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Petersburg’s Community Cold Storage has had a good season. This summer’s huge pink salmon returns meant a lot more product for the blast freezer. That brought in more revenue for the non-profit facility which is owned by the Petersburg Economic Development Council. Matt Lichtenstein reports:
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A woman has died in a fire that destroyed a Chugiak cabin.
The Anchorage Daily News (http://is.gd/l1FPuV) says the woman died Monday after she ran back into the house despite getting out safely.
Chugiak volunteer fire department chief Virginia McMichael says the woman was seen coming out of the South Birchwood Loop Road with two other occupants.
McMichael says the woman's body was found inside several hours after firefighters started battling the fire.
Encounters is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary! In addition to new shows, we’ll be airing some classics. You can help choose which shows to rebroadcast by going to http://encountersnorth.org/survey.htm to vote for your favorites.
“Here’s a recent photo of a Humpback Whale not far from Sitka. No matter how many times I see and hear these animals, and no matter how close or far away they are, it’s always a big thrill and a reminder of how privileged we are to have so much wildness around us in Alaska. – Nels”
Encounters airs on Sundays at 10:30 am.
KETCHIKAN (AP) — Records numbers of pink salmon caught in southeast Alaska waters in 2013 should return closer to average numbers next year, according to state biologists.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts a commercial catch of about 22 million pink salmon in Southeast, the Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1hSqwqz ).
Fishermen this year caught a whopping 94 million pink salmon.
JUNEAU (AP) — A state court judge has ruled that Alaska's newly redrawn political boundaries meet constitutional standards.
Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy issued the ruling Monday, granting the Alaska Redistricting Board's requests for summary judgment.
The Alaska Supreme Court had ordered the board to redraw the state's political boundaries after allowing an interim map to be used for last year's elections.
JUNEAU (AP) — An Alaska official said Monday the state is looking at taking a multibillion-dollar equity stake in a major natural gas pipeline project as a way to protect its interests and help make the long-hoped-for project a reality.
Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash said Gov. Sean Parnell's administration views a potential equity stake of 20 percent to 30 percent favorably. But he said any level of participation would depend on legislative buy-in and the terms the companies pursuing the project are willing to accept.
A Washington state man has been fined $10,000 — and will possibly forfeit his boat — after pleading guilty to unregistered sport fish guiding in Sitka Superior court in October.
State Wildlife Troopers in 2012 conducted a four day sting operation against William Davisson from Anacortes, Washington, who guided fishing trips without a license in Sitka. Troopers Eric Hinton and Justin Lindell, posing as brothers-in-law, booked a four day, three night guided fishing trip with William Davisson in June of that year.
Hinton explained the details in Sitka Superior court last month.
“Well before we start an undercover operation like this me and the fellow investigator need to come up with a story as to how we know each other. We need to know family members. You certainly don’t want to make a mistake when you’re talking with a suspect. When you’re undercover it is a little nerve racking, really. The longer the trip is the more difficult it is to keep your cover story.”
Davisson pleaded guilty to four counts: sport fishing without a license, sport fish guiding with an unregistered vessel, furnishing shellfish to sport fishing clients – specifically king crab, and unlawful possession of sport caught fish. In total, these misdemeanors carried a maximum fine of $40,000, and 4 months jail time. But in exchange for his guilty plea, the court charged Davisson $10,000, and suspended all jail time and most of the fines.
Hinton’s testimony recounted additional details of the trip. He said prior to boarding the boat, Davisson admitted he was not a licensed guide, but was licensed by the Coast Guard. That means he can’t guide fishing tours, but can carry passengers.
“He asked us if we were OK with that, we said that we were and he then said, well I need to come up with a cover story between me and him as to how we met. He suggested that we fished off a charter outside of Miami. I asked him to change that to Key West Florida because I knew of a legitimate charter business down there we could use,” said Hinton.
Over four days the group caught one halibut, fourteen king salmon, three king crab, and 25 dungeness crab. Since Lindell and Hinton were posing as non-residents, the bag limit for king salmon is four fish per year, per person, and one fish per day. Davisson’s group averaged three and a half king salmon a day. The group also harvested and ate king crab on board, which is also illegal.
“We recorded fish when Mr. Davisson told us to record fish. On the first day he instructed investigator Lindell not to record the fish because he did not think state troopers were nearby. And he said if we do get stopped by Fish and Game just say that you’re either fishing for halibut or you’re just trolling for catch and release,” said Hinton.
