The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, was awarded a $6 million grant through the passage of House Bill 278. The program is using that money to offer eight additional Middle School Academies.
ANSEP works with the University of Alaska system to effect systemic change in the hiring patterns of Alaska Natives in science and engineering by placing students on a career path to leadership. This starts by placing students beginning in sixth grade through high school in science and engineering undergraduate degree programs.
The Calista Corporation’s Board of Directors approved the first-ever Akilista Fund dividend with a total distribution of $1.62 million.
Calista has 12,900 shareholders and is one of the largest of the Alaska Native Corporations. The Calista region includes more than 6.5 million acres and 56 villages which have been incorporated into 46 individual village corporations.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is hosting its annual Alaska Fishing Families Photo Contest this fall. ASMI is inviting all photographers to enter photos that share the uniqueness of Alaska’s fisheries.
ASMI will place submitted photos into categories and award first, second and third place prizes in best action, best boat, best family or kid, best fish, best humor, best scenic, best throwback photos. Communications director at ASMI Tyson Fick says this is the third year in a row the organization has held this contest.
Norton Sound Seafood Products paid out more than $4 million to 212 fishermen so far for the 2014 fishing season. This new payout is double the rate seven years ago when $2 million was paid to 120 fishermen.
Chief operating officer of Norton Sound Seafood Products Tyler Rhodes says his company is the only fishery in the area.
The National Park Service will hold 17 public hearings this fall to hear comment on proposed regulations and environmental assessment related to sport hunting in Alaska’s preserves.
The State of Alaska’s Board of Game loosened its grip recently on predator hunting practices in many areas. However, as assistant regional director of communications for the National Park Service John Quinley says the organization is seeking comment because there are some specific problems.
The Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews opened a seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay on Sunday. The Coast Guard aircrews transferred equipment to Cold Bay to reduce response time to Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands.
Petty Officer Kelly Parker says the Coast Guard picks forward operating locations based on how busy it is in the area.
“A lot of activity going on, whether it’s fishing, so our response time can be quicker if there’s any mariners in distress.”
The bail hearing for Jennifer Williams, the Togiak woman who was arrested for allegedly smoking oxycodone in the Kanakanak Hospital earlier this month, was held Tuesday. The state recommended a third part custodian and a cash bail set at $15,000 because of the severity of the charges, one A and one C felony charges. However, Magistrate Christina Reigh set bail at $1,500 and required Williams mother, Sarah, be her third party custodian.
Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been studying the waters in the Gulf of Alaska and found that the warmer than normal temperatures are averaging one to five degrees warmer than the September average of 55-57 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Seward Line is the long-term monitoring site in the Gulf of Alaska. It helps scientists understand the details of what is happening in the waters over the Alaska shelf.