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#01-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Laine Welch: Salmon permits lose value
Published: January 12, 2013 Updated 12 hours ago
By Laine Welch — Fisheries
The market for Alaska salmon permits is up and down but sales of catch shares are in a stall. Permit values depend on the region and the strength of recent salmon runs. For example, in Bristol Bay, where sockeye runs have been down for two years and another lackluster season is expected this summer, salmon drift permits have nosedived from $165,000 in 2011 to about $90,000 now.....

Ketchikan: Ripple effect
It seemed like smooth sailing toward updating the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry fleet until early December. Now, it's unclear what the ripples in the water represent, but it is a cause of unease in Ketchikan. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, representing Ketchikan and District Q had, while in the powerful position of co-chair of the state Senate Finance Committee, worked with the administration and House to secure $120 million for the first of the Alaska Class ferries. The potential of more than one had been discussed. Another $50 million had been secured for a second new ferry. Ketchikan fully expected all of the ferries to be built at Alaska Ship & Drydock, bringing at least a dozen years of business to the shipyard and the community. Additionally, 129 full-time, year-round, high-paying jobs at the shipyard and another 76 jobs in businesses providing goods and services to the yard had been projected. It was believed that....

Kodiak: City Audit Shows Boatyard in the Red
Jan. 11 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
On Tuesday the Kodiak City Council met for a work session and received a presentation of the city’s 2012 audit. Each year the city is required by law to undergo an audit. Michelle Drew is an auditor from Mikunda, Cottrell and Co. and led the 2012 audit. Drew said there weren't any big concerns in 2012 but advised the council to keep an eye on the city-owned boatyard......

Murkowski talks finance, energy, guns during visit
Posted: January 12, 2013 - 7:51pm
By Brian Smith
Peninsula Clarion
During a Friday speech, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she believes Congress can and will “do right” by Americans and Alaskans in the face of great fiscal and societal dilemmas. But, the Republican senator said that would only happen if the political rhetoric is calmed and lawmakers can work together. “There’s no one Republican solution that is going to fix it,” she said speaking during a joint.....

Southeast Conference Celebrates its 55th Birthday
January 12, 2013
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - On January 17th, Southeast Conference will celebrate its 55th birthday.  According to Shelly Wright, executive director of Southeast Conference, Southeast Conference began with a group of leaders from across the region that wished to see a regional transportation system developed in Southeast Alaska.  The organization’s first meeting took place in Petersburg 55 years ago. The...

Recent Southeast Alaska earthquake surprised some geologists
Jennifer Gibbins | The Cordova Times | Jan 12, 2013
After a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rolled through Southeast Alaska on Jan. 4 just before midnight, resulting in a tsunami warning that stretched to Cape Suckling, 75 miles southeast of Cordova, many Cordova residents were glued to the NOAA West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center's website, watching updates as the event unfolded. "Yeah, we've been a little busy," said Cindi Preller, tsunami program manager for NOAA. "Our little planet just can't quite settle down.....

Was single ship enough to to tow Kulluk in storm?
By Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Jan. 13--When Royal Dutch Shell's oil drilling rig Kulluk and tow ship, the Aiviq, pulled out of Dutch Harbor the afternoon of Dec. 21 for a long, slow trip to Seattle, Shell says it was relying on its consultant's weather forecast to ensure crews -- and prized vessels -- arrived safely. "The forecast was within the operational thresholds to begin the journey," Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Friday afternoon. Without that window, the Shell vessels would not have left Dutch Harbor, he said.....

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