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Alaska and Yukon Headlines

Rider dies after snowmobile flips

Tue, 2014-04-22 13:55
A Whitehorse man is dead following a snowmobile accident on Good Friday along the South Klondike Highway.

Nominations wanted for Arctic Inspiration Prize

Tue, 2014-04-22 13:52
A total of $1 million is up for grabs and some, possibly all of it, could go to projects happening in the Yukon.

‘Caribou Legs’ Firth feted in Dawson and Mayo

Tue, 2014-04-22 13:50
Brad Firth, better known as Caribou Legs, took a short break last Wednesday and Thursday from his 1,200-km run from Inuvik to Whitehorse to attend fund-raising meetings honouring his quest in Mayo and Dawson.

In Homer, hungry great horned owl swipes a lucky-to-survive chihuahua

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:50
In Homer, hungry great horned owl swipes a lucky-to-survive chihuahua When a great horned owl swept low across a yard and then out of sight in Homer carrying a pet dog, the family was devastated. But the tale of the dog and raptor was only beginning. April 22, 2014

Washington man busted aboard Alaska ferry with $15,000 of meth

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:49
Washington man busted aboard Alaska ferry with $15,000 of meth Alaska State Troopers found 2 ounces of meth, along with 32 baggies containing suspected meth, in Kenneth Bradley's backpack on Monday morning, according to charging documents.April 22, 2014

Mallott: Alaska needs to fix its Medicaid repayment mess

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:47
Mallott: Alaska needs to fix its Medicaid repayment mess OPINION: Alaska's Medicaid payment system is a mess and it is affecting everyone from large hospitals and medical practices to self-employed Alaskans. And it's time to make fixing the problem a priority.April 22, 2014

Sweden pauses payment to international climate change fund

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:42
Sweden pauses payment to international climate change fund The leading party in Sweden's governing coalition has overruled the environment minister's 2013 pledge of support for a fund aiding impoverished countries.  April 22, 2014

In My Family: No

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:40


Raven learns how to say NO in the Alaska Native language Unangax with Ethan Petticrew.

Yukoners complete emotional Boston Marathon

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:40
Five Yukoners were part of the 35,755 runners who took to the streets yesterday for the 118th edition of the Boston Marathon.

Olympian lends hand to Nicaraguan school project

Tue, 2014-04-22 12:37
Whitehorse cross-country skier Emily Nishikawa is continuing to inspire Yukoners, even during her offseason.

Two Rescued As Troller Goes Aground In Heavy Surf

Tue, 2014-04-22 09:29

SMR captain Don Kluting describes sea conditions at Low Island Monday morning as “a bit sporty.” Crew members left the Mirage on foot, once the tide ebbed. (SMR photo/Don Kluting)

Two crewmen were rescued safely after their troller ran aground in heavy seas in Sitka Sound early this morning (Mon 4-21-14).

The 52-foot steel-hulled troller Mirage radioed a distress call at about 3:30 AM. The boat had gone aground on the southern shore of Low Island, in surf and strong winds.

Don Kluting coordinates Sitka’s Mountain Rescue team, which also conducts maritime operations.

Kluting says he and three other team members left the harbor in darkness, and used night-vision goggles and a global positioning system to navigate the six miles out to Low Island, where they arrived at daybreak. The team was prepared for the worst.

“Full precautions. We had everybody in drysuits, had tow ropes. We had briefed that we were going try and establish a tow. We had a line gun with us. Basically, getting ready to pull a fairly large vessel out of the surf and try to give them enough to keep the waves from pushing them farther and farther up on the rocks to get him under his own power.”

Low Island is a known hazard in Sitka Sound, or a known recreation area, depending on your point of view. When a swell is running, Sitkans occasionally surf the waters between Low Island and Shoals Point.

Once Kluting and his team found the Mirage it quickly became clear that the stranded troller would not be going anywhere.

“We had breaking surf conditions 100-yards around him in all directions. We had circled around that south end of Low Island trying to figure out a path to get in close. And it pretty much not going to happen, and we made a determination to get a helicopter out from Air Station Sitka.”

