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#10-14-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Pebble Mine's Keystone 'science' worse than NFL replacement refs
Dennis Andrew | Oct 13, 2012
Imagine an NFL football game where the referees were picked by one team, flown around by one team, and paid by one team. Plus, the refs go into the game knowing which side is going to win. It would not go over well with any player or fan with a sense of fair play and objectivity. Yet, that is what the developers of the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) expect the public to accept when it comes to their massive gold-and-copper mine proposed in the Bristol Bay watershed. PLP has hired the....

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Crewman onboard the Wizard loads bait as the vessel prepares to head out for crab. The season opens Monday....

UAF research vessel Sikuliaq launches in Wisconsin
by Lynne Lott and Robin Wood/For the News-Miner
Oct 13, 2012
MARINETTE, WIS. — Vera Alexander worried the champagne bottle wouldn’t break. The professor and dean emeritus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences served as a co-sponsor of the UAF research vessel Sikuliaq, which launched here Saturday. That meant she was the one to give the ship’s blessing then crack a bottle of champagne against the bow. Rain alternately spit and fell in windy sheets at the shipyard of Marinette Marine Corporation, which held the christening and launch of the......  //// Video

Juneau elementary school's garden project spotlighted with 'Harvest Fair'
October 13, 2012 - 11:02 am EDT
JUNEAU, Alaska — These days, gardens are cropping up everywhere, from community plots to school yards. Harborview Elementary School recently harvested its first batch of potatoes and invited the community to taste and learn along with them. Thursday saw Harborview's first Harvest Fair, where students, teachers, parents and volunteers came together to treat community members to an edible and educational evening. Juneau Alaska Youth for Environmental Action chose a garden at Harborview as their pet project last year, a project that was on the minds of others at the same time. JAYEA president Ruby Steedle said the group, with about a dozen members at Juneau-Douglas High School this school year, spearheaded the project, built the................
.......... King is also trying to get a fish-to-school program going, like the one in Sitka, and is working toward getting more local and organic vegetables into school lunch. She'll be trying to get the word out next summer to fishermen where they can go to donate fish. And a local elementary school's salad bar was featured on the Let's Move website. "My goal is to get the kids more involved, more connected to earth, how the food grows, where it comes from, and then how can we eat it and get it in the meals. For most of us growing up in Alaska, we don't see cows and we don't have any agriculture in Southeast, so food comes from the store, but as gardening picks up, we get more people involved, then hopefully it will keep building and growing." King said....

CGC Alert shakedown cruise Left to right) Seaman Brandon Penny, Fireman Cody Schwengler, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Dowdy and Seaman Christopher Alcala, helicopter tie-down personnel aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, run underneath spinning blades after installing primary tie downs on a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin Helicopter on Alert’s flight deck during helicopter operations in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Sept. 26, 2012. Alert’s crew is underway performing drills and exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener.