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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...
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Study: Fish haven't been forced north by warming ocean
ANCHORAGE (AP) — As scientists observed climate warming in the Bering Sea, they suspected valuable commercial fish species such as Pacific cod and walleye pollock would move north toward the Bering Strait and into the Arctic Ocean. But that’s likely decades off, according to one surprising result from a study of the sea north of the Aleutian Islands. Scientists say a pool of cold water in the northern Bering Sea h...
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Halibut issues loom large at North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting
KODIAK — With halibut issues at the forefront, it was a case of resolution delayed, not denied, at this month’s North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting. Gathered in Dutch Harbor, NPFMC members heard as the National Marine Fisheries Service asked to delay discussion of a controversial halibut catch share plan that would have affected sport fishermen throughout Southcentral Alaska. It’s a plan that could ha...
Oct 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Aerospace Corp. board of directors meets in Anchorage
KODIAK — The Alaska Aerospace Corporation board of directors will hold a special meeting in Anchorage today to approve modified bylaws for the state-owned operation. Arthur Isham, director of contracts, logistics and administration for the corporation, said the meeting is about extending CEO Dale Nash’s authority to accept contracts that pay the corporation. Right now, the corporation’s board of directors must app...
Oct 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Russian tall ship sails through Alaska-bound tsunami debris
KODIAK — The Russian tall ship STS Pallada stopped in Kodiak in July on its cruise to the U.S. West Coast. On its return to Russia, it encountered a future American visitor — a flotilla of garbage. Just west of Midway Island, the Pallada began finding debris from the March 11 Japanese tsunami. As the ship sailed northwest, toward its Vladivostok home, the debris field thickened. “We keep sighting every day things ...
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NTSB releases final report on F/V Katmai sinking
KODIAK — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the sinking of the fishing vessel Katmai. Seven people were killed when the Katmai sank in the Bering Sea in October 2008 during a storm. The U.S. Coast Guard released a report last year that identified the likely causes of the ship’s sinking, and the NTSB document confirms those findings. The NTSB report states the ship sank becaus...
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Alaska's military chief visits Kodiak
KODIAK — The head of the U.S. military in Alaska visited Kodiak Tuesday, speaking to the Kodiak Noon Rotary club on a farewell tour. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, commander of the Alaskan Command, is scheduled to retire at the end of this year, but said he wanted to say “thank you” one final time to the Kodiak community. “It doesn’t go unnoticed, Kodiak’s open arms to our wounded warriors,” Atkins said. He prais...
Oct 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak researchers seek fix for cannibal king crab
KODIAK — Everyone loves to eat king crab — including other crab. Ninety-eight percent of spawning red king crab never reach 1 year old, and their older siblings are a big part of that death rate. As scientists determine whether breeding crab in a hatchery is economically viable, keeping crab from turning cannibal may be worth millions of dollars per year around Kodiak, where a project to experimentally introduce h...
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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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