Kluting says the rescue boat was able to get within 50 yards of the Mirage while waiting for the helicopter, and stood by in the event the troller capsized or swamped and the two crewmen were forced into the water.

The Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew determined that the safest course of action would be to let the tide go out from under the Mirage. After about 90-minutes, the helicopter landed on Low Island and the two fishermen were able to walk ashore unharmed and board the aircraft.

Kluting says he is not optimistic about an immediate salvage of the Mirage.

“Not a friendly location, getting a larger vessel in there and establishing a tow rope in those conditions is going to be challenging at best. With the tide not being as high, it’s going to be interesting to see if they’re able to drag it off. Or if that next storm coming in doesn’t beat up the hull too bad.”

The weather forecast for Sitka called for winds of 29 knots on Monday, and seas of 13 feet, with seas falling to 9 feet on Tuesday.

Kluting was accompanied on the mission by Gerald Gangle, Tyler Orbison, and Jake Denherder. Kluting says he has received no official word on the cause of the accident. The Coast Guard reports the Mirage has about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board.

The Mirage is registered to J&J Mirage LLC in Elfin Cove, Alaska. According to state records, it is valued at $200,000.

Federal Subsistence Board Votes To Limit Kuskokwim Kings to Federally Qualified Users

Tue, 2014-04-22 09:23

Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

The Federal Subsistence Board Thursday unanimously approved a special action request from the Napaskiak Traditional Council that would limit any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users of 32 specific Kuskokwim communities.

In the discussion about limiting the pool of eligible fisherman, the board heard passionate testimony about the need for chinook harvest.

“Through blood, sweat, and tears we feed our families,” said George Guy of Kwethuluk.

They also heard calls for strong conservation measures. Lisa Feyereisen is from Chuathbaluk.

“I want to be able to show my grandchildren what a Chinook salmon looks like,” said Feyereisen.

The action passed by the board doesn’t specifically open up any harvest of kings nor does it shut down fisheries that could incidentally catch kings. All it does it say who will be at the table if the runs comes in stronger than expected.

Between 71,000 and 117,000 kings are expected in the river this year. If the run is on the smaller side, there could be little to no surplus.

Gene Peltola Junior is the Assistant Regional Director for the Office of Subsistence Management.

“The forecast right now is for a very small harvestable surplus. If there is not an opportunity for a harvestable surplus, all of this is a moot point. But if the run progresses such that there is deemed to be a harvestable surplus available you have to have this in place in attempt to allocate or provide fish,” said Peltola Junior.

In that scenario, the initial pool contains residents of 32 villages, running from Chefornak up to McGrath, including Bethel. The list excludes communities in South Kuskokwim Bay and Nelson Island including Quinhagak, Platinum, Goodnews Bay, Nightmute, Newtok, Tununuk and Tooksook Bay, plus Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island.

The 14,000 people in the 32 communities still have incredible fishing power. David Jenkins is with the Office of Subsistence Management.

“We still have the problem under that situation of a projected too few fish and lots of users who would access to those fish,” said Jenkins.

Managers would need to further restrict among those users. The board indicated they wanted the federal in season manager to have a range of management tools at his disposal, but they did not specify an exact allocation strategy.

There were several ideas presented by the Office of Subsistence Management for how a surplus might be handled. Managers could begin by allocating 25 chinook salmon per village. If there are more fish available, the surplus could be split among villages, excluding Bethel, proportionally based on their 20 year harvest average.

The allocation among Bethel residents could be done through a second so-called section 804 analysis, in which individuals would see opportunity based on three criteria: customary and direct dependence on the resource as a mainstay of livelihood, local residency and the availability of other resources.

But it is mid April already. The draft framework says if it were not possible to do that analysis in time, there could be a simple drawing permit for Bethel residents.

The board did not endorse any of the presented allocation schemes, but expressed a wish for the in season manager to have alternatives available.

