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12:04 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Court Overturns Threatened Listing of the Beringia Population of Bearded Seals

Credit www.telegraph.co.uk

In 2012 the Beringia population of bearded seals was deemed threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  However, now there’s evidence that the seals in that area may not be endangered after all. 

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Fisheries
6:30 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Pebble Partnership Employee Named Fisheries Advisor to Governor Parnell

The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan has been picked to be the new fisheries advisory to Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. Late last year Dan Sullivan named Ben Mohr as campaign manager. Mohr has left the campaign to accept a job as Alaska Governor Sean Parnell’s fisheries policy advisor.

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Health
5:18 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Alaskan Farmers Markets Branch Out to Accept EBT

Credit http://www.spenardfarmersmarket.org

National Farmers Market Week is August 3rd-9th and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people visit the nearest of the 37 farmers markets in the state.  The state is also working on a way to make these markets more accessible to lower income residents. 

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Environment
4:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Study Suggests Climate Change May Reduce Caribou Habitat

Credit Dean Biggins, US FIsh and Wildlife Service

Wildfires and the caribou population are the subject of a new study released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the US Geological Survey.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the data and its implications.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Alaska Supreme Court Ruling Recognizes Same Sex Couples' Rights to Workers Compensation

Credit http://www.brownstonelaw.com

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday that excluding same sex couples the right to collect workers compensation would constitute unequal treatment under the law. 

In 2011, Kerry Fadely was working at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage when she was shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee. Her partner of 10 years, Deborah Harris, was denied any workers compensation afterwards and subsequently lost their house.

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Other
12:58 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Secretary Jewell Tells Alaskans to "Get Over" Izembek

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The struggle between the community in King Cove and the Secretary of the Interior took a negative turn last week. 

A National Council of State Legislatures event was held last week.  Alaska House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt was in attendance and asked Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about her decision to refuse the construction of the Izembek Road.  Pruitt says Jewell said “I wish that Alaskans would get over it.”

Although there is no recording of Jewell saying Alaskans should “get over” the Izembek Road, Pruitt says as soon as he heard it, he wrote it down.

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Politics
10:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Begich Advances Bill on Incidental Water Discharge

Credit Senator Mark Begich

Water discharged from fishing vessels and other marine watercraft is the subject of a new bill that has just advanced out of committee.  KDLG”s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

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Fisheries
7:08 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 25, 2014

Credit Elijah Lawson

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a detailed story about the factors that led to the much larger sockeye run than was forecasted preseason.  The report also includes an update on how things are looking in the Togiak District and a review of how the 2014 season went in the eastside districts of Bristol Bay.

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Business
2:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

USDA Awards Energy Based Grant to Native Alaskan Nonprofit

An electrical lineman works on the distribution system in Mekoryuk.
Credit Steve Steinke - Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Facebook

An electric utility company that serves much of southwest and western Alaska recently received a grant to improve energy costs for small businesses. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.
 

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Other
2:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Alaska Visitors Reach Record High

A view of a cruise ship in Ketchikan, Alaska. Cruises to the state made up the majority of visitors last year.
Credit Courtesy Flickr User: blmiers2

 

A record number of tourists visited Alaska in the last year indicating a substantial rebound for the 49th state’s tourism industry. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has the details.
 

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Politics
1:29 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Senator Murkowski Attempts to Reach Out to Secretary Jewell

Credit Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski

It’s been seven months since Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected a road that would connect King Cove and Cold Bay.  US Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter Wednesday to Secretary Jewell expressing her disappointment in the lack of action. 

King Cove is 25 miles away from Cold Bay, the residents of King Cove would like a direct road to the Cold Bay all weather airport so in the event of a medical emergency it will be faster and easier to Medevac to safety. 

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Arts
12:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Bristol Bay Film Making Festival Rounds

Elijah Lawson displays the "In the Same Boat" poster before prepping his vessel for the 2014 fishing season.
Credit Luke Brummer

A film about the people that make up the Bristol Bay fishing industry has been making the film festival rounds across the country. KDLG’s Luke Brummer reports.

The film will play at the Willow Tree in Dillingham, Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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Politics
12:15 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

US House and Senate Attempt to Work on VA Reform

The Veterans’ reform bill recently passed by the US Senate by a vote of 93-3 increases access to health care for veterans as well as provides much-needed reforms to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  However, after the US House of Representatives met Wednesday night to try to pass its own version of the bill, US Senator Mark Begich spoke on to the Senate on his feelings towards the Veterans’ Conference Committee. 

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Fisheries
5:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Has Exceeded 41-Million Fish

A fishing driftnet at sunset in Bristol Bay.
Credit Elijah Lawson

Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye fishery is not quite over as there are still fishermen scratching for an end to their season. The sockeye run to the Togiak District is also still coming in, which means the final numbers can still change. However, one thing is certain. This year’s run came in much larger than expected. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Education
4:48 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UAF Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research Awarded Edith R. Bullock Prize

Credit University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Foundation announced the winner of this year’s Edith R. Bullock Prize is Dr. Dana Thomas. 

The Edith R. Bullock Prize was established by its namesake who served the University of Alaska for 30 years as a member of the UA Board of Regents and the foundation’s Board of Trustees.  The title includes a cash award and is the single largest award presented by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees each year.

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