FAIRBANKS, AK — The Bureau of Land Management’s Arctic District Office today announced the closure of winter overland tundra travel for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018.
Snow and weather conditions in the NPR-A are no longer adequate for winter overland tundra travel.
For additional information, contact Shelly Jones at (907) 474-2310, or the Arctic District Office at (907) 474-2200.
Anchorage, Alaska —May 10, 2018 Since May is one of the most popular months to move, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific suggests protecting yourself from moving scams and unethical business practices.
BBB Northwest + Pacific has received an estimated 400 complaints and 110,000 inquiries on over 1,500 moving related companies in the past year. Common scams include expensive deposits or price hikes, missing or damaged items, late deliveries or in some cases, goods being held hostage for additional payment.
BBB suggests keeping these moving tips in mind to protect your wallet and belongings during the move:
- Do your research.Look up business profiles for moving companies on org. Many BBB accredited moving companies are a part of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA.) AMSA ProMovers identifies companies that have pledged to uphold high standards of trust and to resolve complaints quickly. Be sure to also check licensing with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and confirm insurance coverage.
- Get at least three estimates. Written in-home estimates help you make an informed decision. Be wary of unusually high or low estimates. If someone says they can give you an estimate over the phone or by email, it’s possible they’re trying to scam you.
- Get everything in writing.Ask for written documentation of any special terms and conditions, complete costs, payment timelines and warranty information. Make sure to also get copies of any documents you sign, especially the most important document, the bill of lading, which is the receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation.
- Protect your possessions. Consider purchasing full-value protection insurance for any lost or damaged possessions. Note that insurance is by the pound, so expensive items such as a flat-panel television may need additional replacement cost coverage in case they are damaged in transit.
- Take your valuables with you. Cash, jewelry, photographs and important papers should be taken with you or shipped separately using a shipping service with tracking numbers and insurance.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The summer opening of the Denali Highway has been delayed until June 1, 2018. The 135-mile road runs between Cantwell on the Parks Highway, to Paxson on the Richardson Highway and was scheduled to open on May 15.
Beginning in mid-April, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) maintenance and operations crews from Cantwell and Paxson began removing snow, thawing culverts, and completing repairs along the road from both sides. However, due to heavy snowfall throughout the year and several late spring storms, road clearing has been slower than expected.
The Paxson maintenance station has recorded 88 inches of snowfall this winter. According to the National Weather Service, the heavy snowfall combined with a cool spring have resulted in an above-average snowpack for early May.
As of May 9, the highway is open from the Cantwell end up to milepost 60, about ten miles east of Alpine Lodge, and from the Paxson end up to milepost 20 near Tangle Lakes. Both the Cantwell and Paxson maintenance crews continue to work to open the road from both ends as soon as possible.
The preliminary 2018 schedule for the Copper River Chitina Subdistrict personal use dip net salmon fishery is listed in the table below. This schedule is based on projected daily sonar counts at the Miles Lake sonar and is designed to distribute the harvest throughout the run based on actual salmon abundance.
This schedule is subject to change based on actual salmon escapement once the sonar is operational. Actual fishing times will be established through emergency order each week. Travel time for salmon between the Miles Lake sonar and Chitina is approximately two to three weeks; as a result, changes to the preliminary schedule will be announced approximately one week prior to the fishing period. After August 31, the fishery will remain open, by regulation, through September 30.
2018 Copper River Chitina Subdistrict Personal Use Salmon Fishery Preseason Schedule
Dates and Fishing period hours
Thursday, June 07, 8:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 10, 11:59 p.m. 88
Monday, June 11, 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, June 17, 11:59 p.m. 168
Monday, June 18, 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, June 24, 11:59 p.m. 168
Monday, June 25, 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, July 01, 11:59 p.m. 168
Monday, July 02, 12:01 a.m. through Wednesday, July 04, 6:00 p.m. 66
Friday, July 06, 12:00 p.m. through Sunday, July 08, 11:59 p.m. 60
Tuesday, July 10, 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, July 15, 11:59 p.m. 144
Wednesday, July 18, 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, July 22, 11:59 p.m. 120
Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, July 29, 11:59 p.m. 102
Wednesday, August 01, 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 05, 11:59 p.m. 102
Monday, August 06, 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, August 12, 11:59 p.m. 150
Monday, August 13, 6:00 p.m. through Friday, August 31, 11:59 p.m. Continuous
All residents of Alaska qualify to participate in this personal use fishery. A Chitina Personal Use Salmon Fishery Permit and a resident Alaska sport fishing license are required. Both dip net permits and fishing licenses can be obtained online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/. A $15 fee is charged for the Chitina Subdistrict personal use salmon fishery permit. Revenue from the fee supports the sanitation services at the fishery and trail maintenance from O’Brien Creek to Haley Creek. Personal use permits are required to be returned to the department by October 15 whether you fished or not, and harvest can be reported online at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/PU/.
The department urges dipnetters to respect the rights of private landowners in the area and know the regulations before fishing. For information on access across private lands contact Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223.
Information regarding the fishery can be found at the ADF&G web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=PersonalUsebyAreaInteriorChitina.main. This site provides information regarding the Upper Copper River fisheries including: fishery descriptions and summaries, maps of the subdistricts, a listing of vendors that carry the permits, and links to the sonar numbers and fishing schedule emergency orders.
