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Pot cod fishery numbers all in

April 28th 1:55 pm

Sometimes, a short and wide fishing boat can hold as much cod as one that's twice as long. The final numbers are in, and the Dutch Harbor small boat pot cod fishery landed 33,247,414 pounds, leaving 474,148 pounds uncaught in the water, according to the [...]

Sculptor receives $40K from Rasmuson

April 28th 1:55 pm

Unalaska sculptor Gertrude Svarny was honored last week with a Distinguished Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation, at a well-attended art show opening at the Museum of the Aleutians. The award is a "single $40,000 annual award for a mature artist of [...]

Dillingham mulls new ordinances and fines for minor offenses

April 28th 1:54 pm

When the Dillingham City Council meets May 4, they will vote on whether to add two new offenses to the municipal code and change the language of a third. Underage drinking, violating court-ordered conditions of release, and second degree trespassing are not [...]

Kokhanok man killed in ATV crash on Iliamna Lake

April 28th 1:53 pm

A Kokhanok man was found dead Sunday on Iliamna Lake, after Alaska State Troopers said he was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash near his Southwest Alaska hometown. No foul play is suspected in the death of 53-year-old Gregory Wassillie, according to a [...]

Northern Edge military training in Gulf of Alaska gets Navy's OK -- with limits

April 28th 1:53 pm

The U.S. Navy has given the go-ahead for Gulf of Alaska activities in the wide-ranging military exercise known as Northern Edge, but it has scaled back proposed activities in the marine environment. A record of decision announced Monday by the Navy gave [...]

Public workshop seeks input on Tier 3 waterways

April 28th 1:52 pm

The ongoing process for registering the Koktuli River, near Lake Iliamna, as an Outstanding Natural Resource Waterway (ONRW) will continue with a public workshop in Dillingham on May 2. Michelle Hale is the director of the water division at the Department [...]

Foundation hopes to give Bristol Bay fishermen a united voice

April 28th 1:51 pm

A commercial fishermen's advocacy group is hoping to make a splash and give the region's fishermen a seat at the table in the Pebble Mine proposal. Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries (SBBF) announced its formation last week as an organization with a mission [...]

'Vanguard' of Togiak herring spotted off Hegemeister on Monday

April 28th 1:51 pm

Fish and Game is poised to open the state's largest herring fishery after documenting 35,000 tons, perhaps by the end of the week, but waiting for marketable roe quality could still be a few days behind that. "It still looked cold over there," Alaska [...]

Stranded, lethargic ringed seal found far south of usual habitat

April 28th 1:50 pm

The rescue season for Alaska marine mammals officially got underway with the year's first ailing animal, a stranded ringed seal, getting treatment at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. The young female seal was found in late February at Dutch Harbor, about [...]

Fish Factor: Regional trusts proposed for lease of fish permits

April 28th 1:49 pm

Numerous studies over the past decade have highlighted Alaska's "graying of the fleet" (the average age of permit holders is 50), and the lack of opportunities for younger people to launch a career in commercial fishing. State data show that between 1975 and [...]

Russian military planes approach Alaska 4 days in a row

April 28th 1:48 pm

Russian military aircraft approached the coast of Alaska four days in a row last week, with the latest encounter last Thursday night when two long-range Russian bombers flew near the state's northern coast, according to U.S. military officials. Two [...]

Dillingham harbor fees going up this year

April 28th 1:48 pm

The city council recently adopted recommendations from the port advisory committee to increase the fees paid by fishermen who use the harbor. Two years ago the city upped most of its port fees by 20 percent across the board, but went easier on the commercial [...]

Himshoot tapped as new Nushagak CEO

April 28th 1:47 pm

The Nushagak Cooperative wrapped up a near five month search for a new CEO last week, announcing that Robert Himschoot would take the helm by June 1. "Bob is very familiar with rural Alaska," Board President Pete Andrew said. "He's had great working [...]

Opinion: Cutting education will hurt, not help Alaska's economy

April 28th 1:46 pm

The current proposal by the Alaska Senate majority to cut education 5.7 percent while failing to offer up any new solutions to the state's fiscal crisis should infuriate every Alaskan, not only those with children currently in school or college in the state [...]

Opinion: Safe, sound Alaska means no tolerance for domestic or sexual violence

April 28th 1:46 pm

As governor and lieutenant governor, our decisions are influenced by the roles we held long before we took office. As husbands, brothers and sons, we cherish the strong women in our lives. As grandfathers and fathers, we want to ensure a safer Alaska. It is [...]

Opinion: Alaskan fights to ban chemical that poisoned childhood

April 28th 1:45 pm

Pamela Miller boarded a plane Wednesday morning bound for Geneva, Switzerland, where she hopes the world will ban a chemical she believes may have killed five members of her family. She grew up next to a plant in Ohio that produced vast quantities of [...]

Opinion: We must stand up to the corrupt REAL ID Act

April 28th 1:44 pm

I am disappointed that the Walker Administration has given in to the fear tactics and misinformation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the TSA by putting forth legislation to make Alaska implement the Federal REAL ID Act and pay for it [...]

State Native Youth Olympics meet set for April 27-29

April 28th 1:43 pm

Anchorage will become the center of the Native Youth Olympics world this weekend when more than 2,000 athletes from throughout the state converge on the state's largest city to compete in the 2017 State NYO Championships. The tournament will be held on April [...]

Alaska USA state tournament to be held this weekend

April 28th 1:43 pm

Some of the state's top wrestlers will put their talents on display this weekend when the 2017 Alaska USA State Wrestling Championships get underway at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla. The tournament will be held on April 27-28. More than a few rural [...]

Alaska Science Forum: Tundra swans take 2 distinct paths to Alaska

April 28th 1:42 pm

Skiing to work over a persistent spring snowpack, I looked up to see a large white bird flapping gracefully over the spruce tops. A few gentle honks confirmed it was a tundra swan. After a long winter when all the large birds were black, it was good to see [...]

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