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#01-23-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Conference Board works on fishermen's recommendations to IPHC
Jan 22, 2013 - 05:51 PM
The International Pacific Halibut Commission’s conference board met this afternoon (yesterday) to begin making its recommendations to the Commission. The board talked about the performance review and bycatch, in addition to work on the season dates. The board is recommending March 16- Nov. 15 for the halibut season in most areas, although.....

Ketchikan: Idle No More March; One Arrested
January 23, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Idle No More grassroots protest movement that started in the province of Saskatchewan has stretched across Canada and is being joined by people in Alaska who are concerned about the threats to Alaskan waters and salmon from British Columbia’s aggressive industrial development plans. Although not the first Idle No More march to be held in Ketchikan, Sunday's march also demonstrated the participants' support of the Idle No More movement. Sunday's march held in downtown Ketchikan was more than just another show of solidarity with Indigenous activists in Canada it is an over-all movement to educate and revitalize Indigenous peoples through awareness and empowerment. Another....

JANUARY 23, 2013 · 9:57 AM
Tackle the task — Fishing representatives mull changes to prevent repeat of poor 2012 season
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
There was no lack of data, analysis, statistical models, facts, figures and hypotheses presented at the second meeting of the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force on Jan. 14 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. But for the six hours of answers and information, the main question driving the creation and effort of the task force remains unanswered: If the 2013 Kenai River king and sockeye runs shape up similarly to the 2012 returns, how can the disastrous fishing season that unfolded last year be avoided in the coming one? While nothing has been settled yet, an answer is coming closer. Work this....

Kulluk should be wake-up call for winches working in stormy seas
Mark Swanson | Prince William Sound RCAC | Jan 21, 2013
The grounding of Shell Oil’s Kulluk drill rig reminds us again of Alaska’s tough maritime conditions and our vulnerability to coastal shipping and oil activities in the Arctic and around Kodiak, the Aleutians and Southcentral Alaska. Rescue vessel crews persevered through a tough response to save the Kulluk. We Alaskans owe a huge thanks to responders who risked lives and equipment to save the rig.....

Alaska wants role in Kulluk investigation
Published: Jan. 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM
JUNEAU, Alaska, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Alaskan government is calling on Washington to include its officials on a panel investigating last month's incident regarding Shell's drill ship Kulluk. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar formed a panel to look into the grounding of the Kulluk off the southwestern coast of Alaska. Salazar said the....

Bipartisan support moves hydropower bill
By Zack Colman - 01/22/13 12:29 PM ET
The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill Tuesday that would speed up the permitting process for a slate of hydropower projects. The bill, H.R. 267, would require that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission investigate capping the licensing timeline at two years for certain hydropower projects. Democratic and Republican committee leaders praised the bill during a Wednesday markup....

Making wind power pencil out in far-flung Alaska villages
Hannah Heimbuch | Bristol Bay Times | Jan 22, 2013
As wind turbines grace the skylines of more and more communities around the globe, some Alaskans are starting to look seriously at what the future for wind power looks like in the northernmost state. For many Alaskans, solutions to the high and rising cost of energy can't come soon enough - be it by wind, tide, geothermal or otherwise. Bruce Wright is a senior scientist for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association. He recently released a paper outlining a few ways Alaskan communities and leaders can streamline the air power potential in rural Alaska. More than 120 of Alaska's small communities operate on independent micro-grids, Write reported, using fewer than 200 kilowatts at peak capacity......

Jan. 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EST
AT&T Enhances 4G LTE Coverage In Anchorage
Additional Cell Sites Upgraded to 4G LTE as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AT&T* today announced that it has enhanced its 4G LTE coverage in Anchorage. As part of its continuing network investment and ongoing 4G LTE rollout, AT&T has upgraded several cell sites located near Fort Richardson, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Eagle River, and the Fairview area to expand AT&T 4G LTE coverage for area residents....

California: First hearing Thursday on plans to expand ocean sanctuaries
Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.
Plans to expand two ocean sanctuaries and put all of Sonoma County's coast and a third of Mendocino's off limits to oil drilling are set to get their first public airing Thursday in Bodega Bay. Federal officials are scheduled to hold a 6 p.m. hearing at the town's Grange Hall to discuss the proposed expansion of the protected ocean areas, announced by the Obama administration and congressional....