Tuesday, March 15, 2011

King bycatch in the Gulf is huge
With all the hub-bub about our general lack of king salmon in Cook Inlet, you would think we would be hearing all kinds of theoretical solutions from our many fisheries users groups, but I haven't been hearing any. Some will reference the growing commercial king salmon bycatch problems down south in the Alaska Gulf and Kodiak area but most just assume king salmon sport fishing happens to be down right now.

Lawmakers considering dam
Plans for a large hydroelectric project on the upper Susitna River, a potentially a $4 billion-plus project, are moving along, although things are at a very early stage.

Back in the office: Legislators get to work on oil taxes, coastal management
Legislators returned to work in Juneau March 7 after three days at meetings of the Energy Council in Washington, D.C.

On the move: Volunteers, librarians ready addition at Kenai library
The massive movement of nearly 60,000 books from the old Kenai Community Library to the new addition has kept the facility on track for its reopening on March 28.

Another glitch for Chukchi Sea offshore exploration
Yet another glitch has surfaced in plans for oil and gas exploration in the Chukchi Sea, considered one of the most promising areas for major new U.S. oil discoveries.

Tlingit dance infuses school
JUNEAU (AP) -- Children with Tlingit headpieces, paddles and raising voices danced their way through the halls of Gastineau Elementary on a Friday evening.

Parnell, legislators point fingers; Claims of 'fiscal conservatism' at stake as Alaska spends
Gov. Sean Parnell is predicting lawmakers will expand the budget he sent them, while House leaders who passed a $5.7 billion general fund budget last week are claiming they "tamped down" the governor's spending plans.

Photo: First hike of the season

Talking it out: Lawmakers say public needs to weigh in on residential sprinkler requirements
A bill requiring extra public hearings before a local government can make law requiring sprinklers as part of a new residential building code is making its way through the Alaska Legislature.

Borough seeks aid for Japanese sister city
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has established a tax-exempt fund for donations to assist Akita, Japan, and the tsunami relief work. For a decade, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has had a "Sister City" relationship with Akita. The borough learned Monday that while there is significant earthquake damage to the city, residents are dealing with that as well as supporting efforts to assist those impacted by the tsunami. Akita is in the north of Honshu Island on the west coast. The earthquake and tsunamis were centered on the east coast of Honshu.

Daniel Dayton Brookshire
Nikiski resident Daniel Dayton Brookshire, 48, passed away on March 10, 2011, surrounded by loved ones at his sister's home in Wasilla.

Around the Peninsula

Cancer support group meets

Around the Peninsula

April is Autism Awareness Month

Pet Photo: Best Friends

Cook Inlet girls blow past Togiak
The Cook Inlet Academy girls basketball team defeated Togiak 57-23 on Monday in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament at Sullivan Arena.

Sports Brief: Davis finishes 2nd in snocross event
Soldotna's Carly Davis finished second in an International Series of Champions AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series event on Saturday and Sunday in Elko, Minn.

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