If troopers did approach the boat, Davisson planned to toss unlawfully caught fish in a hidden hold in the bottom of his boat.
Hinton said, “the secret compartment doesn’t have any hinges on it, so you can’t see anything sticking up on the deck. He had L-brackets that came down and fit underneath the spar on the deck to hold it in place. And in order to open up or unlock that secret hatch in the middle he had to get a screwdriver or knife or something, and he would pry that thing back so he could get his fingers under it. And then he’d pull it out and that would unlock it. So, when he closed it and re-locked it he would take a towel or outdoor rug and throw it on top so it didn’t look like anything. It just looked like the deck.”
A month after the undercover fishing trip, Wildlife Trooper, Robert Welch showed up at Davisson’s boat with seizure and search warrants. Welch says Davisson’s fishing license had expired. Davisson told Welch that he didn’t have a sport fishing license but didn’t need one because he never guided paid clients – only friends and family. Welch spoke with one other person that had paid Davisson for a trip after being referred by a mutual friend.
Shirley Erst, who has known Davisson for 50 years, testified on his behalf. Erst told the court that Davisson does not earn a living fishing and has never been in trouble before. She said she will make certain Davisson’s boat will not return to Alaska.
While the fine is settled, Davisson faces three years of probation and the possible seizure of his vessel. The terms of his probation and forfeiture of his vessel will be determined in December.
It’s no secret that fewer and fewer people can fluently speak Alaska Native languages. And while there’s renewed interest, it’s hard to get beyond nouns and verbs.
Southeast Alaska educators and culture bearers are using games to make learning a difficult language fun. Here’s some of what happened during a recent Sharing Our Knowledge Conference session in Juneau.
A half-dozen people stand at the front of a meeting room, ready to test their Tlingit spelling skills.
“This is the first time we’ve ever done this as a Tlingit spelling bee,” says Linda Belarde, a culture and language expert who works for the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
She’s one of the organizers of the session, which also included math and word games.
“I really congratulate any of you who are willing to be in this spelling bee, because spelling is hard and nobody likes to make mistakes,” she tells the half-dozen contestants.
Juneau teacher Hans Chester, the bee’s pronouncer, gave contestants a practice round, with simple words.
He also provided tips on identifying some of the Tlingit letters that aren’t used in English.
Then, it was time for the real competition, with harder words that stumped most contestants. One by one, they dropped out after misspelling a word. It finally got down to two people, then one.
The winner was Will Geiger, a University of Alaska-Southeast student, who had to make it through several other words to take the title.
Tlingit used to be a spoken language, with no associated writing. Missionaries and academics came up with several rough spelling systems.
The contemporary version was developed over the past half-century, through consultation with traditional speakers.
This bee was based on a Tlingit spelling book, edited by language experts Richard and Nora Dauenhauer, who have worked for and with the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
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Washington state man pleads guilty to unregistered sport fish guiding. Sea cucumber fishing winding down for season. A year’s delay expected before implementation of predator control program near Ketchikan.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says an endangered species petition for Southeast Alaska’s wolves is under review but cannot say when a finding might be made on whether the agency will look into the species further. Environmental groups say the decision is two years overdue.
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The Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace are wondering why review of their request to list the animals under the Endangered Species Act has taken more than two years to complete.
“The law very clearly requires that a preliminary finding be made in 90 days, after a petition for a listing under the Endangered Species Act is filed,” said Larry Edwards, a forest campaigner for Greenpeace in Sitka. “And here we are, this Monday, two years beyond when we made the filing.”
The preliminary finding, a first step in the listing process, is simply a determination by the agency that the listing may be warranted and should be reviewed further. Under the law, the finding is required within 90 days “to the maximum extent practicable.”
Andrea Medeiros a spokesperson for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska says it’s a capacity issue. “We have very few staff that can handle the petitions. So it’s tough to process anything in a 90 day period.”
Medeiros could not say when a finding is anticipated. “I don’t have a timeline for that. I know it’s in the process of review.”
The agency determined a listing was not warranted for a prior petition submitted during the 1990s. Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity submitted the latest petition in August of 2011 and points out that the 90-day deadline, in November of that year, was two years ago. The two groups sent a letter this month to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell calling the finding “woefully overdue.”
Greenpeace’s Edwards says the most recent reliable wolf population estimate for Prince of Wales is from the 1990s. “So nobody really knows right now how many are out there. But it’s been a very dramatic decline from all evidence that’s been collected so far.”
