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Kuskokwim Working Group Outlines 2014 King Salmon Restrictions

Mon, 2014-04-07 18:07

Working Group member Dave Cannon demonstrates dipnet features. (Photo by Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel)

Two months before what would normally be time for king salmon fishing, Kuskokwim residents have a sketch of what the summer’s conservation measures will look like. There will be no directed king salmon fishing. For other chum and red salmon, managers are setting no hard dates for the first gillnet opening, other than its anticipated in the last week of June. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group last week painstakingly came to a consensus on conservation measures.

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After going through several draft fishing schedules this winter, the working group ultimately did not set a firm date for the first gillnet opportunity for other salmon species.

That’s because even with no targeted fishing for kings, there will be kings caught in 6” nets when they are used for chum and sockeye. The working group expects the first period to be the last week of June, but with the summer’s priority of allowing more Chinook escapement, it all depends on the run strength and timing.

Area Management biologist Travis Elison told the group that it’s hard to predict when chum and sockeye will outnumber the kings.

“As we show with the test fish data, there’s about a week period where just depending on run time, you might or might not hit that saturation point we’re looking for. From about the 18th to the 26th of June, it’s really hard to pick that date,” Elison said.

The first opening will come when there are sufficient kings moving upriver to spawn, and when chum and sockeye greatly outnumber the kings. During the June king salmon closures, there will be opportunities forfisherman to use 5’ dipnets to target chum and sockeye. Again, there’s no date set, but the dipnet fishery should open in mid-June sometime, according the motion that passed.

After 2013’s run brought the fewest kings up the river in history, managers and stakeholders are seeking to allow many more kings to reach spawning grounds. Bev Hoffman is a co-chair of the Working Group and says it’s crucial to bring that message home.

“People are going to be hurt by this, this is hard, and there will be a lot of venting. The situation is what it is and we can’t fish like there’s no tomorrow. Not on the kings, because there would be no tomorrow for the kings. And that’s the message,” Hoffman said.

There may be a couple opportunities for people to have at least a taste of king salmon. The group is asking managers to find a way to allow up to 30 king salmon per village, total, sometime in June. Tribal councils would be in charge of distributing the taste as they see fit. There are also plans to distribute fish caught in the Bethel test fishery to villages up and down the river.

As fishers work to feed their families, Co-Chair LaMont Albertson encouraged fishermen to take advantage of the river’s non-salmon species during the early part of June.

Managers anticipate allowing 60 foot whitefish nets with 4” mesh, but the group doesn’t want them catching kings. They will submit an emergency petition to require the 4” nets to be used only as set nets during a period in early summer. Some fishermen in 2012 had drifted with 4” gear, apparently targeting and catching kings.

Albertson says the conservation decisions were tough, but they were not decisions that could be put off.

“The decisions we make now will affect the population of the Y-K Delta, the human population, 10 and 20 years from now. This is a serious time and we need to take real strong conservation measures. I hope everyone getting this message will realize why we have to take these measures and I hope they’ll cooperate in every way that they can,” Albertson said.

To that end, at the close of the meeting, the members put together the Working Group message that they’ll take up and down the river to prepare fishers for a summer of conservation.

Fairbanks Sport Fish Hatchery Prepares For Second Season

Mon, 2014-04-07 18:06

Hatchery tank. (Photo by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks)


The onset of spring has some Alaskans looking forward to fishing season. That includes employees at the state’ new sport fish hatchery in Fairbanks, where they’re hoping for conditions less extreme than those experienced last year.

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Alaska News Nightly: April 7, 2014

Mon, 2014-04-07 17:23

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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Rio Tinto Gives Up On Pebble Mine

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Mining Giant Rio Tinto announced Monday it will divest its holdings with Northern Dynasty, the sole owner of the Pebble mine prospect in Bristol Bay.  Rio Tinto held 19 percent of Northern Dynasty’s publicly traded shares. But the company is not selling those shares. Instead, it will split them evenly between two charitable organizations.

