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Expensive fishing nets sit on the hardware store shelves, unsold. Families struggle to buy baby diapers, back-to-school clothes and gasoline for boats that take them to favorite berry-picking spots. Comment?
Washington state fish brokers are traveling to the Southwestern Alaska village of Quinhagak Monday in the hope of quickly setting up a commercial operation for the region's wild salmon this year. An Alaska Dispatch News story earlier this month reported that for the first time since Alaska became a state, no commercial fishing was planned for the Kuskokwim area in 2016 because of the lack of buyers. Comment?
For the first time since 1960, for as long as the state has managed fisheries, a season's worth of salmon will travel up rivers in the Kuskokwim Delta this year with no opportunity for local residents to catch them commercially. With no fish buyer signed up for the Kuskokwim region, the usual infusion of millions of dollars into this part of job-poor Southwestern Alaska isn't happening. Comment?
Two co-defendants involved in the first federal case in Alaska charging a mining company and its key operators with violations of the Clean Water Act were sentenced Friday to community work service, avoiding jail time. Unlike the chief operating officer of XS Platinum Inc. -- James Slade, who opted to take his case to trial -- Robert Pate and James Staeheli pleaded guilty to violations of the Clean Water Act in May and April 2015, respectively. Comment?
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced the operator of a platinum mine that discharged pollutants into a salmon-spawning river in Southwest Alaska to a year in prison and, following that, a year of supervised release. The sentencing is part of the first federal case in Alaska charging a mining company and its key operators with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. Comment?
A plea agreement filed Friday says former XS Platinum Inc. mine operator James Slade plans to plead guilty to a felony violation of the federal Clean Water Act, avoiding a potential second trial. Slade signed the agreement, admitting he broke the law by discharging dirty water from his company's placer mine into the Salmon River in Southwest Alaska. Comment?
OPINION: Ordinary Alaskans must take the lead in making sure Pebble cleans up the mess it already has made. Pictured: A work camp near the site of the proposed Pebble mine project. Comment?
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