Soul to Soul: April 19-20, 2014

Tue, 2014-04-22 09:07

Here’s the music playlist from the April 19-20, 2014, edition of Soul to Soul with Marvel and Sherry Johnson. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:

  • Song Title
  • Artist Name
  • Album
  • Duration
  • Label

Flight STS Take Off 2013 – Liz and Martin Fly By to Long Pass
02:41
100.620

Keep Your Head Up In The Sky
Earth Wind And Fire
05:11
89.053
8

Be Ever Wonderful
Earth Wind And Fire
05:22
141.925
16

Love Ballad
LTD Featuring Jeffrey Osborne
04:37
300.000

Never Would Have Made It
Marvin Sapp
06:56
300.000
12
Zomba

June Old 2 New 2004
STS Sweep
01:17
114.323

Jesus (Original Clean)
Kem ft Patti LaBelle & Ronald Isley
04:45
131.000
1
www.franchiserecordpool.com

Goodtime (Lp)
Brent Jones and The T P Mobb
05:20
78.322
1

God In Me
Mary Mary ft Kierra Sheard
03:17
88.000

www.franchiserecordpool.com

God In Me (Remix)
Mary Mary ft Malice
03:15
88.000
1
www.franchiserecordpool.com

And Yet I’m Saved
Donald Lawrence
03:54
299.450
11

I’ll Take You There (3)
Bebe & Cece Winans
06:06
101.943

Jesus Is Love
Commodores
05:00
135.543
7
Motown

BeBe Winans
Oh, happy Day
05:06
97.885
15

June Old 2 New 2004
STS Sweep
01:17
114.323

To Be Encouraged
William Becton
05:10
100.016
9
WEB

To Be Encouraged (Reprise)
William Becton
02:18
100.018
10
WEB

We Give You Thanks
The Sounds Of Blackness
06:47
109.354

Lean On Me (Choir Version)
kirk Franklin
05:06
107.647
9

Testify
Sounds Of Blackness
05:37
300.000
5
Perspectiv

Solid
Ashford & Simpson
05:09
101.262
9
Alliance

STS Motown 2007 – Motown Today Tomorrow Forever

01:38
94.943

Got to be there
Jackson 5
03:24
86.301
10

With You I’m Born Again
Billy Preston And Syreeta
03:40
82.354
4

Zoom
Commodores
06:45
86.538
11
Motown Records

?
Gerald Levert And Eddie Lever
05:39
188.596
1
Elektra

Say Amen
Howard Hewitt
04:34
300.000

Every Time It Rains
Will Downing
04:53
300.000
4

Golden Time Of Day
Kem
05:35
97.002
2
Brantera Music Group, Inc.

LoveZone 2010 Theme – Love Rock the Best 2010 Jet Fades end

02:17
93.492

Joe – Closer
Joe
03:50
76.000

www.franchiserecordpool.com

April Love
LTD Featuring Jeffrey Osborne
04:30
13051.000

I Wanna Get Next to You
Rose Royce
03:58
300.000
7

You’re Still A Young Man
Tower Of Power
05:36
113.571
7
WEA

Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

04:38
138.005
10

I Do Love You
Midnight Players
02:51
89.003
6

Happy Feelin’s
Ledisi
05:08
74.004
6
Brantera Music Group, Inc.

