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#10-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Begich, Murkowski host subsistence hearing
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 12:00 am
By Jeff Richardson
FAIRBANKS — Sen. Mark Begich and Sen. Lisa Murkowski hosted a field hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Saturday, hearing testimony at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention about subsistence concerns. Begich called the field hearing to discuss “rural food security,” which the Democrat said centered around the ability of Alaska Natives to practice a traditional subsistence lifestyle....

Southeast Alaska hydro expansion on schedule, but questions remain
Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 7:42 pm
Associated Press
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Contractors are on schedule to complete an expansion of the Whitman Lake hydroelectric project in Ketchikan by July. It's been almost 90 years since workers built a dam at Whitman Lake to supply electricity to the New England Fish Co., and Ketchikan Public Utilities hopes the expanded project will provide up to 16 million kilowatt hours of power for the city while displacing up to 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel........