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February 24, 2012

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Fish Factor: Lower Alaska salmon harvest predicted By LAINE WELCH - State fishery managers project a lower Alaska salmon harvest this year, due to an expected decrease in those hard to predict pinks. 

The total catch forecast by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game is 132 million salmon, down 25% from the 177 million fish taken in 2011.       

The statewide breakdown is 120,000 Chinook salmon (in areas outside Southeast, where catches are dictated by treaty with Canada);  38.4 million sockeye salmon, a decline of 4%;   4.3 million coho (similar to last year); 19 million chums, 12% higher; and 70.2 million pinks, a 40% decrease.  

Each year’s annual report on salmon harvest projections also includes a detailed review of the 2011 season for every Alaska region. In all, the fishery produced a catch valued at $603 million at the docks, the third highest ever.

 Some 2011 highlights: Southeast Alaska’s salmon catch rang in at $200 million, a record since statehood, and the highest value salmon fishery for the year. The region’s pink salmon catch of 59 million fish fetched an average price of 42-cents a pound at the docks, and totaled   $94 million.  Chums at 81-cents were the second most valuable, adding another $60 million to the Panhandle this summer. More than 1,900 permit holders fished in Southeast, a 4% increase.

At Prince William Sound, the salmon harvest topped 39 million fish, most of which were pinks (33.4 million). At Copper River, the sockeye catch topped 2 million fish, nearly double for the previous decade. The 20,000 Chinook catch was below the 10 year average.

At Upper Cook Inlet, the harvest of 5.5 million sockeye salmon was the fourth largest in the past 20 years. The dockside value of $51.6 million was the fifth highest since 1960, and the highest since 1992. All five salmon species are caught in the upper Inlet, but sockeye have accounted for nearly 93% of the fishery over the past 20 years. The estimated value of $518,000 for Chinook salmon was about 1% of the value of the UCI fishery. 

Bristol Bay’s sockeye catch of 21.9 million was 21% below expectations.  The preliminary value of the Bay’s total salmon catch of 22.7 million fish was  $137.7 million, 17% above the 20 year average.  

Kodiak had its highest participation in 11 years with 339 (57%) of the region’s 593 permit holders going fishing. Kodiak’s salmon catch of 20 million fish value topped $44.2 million, the highest since 1990 and double the 10 year average. Kodiak salmon seiners (175) averaged $120,161 last summer; set gillnetters (157) averaged $31, 137. - More...
Friday - February 24, 2012

POW: New Doctor of Family Medicine Comes to the Island - What lures a bright, energetic doctor and his family of five to a remote Alaskan island like Prince of Wales? Likely, it is the same kinds of things that called the rest of us to southern Southeast Alaska—the rugged wilderness, vast open spaces, amazing fishing, outstanding hunting, and the unending outdoor recreation opportunities. Dr. Patrick Ballard, wife Patricia, and their three teenage boys are all excited to call Prince of Wales home as he joins PeaceHealth Medical Group as the fulltime doctor of Family Medicine.

New Doctor of Family Medicine Comes to the Island

Dr. Patrick Ballard

Dr. Ballard, comes to PeaceHealth Medical Group: POW after serving his residency in Eagle River, Alaska, through the University of Washington’s Alaska Family Practice Residency program and having recently served with the Alaska Army National Guard in Afghanistan. Dr. Ballard earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Ballard’s experience prepares him to provide excellent care in a rural setting and his many certifications are sure to come in handy in a remote location including: Basic Life Support; Advanced Cardiac Life Support; Advanced Trauma Life Support; Advanced Disaster Life Support; Wilderness Advanced Life Support; and Neonatal Resuscitation. - More...
Friday - February 24, 2012

Ketchikan: UAF Names Honors Students - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans' and chancellor's lists for the fall 2011 semester. The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

Students receiving a 3.9 grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor's list, while those receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the deans' list.

Myrn McCord of Ketchikan was named to the Chancellor’s List.

Students from Ketchikan named to the Dean's List were Chazz L Gist, Jesse W. Lindgren and Jessica R. Thompson. Joel P Teune of Ward Cove was also named to the Dean's List. - More...
Friday - February 24, 2012

Alaska: State reports increase in new HIV, syphilis cases; Testing encouraged for early detection - The Department of Health and Social Services HIV/STD Program is reporting an increase in reported cases of HIV and syphilis during 2011. The new HIV cases were clustered in the Fairbanks area, while the syphilis outbreak is mainly concentrated in Anchorage.

