Alaska

Initiative to protect Alaska salmon habitat on track to make ballot

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Division of Elections says an initiative aimed at protecting salmon habitat has cleared a significant hurdle on its track to making a November state election ballot. The Juneau Empire reports that the division recently said it is currently reviewing each of Stand for Salmon’s 43,706 signatures. To pass the review,…

Report: Increase in fishing jobs in south-central Alaska reason for future optimism

(Photo courtesy of Vexilar)KENAI, Alaska — More people worked in commercial salmon fishing in south-central Alaska in 2016 than in 2015, according to a state report. Commercial fishing employment is fickle and hard to predict, but early indicators showed promise that 2017 employment would be up, too. “This suggests a resurgence for salmon fisheries this year, while other catches, such…

In Alaska, island’s wolf quota skyrockets, 4 times higher than 2016

Gray wolves are a federally protected species in western Oregon.KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Federal and state officials have announced that this year’s wolf harvest quota on Prince of Wales Island is more than four times what it was last year. The Ketchikan Daily News reports 46 wolves are allowed to be killed this year on the island and others off its…

3 indicted on big-game hunting charges in Alaska national park

Dall sheep. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal grand jury has indicted three men on charges connected to illegal hunting in an Alaska national park. The indictment names 44-year-old Jeffrey Harris of Poulsbo (PAWLS-boh), Washington, 72-year-old Dale Lackner, of Haines, Alaska, and 47-year-old Casey Richardson of Huson (HEW-son), Montana. Federal prosecutors say the hunts occurred at a…

Alaska hunting guide charged with herding bears to clients

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska master hunting guide has been charged with using assistants on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients, making it easier for hunters to shoot the animals.  Brian Simpson, 55, of Fairbanks, also is charged with guiding on a national preserve without a permit. Simpson’s company is Wittrock Outfitters-Alaska. Messages left with the business were not returned. Online…

Alaska students schooled on salmon life cycle

Students who participate in Salmon in the Classroom curriculum start out raising coho salmon eggs in the fall, learn more about fish with dissection lessons, and practice catching fish during the ice fishing field trips before coming together in the spring for a celebration during which mature fry are released.