Federal agency expresses concern with dam studiesTuesday, September 30, 2014 8:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in south-central Alaska. In a letter to the project manager for the Susitna-Watana dam, the regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, James Balsiger, said new study requests can't be developed given the current problems with the data. Among other things, he questioned the accuracy of the identification of fish species. Project spokeswoman Emily Ford said overall, the Alaska Energy Authority, which is pursuing the project, is confident in the information it is gathering. She said the comments raised by agencies and others will be discussed during an upcoming round of technical meetings, at which the authority also will discuss its plans for next year.
Parnell's office denies National Guard recordsTuesday, September 30, 2014 7:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell's office has denied a media request to obtain records showing how the office handled complaints of sexual abuse in the Alaska National Guard. The Alaska Public Radio Network reports it took 86 working days to deny its request for the records. Under Alaska regulations, government entities have 10 working days to fulfill a records request. They have another 10 if they need an extension. APRN says it received a three-page response letter on Friday that was sent by policy director Randy Ruaro, who cites among other reasons the legal rights of privacy for victims. Ruaro says his office has not had the staff necessary to quickly deal with a rash of requests. The letter notes a significant amount of information has already been made public.
Petersburg to host large Alaska Native gatheringTuesday, September 30, 2014 7:30am
- PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) - Petersburg will be hosting one of the largest gatherings of Alaska Natives in southeast Alaska. The 102nd annual of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp is scheduled for Oct. 8 through 11. ANB-ANS has grown into a nonprofit that includes 29 volunteer camps in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Brenda Louise of Petersburg is ANS 2nd Grand Vice President. She tells KFSK the Grand Camp looks at issues or concerns from different communities. She says individual camps submit resolutions for review that address their concerns. The Petersburg camp plans to bring resolutions calling for cultural education within the community and a more transparent permitting process for cultural hunts.