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AK: The journey to Bristol Bay’s fishing grounds

AK: The journey to Bristol Bay’s fishing grounds

Every year dozens of boats travel back to Bristol Bay. Some ride on tenders or cargo ships, and some steam themselves around False Pass, a journey of more than 1000 miles that can be treacherous. But about 60 boats, most from Homer and Kodiak, take a different route across the Chigmit Mountains on the Alaska Peninsula. KDLG’s Molly Dischner tagged along with a captain and crew bringing their 32-foot drift boat back to the Bay after a winter of maintenance in Homer.

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Anne Hillman, Community Affairs Desk

Sparc! Gives Artists A Way to Communicate When They May Otherwise Be Silent

Debra Burt shows off her latest collage. Hillman/KSKA

Sparc! studio blends in with the line of shops and galleries in downtown Anchorage, but behind the displays of vivid paintings and sculptures, artists are learning more than just creative expression.

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Molly Dischner, KDLG - Dillingham

Processors hit impasse over sustainability label

The two groups of processors at odds over who can put the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue sustainability label on their fish appear to be at an impasse, says Chris Hladick, the state’s commissioner of commerce, community and economic development.

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Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflation-linked increases

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not increase rates for Medicaid providers, citing an underfunded budget.

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Weekend rains bring relief for Alaska wildfire crews

Weekend rains brought relief to crews battling Alaska wildfires, but conditions are expected to heat up later this week, capping a record fire month.

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Second Shell Oil drilling rig on its way to Alaska

Royal Dutch Shell’s second Arctic drilling ship, the Noble Discoverer, is on the move from Washington state to Alaska.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

A Dark View of Geopolitics in the Arctic

A Dark View of Geopolitics in the Arctic

World leaders speak of the Arctic as a “zone of peace and co-operation.” But continued tranquility is just one forecast for the region. A much darker scenario came today from a Canadian policy scholar with an insider’s view of Russia.

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Emily Schwing, KUCB - Unalaska

Shell’s Arctic drilling rig arrives to Dutch Harbor

Shell’s Arctic drilling rig arrives to Dutch Harbor

The Transocean Polar Pioneer, a drill rig contracted by Royal Dutch Shell, has arrived in Dutch Harbor. The oil company plans to use the port as a hub this summer as part of their exploratory Arctic drilling effort. There’s very little opposition in the tiny Alaskan town in comparison to that in Seattle, where some environmental activists went so far as to chain themselves to one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support vessels last month.

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Gov. Walker Signs Fuels Tax Increase

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has officially signed off on the state’s first tax increase in a decade.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

What the Supreme Court’s Redistricting Decision Means For Alaska

The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of citizens to make changes to the congressional redistricting process through initiatives. With one congressional district for the whole state, it’s impossible to gerrymander Alaska when it comes to national representation. But the decision could draw more attention to how political lines for the Legislature are drawn.

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Quinton Chandler, KBBI - Homer

Kachemak Residents Buck A Hatchery Proposal in Tutka Bay

The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association is a salmon advocacy center fighting for an opportunity to temporarily move 80 million artificially bred pink salmon fry into Tutka Bay every year.

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Hannah Colton, KDLG - Dillingham

Katmai bear cams draw international audience of millions

Katmai bear cams draw international audience of millions

Last year 16 million viewers glued their eyes to screens to watch a reality show with no dialogue, no celebrities, and hardly any humans.

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Matt Martin, KDLG - Dillingham

Bristol Bay Salmon Camp: ‘Can We Eat The Fin?’

Bristol Bay Salmon Camp: ‘Can We Eat The Fin?’

Every summer BBEDC holds salmon camps for middle school and high school kids from CDQ communities. It’s a mix of a little fun and little education on the region’s number one renewable resource, salmon. The junior camp kids paid a visit to the counting tower station on the Wood River.

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Emily Schwing, KUCB - Unalaska

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week. The company has plans to take most of that equipment north for exploratory drilling operations later this summer. Many of the local businesses benefit from the oil giant’s presence.

Molly Dischner, KDLG - Dillingham

Study: Kings Are Smaller Than They Used To Be

After fishermen pointed out what they thought was a change in the size of king salmon returning to the Copper River, researchers from Fish and Game looked at data from 10 Alaska rivers.

Rachel Waldholz, KCAW - Sitka

Summer king season to open July 1, but not without protest

Southeast Alaska salmon trollers will open their season on schedule this Wednesday (7-1-15) — but under protest. The state says this year’s quota for Alaska fishermen under the Pacific Salmon treaty is too low.

Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Spending Bill Includes Contract Support Costs

A spending bill advancing in the US Senate includes full funding for Alaska Native health care providers’ contract support costs. That’s an area of native health care that’s been underfunded even though the supreme court has repeatedly ruled in favor of tribes.

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Alaska: On the Cusp of Recession?

With oil prices stuck in the gutter, Alaska is staring down the possibility of economic recession. Combine that with declining federal dollars and jobs, military reductions and a weakened fishing industry and it all adds up to a perfect storm. It’s an uncomfortable question: what will our economy look like without a booming oil sector?

APRN: Tuesday, 6/30 at 10:00am

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AK: The journey to Bristol Bay’s fishing grounds

Every year dozens of boats travel back to Bristol Bay. Some ride on tenders or cargo ships, and some steam themselves around False Pass, a journey of more than 1000 miles that can be treacherous. But about 60 boats, most from Homer and Kodiak, take a different route across the Chigmit Mountains on the Alaska Peninsula. KDLG’s Molly Dischner tagged along with a captain and crew bringing their 32-foot drift boat back to the Bay after a winter of maintenance in Homer.

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49 Voices: Will Ross from Anchorage

This week, we’re hearing from Will Ross, an Anchorage resident who was born and raised in Alaska. From Mount Marathon to Johnson Pass, he’s constantly pushing himself in the state’s great outdoors.

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Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 29, 2015

A Dark View of Arctic Geopolitics; Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives to Dutch Harbor; Gov. Walker Signs Fuels Tax Increase; What the Supreme Court’s Redistricting Decision Means For Alaska; Kachemak Residents Buck A Hatchery Proposal in Tutka Bay; Katmai Bear Cams Draw International Audience of Millions; Bristol Bay Salmon Camp: ‘Can We Eat the Fin?’

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