STS Sweep 2014 – Old Skool Mixdown 1

00:55
86.131

Do Me Baby
Meli’sa Morgan
05:19
300.000

STS Vocal – Marvell Your Alaskan Soul Connection

00:12
86.747

Earth Wind & Fire
Love’s Holiday
04:21
148.850
2
Sony Music Distribution

Can’t Hide Love
Earth Wind And Fire
04:09
77.956
6

STS Sweep 2014
Liz Old Skool
00:51
107.245

Heaven Sent You
Howard Hewitt & Stanley Clarke
06:07
105.000

Marvin Sapp – The Best In Me (Live) Extended)
Marvin Sapp
08:35
102.276

The Battle Is The Lord’s
Yolanda Adams
06:29
113.292
5

Reasons
Earth, Wind & Fire
09:52
125.903
9

STS Sweep 2014 – Old Skool Mixdown 1

00:55
86.131

Stand By Me
Maurice White
04:10
118.239
3

Summer Madness
Kool & The Gang
04:18
87.934
8
Island Mercury

I’m So Into You
Peabo Bryson
04:11
117.862
1

Feel The Fire
Peabo Bryson
04:35
124.649
2

Feel The Fire
Stephanie Mills
04:59
116.090

STS Full Landing – June 1 2004

06:31
119.963

AK Beat: Sun-splashed Alaskans can revel in Earth Day this year

Tue, 2014-04-22 07:54
AK Beat: Sun-splashed Alaskans can revel in Earth Day this year Spring temperatures were more than 50 degrees by noon in many parts of Anchorage and pushing up toward record highs for a second-consecutive dayApril 22, 2014

Miller Kicks Off Campaign in Wasilla

Tue, 2014-04-22 01:06

Joe Miller, with family in front row on stage.

U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller kicked off his campaign last night in Wasilla before a few hundred cheering supporters.  Amid prayer and patriotic songs, Miller and those introducing him talked about God, guns and government mistrust.  Miller drew cheers as he hit on popular Tea Party themes, such as abolishing the IRS and ending state surveillance.

“They need to understand that the people have had it That’s why you’re here today,” he said, to applause. “This is about ‘we the people.’ It’s not about Joe Miller. It’s about restoring you to your rightful position, where government is the servant and you are the master!”

This is Miller’s second run for U.S. Senate. He didn’t mention the dramatic undoing of his earlier campaign, except for a passing reference to the time his security team shackled a journalist trying to interview him. Miller, a father of eight, made the aside as he was introducing the four younger children, who were on the stage with him in Wasilla.

“They’re all martial arts experts. We learned that from the 2010 race. We needed in-house security. So I don’t have t0

Standing for the national anthem at the Joe Miller kick-off.

bring my handcuffs any more,” he said.

Other speakers at the event included a Big Lake church pastor, a Gun Owners of America director and also conservative radio talk show host Lars Larson. Despite a low campaign profile in recent months, Miller has been raising money. On that score, he’s in third place in the three-way Republican race, but not far behind Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.

Miller makes Senate campaign official with 'Liberty Launch' in Wasilla

Mon, 2014-04-21 23:07
Miller makes Senate campaign official with 'Liberty Launch' in Wasilla Joe Miller officially announced his candidacy for the Alaska Republican Party's 2014 U.S. Senate nomination in front of approximately 200 energetic supporters in Wasilla on Monday night.April 21, 2014

Alaska Legislature blows past 90-day limit towing education bill

Mon, 2014-04-21 22:56
Alaska Legislature blows past 90-day limit towing education bill The Alaska Legislature will go at least into a 92nd day as debate continues over HB 278, the omnibus education bill and centerpiece to a legislative session that has come to be called at Gov. Parnell's suggestion, the "education session."April 21, 2014

House lawmakers vote to keep Knik Arm bridge, Susitna dam money in budget

Mon, 2014-04-21 22:34
House lawmakers vote to keep Knik Arm bridge, Susitna dam money in budget On Monday, a day after the legislative session was supposed to end, the House began debating amendments to its capital budget, which didn't see the light of day until late Saturday.April 21, 2014

Cook Inlet oil and gas proves boon to Southcentral Alaska

Mon, 2014-04-21 20:29
Cook Inlet oil and gas proves boon to Southcentral Alaska Cook Inlet natural gas has had its ups and downs over the years, but the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is optimistic -- especially after looking at the industry's economic benefits to the region.April 21, 2014

Smoking Alaska travel deals for thrifty adventurers in April, May

Mon, 2014-04-21 19:29
Smoking Alaska travel deals for thrifty adventurers in April, May More special early-season offers to explore the Last Frontier continue to trickle in as the days get longer, the temperature climbs -- and the tourists begin to arrive in droves.April 21, 2014

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