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Alaska teams net wins in Vegas basketball tournament

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 17:29
Alaska teams net wins in Vegas basketball tournament Alaska’s 16-U and 17-U boys teams earned victories Friday in the Bigfoot Hoops basketball tournament in Las Vegas. July 19, 2014

ABL glance through games of July 18

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 17:25
ABL glance through games of July 18 Alaska Baseball League at a glance: Games through Friday, July 18.July 19, 2014

American Legion: Friday's results

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 17:24
American Legion: Friday's results Dimond and Eagle River cruised to American Legion wins on Friday. July 19, 2014

Photos: 3rd annual Salmon Daze Festival

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 16:14
Photos: 3rd annual Salmon Daze Festival

The third annual Salmon Daze festival was held in a new location this year -- the Anchorage Museum Quad.

July 19, 2014

Still have questions about the oil tax referendum? You're not alone

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 16:05
Still have questions about the oil tax referendum? You're not alone OPINION: A host of questions need to be answered before Alaskans vote on whether to repeal or keep the state's new oil tax regime. And at a free forum in Anchorage this month, the two sides will be forced to answer each other's questions in front of an audience.July 19, 2014

Readers write: Letters to the editor, July 19

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 15:41
Readers write: Letters to the editor, July 19 LETTERS: Readers weigh in on literacy, leash laws, the Veterans Administration and paying it forward.July 19, 2014

Photos: 19th annual Alaska Men's Run

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 15:10
Photos: 19th annual Alaska Men's Run

The 19th annual Alaska Men's Run was held Saturday at the Anchorage Football Stadium along Chester Creek.

July 19, 2014

Repeal of oil tax law would not kill gas line

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 15:05
Repeal of oil tax law would not kill gas line OPINION: Voting to repeal the SB 21 oil tax cut would not kill the gas pipeline. It would stand as a directive to the governor and the Legislature to create a better tax policy for Alaska.July 19, 2014

Jahn wins Alaska Men's Run

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 14:03
Jahn wins Alaska Men's Run Colony High grad Corbyn Jahn collected another footrace victory Saturday, winning the Alaska Men's Run at Anchorage Football Stadium. July 19, 2014

Voter registration deadline is Sunday

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 13:24
Voter registration deadline is Sunday Want to vote in the Aug. 19 primary election? Get registered by Sunday, July 20. Here's how.July 19, 2014

Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 13:05

Triathlete Tim Bomba has spent a decade helping people feel comfortable swimming in the ocean. But before he could do that, he had to overcome his own fear of the water at the age of 52.

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Remixed And Retweeted

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 13:05

Propaganda has always been a part of war. Social media is expanding the battlefield, but sometimes it also creates a space for mutual respect.

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Fishing-net death toll of endangered seals rises in Finland

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 12:20
Fishing-net death toll of endangered seals rises in Finland The dead pup was the sixth Saimaa ringed seal killed this year in fishing-related accidents. The Saimaa seals are highly endangered, with only 310 in the population.  July 19, 2014

Sweden pushes for tougher Russia sanctions

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 12:19
Sweden pushes for tougher Russia sanctions Swedish Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeldt said he is working to convince other EU nations to take a harder line against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.July 19, 2014

Gull-egg harvest gets boost from Congress

Southeast Alaska News - Sat, 2014-07-19 11:56

Glaucous-winged gulls nest in Glacier Bay. Federal legislation allows Hoonah Tlingits to harvest their eggs.(Courtesy National Park Service.)

A bill allowing traditional gull-egg harvests in Glacier Bay is on its way to the president’s desk. It’s the culmination of years of lobbying to resume a centuries-long practice.

The measure is one of 16 included in a package of land-use bills recently passed by the United States Senate. It’s already made it through the House, so it just needs President Obama’s signature to become law.

The bill is called the Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act. Hoonah, 40 miles west of Juneau, is across Icy Strait from Glacier Bay. Many current residents are Tlingits who call the area their ancestral home. (Huna is the traditional spelling; Hoonah is contemporary.)

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During a congressional hearing earlier this year, Hoonah Indian Association Tribal Administrator Robert Starbard said the bill will restore a practice that should have never been blocked.

“Since time immemorial, the collection of gull eggs on South Marble Island and elsewhere in Glacier Bay has been a traditional cultural practice of the Tlingit people,” he said.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve was established in 1925. Harvesting continued until the 1960s, when a migratory bird treaty and park regulations changed the rules.

(Read about Tlingit history in Glacier Bay.)

Limited harvests have been allowed. But Starbard says they should be managed by Hoonah Tlingits, not federal agencies.

“What is being conserved is not biodiversity in the abstract, but a living community that requires, as a condition of its continued existence, the sustainable management of the resources on which it depends,” he said.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young authored versions of the bill, with support from Senator Mark Begich. It’s been in the works for several years.

The gull-egg act has been opposed by the Sierra Club.

Lindsey Hajduk is with that organization.

“The members of the Sierra Club Alaska Chapter had been somewhat concerned about just the precedent of allowing any collection of wildlife from any national park,” she said.

Board member Jack Hession campaigned against the gull-egg bill.

“There is a risk that if Glacier Bay is opened Alaska Native people living around these other parks might seek the same privilege. And who knows how far this could go,” Hession said in a 2011 interview. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

He said several locations outside the park and closer to Hoonah were better collection sites.

But Hajduk says the club stepped back from that position.

“I think it’s a safe assessment to say that it’s not up to us where we recommend traditional collection of subsistence resources. It’s really up to those tribes and tribal members that are engaged in it to decide,” she said.

The act applies to only glaucous-winged gulls, among the most common of Southeast’s seabirds. It also limits the number and location of egg harvests. (Read more about egg harvesting in the bay.)

Teen driver detained in fatal hit-and-run of Anchorage bicyclist

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 11:49
Teen driver detained in fatal hit-and-run of Anchorage bicyclist Anchorage police responded Saturday morning to reports of a fatal hit-and-run collision involving a bicyclist; a 17-year-old driver has been detained.July 19, 2014

VIDEO: The Arctic in the Anthropocene

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Sat, 2014-07-19 11:39
VIDEO: The Arctic in the Anthropocene

Take a look at the National Research Council report that has determined emerging questions to help researchers understand how changes in the Arctic will affect society and the environment globally.

July 19, 2014

Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 10:44

Virginia Democrat Rep. Jim Moran and a dozen others are on the list of people who will not be allowed to travel to Russia.

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Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 09:13

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he had a "very intense" conversation with Vladimir Putin about the Russian leader using his influence with Moscow-backed rebels to secure access to the scene.

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States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

NPR News - Sat, 2014-07-19 08:25

The 13 states that lifted their minimum wage levels on Jan. 1 experienced added jobs at a faster pace than the 37 states that kept wage levels steady.

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