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Alaska's U.S. senators begin new push against genetically engineered fish
KODIAK — Alaska’s two U.S. senators are beginning a new effort to fight the sale of genetically engineered fish, called “Frankenfish” by detractors. On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski filed an amendment to this year’s U.S. Department of Agriculture appropriation to prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from spending money to approve the fish for sale. Simultaneously, Sen. Mark Begich introduced a bill that prohibi...
Oct 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lake-Peninsula Borough voters say no to Pebble Mine
JUNEAU (AP) — Voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough narrowly passed a measure blocking a proposed gold and copper mine that conservationists said would have threatened one of the world’s premier wild salmon fisheries. The vote bans large-scale resource extraction — including mining — that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat. The measure was aimed squarely at Pebble Mine, a massive gold and copper operation ...
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Crab season starts Saturday
KODIAK — The Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab seasons open noon Saturday, and Kodiak's St. Herman Harbor was almost bare of large fishing boats Thursday afternoon. This year's red king crab fishery is down 47 percent from last year, to 7.83 million pounds. That's the lowest level since 1988. The snow crab season, on the other hand, could be a big one. The allowable catch this year is up 64 percen...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Board of Fish carves up cod issues at meeting
KODIAK — Responding to major changes in how the federal Pacific cod fishery will proceed next year, the Alaska Board of Fisheries this week revised parts of the Kodiak Area Pacific Cod Management Plan, but turned down the vast majority of outside proposals on the management of pacific cod. The special meeting of the state fish board was held out of its typical cycle to address changes made by the North Pacific Fis...
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Coast Guard Blotter — Oct. 14
Oct. 8 Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a mayday broadcast on VHF-FM channel 21. An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew searched but did not find any signs of distress. The case was suspended. Oct. 9 Sector Anchorage watchstanders heard a call of “help” on VHF-FM channel 21 near Cold Bay. An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducted a shoreline search with negative results. The case ...
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Rep. Don young suggests tax break for game donations
KODIAK — A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, would make game meat donations to food banks even more attractive to hunters. The bill, HR 3142, would give hunters a tax deduction equivalent to the processing cost of their game. The bill also includes a tax credit for processors who take part in the program. All animals would still have to be killed according to state and loc...
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Kodiak charities benefit from Pick, Click, Give
KODIAK — Kodiak nonprofits received good news this week as they learned how Alaskans shared their permanent fund dividends in the Pick, Click, Give program. Each local organization will receive a check for the donated funds before the end of the month. As the program gains traction in its third year with total statewide donations in excess of $1.5 million — $500,000 more than last year — local nonprofits are also ...
Oct 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak state parks welcome new head ranger
KODIAK — Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park welcomed a new face last week as Mike Ransom became Kodiak’s new area ranger. Alaska State Parks has seven regions across the state, with an area ranger in charge of each. In Kodiak, the 31-year-old Ransom will be on-site manager of operations for Abercrombie, Buskin River, Pasagshak, Woody Island, Afognak Island and Shuyak Island. Kodiak is a fair distance from his ...
Oct 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak borough Mayor Selby leads petition effort to restore coastal management funding
KODIAK — Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby and two other coastal community leaders want to revive Alaska’s coastal management program, and if the Legislature won’t act, they plan to take the issue to the people. The opt-in program allowing states to put conditions on certain activities on federal lands and waters ended June 30 after several failed attempts by lawmakers to save it. The end came as coastal co...
Oct 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska state senate considers new board to regulate sport fishing guides
KODIAK — Sportfishermen across Alaska spoke their minds Monday on a proposal to form a state board to govern guided saltwater fishing. The proposal was put forward by state Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, in SB 24. McGuire said in a statement that if the state does not provide oversight, the federal government will regulate the sportfishing guide industry in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game currentl...
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