Izembek Road Issue May Be Headed To Court

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Over the last year, residents of King Cove have been ramping up their campaign to build what they say is a life-saving road through the Izembek wildlife refuge.

Bill Increases Education Funding By $225 Million

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

With the Alaska House of Representatives set to vote on an omnibus education bill on Monday, rural legislators are prepared to fight a change to the funding formula included in the legislation. The bill increases education funding by $225 million spread out over three years, and it adjusts the formula used to divide that money in a way that gives urban schools a boost.

Researchers Seek Glimpse Into Lives Of Earliest Unangan Population

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

The Islands of the Four Mountains are at the center of the Aleutians — geographically, and in folklore passed down from prehistoric times. But we don’t know much about the people who lived there.

Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Sealaska regional Native corporation does not appear to be making much – if any – money. Its spring distribution to shareholders, which is basically a dividend, includes no corporate revenues. But, the details are not yet available.

Study Investigates Potential Impacts Of Road Development On Western Arctic Caribou Herd

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

A group of researchers announced last month the results of a multi-year study assessing the impacts to caribou habitat of a potential service road from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District. Their research is one of the first wildlife biology studies looking at whether a road through a stretch of the Interior would disrupt the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, which is vital to subsistence users across Western Alaska.

Kuskokwim Working Group Outlines 2014 King Salmon Restrictions

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

Two months before what would normally be time for king salmon fishing, Kuskokwim residents have a sketch of what the summer’s conservation measures will look like. There will be no directed king salmon fishing.  For other chum and red salmon, managers are setting no hard dates for the first gillnet opening, other than its anticipated in the last week of June. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group last week painstakingly came to a consensus on conservation measures.

Fairbanks Sport Fish Hatchery Prepares For Second Season

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The onset of spring has some Alaskans looking forward to fishing season.  That includes employees at the state’ new sport fish hatchery in Fairbanks, where  they’re hoping for conditions less extreme than those experienced last year.

Rural Legislators Wary Of Change To School Funding Formula

Mon, 2014-04-07 16:40

With the Alaska House of Representatives set to vote on an omnibus education bill Monday night, rural legislators are prepared to fight a change to the funding formula included in the legislation.

The bill increases education funding by $225 million spread out over three years, and it adjusts the formula used to divide that money out in a way that gives urban schools a boost.

Rep. Bryce Edgmon, who chairs the Bush Caucus, says that’s unfair.

“In essence it’s saying that ‘Smaller schools, you don’t need that extra money. You’re doing just fine out there,’” says Edgmon.

The current funding formula takes the base student allocation — or the dollar amount a school gets for each child enrolled — and multiplies it in such a way that a student at the state’s smallest school gets twice as much funding as a student at one of the state’s biggest schools. The idea is those bigger schools can be more cost efficient.

The omnibus bill changes that formula by getting rid of the penalties on the biggest schools. Where the current formula treats a 250-student school differently than a 750-student school, the version before the House treats them the same. The change amounts to a 10 percent boost in the formula for East High in Anchorage, the state’s largest school.

Some of the loudest calls for increased education funding have come from the state’s urban districts. The Anchorage School District is facing a $23 million shortfall, while the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are looking at an $8 million budget gap.

But Edgmon says rural districts are hurting, too, even if their budget numbers are not as dramatic.

“What hasn’t risen to the front page is the fact that the smaller schools have already made those cuts,” says Edgmon. “They’ve already laid off a lot essential services.”

Because rural schools do not get an increase in the formula change, Edgmon is worried this could lead to a wide gap in funding down the road. He thinks lawmakers did not get a chance to consider that during the committee process because the change was only introduced last week.

“We went into the K-12 funding formula, and adjusted some of those very complicated provisions there without having the benefit of a study, without having the benefit of some real analysis behind it,” says Edgmon.

Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska’s Children, a coalition of more than 20 school districts, has also come out against the formula change because of concern over a regional disparity. The coalition successfully brought the Kasayulie and Moore lawsuits against the state government, which argued that there was a funding inequity between urban and rural schools.

