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October 22, 2015

Alaska DNR released its determination on the water reservation requests for the Chuitna carefully crafted to obstruct the construction and operation of PacRim’s proposed coal mine. The determination was signed on October 6, 2015 and can be found at the following links. The short story is that DNR tossed the two most restrictive reservations while granting the least restrictive.

August 26, 2015

Fish counts on the Kenai for the second run of red salmon are particularly important for all user groups in Cook Inlet, unfortunately the resource appears to be managed so as to maximize the number of red salmon in the nets of the 1,404 commercial fishermen making up the drift fleet in the Inlet.

August 24, 2015

The State Department of Natural Resources held a hearing last Friday on the water reservation filed to obstruct PacRim’s construction of a coal mine west of Tyonek.  At the hearing were all the usual anti-development suspects including Trustees for Alaska, Cook Inletkeeper and the Chuitna Citizens Coalition.

The State Department of Natural Resources held a hearing last Friday on the water reservation filed to obstruct PacRim’s construction of a coal mine west of Tyonek.

July 14, 2015

Interesting confluence of economics and jobs news over the last week here in Alaska. First there was the news that the red return into Bristol Bay may be only half what was expected. Late last week, the Army announced that they would be cutting some 2,600 troops at join Base Elmendorf – Richardson (JBER). Cue the expected wailing, lamentations, and rending of garments.

Interesting confluence of economics and jobs news over the last week here in Alaska. First there was the news that the red return into Bristol Bay may be only half what was expected. Late last week, the Army announced that they would be cutting some 2,600 troops at join Base Elmendorf – Richardson (JBER). Cue the expected wailing, lamentations, and rending of garments.

March 24, 2015

We finally have a moderately rational argument in favor of the water reservation file for Middle Creek, a tributary of the Chuit River 45 miles west of Anchorage.

March 4, 2015

The latest trick used by the anti-development, anti-resource extraction, and anti-job crowd is the use of exclusive water rights as a vehicle to shut down projects. The current example is the Chuit River west of Anchorage where PacRim Coal wants to build a coal mine.

The latest trick used by the anti-development, anti-resource extraction, and anti-job crowd is the use of exclusive water rights as a vehicle to shut down projects. The current example is the Chuit River west of Anchorage where PacRim Coal wants to build a coal mine. http://www.chuitnacoalproject.com/

January 7, 2015

Now that Alaskan commercial fishermen have opted out of the Board of Fish process and started managing their and other resources via lawsuits and ballot initiatives, it is not surprising that local sport fishermen are now starting to use that same technique on them.

December 19, 2014

One of the refrains we hear from the Walker-ites and on the talk shows these days is that the fiscal crunch puts “everything on the table.” I would submit that everything is most certainly not on the table, as decisions by the new Walker administration will be driven by their worldview and prejudices just like those before they came into town.

With the crash in the per barrel price of oil to the $60/bbl range, we here in Alaska are faced with the latest round of fiscal crises. That level is about half the per barrel forecast that former Governor Parnell’s budget was based upon.

November 11, 2014

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

Interesting election here in Alaska. All four of the democrat sponsored ballot initiatives passed. Three required a yes vote. One required a no vote. Unfortunately for the democrats, the positive outcomes on the initiatives did not drag their candidates across the finish line with them for the most part.

October 13, 2014

I have been scratching my head for a long time about the successful use of endless and fraudulent scaremongering by commercial fishermen, greens, other fishing groups whenever the resource development community wants to dig, cut, build, or otherwise rearrange the land and what is on it.

I am usually a “you break it, you own it” kind of guy in my daily life. I have been scratching my head for a long time about the successful use of endless and fraudulent scaremongering by commercial fishermen, greens, other fishing groups whenever the resource development community wants to dig, cut, build, or otherwise rearrange the land and what is on it.

August 31, 2014

The following was submitted to Fish Alaska Magazine in response to an article in their Aug/Sept 2014 issue by Dave Atcheson, an author who works with Trout Unlimited. It was entitled “A Pebble Mine Update” and was printed on page 6 of the issue.

July 6, 2014

State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

State approval of a mining permit for Usibelli’s Wishbone Hills coal mining project triggered the expected reaction from anti-mining people in the Valley and elsewhere, mostly intended to get the State to reconsider its approval. I foolishly got myself involved in the blizzard of e-mails over the weekend.

June 1, 2014

Ballot Measure 4 is the latest attempt by Bob Gillam to shut down the Pebble Mine project north of Iliamna. It is being backed by a group that calls itself Bristol Bay Forever.

Ballot Measure 4 is the latest attempt by Bob Gillam to shut down the Pebble Mine project north of Iliamna. It is being backed by a group that calls itself Bristol Bay Forever. You can find their web site here: http://www.voteforbristolbay.com/#/

May 17, 2014

The most important thing about this fight is what the EPA is not publicly saying. The entire anti-Pebble action is an attempt by the EPA to subvert existing public law so as to set itself up as the sole regulator of watersheds nationwide, usurping statutory authority given the Army Corps of Engineers and the states.

April 12, 2014

When the greens base all their anti-development excuses on a single argument (harming salmon runs), a simple response - hatchery fish - puts them out of business, at least for a little while.

My son and I make our yearly trip to the Great Alaskan Sportsman’s Show here in Anchorage in late March every year. It is a great show, with all the expected toys, boats, vehicles, firearms, fishing and hunting guides. Usually it is well attended.

February 8, 2014

When the Bristol Bay Native Corporation opposes the Pebble Mine, are they against all mining or simply using the public process to take out a competitior?

Last week news leaked out on local talk shows that Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC), located in the “Place that’s always been” had signed a mining agreement with Canadian mining corporation Milrock Resources for exploration for a proposed copper and gold mine in the Chignik region down the Alaska Peninsula a bit.

January 24, 2014

When Cook Inlet Drift Boat operators go to federal court demanding that the feds manage Cook Inlet salmon, they are not interested in your right to fill your freezer with fish.  Instead, they are busily lining their own pockets at your expense.

October 3, 2013

When we listen to arguments about threats to salmon runs in the Chuitna by the proposed coal mine, it is important to know how many fish we are actually talking about.  In this case, not many.  Yet the opponents propose to kill off hundreds of high paying, long term jobs anyway.

The Chuitna Citizens Coalition is taking their fight against a proposed strip mine across Cook Inlet from Anchorage to court in an attempt to grant themselves exclusive water rights in the region.

September 4, 2013

The Pebble Partnership released an economic analysis of the project which puts it into perspective with existing economics of the Bristol Bay region.

The Pebble Partnership released a 69 page analysis of the economic impact of the Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay region last June. It is a significant economic analysis that puts into perspective the true scope and impact of the project.

June 19, 2012

The Alaska Congressional Delegation once again embraces protectionism rather than the free market.

May 8, 2012

Chilean fish farming is a growing competitior for Alaskan salmon.