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Study: Slowed vaccinations lead to more Alaskans at risk
A new study released by the state’s epidemiology department has revealed alarming an alarming trend in Alaska newborns’ vaccination rates. According to the study, whose results were released Monday, one-third of all Alaska parents delayed or avoided shots for their newborn infants in 2011. That’s a sharp rise from 2009, when 23.8 percent of parents put off their baby’s shots. “It is something we’re alarmed about,”...
Apr 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska takes its anti-Frankenfish campaign to Canada
An Anchorage lawmaker has taken the state’s anti-Frankenfish campaign to tiny Prince Edward Island on Canada’s Atlantic Coast. On Thursday, Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) met with Robert Ghiz, Premier of Canada’s smallest province. Her goal: persuade Ghiz to oppose AquaBounty Technologies’ plan to grow genetically modified salmon eggs in the province. AquaBounty is the company developing the AquAdvantage fish, a hy...
Apr 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capital budget: Austerity, but room for Kodiak projects
Rep. Alan Austerman has called 2014 a “year of austerity,” and the Alaska Senate agrees. On Saturday, the Senate voted 17-3 to approve a $2 billion capital budget, down from $2.9 billion approved last year for 2013. The capital budget must still be approved by the Alaska House and governor Sean Parnell, but even if this budget is an austere one, it still contains plenty for Kodiak residents to cheer about. The bud...
Apr 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 104 104 recommendations | email to a friend
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Commercial fishing still distant from Alaska’s Arctic Ocean
As scientists from around the state and country gathered to discuss Arctic shift last week, it became clear that more questions than conclusions are available about Arctic fish populations — and where the warm winds of change will take them. Sea ice is at a record low, ocean acidification is on the rise, an undulating Arctic weather system is pushing extreme weather around the globe, and marine life populations fr...
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State releases draft schedule for 2013-2014 ferry service
Three months after the Tustumena returns from overhaul in Seward, Kodiak’s other major ferry will be laid up for maintenance. The Alaska Marine Highway System on Wednesday released its draft 2013-2014 schedule, which calls for the ferries Kennicott, Columbia, Matanuska, Fairweather and Chenega to undergo monthslong periods of repair and maintenance next winter. “We picked that time because generally dead of winter...
Mar 28, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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CG will endure $295 million in budget cuts
The music has stopped for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard band is the latest casualty of almost $300 million in federally mandated cuts that encompass oil spill response programs, housing aid and even everyday operating expenses for the service’s ships and aircraft. “It’s true the challenges we face are real, and like everyone in our government we may be asked to do less with less, or at least do the same wo...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Frankenfish labeling amendment fails
In a 73-26 vote, the U.S. Senate approved a budget measure to avoid a government shutdown on March 27. The measure, which now goes to the House of Representatives for final approval, includes $5 million for improvements to the Coast Guard’s forward operating base in Cold Bay and $1.1 million for a Coast Guard refueling station on Sitkinak Island. In a blow to Alaska fishermen, the Senate voted to cut off debate be...
Mar 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov. nominated Kodiakan to fish council
Gov. Sean Parnell has nominated Kodiak resident and council member Duncan Fields to fill another three-year term on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. The nomination will go forward to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for final approval, which is expected to occur this summer. To hold a seat on the council, interested parties were required to submit their names and letters of support from people in the ...
Mar 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tuberculosis drug shortage widespread
In the 1940s and 1950s, medical ships cruised the waters of southwest Alaska, trying to end an epidemic of tuberculosis that infected as many of 90 percent of the region’s population. Doctors now face shortages of tuberculosis detection and treatment medicines even as the aftershocks of that 70-year-old epidemic infect Alaskans anew. “What we’re having to do due to the national shortage is to ask people to put on ...
Mar 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Casting call for new TV series
A new HGTV series is seeking homebuyers and sellers in Alaska. Orion Entertainment, a Colorado-based TV production company, is casting real estate agents and buyers for “Living Alaska,” with filming to begin in April. Kelly McLear, a managing producer for Orion, said the show will be similar to “Buying Alaska,” which filmed partially in Kodiak and aired on Destination America last year. “Living Alaska” will follow...
Mar 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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