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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.

June 30, 2015

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.

June 30, 2015

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.

June 30, 2015

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.

June 30, 2015

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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June 29, 2015
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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June 29, 2015
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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June 29, 2015

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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June 29, 2015

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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June 29, 2015

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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June 29, 2015
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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June 29, 2015
Participants at the Mt. View Street Fair watch performers. Hillman/KSKA

Mt. View Neighborhood Plan pulls together community ideas for a better place to live

The Mountain View Community Council is putting the finishing touches on their neighborhood plan. It’s a targeted vision for making the city’s most diverse neighborhood a place people want to stay for the long-term.

June 29, 2015
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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June 29, 2015
Muldoon Farmers Market highlights need for community space

Muldoon Farmers Market highlights need for community space

Muldoon’s first farmers market unites community in quest for more gathering spaces.

June 29, 2015

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.

June 29, 2015

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.

June 29, 2015

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.

June 29, 2015

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.

June 29, 2015

Communications lag rattles relatives after Alaska crash

The DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop went down Thursday in Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan in southeast Alaska. The shore excursion was sold through Holland America.

June 29, 2015

Anchorage officials look to keep troublemakers out of parks

Anchorage officials are looking for ways to keep people who break the law out of city parks.

June 29, 2015