Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham
Mike Mason is a reporter at KDLG in Dillingham.
For the last six years the Bristol Bay Environmental Science Lab has been collecting data about Nushagak Bay. There is a lot that is known about the bay but there are still holes in the data.
A new program is scheduled to get started next year in Alaska to help prepare people to become nurses. The Alaska Nursing Action Coalition is slated to be part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s $4.5 million initiative called the “Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.”
The Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee has released a draft of some proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The Act was last reauthorized by Congress back in 2006 and its up for another review and re-authorization.
The value of Bristol Bay driftnet permits continues to increase. The value placed on those permits by the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission jumped up over $14,000 to about $117,000. That’s compared to the $102,000 dollars value recorded back in October. The November figure of about $117,000 is the largest value for Bristol Bay driftnet permits in over a year.
One of the major barge companies that serves Western Alaska has been purchased by a major transportation company that serves Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Back in April Lynden, which is a family of freight transportation companies, agreed to buy Northland Services for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is now complete.
Pioneer Natural Resources is getting out of the Alaska market. Last week the company announced that it’s selling 100-percent of its Alaska subsidiary to Caelus Energy, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The price-tag is $550 million and the deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
Three organizations that have come out in opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine – have formed a new group to lobby for permanent protections for the natural resources of the Bristol Bay region.
The seismic activity at the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has decreased over the past week resulting in lowering the volcano alert level. The Alaska Volcano Observatory confirms that satellite observations show no evidence of eruptive activity.
Salvagers have made progress recovering the sunken fishing tender Lone Star from the bottom of the Igushik River. The 78-foot vessel sank in a channel of the river on June 30.
Also tomorrow, the National Weather Service is rolling out some significant changes to the marine weather forecasts.
An effort is underway to allow Village Public Safety Officers in Alaska to carry guns. VPSO’s are currently precluded from being armed but the shooting death of a VPSO officer in the Bristol Bay region earlier this year has resulted in an effort to change the rules.
The dual management structure that exists in Alaska to govern subsistence hunting and fishing was among the issues raised last week during a committee hearing in the U.S. Senate.
The giant mining company Anglo American has pulled its support for the proposed Pebble Mine but the other company in the partnership pledges to continue moving the project toward permitting and development.
The new plan to recover the sunken fishing tender Lone Star has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel has been sitting in the middle of one of the major sockeye salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay since late June.
The eruption of the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula increased in severity Friday morning.
Political, business and tribal leaders from the Bristol Bay region welcomed the new EPA Administrator to Dillingham Tuesday. They called on the EPA to step in and stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
The 78-foot sunken fishing tender Lone Star is still stuck in the mud in the Igushik River as responders try and figure out a new way to recover the vessel. The vessel grounded on June 30th while taking fish from the local fishermen for processing by Trident Seafoods.