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State backs Pebble Mine project by suing Peninsula borough
JUNEAU (AP) — The state of Alaska on Friday sued to invalidate the results of a voter initiative that could stop a massive gold and copper mine near one of the world’s premier salmon fisheries. Residents of Lake and Peninsula Borough voted 280-246 this month to ban large-scale resource extraction, including mining, that would “destroy or degrade” salmon habitat. The measure was aimed at the Pebble Mine prospect ne...
Oct 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three with Kodiak Island ties receive awards at AFN convention
KODIAK — When Sarah Smith was growing up, her family came to Kodiak Island from Seattle each year, working in the island’s fisheries. While her parents went off to work, she stayed in Old Harbor. “They’d leave us in Old Harbor with the Elders, and they’d work in Shearwater Bay,” she said. Smith had plenty of time with the Elders, who taught her how to read people, how to understand what hurts them, and then how to...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bill funding Alaska ocean mapping passes U.S. House
KODIAK — A bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives calls for more funding for oceanographic mapping off Alaska’s coast. HR 295, approved by the House on Monday, includes $5 million spread over two years for mapping missions devoted to navigation and $2 million to map the limits of the outer continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. The limits of the continental shelf must be m...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard Blotter — Oct. 28
Oct. 24 A 911 dispatch call notified District 17 command center watchstanders of a 34-year-old man recovered from 20 feet of water after an apparent dive accident while fishing for sea cucumbers in Funter Bay. At the time of notification the man had been unresponsive for 20 minutes and was 45 minutes from arriving at Auke Bay near Juneau. Sector Juneau watchstanders started a communications check-in schedule with ...
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Study: Fukushima radiation diluted by Pacific Ocean currents
KODIAK — A new report from the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety says contamination from the Fukushima disaster in Japan was the biggest nuclear contamination of the sea in history. Despite that, the IRSN said there should be no long-term effects in the Pacific Ocean, where radioactive cesium levels are expected to return to conditions resembling the early 1960s, when widespread atmospheric ...
Oct 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Petition to restore Alaska coastal management program picks up momentum
KODIAK — A statewide petition campaign to reinstate an Alaska coastal management program is gaining steam as the next session of the Alaska Legislature approaches. The coastal management program, run by the state of Alaska and used to give communities an opportunity to weigh in on federal development issues, was discontinued after 34 years when the Legislature failed to reauthorize it. In response, Juneau Mayor Br...
Oct 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Suspected drift-net ship had more sharks aboard than thought (VIDEO)
JUNEAU (AP) — Federal authorities say a ship seized for illegal fishing captured nearly twice as many sharks as initially believed. NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Julie Speegle says scientists counted 54 carcasses while taking tissue samples. Authorities initially said 30 sharks were aboard the vessel Bangun Perkasa, which was seized by the Coast Guard last month after a report that it had been illegally fishing with ...
Oct 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak-area Tanner crab GHL set at 950,000 pounds
KODIAK — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released guideline harvest levels for the tanner crab season that opens Jan. 15. GHLs, determined by annual surveys and state statute-defined formulae, set how much fish or crab fishermen can harvest during a particular season. In the Kodiak Management District, the GHL has been set at 950,000 pounds of tanner crab. That’s less than last year’s GHL of 1.49 millio...
Oct 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska House education chairman visits Kodiak schools
KODIAK — High winds kept Rep. Alan Dick from visiting rural schools Tuesday, but the chairman of the Alaska House Education Committee said he’s already impressed with Kodiak. Dick was invited to Kodiak Island by the borough school district, which paid for a plane ticket from Anchorage and a one-night hotel stay. Schools superintendent Stewart McDonald said the investment is well worth it if it means the Alaska Leg...
Oct 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Study finds Alaska oil taxes and proposed changes are flawed
FAIRBANKS (AP) — A study by an independent oil and gas consultant is critical of Alaska’s oil tax structure, but also finds flaws in legislation that proposes to make changes. The Alaska Legislature paid $32,250 for access to the study and five others by oil and gas consultant Pedro van Meurs. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the study is covered by copyright but van Meurs allowed reporters to review it. Am...
Oct 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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