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More wild Alaska sheep, goats found with worrisome bacteria

FAIRBANKS-The respiratory bacteria first confirmed to be infecting wild Alaska sheep and goats last week has now been found in additional animals. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday afternoon that an additional nine Dall sheep and three mountain goats have tested positive for M


LNG on hold for another 15 months

The U.S. Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission has told Alaska's state gas corporation, Alaska Gasline Development Corp., it will have to wait another 15 months for an Environmental Impact Statement and federal approval for the $43 billion Alaska LNG Project. In a letter, FERC also told AGDC it s


Nikiski Fire trains up on ice diving

In this March 9, 2018 photo, Matt Quiner, left, and Kassidy Stock, right, of the Nikiski Fire Department prepare to dive through a hole in the ice on Island Lake as part of a diving training drill in Nikiski, Alaska. The Nikiski Fire Department is working on getting its ice diving team up to certifi


After Parkland: Teachers, students, parents navigate the world of school shootings

National Stop the Bleed Day courses will be taught in Anchorage and Kenai. Anyone interested in taking the course can call Todd Lecours at DHSS, 907-269-3042 or email t.lecours@alaska.gov. Students graduating high school in 2018 have never known a world where being killed in a classroom - or on a pl

HOMER NEWS - 2018-03-22 18:06:27

Southcentral community leaders want in on AKLNG site selection studies

Japanese government officials from the Kyoto Prefecture and Maizuru City are seen during a tour of Port MacKenzie May 30, 2016. Resources Energy Inc., a Japanese consortium considering the site for a small LNG export project, was heavily courted by Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials but the company

ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE - 2018-03-21 19:47:03

On Prop. 1: What we have now is poorly crafted, poorly understood public policy

Voters in Anchorage's first-ever mail-in balloting are being asked, among other things, to change municipal code that provides anti-discrimination protection for transsexuals based on their professed "gender identity." It should, of course, be "sex identity," but that ship apparently has sailed. Pr


Concerns over Governor's nominee for AK Board of Fisheries

There is controversy over Governor Bill Walker's appointment of a new member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The Governor has chosen commercial fisherman Duncan Fields to fill the spot for a three-year term. Ricky Gease, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, hopes lawmak


Location switch produces once-in-a-lifetime Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon

Skiers participating in the 42 Kilometer race take off from the starting line in this year's Kachemak Bay Nordic Ski Marathon on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the McNeil Canyon Ski Area outside of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News) "Are you kidding me?" puffed a skier as he pushed his w


Commission seeks further facts regarding transgender discrimination complaint

The alleged discrimination case against an Anchorage faith-based women's shelter filed by a biological man who self-identifies as the female gender and was denied access to the shelter in late January 2018, is slated for an Anchorage Equal Rights Commission fact-finding conference scheduled for toda


Cook Inlet areas to see sport, commercial king salmon closures

State officials have ordered a series of early-season sport and commercial fishing closures in the Cook Inlet region for king salmon, which have been plagued by poor runs across the state in recent years. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday that the entire Susitna River drainage


Watch high winds whip snow off Penguin Ridge

High winds blow snow off the top of Penguin Ridge near Girdwood on Monday evening, March 19, 2018. A dry weather pattern and the amount of snow this year contribute to the spindrift coming off the peaks of the Chugach and Kenai Mountains when the wind picks up. At 7 p.m. Monday, the National Weathe


New bill would put inmates back to work in Alaska prisons

Inmates in Eagle River used to sew the yellow scrubs prisoners wear. On the Kenai Peninsula, prisoners made ergonomic furniture for state office buildings. In Juneau, inmates laundered linens for every state ferry. At one time, maximum-security inmates in Seward made wooden caskets. Alaska's once


Bacteria found in wild Alaska sheep, goats for first time causes concern

The Alaska Department of Fish Game reported on March 13, 2018, that the bacteria Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae has for the first time been found in wild sheep and goats in the state. Buy Now The Alaska Department of Fish Game reported on March 13, 2018, that the bacteria Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae has for


SPECTRUM: Time for better salmon management

On March 5, 2018 I learned from the chairman of our Mat-Su Borough Fish and Wildlife Commission that Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Commissar Sam Cotten had spoken to him concerning a possible total emergency closure of all Northern Cook Inlet / Mat-Su Valley king salmon fisheries -- Beg


Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting heads to central peninsula

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - The state board that sets seasons and take limits for Alaska commercial, sport and personal use salmon fisheries will meet in the central Kenai Peninsula in 2020 for the first time in 20 years. Since 1999, the Alaska Board of Fisheries has met in Anchorage to set rules in Upper


2020 Board of Fisheries meeting headed to central peninsula

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - The Board of Fisheries meeting in 2020 will be held in the central peninsula area for the first time in 20 years. The Peninsula Clarion reported Saturday that the area's governments and fishermen since 1999 have had to travel to Anchorage for the full Upper Cook Inlet finfish bo