Month: January 2013

Wed Jan 30, 2013

Twelve apply for municipal attorney vacancy; former city lawyer says the job “Is not as easy as it looks.” JazzFest kicks off this weekend with concerts, workshops open to ticket-holders. Princess Cruises pays fine for accidentally dumping swimming pool water in Glacier Bay. Seymour Canal gillnet herring fishery will target just over 1,000 tons this spring. Skagway, Haines officials suggest the DOT experiment with open-deck ferry before approving changes to Alaska-class project.

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Tue Jan 29, 2013

Public, scientists disagree on cruise ship wastewater during Senate Resources Committee hearing. SE halibut fishermen to see small increase in 2013 catch limit, following IPHC winter meeting. McDonald’s to adopt sustainably-harvested fish in all restaurants.

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Public, scientists disagree on cruise ship wastewater

A bill that would relax the wastewater standards placed on cruise ships by Alaska voters is on the fast track in the Senate. The Senate Resources committee took the first public testimony on Senate Bill 29 last Friday (1-25-13). Proponents of the bill advocated for the lower standards, saying that the current law unfairly puts ships under tighter rules than Alaskan communities. The leading opponent of the bill was a marine ecologist, who was dissenting from her colleagues on the science advisory panel that studies cruise ship wastewater.

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