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Alaska News Nightly: January 16, 2014

Thu, 2014-01-16 18:13

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

The Senate this evening passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes substantial funds for programs important to Alaska, including fisheries disaster relief and military spending.

Fewer Kids Going to Preschool in Alaska, Waiting Lists Long

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The number of children attending preschool in Alaska is on the decline, according to a recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers say Alaska now ranks nearly last in the nation for preschool enrollment.

Tribal Councils Express Opposition To Permitting Bill

Alexandra Gutirrez, APRN – Juneau

More than 30 tribal organizations have come out in opposition to a permitting bill championed by Gov. Sean Parnell.

Despite Pipeline Progress, State Proceeds with Two Lines

Anne Hillman, APRN – Anchorage

Yesterday the state released details about the new deal that will replace the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. It makes the state a partner in the development of a natural gas export line from the North Slope. But the government is also still moving ahead with their back-up plan, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline.

Railbelt Electric Companies May Undergo Changes

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Alaska’s Railbelt electric companies are the sole users of the state’s main transmission lines that carry energy from the Bradley Lake hydropower project in Homer north to Fairbanks.  But changes are coming.  Managers of the state-owned portion of the line – called the Alaska Intertie – want to give independent power producers access to the system and some power company officials want to bring the entire grid under a single owner – operator model.

60-Foot Tug Sinks Near Wrangell

The Associated Press

State conservation officials say a 60-foot tug sank in about 120 feet of water near Wrangell.

Authorities say the Silver Bay II was found missing Tuesday during a routine dock check by representatives of the Silver Bay Logging facility about five miles south of Wrangell.

The tug was estimated to have about 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The tug had been tied to the dock for five years, and much of the fuel had been removed during that time.

There’s a light sheen in the area, but no reported impact to wildlife. The Coast Guard is investigating.

Stedman Says Hydro Funds Tight, Otter Bill Will Change

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Sitka Senator Bert Stedman says he’ll continue pursuing legislation to aid sea otter hunters. But this year, it will be different.

With Loss Of Dock, Gustavus Residents Worry About Tourist Season

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Tuesday’s storm in Southeast caused a state-owned breakwater in Gustavus to dislodge from its pilings and wash ashore on the beach. The 200-foot steel structure also serves as a popular floating dock facility for local residents running charter fishing and whale watching boats. Gustavus residents are wondering what this means for their tourist season.

Cameras Capture Northern Migration

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Scientists using time lapse photography have documented the migration of caribou and ptarmigan in northern Alaska. The project employed automated cameras to capture thousands of images of spring in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range.

Cameras Capture Northern Migration

Thu, 2014-01-16 18:12

Scientists using time lapse photography have documented the migration of caribou and ptarmigan in northern Alaska. The project employed automated cameras to capture thousands of images of spring in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range.

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Photo courtesy Ken Tape.

University Of Alaska Fairbanks Ken Tape and fellow ecologist David Gustine with the U.S. Geological Survey set up cameras at sites along a 65 mile stretch off the Dalton Highway in the spring of 2012. Tape says the digital cameras were programmed to snap shots of the sprawling landscape every 15 minutes over about a month beginning in late April.

“It’s pretty fascinating,” Tape said. “What I’ve effectively got to do is watch spring happen in the Arctic from 14 different places sitting behind my computer.”

Tape spent hundreds of hours pouring over 40 thousand images of the view shed, and whatever passed through it.

“I wasn’t really sure that it was gonna work, it was kind of a pilot project, and when I got the data back and I first downloaded a couple cameras I realized that it was a bit of a gold mine,” he said.

Tape describes a landscape changing with the weather, wind bending bushes and drifting snow, but there’s also occasional more lively punctuation, like a curious wolf peering into the lens, or a hungry bear taking center stage.

“[The bear] attacked a caribou outside of the frame; drug the caribou into the frame; and sat there and ate it,” he said. “So things like that you just wouldn’t necessarily, I wasn’t expecting to see.”

Photo courtesy Ken Tape.

What Tape was anticipating is also there.

“Over 5,000 ptarmigan and over 6,000 caribou,” he said.

Scientists typically used GPS collars and aerial surveys to track migration, but cameras offer a less invasive alternative. Tape also points to telling context provided by the photos, images that illustrate not only the volume and location of caribou and ptarmigan, but the surrounding environment.

“The study offers an opportunity to document environmental condition along alongside that migratory pulse,” Tape said.

If conducted over multiple years, Tape believes the time lapse photography technique could help sort out whether and if so, how environmental factors affect Arctic wildlife behaviors like migration, big questions as climate change alters their northern home.

Diesel leaking from tugboat that sank near Wrangell

Thu, 2014-01-16 15:14
Diesel leaking from tugboat that sank near Wrangell The vessel Silver Bay II sank while moored at the Wrangell Silver Bay logging sawmill in Southeast Alaska and was under 120 feet of water on Thursday. An oil sheen extending several miles from the vessel was spotted during an overflight by the U.S. Coast Guard. January 16, 2014

‘It was very sad here today,’ vice-president says

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:59
Pelly Construction vice-president Jennifer Byram said it was sad day today as she delivered 44 permanent layoff notices this morning at the Minto Mine.

Be fair to bereaved families: NDP to government

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:58
The NDP is calling on the government to provide basic legal support to the families of Teresa Ann Scheunert and Mary Johnny as they prepare for the inquest investigating the deaths of their loved ones.

