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Southeast Alaska News

Companies file export application for Alaska LNG

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:12

JUNEAU — The companies pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska have applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Securing the authorization is seen as critical for the viability of the mega-project, which the companies say would be the largest of its kind ever designed and built.

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Companies file export application for Alaska LNG

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:12

JUNEAU — The companies pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska have applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Securing the authorization is seen as critical for the viability of the mega-project, which the companies say would be the largest of its kind ever designed and built.

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17 billionth barrel flows down Alaska pipeline

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:05

JUNEAU — The trans-Alaska pipeline has moved its 17 billionth barrel of oil.

The operator of the 37-year-old pipeline, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., announced the milestone Monday.

It has been nearly five years since the 16 billionth barrel flowed down the line, in October 2009.

The 800-mile pipeline is the economic lifeblood of the state, which relies heavily on oil revenues to run. The pipeline runs from the prodigious North Slope to Valdez, from where tankers are shipped.

Alyeska says the pipeline has generated about $180 billion in state revenue.

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17 billionth barrel flows down Alaska pipeline

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:05

JUNEAU — The trans-Alaska pipeline has moved its 17 billionth barrel of oil.

The operator of the 37-year-old pipeline, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., announced the milestone Monday.

It has been nearly five years since the 16 billionth barrel flowed down the line, in October 2009.

The 800-mile pipeline is the economic lifeblood of the state, which relies heavily on oil revenues to run. The pipeline runs from the prodigious North Slope to Valdez, from where tankers are shipped.

Alyeska says the pipeline has generated about $180 billion in state revenue.

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Soldier mauled by bear at base in Alaska

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:04

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska National Guard soldier was mauled by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said.

The female brown bear was defending her two cubs when it mauled the Alaska Army National Guard soldier Sunday morning at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

The soldier's name was not immediately released. He was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon at the base hospital. No other details about his condition were immediately available.

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Limo's 17 occupants uninjured in drive-by shooting

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:02

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say there's been no reports of injuries after more than 30 rounds were fired at a limousine bus containing 17 people.

Police say 10 rounds hit the limo during the early Sunday morning shooting in Midtown Anchorage.

All but one of the limo's occupants fled the scene when the bus stopped.

The remaining witness told officers the limo's occupants had spent about two hours earlier in the evening at Al's Alaskan Inn. The witness wasn't aware of any altercations at the nightclub and said she didn't know why anyone would shoot at them.

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Limo's 17 occupants uninjured in drive-by shooting

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:02

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say there's been no reports of injuries after more than 30 rounds were fired at a limousine bus containing 17 people.

Police say 10 rounds hit the limo during the early Sunday morning shooting in Midtown Anchorage.

All but one of the limo's occupants fled the scene when the bus stopped.

The remaining witness told officers the limo's occupants had spent about two hours earlier in the evening at Al's Alaskan Inn. The witness wasn't aware of any altercations at the nightclub and said she didn't know why anyone would shoot at them.

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Petersburg museum’s WWII era photo project needs help with identifications

Mon, 2014-07-21 10:43

A museum in Petersburg is reaching out to try and identify hundreds of World War Two era photos of people from central Southeast Alaska. The images are being archived at Petersburg’s Clausen Museum and may include photos of people from Wrangell, Kake and other remote communities.
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Volunteers and paid workers have scanned in an estimated 25-hundred images, mostly negatives, of residents and visitors who came though Petersburg in 1942, or used the waterfront.

Kathy Pool is working with the museum on the World War II Coast Guard photo identification project. “These photos were taken by Mary Allen in January and February of 1942 after Pearl Harbor in the previous month,” Pool said. “We were slapped with new regulations limiting who was allowed down along the waterfront in Petersburg and any other coastal town in Alaska.”

One of those requirements was a photo ID card issued by the Coast Guard for anyone coming and going on the waterfront and that’s where these photos come in. “The people had to supply three passport photos to the Coast Guard and be fingerprinted and give a physical description and were issued these cards that they had to have on their person when they went to the cannery to work or had to go to the fuel dock and fuel their boat or fishermen coming over from Kake to sell fish.”

