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Feb 07 2014
Girl Scouts Offer Glimpse into STEM Careers for Women PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 February 2014

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           This Saturday girls in Kodiak will have an opportunity to explore future career opportunities by learning from local women working in various trades. The Women of Science and Technology Day is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Alaska and takes place in various cities across the state. It aims to introduce girls to careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs recently spoke with Roslyn Lack of Girl Scouts of Alaska to learn more about what to expect from the event. The workshops start tomorrow at 10 a.m. and will run until 12:35 p.m. The event is free and open to any girl from kindergarten through grade school.
 

 
Feb 07 2014
Boro, City Approve Fisheries Analyst Contract PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 February 2014

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            The city and borough entered the New Year without a fisheries advisor, but they won’t be without one much longer. During its regular meeting last night the borough assembly approved a contract with Heather McCarty of McCarty and Associates for fisheries analyst consulting services.
             The contract is split between the city and the borough and will send McCarty to various fisheries meetings, including those held by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and Board of Fisheries. Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said he’s pleased with the hiring process so far. 
             “RFP was done correctly. It was advertised the proper amount of time. Responses were timely received, opened and rated. The fisheries work group had a logical approach in interviewing Mrs. McCarty. The references were checked, business license was received. I’m pretty comfortable with the process.”

             The contract is for 2 years and includes $5,000 a month plus reimbursable fees associated with travel. Cassidy said there is a 30 day out clause in the contract if there is some sort of break in the relationship.
             Assemblywoman Chris Lynch co chairs the Fisheries Work Group and was part of the sub committee that made the hiring recommendation.
             “I just want to say that this is our third year operating and the fisheries work group statewide has elevated themselves just due to our due diligence in keeping informed and following the issues that are required to keep our fishing community on the cutting edge and able make good decisions and good representation decisions. It’s imperative that we keep that up by hiring this caliber of an analyst.”

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Feb 06 2014
Study Shows Salmon Born Knowing North from South PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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    It’s well known that Pacific salmon return to the stream they were born when it’s time for them to spawn and die. When they get close, they might be able to smell their home stream, but how do they know which way to go in the first place? It’s been suspected since the 1960s that salmon migrate successfully in part through detecting the earth’s magnetic field.
    Nathan Putman is a professor at Oregon State University. The work he and his colleagues have done in recent years showed that sea turtles, sockeye salmon, and now in a new study, king salmon, all basically have built in compasses.
    “In this most recent study of ours we’re actually able to show this does occur. That the fish are able to figure out where they are based on the magnetic field they’re in.”
    Putman said his team used very weak magnetic fields in their laboratory studies, but they were strong enough to influence the salmon’s migratory behavior:
    “We changed the magnetic field around the fish to simulate one that exists sort of north of their oceanic range, and even though they’re sitting in rural Oregon, they act like they’ve been displaced somewhere up near Alaska. And they swim to the south. Give them a magnetic field that exists in the southern end of their range, and they act like they’re there – they swim to the north.”
    Putman says the ability to navigate is based not just on magnetic intensity, but the angle of the field as well.

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Feb 06 2014
KTUU, GCI Reach Agreement PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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    Fans of TV weather forecaster Jackie Purcell on KTUU will be pleased to know that she, along with other news and programming, has been returned to GCI cable customers in rural Alaska after a three-month blackout.
    The KTUU programming returned Thursday morning, just in time for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. NBC is the exclusive American broadcaster for the winter games, and an extended delay would have left many without coverage.
    The announcement came at 11 a.m. that the two media giants had ended their dispute, which started on November 7th when GCI blacked out KTUU in much of rural Alaska. In addition to Kodiak, the communities with service restored include Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Kuparuk, Nome, Deadhorse and Valdez.
    Paul Landes, GCI general manager, thanked customers in rural Alaska for their patience, while KTUU’s GM, Andy MacLeod, said he was glad Alaskans will be able to see coverage of the Olympics including in-depth coverage of Alaskan athletes.

 
Feb 06 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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Coming up this week: The Fish Board reverses itself on Kenai River Kings, Kodiak may have found its new fisheries consultant, and the plague of injuries in the fishing fleet gets some scrutiny. All that, and who would’ve thought you could make money fishing for jellyfish. We had help from KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak, and KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska.

 
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