Marcia Lynn, KCHU - Valdez

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Marcia Lynn is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

This weekend’s Copper Basin 300 sled dog race saw the first musher cross the finish line before 10 a.m. Monday. Good weather and a fast trail contributed to an early finish for this year’s race. Download Audio

Two employees of Copper Valley Electric Association were shaken, but uninjured Wednesday morning when the helicopter they were riding in crashed after take-off from the Valdez Airport.

Valdez residents are mourning the loss of an individual who not only helped put Valdez on the map as a top destination for backcountry skiers, but also continually gave to the community, making it a better place to live. Download Audio

With funding from the Alaska Energy Authority a series of regional energy plans are in the works to help individuals and communities become more energy efficient. Download Audio

Crews from the Coast Guard and Air Force are searching for a missing pilot that went down in Prince William Sound Tuesday afternoon. Download Audio

Proposed funding cuts for Alaska State Parks have caused a stir in Valdez where the one Park Ranger position could be eliminated. Download Audio

Fishermen taking part in the state waters Black Cod fishery in Prince William Sound will likely be facing lower harvest limits when the fishery opens next spring. Download Audio

For several decades the United States Navy and other branches of the Military have performed a series of training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska during the spring and summer months. The Navy is required to file an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, which needs to be updated every five years. The public comment period for the latest Supplemental EIS closes next week. These exercises are conducted in some of the Alaska’s key fish habitats, so environmental concerns have been raised. Download Audio

For two decades commercial fishermen and charter operators in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska have been embroiled in a battle over how much halibut each sector should be allowed to catch. In an effort to end the ongoing fish fight, a new plan was approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at its meeting in Anchorage last week.

This year's running of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race will soon have a winner. Back in 1985, Libby Riddles - who's lived in Homer for the past decade - was the first woman to win the race. KBBI's Marcia Lynn recently talked with Riddles about the role of women in the Iditarod and how things have changed over the years.

The final day of the 2011 commercial halibut fishery was on Friday, and the season ended with Kodiak overtaking Homer as the top port for halibut landings in the state.

An unusual whale washed up on a small beach near Homer recently. The dead whale was found on the beach in Little Tutka Bay. A team from the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward arrived to do a necropsy on the animal.

A new plan to manage halibut in Southeast Alaska and the Central Gulf has just been put out for public review and comment by NOAA Fisheries.

By Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau and Marcia Lynn, KBBI - Homer A small fleet of Seattle-based wooden halibut schooners still work Alaska waters, though they’re nearly a century old.