Rasmus Enge (Photo courtesy of the Clausen Museum)


The negatives show faces and torsos of 1508 different people. Pool said some tried out different poses or different outfits on different days. “They were taking advantage of Mary having her equipment set up in a studio and they’d come after work in their work clothes and get their ID photo taken that they needed for their Coast Guard identification card. But they’d go home maybe the next day they’d show back up in instead of work clothes maybe a coat and tie. The women instead of in their head scarves cause they’d been working in the cannery they show up very well coifed in makeup and nice clothes and sit for a nice photograph.”

Allen died just three years later in 1945 and the images were kept in a local building until that was torn down. The negatives were rescued and given to the museum. Local historian Chris Lando identified many of the photos in the 1970s. Still there are images of 603 people that no one’s been able to identify yet. Pool thinks some may be from Kake, Wrangell and possibly Angoon and Hoonah. Some are already up on the Clausen Museum’s facebook page
Pool and several volunteers have been digitizing the images and archiving them. They’ll all ultimately end up online and available for family members. The museum also plans to send flash drives with the unknown images to neighboring communities and ask for help in IDing the photos.

Clausen director Sue McCallum said the project was funded by a collections management grant from the statewide organization Museums Alaska. “It’s the first year that they’ve had these grants and we were awarded six thousand dollars from them. Because of the urgency of this project of people who are able to identify these images are aging very rapidly and some are quite old like in their 80s. And so we’re hoping not to lose those resources, to identify the people.”

Another private donation of one thousand dollars helped buy a new computer to hold the digital images.
Pool said it’s a unique project. “1500 photos of all ages of people, age 15-84, men and women, the diversity of the ethnic backgrounds, this is a real unique slice of life here,” she said. “What a snapshot, what a gift we have.”

Pool hopes to do some public slide shows in Petersburg in August and will make house calls to show the images to anyone who can help identify people. She’ll also visit neighboring communities if needed.

Petersburg assembly continues sales tax ballot question discussion

Mon, 2014-07-21 10:14

Local residents Monday, July 21st. can weigh in on sales tax changes that could be on this fall’s borough ballot.

Petersburg’s borough assembly is meeting and they’ll be voting on the second reading of ordinances to put six tax changes up for a public vote in October. Five of those would change or remove exemptions to sales tax. The proposals would sunset the senior citizens tax exemption after 2019, eliminate the non-resident senior exemption, limit the senior exemption to food and heating fuel only and increase the tax cap from 12-hundred to 2000 dollars. A fifth ordinance outlines a residency requirement for the senior exemption. Those will all go on the ballot this October if the assembly approves and again in third reading next month. The July 21st meeting is also the public hearing for those ballot questions.

Another proposed tax change would create a new excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products brought into Petersburg for sale locally. That tax would be two dollars for every pack of cigarettes and 45 percent of the wholesale cost for other tobacco products. That change also needs voter approval and would take effect in 2015 if approved.

Also on the agenda is a proposed increase for local electrical rates. Rate hikes vary depending on how much power a customer buys and they would be phased in over two years. Some customers would see rates stay the same or even decrease under the proposal, depending on how much electricity they buy. The rate hikes require three approvals by the assembly before taking effect.

The assembly tonight also has a closed-door executive session planned on contract terms with the Petersburg Municipal Employees Association, which represents most borough employees. The assembly may vote on ratifying a contract with the employees after that executive session.

Assembly members may also vote on transfer of operations at the Tyee Lake hydro-electric plant to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency.

The assembly will also consider a lease of land at the Scow Bay turnaround. They also will vote on an ordinance continuing the community’s historic preservation commission.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. it will be broadcast live on KFSK.

