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.
Alaska’s Medicare Information Office announced last week the enrollment window for Medicare prescription drug plans is now open and will remain open through December 7th. Although this process happens every year, the office is urging those who qualify to apply this year and avoid unnecessary costs.
Several prominent economists, business leaders, and former state government leaders gathered in Anchorage earlier this month to discuss Alaska’s fiscal future. Among them was economist Gunnar Knapp who outlined the fiscal challenges facing the State of Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.
Alaska’s unemployment rate remained steady in September at 6.8-percent according to the latest data released on Friday. That’s unchanged from the rate recorded back in August. Alaska’s rate is well above the national unemployment rate, which stood at 5.9-percent in August.
Friday marked the release of $7.5 million in federal disaster assistance for commercial fishermen affected by the 2012 failure of the Chinook salmon in the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers and Cook Inlet. Both US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich welcomed the news and spoke in support of the decision.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Foundation released a study that shows how vulnerable finances are for American renters. The study also placed Alaska in the top five of renter’s states in the nation.
The study compared the finances of those who rent and those who own their own homes. 50 percent of renters are financially fragile however, only 21 percent of homeowners have shaky finances.
FINRA Investor Education Foundation research director Gary Mottola coauthored the study and says he looked at the financial capability and literacy of renters in America.