PENINSULA, Alaska — On the Kenai Peninsula, businesses are suffering through their worst season in decades. The reason: The collapse of the King Salmon harvest this year. It's a collapse that's been felt statewide. But on the Kenai, there has been one saving grace: fellow Alaskans. Dip Netters have been driving down the peninsula -- from places like Anchorage and the Mat-Su. They're being drawn to the Kenai by a near-record Sockeye run Yes, even though the Kings have collapsed, the return of Sockeye is at near record levels. An estimated 4.6 million Sockeye are returning this year. And fishermen have permission to catch about 3 million of them....... Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run strong but below average Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Jul 29, 2012 The so

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Talk to Me, One Machine Said to the Other / In-depth look at contextual SDK from Qualcomm

Image via CrunchBase By KEVIN J. O’BRIEN Published: July 29, 2012 BERLIN — Ocado, an online grocery store in England, prides itself on its delivery of refrigerated foods: When the company says the goods will arrive at a certain temperature, they mean it. The promise is more than a marketing boast. Aided by microchip transmitters, heat sensors and a fast-growing form of wireless communication, the boast is a measurable fact. Inside each Ocado delivery van is a SIM-card module the size of a postage stamp that monitors the air temperature. The sensor sends data to a computer used by fleet managers back at headquarters near London every few minutes. Ocado says incidents of spoilage of goods have declined since the transmitters were installed last year. “It has saved us time and given us more confidence in our real-time monitoring, as well as being a safety check for the driver,” said Paul Clarke, Ocado’s director of technology, who......

Coast Guard, good Samaritan save fisherman from sinking vessel near Ketchikan (F/V Viewpoint)

Wolf Point Photography Date: July 29, 2012 District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Life Boat and crew rescued a fisherman Sunday morning when his fishing vessel began sinking while under tow to Ketchikan from Gardner Bay. A 17th Coast Guard District watchstander received a report at 11:37 p.m. Saturday that the fishing vessel Viewpoint was tied to the good Samaritan fishing vessel Ocean Maid in Gardner Bay near Dixon Entrance (Map ) and was taking on water. The master was reportedly unable to keep up with flooding despite multiple dewatering pumps provided to him by the Ocean Maid crew. The master was only person aboard the Viewpoint. Station Ketchikan launched a 47-foot MLB and crew just before midnight to assist the vessel in distress. The flooding was under control when the Coast Guard arrived on scene at 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The MLB crew took the Viewpoint in tow for transit to Ke