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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

U.S. Sausage Company to Make Canned Walrus Meat in Russia

A sausage-maker from Anchorage, Alaska, will travel to Russia this week to help Native walrus hunters set up a cannery to preserve meat, Associated Press reported on Monday, Aug 15. Doug Drum, the owner of Indian Valley Meats, hopes to install a canning facility in Lorino, a coastal village in Chukotka, a northern region of the Russian Far East.

Lorino, which lies across the Bering Sea from Nome, Alaska, has an abundance of walrus but lacks refrigeration. Meat is stored in an ice cave dug into a hillside under the permafrost. Much of it ends up rotting, Drum said. The ice cave works during colder months but cannot keep the meat sufficiently frozen. “It kind of gets rancid,” he said.

The canning effort is sponsored in part by the Alaska-Chukotka Development Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a grant from U.S. Agency for International Development.

The canning line will enable the Native walrus hunters to process, preserve and distribute their catch around the region, said Andrew Crow, project director with the Alaska-Chukotka program at UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research.

The product will have a shelf life of about 10 years and is more practical than sausage, Drum said. Drum moved from Michigan to Alaska in the 1960s and has experience with Russian business ventures.

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Alaska Sheep Hunters Asked to Leave Goats at Home

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Fish and Game are asking several hunting guides who are planning on using pack goats for Dall sheep hunts this year to reconsider.

Using goats or llamas as pack animals in Dall sheep habitat could expose Dall sheep to serious or fatal diseases or parasites.

"Most populations of Dall sheep, mountain goat, and musk ox in Alaska have never been exposed to the infectious diseases and parasites of domestic animals," said Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen. "They will likely have little resistance if exposed to domestic animal diseases."

"Domestic animals are not intended to interact with wildlife species. They are fenced and intensively managed for food and fiber production," said State Veterinarian Dr. Bob Gerlach. "Domestic animals, especially sheep and goats, are adapted to several diseases and usually appear healthy even when they are carrying infections that can be deadly to wildlife."

Diseases can be passed though feces, urine, saliva, respiratory aerosol or exudates like crusts from skin or pus. These tissues, fluids or excrement can contaminate the environment and still remain infective for years.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Much Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth over Highway Bill

Although Alaska gets less than 1% of the money in the $286 billion highway spending bill, (a mere $940 million), Alaska has been singled out for derision.

Never mind that Alaskans have been paying more than their fair share to the Federal Government for more than 50 years. While few can expect any reasonable accuracy in the mainstream media, it is interesting to note that $2.3 million is slated for landscaping of a California freeway named after former President Ronald Reagan, an opponent of big government spending, just one of 6,371 projects included in the bill.

Mule deer, mountain lion sightings reported in Alaska

Interior residents are reporting varieties of wildlife that are new to the region, including mule deer, mountain lions and whitetail deer.

Here in South central, we have been hearing the call of Bobwhite Quail.

And biologists have heard about several mountain lion sightings in Tok and Delta Junction, though none have been confirmed.

According to the reports, mountain lions have been spotted on top of Donnelly Dome, on Clearwater Road, and in the Delta agriculture project, and one was glimpsed near Dot Lake between Delta and Tok.

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Troopers find body as they look for missing miner near creek

Alaska State Troopers found a severely decomposed human body Saturday in a remote area about 10 miles north of Talkeetna.

Troopers were searching from a helicopter for a missing miner in the area near Clear Creek, a tributary of the Talkeetna River, when they found the body shortly after 6 p.m.

The area is "rugged wilderness" full of mining claims, Sgt. James Helgoe said. He did not know whether the body was that of the missing miner.

The identity of the person is unknown, as is the period of time the person had been dead, according to troopers. The body will be examined by the state medical examiner.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Various MSB land sale programs

Now you can explore various programs and possibly own your own piece of Alaska land:

For questions regarding Land Management please call 745-9869 or e-mail us at lmb@matsugov.us.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Purchasing, 350 E. Dahlia Avenue,
Palmer, AK 99645



2005 OVER THE COUNTER AGRICULTURAL LAND SALE
PROJECT PACKET # 05-204
Brochures for the 2005 Over the Counter Agricultural
Land Sale Are Now Available

The 2005 OTC Agricultural Land Sale offers borough-owned land for
sale to the public. Applications to purchase may be submitted beginning at 10 am
on June 14, 2005, and ending at 3 pm on October 14, 2005 .
Instructions for submitting applications and information for each parcel,
including maps, are available in the 2005 Over the Counter Agricultural Land
Sale Brochure (#05-204).

