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2009-06-21 14:40:43

The salmon population in the Gulf of Alaska has been dwindling as Pacific Ocean currents shift, Alaskan fisheries biologists say. The Anchorage Daily News said Saturday the Pacific decadal oscillation may be to blame for an increase in cooler waters in the Gulf of Alaska, where king salmon fishermen have struggled for two straight years. Changing water temperatures have also been blamed for the poor king salmon catches at Canada's Kodiak Island, Susitna Valley and Kenai Peninsula. As an...

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2009-01-15 13:20:00

Alaska's government said Wednesday it plans to issue a challenge to block federal protections for a struggling population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, a mature oil-producing basin. The decision comes just five months after suing to keep polar bears off the U.S. threatened species list. The energy-rich state believes the Endangered Species Act protections for belugas announced in October by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are unwarranted, according to former vice...

2009-01-03 22:05:11

Plans for a big celebration of 50 years of Alaska statehood scheduled for Saturday in Wasilla were postponed due to bone-chilling temperatures, organizers said. Plans call for the festival to go forward next Saturday, but only if the temperature rises to at least 10 degrees below zero. That might seem cold to people in the Lower 48 but is considerably warmer than the minus-25 cold currently blanketing the Anchorage area. Plans include a bonfire and sledding. Wasilla, an Anchorage suburb, is...

2008-10-02 09:00:11

By Sharon Theimer and Brett J. Blackledge Associated Press WASILLA, Alaska -- Sarah Palin and her husband have pieced together a uniquely Alaskan income that reached comfortably into six figures even before she became governor, capitalizing on valuable fishing rights, a series of land deals and a patchwork of other ventures to build an above-average lifestyle. Add up the couple's 2007 income and the estimated value of their property and investments and they appear to be worth at least...

2008-09-04 21:00:14

By The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God." In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will." Palin asked the students to pray for the troops in Iraq, and noted that her eldest son,...

2008-08-02 12:00:23

By Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Aug. 2--Explore fishing impact on Southcentral Anchorage Chamber of Commerce presents "Fish On! Realizing Sportfishing's Economic Impact on Southcentral Alaska," noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Egan Convention Center. Rick Gease, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, will explore future trends and research that will preserve the habitat of salmon and enhance the sport of fishing. RSVP by 9 a.m. Monday, 272-2401 or www.anchoragechamber.org....

2008-07-27 15:00:26

By Margaret Bauman, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Jul. 27--A new federal/state visitor center in the planning stages for an area near Tok, just 91 miles from the Canadian border, has moved another step forward toward welcoming upward of 100,000 visitors annually. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said July 11 that they recently purchased 8.3 acres of private land along the Alaska Highway, about a mile east of the junction of the Alaska and the Glenn highways. The...

2008-07-23 15:01:19

By Melodie Wright, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 23--WASILLA -- After lessons in compass etiquette and plant identification, about 30 Girl Scouts headed into the woods adjacent to the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex. Led by Joe Sylvia and Michelle Winsor, instructors with the North America Outdoor Institute, the girls tested out their new knowledge by choosing a reference point and learned to keep the "dog in the doghouse" -- or the needle between two compass points. Filming it...

2008-07-20 15:00:26

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage Jul. 20--Eklutna Inc. will break ground later this year on a 102-acre industrial park adjacent to the Birchwood airport in Eagle River, where the corporation owns lands. The area has access to roads and the airport, but its main attraction to tenants will be access to the Alaska Railroad and ground space to store equipment and materials, according to Curtis McQueen, Eklutna's chief executive officer. Industrial-use land is getting...

2008-07-03 12:00:31

By Kevin Klott, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Jul. 3--With less than 24 hours remaining until this long fishing weekend begins, anglers will be delighted to know they have plenty of time to catch an Alaska salmon or two. The trick will be pin-pointing what kind of salmon you want -- red or king -- and knowing where to look. That would mean avoiding offshore fisheries in the Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay, where this weekend's tides aren't the greatest for sinking a baited line for...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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