Urban legislators who advocated for the change to the funding formula say it’s justified because it helps 80 percent of students in the public school system. Anchorage Republican Mia Costello, who was not available for a follow-up interview, told reporters last week that the formula change made it so that urban children were not treated as a “fraction” of a student.

Bookert's Bomb in semifinals of NIT basketball tourney looked like Mario's Miracle

Mon, 2014-04-07 14:06
Bookert's Bomb in semifinals of NIT basketball tourney looked like Mario's Miracle They call Madison Square Garden in New York City ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ and tonight for a moment Devon Bookert of Anchorage took center stage.April 7, 2014

Inside Anchorage recording studio Surreal Studios

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:54
Inside Anchorage recording studio Surreal Studios For the past 30 years, Surreal Studios in Anchorage has seen hundreds of Alaskan musical acts pass through its doors, providing musicians with the means to cut high-quality recordings in hopes of hitting the bigtime.April 7, 2014

Manhunt begins after motel bar is robbed

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:49
Whitehorse RCMP are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a robbery that happened late Saturday night at the Casa Loma Motel.

Fire that damaged home described as accidental

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:48
A home on Ponderosa Drive in Porter Creek C was left with significant damage following an accidental fire Friday afternoon.

City could aim to get more commuters to use vehicle alternatives

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:44
It could be a very long time before the number of cyclists, pedestrians and transit users outnumber the people using a personal vehicle for their daily commute, but efforts may soon be made to cut vehicle use in the city.

Photos: Inside Anchorage's Surreal Studios

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:43
Photos: Inside Anchorage's Surreal Studios

For the past 30 years, Surreal Studios in Anchorage has seen hundreds of Alaskan musical acts pass through its doors, providing musicians with the means to cut high-quality recordings in hopes of hitting the bigtime.

April 7, 2014

In Unalaska, prepping for the big one with a 'pseudonami'

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:41
In Unalaska, prepping for the big one with a 'pseudonami' Unalaska first responders and residents practiced disaster response with a simulated tsunami. There were no hypothetical deaths or major injuries in the drill, although community infrastructure sustained theoretical damage.April 7, 2014

Bears win second straight broomball title

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:12
The Spectrum Security Bears won their second straight Yukon Broomball Association championship with a dominating performance Saturday.

Yukon team bound for broomball nationals

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:10
The territory’s top broomball players are en route to Calgary for the Canadian Senior Broomball Championship.

Rio Tinto's donation of Pebble share is an investment in the company's future in Alaska

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:08
Rio Tinto's donation of Pebble share is an investment in the company's future in Alaska OPINION: While Rio Tinto no longer sees the Pebble prospect as a good fit with its current portfolio, donating its shares is not so much a charitable act, but a strategic investment in Alaska's future and the company's future in the 49th state.April 7, 2014

Witnesses at Coast Guard murder trial describe Wells' reaction to the crime

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:07
Witnesses at Coast Guard murder trial describe Wells' reaction to the crime Defendant James Wells appeared shocked one moment, but unfazed the next, according to testimony. He gave his condolences by placing his hands on Coast Guard Petty Officer Leah Henry’s shoulders and offering a handkerchief. April 7, 2014

Algo Nuevo: April 6, 2014

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:28

Here’s the Sunday, April 6, 2014 edition of Algo Nuevo con Dave Luera — Something New with Dave Luera. If you have questions, comments or music requests for host Dave Luera, send email to algonuevo [at] alaskapublic [dot] org or post your comment at the bottom of this post. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

  • Song Title
  • Artist Name
  • Album Title
  • CD Label
  • Duration

Europa

Santana

The Best of Santana

Columbia

506

 

Sexy Cumbia

Texas Latino

Un Nuevo Camino

New Village Records

320

 

Rene and Rene Medley

Rio Rami

A Touch of Old School

Hacienda

448

 

Cowboy Cumbia

Samuel D

Cowboy Cumbia

Samuel D Productions

419

 

