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#04-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska lawmakers push back on 'federal overreach'

Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — Fighting "federal overreach" was one of the early themes of this year's legislative session, with lawmakers passing a handful of measures aimed at addressing conflicts between the state and federal governments. It could remain a focus next year — depending on what comes out of Washington, legislators said. Pushing back against the U.S. government's perceived encroachment on Alaska's authority has long been popular in this state, known for its libertarian bent and comprised largely of federal land. During the last....

"Farm to fork"
Food Bank to stitch farmer-community bond
Posted: April 27, 2013 - 8:20pm  |  Updated: April 27, 2013 - 8:47pm
By Dan Schwartz
Peninsula Clarion
Kenai Peninsula farmers and gardeners are in the early stages of planning a farmer’s market at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. “Getting the word out is the thing,” said Bonnie Miller, food donor coordinator for the Food Bank. Miller met with nine others from the farming and gardening community Wednesday afternoon at the Food Bank to discuss the....

Wyoming Senators Urge EPA to Withdraw Water Regulations - Apr 27,2013 - Wyoming Senators Urge EPA to Withdraw Water Regulations
Senators write EPA urging them to abandon draft guidance that will drastically expand the Clean Water Act. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., recently joined a group of 30 senators in a letter urging the Administration to withdraw draft guidance to define “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).....

Undeserved abuse: Sen. Begich beaten up for an independent vote
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:00 am
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has been trashed in the most vicious way during the past week for his vote against expanding background checks on gun purchases. Agree or disagree with his vote, he doesn’t deserve the abuse. The ugly accusation is that Sen. Begich voted against the expanded checks for purely political reasons, to boost his prospects of surviving the 2014 election as a Democrat in a state that leans Republican. His most...

Alaska lodge to haul heavy equipment through wilderness for Susitna dam project
Jerzy Shedlock
April 27, 2013
In the rush to begin preliminary work related to the Susitna-Watana Hydro project, a proposed dam in Southcentral Alaska that if completed would be the second-tallest in the world, a remote lodge’s plans to haul heavy equipment through the wilderness has worried small town Alaskans....

VIDEO: What's that noise under the Bering Strait?
Alaska Dispatch
April 27, 2013
It's spring in Arctic Alaska and that means it's time to go after the bowhead whale. Hunters from the North Slope to the Bering Strait are now on the sea ice looking for whales. In Savoonga, villagers had already harpooned four bowheads as of Friday....

S.C. bill would define ‘local seafood’
All seafood is local, somewhere.
A bill in the state legislature would define "local seafood" as those species caught or grown in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and make it a misdemeanor for anyone to say otherwise.....