The groups argue the island’s wolves are genetically distinct from other wolf populations on the Tongass and require protection.
Greenpeace and other groups this summer appealed the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island because of concerns over logging impacts on wolves and their primary food, deer. The U.S. Forest Service has delayed that logging and is taking another look at habitat in the area on eastern Prince of Wales, near Coffman Cove and Thorne Bay. In their appeal, the environmental groups cited a declaration on the proposed logging by former Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Dave Person. He writes that the removal of important deer winter habitat from the Big Thorne project and past logging could result in the collapse and eventual elimination of wolves from Prince of Wales.
Person’s estimate in 1995 put Prince of Wales wolf numbers between 300 and 350 animals. Since then, he writes that hunting and trapping of wolves may have reduced their number by 50 percent or more on the island.
KODIAK — The state of Alaska has picked the guiding hand behind its new Tustumena-class ferry.
Naval engineering firm Glosten and Associates of Seattle will guide the state as it plans a new oceangoing ferry to replace the 49-year-old ferry Tustumena. The news was announced this week at a meeting of the state’s ferry advisory board in Anchorage.
“They’re a very big, capable (firm) and they’re going to start the process for us,” Capt. John Falvey of the ferry system told the board.
FAIRBANKS — A dozen flat rate shipping boxes with destinations like Vermont, California, Washington and Ontario lined the countertops of Jesse Flores’ office at Alaska Mini Storage.
Going into them were Hot Wheels cars.
Hundreds and hundreds of Hot Wheels. There were Caminos in every color, collectible VW Drag Buses and rare Treasure Hunt models of every make with Mattel’s upgraded sparkly paint jobs and extra-nice wheels.
SOLDOTNA — Bubba has all the qualities of a top quality matchmaker; he understands what males and females look for in potential mates and then uses that knowledge to bring them together.
“That’s when I let the air out of them,” said the Soldotna hunter and national champion moose caller.
With decades of experience and field observation, he uses moose biology against them, including a special call that’s he’s developed that sounds to most people like a raven.
HOMER — Homer Police last week arrested on assault charges a Homer man who in August 2008 shot and killed another man at an Old Town drinking party.
Charles Young, 61, known as “Yukon Charlie,” faces two counts of third-degree assault in the latest incident. Police said that on Nov. 11, Young hit on the head with brass knuckles Robert Tech, 47, also known as “Turkey Joe,” and also stabbed him with a switchblade.
ANCHORAGE — Two members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have introduced bills that would clarify that it’s OK for Alaska Natives to sell artwork adorned with bird feathers.
Under the legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, some traditional Alaska Native art and crafts would be exempt from a provision of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act barring the sale of items containing the feathers and non-edible parts of migratory birds.
JUNEAU — A county government building in New Jersey has been dedicated to the USS Juneau.
The Wednesday ceremony was on the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the light cruiser during World War II, KTOO reported.
Two Japanese torpedoes sank the USS Juneau during the Battle of Guadalcanal, killing more than 600 U.S. sailors. Among the dead were 20 Hudson County, N.J., men.
Many of their family members attended the dedication ceremony as did City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Randy Wanamaker.
FAIRBANKS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans to double the number of customs positions at Fairbanks International Airport, a move that will allow direct flights between Fairbanks and Dawson City, Yukon.
The federal agency last month denied a proposal by Whitehorse-based Air North to offer nine flights a week between the two cities. The agency cited a staffing shortage in Fairbanks that left it unable to process tourists flying from the Canadian community, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
KETCHIKAN — The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show hasn’t disappeared — it’s being renovated.
“We’re sprucing it up!” said Shauna Lee, general manager of the downtown Ketchikan attraction near Thomas Basin that will mark its 15th year of operations in 2014.
The current project started just one day after the final cruise ship visit of the 2013 season, said Lee.
“The lumberjacks participated in taking the grandstands down,” she said.
Woodwright Construction is the Ketchikan contractor that’s handling all of the major construction work.
ANCHORAGE — If you’ve opened a newspaper from one of Alaska’s major cities, chances are you’re familiar with the work of Chad Carpenter, creator of “Tundra” comics. His pot-bellied, large-nosed, hapless cartoon characters have populated the local funny pages for 21 years, starting in the Anchorage Daily News and spreading to over 550 newspapers across the United States, Europe and even the Caribbean.