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Scientists search for what's killing seals and walrus off Western Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Federal, state and local wildlife scientists don’t know what’s sickening and killing ringed seals off the coast of Alaska and Canada but they will get more resources to find out. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday it had declared the deaths of ringed seals an “unusual mortality event.” The declaration will provide additional expertise for the investigation and gi...
Dec 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Don Young is cleared in ethics investigation
JUNEAU (AP) — Contributions made to Rep. Don Young’s legal defense fund were permissible but challenged the “principle” of contribution limits, the U.S. House Ethics Committee concluded Tuesday. The nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics had asked the committee to review the case after its board found substantial reason to believe Young accepted contributions exceeding the $5,000 limit for any individual or or...
Dec 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Contract could double the size of Alaska Aerospace Corporation
KODIAK — A major contract expected before the end of the year could double the number of Alaska Aerospace Corporation employees, CEO Dale Nash told AAC board members during a quarterly meeting Thursday. The state-owned corporation is pursuing a federal missile defense contract in partnership with Lockheed Martin. Award of the contract was delayed from June to get more details from the team at Lockheed Martin and t...
Dec 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Frankenfish' maker gets grilled in Senate
KODIAK — A Senate panel grilled the head of the “frankenfish” company AquaBounty Thursday about potential environmental danger posed by genetically engineered salmon as the company seeks approval for sales in the United States. Food and Drug Administration approval would mark the first time a modified animal has been deemed safe for human consumption. The modified Atlantic salmon have a growth gene taken from chin...
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Workshop teaches trappers how to handle fresh furs
FAIRBANKS (AP) — Crowded into a small room with dried wolf, lynx and fox skins hanging behind them, a dozen trappers sat in a semi-circle of folding chairs watching Marty Middelstadt operate. They looked on intently as Middelstadt, wearing a long, black, leather apron, blue surgical gloves and glasses, made his first incision. The patient, in this case, was a dead marten hanging by one back foot from a rope attach...
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Senator seeks DOI oversight for Arctic OCS air
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Pollution emitted from drilling ships and support vessels in Arctic waters would be regulated by the Interior Department instead of the Environmental Protection Agency under language inserted into a spending bill by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The Alaska Republican announced the move Thursday and said it will address systemic problems in the EPA permitting process for offshore oil and natural gas ex...
Dec 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard Blotter — Dec. 16
Coast Guard crews are busy throughout Alaska and have been spreading holiday cheer. Dinners for seniors have been hosted in several communities and Santa is making the rounds delivered by Coast Guard cutters and aircraft in lieu of his sleigh. Dec. 11 A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a stranded surfer from a 200-foot cliff near Fossil Beach following a report from the Alaska S...
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"Coast Guard Alaska" renewed for two more seasons
KODIAK — “Coast Guard Alaska” is ready for another rescue mission. The Weather Channel announced Wednesday that it is renewing the Kodiak-based TV series for another two seasons. Season two will feature five episodes and premiere in April. Season three will feature eight episodes and premiere in October. The initial season of the show included seven episodes. Five have aired so far, and the remaining two will prem...
Dec 15, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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PenAir plans expansion to Maine
KODIAK — Eleven years after PenAir pulled out of service to Kodiak Island, Alaska’s largest commuter airline has its eyes on a new market — Maine. According to a report first published in the Bangor Daily News, PenAir has completed plans to bid on serving two Maine airports under the federal Essential Air Services Program, which subsidizes flights to under-served airports. PenAir has extensive experience flying to...
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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U.S. Senate introduces legislation to fight illegal fishing
KODIAK — Alaska’s two senators have signed on to legislation that would bar pirate fishing vessels from U.S. ports, and keep them from offloading their catch. The Pirate Fishing Elimination Act, introduced by Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, implements an international agreement that Inouye’s office said is aimed at helping U.S. fishermen and consumers by keeping illegally caught fish from entering the global...
Dec 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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