The current fishing schedule will be announced on the Chitina Fishery information line at 822-5224 (Glennallen), 459-7382 (Fairbanks), and 267-2511 (Anchorage). Please contact an information phone line prior to planning your trip to Chitina to ensure that the fishery will be open when you arrive. If you have any questions regarding the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery, please contact the ADF&G office in Glennallen at (907) 822-3309.
ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management is engaging communities across Alaska in person to gather relevant comments, concerns and/or issues pertaining to the development of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The BLM will host meetings in communities in and near the program area and additional meetings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Utqiagvik and Washington D.C. The meetings in Anchorage and Fairbanks will be livestreamed to reach a broader audience.
At the meetings, the BLM seeks to identify relevant comments, concerns and/or issues that will influence the scope of the EIS and guide its development, including the formation of alternatives to the proposed action within the parameters outlined in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act). The complete meeting schedule is available at the project website at www.blm.gov/alaska/coastal-plain-eis.
Those unable to attend one of the meetings are encouraged to participate via BLM’s project website, which includes a project area map and frequently asked questions. Comments can be submitted via the project website or email to. BLM will accept comments through June 19, 2018.
“We have already received a substantial amount of input on this project and look forward to these meetings and listening to the concerns people have,” said Acting State Director Karen Mouritsen. “It’s important that we take the time to gather all the relevant issues to guide our environmental analysis of the Coastal Plain. We realize the importance of this place to not only Alaskans, but the nation in its quest to responsibly develop our natural resources and achieve energy dominance.”
Meetings are scheduled in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Washington, D.C. from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Fairbanks meeting will take place May 29 at the Carlson Center at 2010 2nd. Ave., in Fairbanks and the Anchorage meeting will take place May 30 at the Dena’ina Center located at 600 W. 7th Ave. The Washington, D.C. meeting will take place June 15 at the National Housing Center located at 1201 15th St., NW. There will be scheduled speaking spots for representatives of interested organizations and/or governments. All meetings will afford the public an opportunity to provide input on the process and anyone wishing to provide public comments will need to sign up in person. Public meeting procedures will be available on the BLM Alaska website at www.blm.gov/alaska. The Fairbanks and Anchorage events can be viewed live at www.blm.gov/live. Computers will be available for the public to comment electronically.
Meetings for Kaktovik, Arctic Village, Utqiagvik, and Venetie are as follows:
May 22: Kaktovik – Community Hall – 6:30 p.m.
May 24: Arctic Village – Community Hall – 10 a.m.
May 31: Utqiagvik – Iñupiat Heritage Center – 5 p.m.
June 12: Venetie – Village of Venetie Tribal Hall – 10 a.m.
The Leasing EIS will serve to inform the BLM’s implementation of the Tax Act, including the requirement to hold not fewer than two lease sales area-wide. It may also inform post-lease activities, including seismic and drilling exploration, development, and transportation of oil and gas in and from the Coastal Plain. Specifically, the Leasing EIS will consider and analyze the potential environmental impacts of various leasing alternatives, including the areas to offer for sale, and the terms and conditions (i.e., lease stipulations and best management practices) to be applied to leases and associated oil and gas activities to properly balance oil and gas development with existing uses and conservation of surface resources, and to limit the footprint of production and support facilities on Federal lands to no more than 2,000 surface acres. The area comprising the Coastal Plain includes approximately 1.6 million acres within the approximately 19.3 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Division of Sport Fish is closing the Yukon River drainage (excluding the Tanana Drainage) to sport fishing for king salmon, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 11, 2018. All king salmon caught incidentally while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. This restriction will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018, unless superseded by subsequent emergency order.
King salmon stocks throughout western Alaska are continuing to experience a period of low productivity and, since at least 2010, below average run strength. The 2018 preseason outlook indicates that the Yukon River king salmon run in 2018 will be below average, with very little harvestable surplus available. In the past 10 years the interim management escapement goal for king salmon passage into Canada was only attained due to extremely conservative management, including closures or severe restrictions to subsistence opportunity, complete closure of directed commercial fishing and no sale of king salmon caught during chum salmon commercial fishing periods, and sport fishery closures.
Under the 2018 preseason management strategy, the subsistence fishery for king salmon is likely to be restricted with the first arrival of king salmon in District 1. Restrictions may be implemented chronologically in each district with the upriver migration of king salmon. No sale of incidentally-caught king salmon in the commercial fishery for chum salmon will be permitted until run strength is indicated to be at the upper end of the forecast. The use of selective fishing gear (dip nets, beach seines, and closely attended wheels) will be required during the early commercial summer chum salmon fishery openings that occur; king salmon caught incidentally during these periods must be released immediately to the water alive. The anticipated below average abundance of king salmon into the Yukon River, and restrictions placed on the subsistence fishery, warrant a closure to sport fishing for king salmon in the Yukon River drainage. If in season stock assessment information indicates that run strength will be at the upper end of the forecast, and a majority of the king salmon escapement goals and subsistence needs in the Yukon River drainage will be met, restrictions will be relaxed.
For additional information contact Tim Viavant, Regional Management Coordinator, 907-459-7266.