Alaska http://kplu.org en Pebble Mine opponents put value of Bristol Bay fishery at $1.5 billion http://kplu.org/post/pebble-mine-opponents-put-value-bristol-bay-fishery-15-billion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though it’s thousands of miles away, a </span><a href="http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/largemine/pebble/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">proposed mine</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for gold and copper in Alaska’s Bristol Bay threatens to destroy the livelihood of thousands of people in the Puget Sound area.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Seattle’s fleet of commercial fishermen and seafood processors have been a big part of the<a href="http://www.savebristolbay.org/about-the-bay/about-pebble-mine" target="_blank"> opposition to the so-called Pebble Mine</a>.</p><p>A new economic report puts the value of Bristol Bay’s salmon at <a href="http://fishermenforbristolbay.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CFBB-ISER-full-report-FINAL-4-19-2013.pdf" target="_blank">$1.5 billion per year</a>,&nbsp;and says more than a quarter of the jobs it generates are located in Washington state.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 03:04:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8733 at http://kplu.org Pebble Mine opponents put value of Bristol Bay fishery at $1.5 billion Why the Alaskan fishing fleet is based in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/why-alaskan-fishing-fleet-based-seattle <p>On the reality TV show “The Deadliest Catch,” you see the crew of the Northwestern enduring storms and other dangers while crab fishing in the Bering Sea in the middle of winter.</p><p>You might be surprised to learn that the Northwestern and the hundreds of other boats that make up the North Pacific Fishing Fleet are not based in Alaska. Rather, they travel thousands of miles south each year to tie up in Seattle.</p><p>So, why is the fleet based here? There certainly are more convenient ports closer to the fishing grounds. The reasons have to do with water, weather and people. Oh, and tradition plays a part.</p><p><strong>Read more on <a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-are-many-alaskan-fishing-fleets-based-seattle"><em>I Wonder Why ...?</em></a></strong> Fri, 04 May 2012 08:38:53 +0000 Paula Wissel 4933 at http://kplu.org Why the Alaskan fishing fleet is based in Seattle Hose laid for fuel transfer at iced-in Alaska town http://kplu.org/post/hose-laid-fuel-transfer-iced-alaska-town <p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska &mdash; Crews have laid a hose along a half mile stretch of Bering Sea ice and hope to soon begin transferring 1.3 million gallons of fuel from a Russian fuel tanker to the iced-in western Alaska city of Nome.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:46:36 +0000 The Associated Press 3757 at http://kplu.org Historic Alaska storm weakens; flooding, erosion dangers increase http://kplu.org/post/historic-alaska-storm-weakens-flooding-erosion-dangers-increase The powerful storm thrashing Alaska is losing strength as it moves inland from the northwestern part of the state. The National Weather Service warns coastal <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">flooding is now the main concern</a>, although hurricane strength winds are dying down.<p>The <em>Anchorage Daily News</em> says there are <a href="http://www.adn.com/2011/11/09/2163238/alaskans-weather-epic-bering-sea.html">no reports of injuries</a> or large damage in Nome, one of several Alaskan communities buried under the blizzard. Communities have lost power and roads are flooded. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 20:19:10 +0000 Korva Coleman 3168 at http://kplu.org Historic Alaska storm weakens; flooding, erosion dangers increase Pilots recognized for quick response to eagle collision http://kplu.org/post/pilots-recognized-quick-response-eagle-collision <p>Two Washington pilots are getting recognition for safely handling a jet that collided with an eagle last year. One of the plane&#39;s engines exploded when the bird flew into it.</p><p>Alaska Airlines Captain Steve Cleary of Federal Way and First Officer Michael Hendrix of Seattle won the Superior Airmanship Award from the Airline Pilots Association.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:30:42 +0000 Ed Schoenfeld 2420 at http://kplu.org Pilots recognized for quick response to eagle collision Not extraterrestrials after all: Orange goo in Alaska fungal spores http://kplu.org/post/not-extraterrestrials-after-all-orange-goo-alaska-fungal-spores <p>ANCHORAGE, Alaska &ndash; Scientists say an orange-colored goo that streaked the shore of a remote Alaska village turned out to be fungal spores, not millions of microscopic eggs as indicated by preliminary analysis.</p><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:33:38 +0000 The Associated Press 2362 at http://kplu.org Not extraterrestrials after all: Orange goo in Alaska fungal spores First Alaska Copper River salmon of the season arrive in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/first-alaska-copper-river-salmon-season-arrive-seattle <p>The first planeload of fresh Copper River salmon from Alaska arrived Tuesday morning at Sea-Tac Airport where chefs were waiting eagerly.</p><p>The Alaska Airlines pilot carried the first 45-pound fish off the plane and handed it to Frank Ragusa of Ocean Beauty Seafoods who gave it a kiss. Tue, 17 May 2011 17:05:51 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1614 at http://kplu.org First Alaska Copper River salmon of the season arrive in Seattle