To Obtain a Brochure:

INTERNET: Download a complete brochure
free of charge from the Borough Website, listed as Project No. 05-204 at: http://www.matsugov.us/Purchasing/bidlist.cfm
PICKUP: Purchasing Division located at the address below, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00

BY MAIL: Mail your request to PURCHASING
at the address below. Cost is $15.00 (Payable by check – Please note “2005 OTC
Agricultural Land Sale Brochure" on your check
The 2005-2006 Over-The-Counter Land Sale offers borough-owned land for sale to the public. Purchase requests may be submitted beginning at 10 a.m. on August 8, 2005, and ending at 3 p.m. on December 28, 2006. Instructions for submitting bids and information for each parcel, including maps, are available in the 2005-2006 OTC Land Sale Brochure.

Summary:
Matanuska-Susitna Borough Agricultural Land Sale Programs





Over-the-Counter Borough-Owned Land
SaleThe 2005-2006 Over-The-Counter Land Sale offers borough-owned land
for sale to the public. Purchase requests may be submitted beginning at 10 a.m.
on August 8, 2005, and ending at 3 p.m. on December 28, 2006.
Instructions for submitting bids and information for each parcel, including
maps, are available in the 2005-2006 OTC Land Sale Brochure.
To Obtain a Brochure: INTERNET: Download a complete brochure
free of charge from the Borough Website, listed as Bid No. 06-004 at: http://www.matsugov.us/Purchasing/bidlist.cfm;


PICKUP:Purchasing Division located at
the address below, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00
BY MAIL: Mail your request to PURCHASING
at the address below. Cost is $15.00 (Payable by check – Please note “2005-2006
OTC Land Sale Brochure" on your check)




Over-the-Counter Tax &
LID Foreclosure Sale
Watch this site for information on the
next sale tenatively scheduled for late summer-early fall 2005:http://www.co.mat-su.ak.us/LandManagement/sales.cfmTax & LID Foreclosure Sale COMPETITIVE TAX & LID FORECLOSURES: The next competitive Tax & LID Foreclosure Sale is scheduled for early fall 2005. Watch this site for more information.

http://www.co.mat-su.ak.us/LandManagement/sales.cfm



Tax & LID Foreclosure Sale COMPETITIVE
TAX & LID FORECLOSURES: The next competitive Tax & LID
Foreclosure Sale is scheduled for early fall 2005.  Watch this site for
more information.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Study Says Alaska food safe decades after nuclear blasts

Submitted by a reader: Three decades after officials detonated nuclear bombs under a remote Aleutian Island, a scientific panel has determined that fish and other wild foods in the area are safe to eat, according to a report issued on Tuesday.

Scientists warned, however, that regular monitoring is necessary to check whether radionuclides have begun seeping out of the cavities that were created when bombs were exploded at Amchitka Island from 1965 to 1971.

"All of the radionuclide levels that we found were well below human health standards," said Rutgers University's Joanna Burger, who led the study's biological analysis, but added "Amchitka is not a site that's going away. The contamination is (still) there."

Scientists also noted that radionuclide levels will remain low, barring a "powerful earthquake or volcanic eruption" that could speed up the release of contaminants into the environment.

It's a good thing Alaska doesn't have any powerful earthquakes or volcanic eruptions.

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It's Funny, Laugh: Liquor, Guns, Ammo and Alaska

Submitted by a reader: "A machine gun isn't typically something you would think of packing when going fishing. Then again, most people don't expect to be hunted while fishing. We're packing up our fishing poles and waders in the rental car to go stand in a frigid Alaskan river when our host, my friend's uncle, pulls out the essential piece of gear: a very large gun. When a bear comes running, he warns, "Aim for the face and don't stop till the thing is empty." Bears are no joke to Alaskans; that is, until they maul and kill a hippie, at which point locals find it hysterical. When hundreds of thousands of salmon are running up Alaskan rivers, it attracts anglers worldwide. It also attracts bears. "Granola crunchers" also backpack here to camp out and become one with nature, and more than a few have been taken out, much to the delight of permanent residents..."

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