Photo of the Day <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"&hellip;

Mon, 2014-07-21 09:25

Raindrops sparkle on some leaves in this photo by Margaret Roth, taken along the Minerva Mountain Trail.

Local photographers, professional and amateur: Here is an opportunity to showcase your pictures, and maybe win a bag of Raven’s Brew coffee! To submit recent photos of local scenery, people or events, email them to news@krbd.org. Please include the photographer’s full name, where and when the photo was taken.

KRBD prefers photos that have not been submitted to other local news organizations.

Each week, the photo with the most “likes” on KRBD’s Facebook page will win a bag of Raven’s Brew coffee.

Planning for fall bulbs / fertilizer facts

Mon, 2014-07-21 08:14

A call-in show with Lee Skidmore giving tips on preparing for fall bulb planting, and some myths and cautions about fertilizers.  BulbsFertilizer

Job Service Report

Mon, 2014-07-21 08:00

The latest Job Service Report from the Ketchikan Job Center. Jobs072114

Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Nome

Mon, 2014-07-21 00:03

NOME — A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman’s catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

KNOM reported Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it mounted.

The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the center to have their photos taken with it.

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Uses for spill planning tool expanding

Mon, 2014-07-21 00:01

ANCHORAGE — A program originally brought to Alaska to support oil spill planning and response efforts in Cook Inlet has since expanded to most of the state with uses from coastal monitoring to art and education.

The coastal mapping endeavor ShoreZone’s Alaska debut was as a Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council pilot project in 2001. Now, about 80 percent of Alaska’s coastline is mapped including Southeast Alaska and the North Slope.

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Alaska Ornamental Iron thrives on metal artistry

Mon, 2014-07-21 00:01

FAIRBANKS — Many of the Alaskana scenes that have gone up around metal railings in Fairbanks recently come from the same place: Alaska Ornamental Iron’s workshop off Chena Pump Road.

Bears, moose, miners and mountain climber silhouettes fill a computer file in the workshop of business owner Warren Flynn. The scenes built from these images get transferred to metal sheets by means of a plasma cutter, a tool that cuts through metal with compressed air heated to very high temperatures.

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Fundraiser makes grocery store trip easier

Mon, 2014-07-21 00:01

SITKA — A trip to the grocery store can be a big ordeal for parents of children with disabilities.

“It can be challenging, because I have two other kids as well,” said Jaime Bentley, whose middle child, Jema, has intractable epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

But the members of Girl Scout Troop 4140 are hoping to turn the trip to the store into a better experience for Jaime, Jema - and other children and parents - by purchasing three grocery shopping carts that can carry a person with disabilities weighing up to 200 pounds.

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Alaska newspaper undergoes name change

Mon, 2014-07-21 00:01

ANCHORAGE — More than two months after it was purchased by an online competitor, Alaska’s largest newspaper will undergo a name change with Sunday’s edition.

The Anchorage Daily News will officially become Alaska Dispatch News. Publisher Alice Rogoff and Editor Tony Hopfinger outlined that and other changes to advertisers during an outdoor luncheon Friday.

Rogoff said the intent is to have an emphasis on statewide news.

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Downtown bridge fishing raises concerns

Mon, 2014-07-21 00:01

KETCHIKAN — Ketchikan city leaders have been asked to come up with ideas to address concerns with fishing from the Stedman Street Bridge.

Residents who testified before the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday generally agreed that fishing should continue to be allowed in some way. But concerns were raised, too, about congested sidewalks, the potential for a tourist to get snagged with a flying fishing hook, and kayakers getting hassled.

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EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

Sun, 2014-07-20 00:08

JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.

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Ice cave collapse

Sun, 2014-07-20 00:08

The U.S. Forest Service warned Alaskans that the popular ice caves on the west side of the Mendenhall Glacier were unstable. By Friday morning a tour guide reported that the warning had proved prophetic — a large portion of the caves’ entrance had collapsed.

But for Juneauites who have seen the caves in-person, the term “collapsed” may not be the most appropriate, as the caves are still accessible.

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