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Despite promising numbers, king salmon managers still uncertain about run strength

A strong, early pulse of king salmon on southern and central Kenai Peninsula streams has runs off to a good start.
Small Nebraska library takes innovative approach

OXFORD, Neb. - The kids come in their PJ's. They curl up with stuffed toys and munch on popcorn.
Losses grow in Alaska's fisheries disasters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's Commerce commissioner says the disaster from poor king salmon returns was worse than first estimated. In a letter to the state's congressional delegation, Susan Bell says commercial fishery permit holders lost an estimated $16.8 million in direct revenue. She says that doesn't include the economic effect on crew members who help harvest salmon, or processors and support businesses. She says it also doesn't include account for revenue lost by communities from fish and sales tax.

Economists predicted slow and steady growth for the Alaskan and the national economies at the World Trade Center Alaska's annual economic forecast presentation on Jan. 22.
Program brings high-speed Internet to rural libraries

Whether filing their tax returns online, applying for a job or even buying an airline ticket, residents in rural Alaska often depend on computers in public libraries for their online activity.
CIRI, Seldovia Native Association, others bank on growth

Whether they're rebuilding run-down homes for low-income tribal members or investing millions in efforts to extract black gold from deep in the earth, Alaska Native corporations play a major role in the economy of Alaska and of the Kenai Peninsula.
Summit being held in Nome to strengthen Alaskan-Chukotka ties

JUNEAU (AP) -- A two-day summit will be held this week in Nome to strengthen ties between Alaskans and Chukotkans.
Plot your best spring break by garden guide

For some of us, spring break is an event that involves digging up dirt or breaking ground for a new garden. If you're new to gardening, you likely have many questions, among them which plants to plant and when to plant them. Fortunately, experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have those answers, determined, in part, through use of a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map ( The map, which divides North America into 11 plant hardiness zones, according to their average lowest temperatures, puts coastal South Carolina, where I live, in hardiness zone 8a. Friends in Kenai, Alaska, where this column is also read, lies in hardiness zone 4a. The reference to these zones are found on plant containers, seed catalogs and seed packets and is the guide we need to make the right plant choices for our gardens. Besides knowing about the zone we live in, it's also important to make a reliable prediction regarding the last frost date for the season so all your hard work doesn't freeze up and crash. If you're new to your area, or want to feel safe about a good time to plant, you'll find frost/freeze maps, with dates, on the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Climatic Data Center's website, at Once you know your zone, and have determined a good time to plant, perhaps you'll consider planting an edible kitchen garden. If the benefits of a garden you can actually consume from season to season sounds appealing, Ellen Ecker Ogden's newly released "The Complete Kitchen Garden: An Inspired Collection of Garden Designs & 100 Seasonal Recipes" is a must have. With 14 kitchen garden plans, including layouts for "The Salad Lover's Garden," "The Children's Garden," "The Garnish Garden," and "The Artist's Garden," there's a design for gardeners of every level and taste. Check out the "The Complete Kitchen Garden" at the author's website, at, or wherever fine books on gardening and cooking are sold.
House denies funding for state fishery disasters

Aid for communities affected by fisheries disasters is still uncertain after the House of Representatives passed a second disaster relief bill this month that didn't include Alaska. The House passed a $50.
Economists forecast fair outlook for state and nation

Economists predicted slow and steady growth for the Alaskan and the national economies at the World Trade Center Alaska's annual economic forecast presentation on Jan. 22.


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