Archive for January 15th, 2013
On a September morning, a coastal lagoon in Alaska glistens like smooth glass. The Tlingit village on the shore is still quiet.
But a delectable aroma in the air reveals something at work: salmon were hung in the smokehouse with care.
In Alaska, the fresh water that feeds the rivers is snowmelt from North America’s highest mountains and most active volcanoes. Time and again, they erupt and poison the rivers. Scientists have only just begun to piece together what might have happened nearly 2,000 years ago, when one race of salmon faced the death of their natal river and were forced back to the open ocean on an exceptional adventure. Navigating between the sulphurous waters, bears, sharks and eagles, the fish escaped the Earth’s wrath to give birth to descendants that continue their pioneering journey to the heart of an active volcano.
TV: Wednesday, 1/16 at 9:00pm
Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes, and confusing students with false information. Luckily, the Research Rescue Squad will save the day! Join the Squad as they try to defeat the evil mastermind, Dubious Sources, by helping students do solid research using the library, the internet, and museums.
Thursday, 1/17 at 9:00am
The 28th session of the Alaska State Legislature is underway. Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell gaveled in the House of Representatives a few minutes after 1 p.m., and the Senate about 2 p.m.
I sat down with Governor Parnell today to talk about those priorities. He wasn’t ready to give away any specifics on the new oil tax reform proposal that will top his agenda. But he says after his defeat on his oil tax plan last session, his administration did a lot of homework.
Things have changed a lot for Democrats this legislative session. They are in the minority in both the House and the Senate. I spoke with House minority leader Beth Kerttula and Senate Minority leader Johnny Ellis this morning to ask about that change and their agenda for the session. Ellis says Democrats are energized to fight the Governor’s oil tax reform proposal.
Over the past week, freshman legislators have been settling into their new digs in Juneau. But while the Capitol building is stately, that doesn’t mean the transition from private citizen to public official is necessarily glamorous, as Wasilla Republican Lynn Gattis is learning.
The U.S. House has stripped a relief bill of money for the fishery disaster in Alaska. The outlook is not much better in the Senate.
The retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, perhaps bolstering its chances of becoming a museum on Juneau’s downtown waterfront.
28th Alaska State Legislature Commences; Parnell Discusses Priorities For Session; Freshman Legislators Get Situated In Juneau; Democrats Poised To Fight Governor’s Oil Tax Reform Proposal; Alaska Fisheries Disaster Money Stripped From Relief Bill; The Document That Will Determine How Anchorage Grows: Title 21 Finally Before Assembly; Retired USCGC Storis Added To National Register Of Historic Places