An analysis of the data shows the HIV infection case count in Fairbanks spiked in 2011, with a total of nine cases of HIV reported between Jan. 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2012. Of the nine cases, eight involved men having sex with men, seven of whom reported meeting anonymous sexual partners online. In addition, seven of the nine were either in the U.S. Army or had sexual partners associated with the military, and four were 20 years old or younger. - More...
Friday - February 24, 2012

Alaska Science: Does a whale's nose know the way to food? By NED ROZELL Julie Hagelin remembers the day she hugged a rare New Zealand kakapo parrot to her chest. The soft, green bird emitted the scent of lavender, like dust and honey; it lingered upon Hagelin’s t-shirt for hours. That powerful essence inspired her question to the revered biologist for whom she was working. Was the bird’s pleasant odor attractive to other birds?

Does a whale's nose know the way to food?

Biologist Julie Hagelin holds a murre while surrounded by children in the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island.
Photo by Aaron Strong

“Julie, don’t you know birds can’t smell?”

Hagelin, now a biologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and then a volunteer on a once-in-a-lifetime project, nodded politely. But the thought kept bouncing around her inquiring young mind: “How do we know birds can’t smell?”

Thus began a recurring theme in Hagelin’s work that has taken her from St. Lawrence Island, where auklets gathered by the thousands mysteriously emit the scent of tangerines, to Creamer’s Field, where she has applied peppermint oil to the nests of house sparrows to see if they return to a smell they know.

Now, she and other researchers are wondering whether whales use their sense of smell to find food, and whether humans could use it to help attract them away from oil spills or other bad situations.

Hagelin became interested in the smelling ability of whales when she attended a talk in the annual Science for Alaska Lecture Series held in Fairbanks. The speaker, whale researcher Jan Straley of Sitka, ended her talk with an image of a breaching humpback whale and a question to the audience of why whales might do it (researchers don’t know). A bell rang in Hagelin’s head. She approached Straley after the lecture. She asked if the whale might be positioning its blowhole toward the wind in order to get a whiff of what might be out there. - More...
Friday - February 24, 2012


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letter RE" A future disappointment By Scott Cragun - I have personally stopped twice in the last two years at the Mountain Point Boat launch when I noticed 2 different individuals towing derelict boats with the intention of parking them at the far end of the parking lot and leaving them. Both times I informed them that if the boat was left there I would pass along their license plate numbers to the troopers, neither vessel was there later in the day. - More...
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letter Defense Cuts Endanger Our National Security By Donald A. Moskowitz - The 2013 Defense Department budget cuts military spending by $487 billion over 10 years, which translates into eliminating six Air Force fighter squadrons, cutting 16 ships from the Navy, and reducing the Army and Marine Corps by 80,000 to 100,000 troops over five years.  Our thinking is that future wars will be fought with more high technology weapons and fewer troops.  The problem is we could lose highly qualified military personnel because of the cutbacks.  The end result could mean we will have a plethora of high technology weapon systems available, but lack the quantity and quality of non-commissioned and commissioned military leaders to employ the equipment. - More...
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letter Freedom By Linda Bell - There is a former Sheriff... Sheriff Richard Mack who has been traveling all over America for several years giving talks on the importance of law enforcement to understand and obey the oath they took to protect individual Rights. (He throws in corruption from D.C. that has been going on for decades also.) - More...
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letter A FUTURE DISAPPOINTMENT AVERTED By Jerry Cegelske - A woman who just recently moved to Ketchikan stopped by the office and asked about volunteering to help clean up trash in our community.  I told her about some of the past projects that have been done on Revilla road, North and South Tongass, and within the City with the High School.  After talking for awhile, she left her name and a phone number after I explained that much of the work would start in April before the leaves were on the trees and brush. - More...
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letter 'Just Another Routine Fright North' By Marshall H. Massengale - Although I'm a lower 48er, I always enjoy reading Dave Kiffer's columns his frequent digressions and occasional misspellings and other grammatical faux pas notwithstanding.  But it seems every so often, hizzoner the author takes a cut or two at the "hometown airline." - More...
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letter Old grunt squashing By David G. Hanger - In general terms, Mr. Bylund, you are correct.  It is considered bad form to compare anybody to Hitler.  But if someone is acting like a damned Hitlerian, I am not going to hesitate to point that out very succinctly.  About monsters I do not think one should be polite for even a nanosecond.  Depriving U.S. citizens of 1.5 billion man years of life I consider absolutely monstrous and insane.  Doing that by manipulating governmental policy is evil.  Congressman Paul Ryan wants to destroy the safety net completely, on the essential premise of Ayn Rand’s philosophy that those in need should perish out of hand as an inconvenience to the rest of us.  “Let parasites perish as they should.” - More...
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letter The End of Liberty Is Here By Katheryn Burson - The NDAA passed without hearings, thereby cementing the U.S. as a police state giving law enforcement the right to detain and imprison us WITHOUT charges or due process.  Police brutality is being covered up by grabbing of citizen’s cell phones & cameras to prevent filming. - More.....
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