El Ultimo Beso

Rumores

Living Life

The Pad

418

 

Mi Chicanita

The Galaxies

Promo

Unknown

340

 

Nuestro Anniversario

Patsy Torres

Mi Inspiracion

World Class Records

441

 

Aguita De Melon

Abel Lucero

Recuerdos

Abel Lucero Productions

250

 

El Reloj

Little Joe Y La Familia

Evolution

TDI

447

 

Pobre Caminante

Abel Lucero

Recuerdos

Abel Lucero Productions

329

 

Corazon De Carton

Avizo

Divamania

Powerhouse

317

 

Corazon

Avizo

Divamania

Powerhouse

410

 

Sopa De Caracol

Juntos Unidos

Promo

Unknown

450

 

Sabrosura Medley

Tejano Highway 281

The 281ers

Tejano Powerhouse Records

452

 

Mentiroso

Avizo

Davamania

Powerhouse

450

 

Dejeme Que Me Emborrache

Jerry Lopez

Mis Raices

CR Records

346

 

Cumbia Medley

The New Variety Band

Simplemente Amigos

GSM Discos

418

 

Contigo A La Distancia

Grupo Quemado

El Regreso

Q Zone

409

 

Simplemente Amigos

The New Variety Band

Simplemente Amigos

GSM Discos

352

Oldies Medley

Liberty Band

Life is Good

TMR

722

 

El Paso Del Canguro

August

Legacy

Sound Garden

419

 

Tu Prieto

Chuck Medina And the Enchanted Knights

Por El Amor De La Musica

Wizard Studios

440

 

En El Amor

Ram Herrera

En El Amor

AMMX

338

 

Ahora Soy Feliz

Ruben Ramos

Juan Manuel Barco/Mis Canciones

Unknown/Promo

405

 

La Pollera Colorada

Nightlife

Back to Basics

Eskandalo

348

 

Nada Te Questa

Latin Express

Chicanoville

Brown Line

329

 

Por Ningun Motivo

Bandalegre

6

Great Day Productions

332

 

Subele

Hugo Guerrero/Ruben Ramos

Promo

Revolution

318

 

Volver, Volver

Vicente Fernandez

35 Anniversario

CBS

300

 

Un Engano Mas

Texas Latino

Evolucion

EMI Latin

329

 

Como La Flor

Selena

Ones

EMI Latin

304

 

Maria, Maria

Christian Sanchez

Lo Mejor De N.M. Music 2013

Atlantis

232

 

Ahora Por Idea

Jerry Dean

Lo Mejor De N.M. Music 2013

Atlantis

314

 

Mucho Corazon

Adalberto

Una Voz Enamorada

Qvo

346

 

Cumbia Caliente

Ray Camacho

Greatest Hits

ATM

316

 

Un Dia A La Vez

Bryan Olivas

Amar

BRO

321

 

A Different Kind of Sister

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:01

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BBBS final

Today we meet a pair of sisters. Nine years ago, Gracia O’Connell and Jesenia Peterson were matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska program. Jesenia still remembers her response when asked what kind of Big Sister she wanted.

“Someone who likes sushi, and macaroni and cheese, and snowboarding, and is pretty like a princess,” Jesenia says.

“And I remember having the thought ‘oh this is going to be fun, what nine-year-old wants to go and get sushi?’” Gracia replies.

Nine years later the pair is closer than ever. Jesenia says Gracia has played a major role for her, and filled a much-needed hole. Her dad wasn’t part of her life, and her mom had to work full-time.

Jesenia and Gracia 9 years ago, when first matched.

“She’s like a second mom. I call her ‘Mima,’ that’s how she’s listed in my phone. She’s just a great model for me.” But, Gracia is clearly more than a second mom to Jesenia. The two seem like best friends. ”Obviously I dress like her; I do my makeup like her. I try to be a little minion,” Jesenia says.

And they’re in contact all the time.

