The National Park Service released a new report showing that 2.5 million visitors came to national parks in Alaska in 2013. Those millions of visitors brought with them money that supports some communities.
Alaska national parks brought in $1.1 billion in economic support to communities across the state. These parks employ 17,000 workers directly and thousands more indirectly. The three most visited parks in the state last year were Klondike Gold Rush at 928,000 visitors, Denali at 530,000 visitors and Glacier Bay at 500,000 visitors.
Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye run is basically over and the vast majority of fishermen have called it a season. However, there are still fishermen targeting the small sockeye run to the Togiak River. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.
The Department of Natural Resources is recommending that Bristol Bay setnet fishermen protect the right to fish their sites by getting a shore-fishery lease from the State of Alaska. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.
Last week saw the unsuccessful attempt to pass a reversal of the Supreme Court’s ruling that stated it was in fact constitutional for businesses to refuse certain kinds of birth control to its employees based on the religion of the owners. However, some Democrats are still pushing forward with a new bill to help employees understand their insurance.
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 18 includes details of the 404 C determination rolled out on Friday by the EPA and reaction to the $1.20 base price for sockeye caught this season in Bristol Bay. The report also includes a story about a class at Dartmouth College that uses the Bristol Bay sockeye fishery as a case study to teach students about supply and demand.
The Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill is the subject of a new oral history project by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on how the project got started and what perspectives it can offer on the incident.
Very early this morning the Environmental Protection Agency released the details of how they plan to protect the Bristol Bay region from a proposed large open-pit copper mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.