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Fish Factor: Salmon streams' future

Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska's salmon fisheries forever. On Aug. 21, the Department of Natural Resources will hear both sides on competing claims to water rights for salmon streams at Upper Cook Inlet's Chuitna River or for a proposed coal mine.
Alaska teens propose Climate Change Task Force

...consider anything for the best of Alaskans."Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is a youth program of the Alaska Center for the Environment that inspires rural and urban teen leaders to impact environmental issues by providing leadership skills...
Anchorage airport planning to handle more traffic

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage airport officials are looking to manage increased traffic by improving existing infrastructure, without adding a new runway.
USFS rejects Chugach wilderness appeal

...people wanted to see more areas set aside for conservation, said Bobbie Jo Skibo, program coordinator for Alaska Center for the Environment. "I'm upset," Skibo said. "A lot of people put their blood, sweat and tears into the public process...
State Supreme Court refuses to grant beluga whales special status

Cook Inlet beluga whales won't be getting special protection under the Alaska Endangered Species Act, following a ruling by the Alaska Supreme court.
Court nixes more beluga protection

Cook Inlet beluga whales will not join the endangered species list.
Opinions differ wildly on Knik Arm bridge

Opinions differ widely on whether it is a good idea to build the Knik Arm bridge, estimated to cost between $400 million and $600 million.
Roadless comment deadline nears

Alaska environmentalists on Wednesday handed U.S. Forest Service officials more than 1,000 letters supporting an initiative that would ban road building and timber cutting in roadless portions of national forests.
Groups challenge new law aimed at curbing public-interest lawsuits

...Association of Village Council Presidents. They joined the lawsuit with the Republican Moderate Party Inc., the Alaska Center for the Environment, Northern Alaska Environmental Center and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. The groups also allege...
My Turn: Preserving Alaska for Outside environmentalists

Deborah Williams' letter (Sept. 28) attempts to rebut Lew Williams' excellent piece (Sept. 17) on environmental organizations. With two Williamses involved, I have taken the liberty to refer to them as Deborah and Lew. Deborah's letter at best was astounding, at worst misleading. First, it was interesting what Deborah did not say.


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