“Jesenia’s a great texter. I think she broke 7,000 texts one month. Fortunately we have unlimited texting, so that’s not a problem,” Gracia says.

Jesenia celebrated her 18th birthday last week, and Gracia threw her a spa party. She says it’s been a joy to watch her mature into a woman. Gracia’s also done some growing herself.

“One of the main rewards has been to watch her evolve, and watch her grow up with all the different struggles and be able to be that person who is there for her and be able to create that safe environment. It’s certainly caused me to grow as a person,” Gracia says.

Gracia says when she first started the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the two would plan elaborate activities. But now, meeting up for a coffee and doing some window shopping like they have today is more the norm. They make their way to the mall, and decide to do an olive oil tasting.

The pair today, after 9 years together.

“We could make something that features an oil,” Jesenia suggests.  

“We could do a taste party at your house,” Gracia replies. “Yeah!”

The ladies are drawn in by a bottle of tomato oil.

“It’s got texture in it, I like it,” Gracia says.

“Ok…..I don’t know, I don’t like tomatoes. I’m picky about them,” Jesenia replies.

“Well I like it, so I’m going to make salsa with it, and you can’t have any,” Gracia says.

Once Jesenia graduates high school this Spring, she and Gracia will no longer be enlisted in the program. But Gracia says that shouldn’t change anything.

“I think for the most part we forget we’re part of the program. Which is a good thing. That’s kind of the goal,” Gracia says.

“The goal for all of our matches is to provide a child with a caring adult mentor that will change their life. Whether that relationship last for a year, or a life time,” says Lilah Walker, the Anchorage Development Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska.

Walker says almost any length of time as a big brother or sister can have a positive effect on a child. However, she says Gracia and Jesenia’s nine years together is truly a success story.

“She will no longer be officially matched with Gracia once she graduates. Aside from that, she will be out of the program but we know their relationship is going to continue. Gracia and her have something really special, and I think that’s going to continue through both of their lives,” Walker says.

And the women couldn’t concur more.

“As for as Jesenia and I are concerned she’s not going anywhere. I mean, she’s part of my life now indefinitely,” Gracia says.

“As long as she has juice and some type of cereal I’m going to be at her house raiding her fridge. Maybe going through her closet, asking to borrow something,” Jesenia says.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister in Alaska.

The tyranny of time and distance in Arctic SAR

Mon, 2014-04-07 11:57
The tyranny of time and distance in Arctic SAR A wide network of rescue-coordination centers exists, but mostly for communications. Assets for conducting searches and rescues are still lacking in some key regions.April 7, 2014

AK Beat: Sorry, Justin Bieber, Alaska's just not that into you

Mon, 2014-04-07 09:05
AK Beat: Sorry, Justin Bieber, Alaska's just not that into you A new survey has discovered that Alaska has largely been immune to "Bieber fever."April 7, 2014

Rio Tinto Gives Pebble Mine Stake to Nonprofits

Mon, 2014-04-07 07:43

The mining conglomerate Rio Tinto announced this morning it is divesting its stake in Northern Dynasty, the owner of the proposed Pebble Mine. Rio said in December it might sell, but in a surprise move, the company says it is donating its 19 percent share to two charities, the Alaska Community Foundation and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation.

Rio CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques said in a statement the donation would ensure Alaskans will have a say in Pebble’s development.

The foundations didn’t immediately announce what they will do with their minority shares in the project. The director of the Bristol Bay  education fund said in a statement the gift will help the foundation fulfill it’s mission. In the same written statement, BBNC chief executive  Jason Metrokin said the corporation’s opposition to the mine hasn’t changed.

The copper and gold mine has drawn widespread opposition, and an EPA study recently found it would pose “Irreversible harm” to the region’s rich salmon runs. Bristol Bay Native Corp has been one of the leading groups opposing the mine.

Rio’s stake was worth nearly $25 million late last year but Northern Dynasty’s share price plunged last month when the EPA announced its assessment of Pebble, which is the company’s only major asset, and the price fell again today.

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