Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau
Jennifer Canfield is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.
As conservationists celebrate 50 years since the passage of the Wilderness Act, a U.S. Forest Service proposal to make certain wilderness area regulations permanent has brought forth accusations that the agency is infringing on First Amendment rights. Nearly a third of the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is designated wilderness.
Juneau Police Lt. Kris Sell has been appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to serve on the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Sell is the only active police officer to serve on the commission, which was created by a bill that passed the legislature earlier this year. Its purpose is to evaluate sentencing laws and law enforcement practices, and to make recommendations for improving the system, which may include changes to criminal rehabilitation and restitution policies.
Alaska Power and Telephone has purchased the Gustavus Electric Co. The 32-year-old homespun utility is the life’s work of Gustavus local Dick Levitt and his wife Linda.
A bill that will exempt tribes from taxation on social welfare programs has made its way through Congress and is awaiting the president’s signature. The bill was introduced in response to the Internal Revenue Service’s increased auditing of tribes over the last few years and is part of a national initiative to give tribes the same tax status as local and state governments.
DOT puts out new Juneau Access Project document
Thursday, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities put out a draft document that addresses environmental issues stemming from the battle to extend Juneau’s only highway north toward Haines and Skagway.
One hundred years ago today, the largest explosive volcanic eruption of the 20th century happened in Alaska. The Katmai-Novarupta explosion was 30 times bigger than the Mt. Saint Helens eruption in 1980.
The FBI is asking for help in locating the gun they believe was used to murder Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle last month at the Coast Guard Communications Station.
Changes to the J-1 Visa program were announced Friday by the State Department. While some changes take effect immediately, Alaska’s seafood processors- which rely heavily on the workforce the program provides- won’t be affected until November. It’s a relief for the processors and fishermen who are preparing for salmon season, but it’s not great news for local cannery workers in Kodiak who are struggling to make ends meet.
Well over a hundred volunteers, mostly Coast Guard members and family, gathered early this morning at the Communications Station to help the FBI search for evidence related to the murders of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle. The two men were found dead the morning of April 12th by coworkers at the CommSta.
For the last 15 years Robert Crowley has been a kind of year-round Santa Claus to the Southcentral and Western Alaska ports that have relied on him as captain of the ferry Tustumena. After 36 years with the Alaska Marine Highway System, Crowley is retiring.
Over 800 people gathered in hangar three on the Coast Guard base for the memorial honoring Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired chief petty officer Richard Belisle on Wednesday. Hopkins and Belisle were found dead in one of the buildings at Communications Station Kodiak by coworkers. KMXT’s Jennifer Canfield went to the memorial and created this audio postcard.
Coming up this week: As the pollock A season wraps up, villagers call for a crackdown on the trawl fleet because it’s intercepting too many of their salmon, Obama’s National Oceans Policy is criticized at a panel in Anchorage and fishermen want more information on ocean acidification.
Coming up this week: Fish and Game reduces limits for two popular sportsfishing rivers in Kodiak, a Southeast village corporation is seeking a federal takeover of the Chatham Strait fisheries and the Sitka Tribe protests a dramatic increase of the Sitka sac roe herring guideline harvest level.
KSKA: Friday, 3/30 at 2:30pm
It’s been just over a year since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The ensuing tsunami devastated Japan’s coastline and killed nearly 16,000 people. While Japan continues to recover from the disaster, debris has started to show up on U.S. shores.
Coming up this week: The feds are taking a closer look at seafood fraud, the state will start monitoring personally-harvested bivalves for PSP, the Department of Labor declares fishing as the deadliest way to make a living in Alaska and the Senate is looking at a resolution to get more young folks into the industry. All that and Prince William Sound’s Leviathan makes its last voyage.
Coming up this week, A pirate ship in Unalaska will be up for sale soon; user groups on the Tsiu River near Yakutat clash over salmon allocations; Congress authorizes $1.7 million to dredge the entrance to Kodiak’s St. Paul Harbor; and Representative Alan Austerman touts coastal communities at a recent economic summit held in Anchorage.
KSKA: Friday, 3/16 at 2:30pm
Lockheed Martin has chosen the Kodiak Launch Complex for West coast launches of its proposed Athena III rocket. Friday’s announcement comes as lawmakers in Juneau are debating the merits of funding Alaska Aerospace, which operates the Kodiak launch facility.
Valentine’s Day honors the most wonderful feeling in the world. It’s overwhelming, enchanting, frightening and empowering. It can be salty or sweet and sometimes it’s both. There really isn’t anything better.
Coming up this week, Arne Fuglvog will spend less than a six months in prison for his fishing crimes; Southeast Native groups support trimming the sea otter population, but are concerned about some of a plan’s ramifications; and the start dates for two crab fisheries will remain flexible. All that and should seats on the North Pacific Council be dedicated to sports fishing?
KSKA: Friday, 2/10 at 2:30pm
With fewer than 150 known fluent speakers, the Alutiiq language is just one of many indigenous languages worldwide that are in danger of extinction. However, with the concerted efforts from people like April Counceller, that won’t happen.