Yukon College raises tuition fees

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:56
The Yukon College board of governors has approved a 1.9 per cent tuition fee increase

'Panhandle Pilot' takes readers along on long career of Southeast Alaska flight

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:37
'Panhandle Pilot' takes readers along on long career of Southeast Alaska flight Author and pilot Bob Adkins spent more than a decade flying for air taxi Haines Airways and shares his adventures with humor and genial wit in this aviation memoir.January 16, 2014

Willomitzer nabs third at Copper Basin 300

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:37
Shallow Bay, Yukon musher Gerry Willomitzer earned himself a third-place finish at the Copper Basin 300 race Monday.

Nishikawa ranked second on NorAm ski circuit

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:35
Several big-name cross-country skiers find themselves atop the FIS Regional Series standings

Valiant effort

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:33
Vanier Crusaders star Linsey Eby, left, is swarmed by Skagway Panthers players on her way to the basket

Green hat trick leads EDI past Rangers

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:32
Sniper Adam Green scored three times

Minor soccer back on the indoor pitch

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:30
The second half of Whitehorse Minor Soccer’s indoor season is well underway

Municipality seeks $8.2 million to move Anchorage transit center

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:30
Municipality seeks $8.2 million to move Anchorage transit center As south and east Anchorage continue to grow, the Municipality of Anchorage is hoping for more than $8 million from the Legislature to help move the transit center toward the center of the city.January 16, 2014

Court calls off wolf hunt in Sweden once again

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:08
Court calls off wolf hunt in Sweden once again The ruling blocked the hunt of 30 wolves that was planned for February; it is the third such decision from Swedish courts in recent years. January 16, 2014

AK Beat: Wild, wet, windy weather to come

Thu, 2014-01-16 08:45
AK Beat: Wild, wet, windy weather to come Gulf coast residents, get ready to batten down the hatches as wind and rain head for Southcentral Alaska yet again.January 16, 2014

Silver Salmon For Lovers

Thu, 2014-01-16 08:00

The pleasant tanginess of homemade crème fraîche, lemon and leeks harmonize with the buttery richness of wild caught Alaskan Coho salmon presented on a bed of homemade egg noodles. Light candles, play soft music, pop a cork and serve.

Crème fraîche is not available at our local Native store. No problem. We simply mixed two cups of heavy cream, two tablespoons of our homemade plain yogurt and let the mixture sit for 24 hours at room temperature and, voilà, we had crème fraîche.

The leeks in this dish seem to suggest springtime. Endless variations are possible. The lobster base in the sauce lends itself to pairing the salmon fillet with a lobster tail or claw, shrimp or even scallops; freshly picked, lightly sautéed fiddlehead ferns would make a nice addition, as would fresh mushrooms, a sprig of fennel, and so on.

Because farmed salmon is environmentally harmful (regardless of what those who profit from that industry might say), if wild salmon is not available we suggest Arctic char (farmed or wild), trout or halibut. Remember, if the salmon in the market does not specifically say “wild” or “wild-caught,” it is farmed, and we urge that it be avoided.

Silver Salmon For Lovers

Ingredients

2 portions pasta of your choice
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, cleaned and chopped moderately coarse
salt to taste
1/2 cup broth made from Better than Bouillon lobster bouillon or similar lobster base
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup crème fraîche
1 tsp dried tarragon, crushed
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 pinches cayenne pepper
3/4 lb salmon fillet, cut into 2 pieces

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking prepare sauce and salmon.
  • Melt butter in large pan over medium heat. Add olive oil.
  • Sauté chopped leek until softened, about 6 minutes.
  • Season with salt.
  • Pour lobster stock and lemon juice on leeks. Bring to a boil while stirring in order to deglaze pan. Let sauce reduce until it is nearly all evaporated.
  • Stir in crème fraîche, tarragon, mustard and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Reduce heat to low and bring sauce to a simmer.
  • Add salmon fillets to pan.
  • Cover pan and allow salmon to cook in sauce for approximately 5 – 8 minutes. White-colored fat on top of salmon indicates it’s cooked.
  • Divide pasta on 2 plates. Spoon sauce onto pasta. Place salmon atop sauce. Garnish fillets with a pinch of cayenne.
  • Light a couple of taper candles, pour two glasses of buttery chardonnay and enjoy the meal with someone special.

Parnell plan to export North Slope gas draws support, criticism

Wed, 2014-01-15 21:46
Parnell plan to export North Slope gas draws support, criticism The state’s ambitions, unveiled late last week, drew both criticism and praise on Wednesday, with some congratulating the effort and others saying the state is poised to give away too much control of the project to the Big Three oil producers and former AGIA licensee TransCanada.January 15, 2014

Parnell gas line deal aims to avoid 'fiscal certainty' confrontation

Wed, 2014-01-15 20:49
Parnell gas line deal aims to avoid 'fiscal certainty' confrontation The recent agreement between the state and the major oil companies on gas line planning attempts to sidestep debate on "fiscal certainty" and whether the Alaska Constitution allows long-term tax deals.January 15, 2014

Finland’s officers’ union supports NATO membership

Wed, 2014-01-15 19:17
Finland’s officers’ union supports NATO membership Membership in the alliance would help shore up underfunded national defense forces, many military officers believe.January 15, 2014

Politicians OK wind power on Swedish island; nuclear plant in Finland would use Russian fuel

Wed, 2014-01-15 19:16
Politicians OK wind power on Swedish island; nuclear plant in Finland would use Russian fuel Swedish authorities give approval to wind-energy facilities on an environmentally sensitive island, while a deal has been struck to use Russian fuel for the planned Fennovoima nuclear plant in Finland. January 15, 2014

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