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UAF in the news: Week of March 13, 2006

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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The high cost of fishing
Baltimore Sun
PETERSBURG, ALASKA --For what it is going to cost Justin Peeler to elbow his way into Southeast Alaska's fishing fleet, he could have gone to Harvard Medical School - twice.
The 26-year-old has been a crewman in the Petersburg fleet for 15 years, starting as a kid fishing with his father. He plans to buy a salmon seiner and figures the cost of a 56-foot boat, along with gear and permits, will be $500,000.

Shortchanging boys in our families, not just our schools
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
I was interviewing "Anne," a famous biologist at a prestigious university on how to encourage girls to succeed in science. She was telling me how she raised her own daughter. "I tell my daughter that she is very, very smart," Anne said.

Flaharty, Lewis win Skiathon
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Tyson Flaharty and Melissa Lewis led the way as more than 70 skiers turned out on Saturday to compete in the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks' annual Skiathon at the University of Alaska Fairbanks West Ridge Trails.

Scientists install lightning detectors on Augustine
Homer News
Since Augustine Volcano became restless last December, scientists have been installing or upgrading equipment to monitor ground movement and shaking. Aircraft fly over almost weekly to measure steam and gas.
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UAF shooters win eighth national title
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The University of Alaska Fairbanks rifle team is back on top of the world.
After seeing their streak of six straight NCAA rifle championships come to an end last season when UAF came up four points short of the title, the Nanooks responded with a 16-point team victory at the 2006 championships that concluded Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Researchers disagree on how climate change would alter permafrost
Knoxville News Sentinel
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Climate change could thaw the top 11 feet of permafrost in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere by 2100, altering ecosystems across Alaska, Canada and Russia, according to a federal study.

Bird flu could reach North America this spring
Kansas City Star and San Jose Mercury News
WASHINGTON - One day in the next few weeks, flocks of wild birds from Asia will wing northeast across the Bering Strait to Alaska, where they'll join other birds heading north from their winter homes in the United States and points south.

It's about more than the games
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The 2006 Doyon Foundation North American Basketball Tour_nament is about a lot more than just good hoops.
A total of 35 basketball teams from Native communities all over Alaska have converged on the Patty Center on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus for the annual event, which runs through Saturday.

World crab experts gather in Kodiak to discuss enhancement
Kodiak Daily Mirror
More than 70 crab enthusiasts are expected to attend the Alaska Crab Enhancement and Rehabilitation workshop today at Kodiak College.

Scientists closely watch Augustine Volcano
Associated Press
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KENAI, Alaska -- Recent changes with the Augustine Volcano indicate that the activity the volcano is exhibiting now is less explosive than what occurred in January.
Scientists, however, are continuing to keep an eye on the Cook Inlet volcano. Activity at the volcano climbed to a new level last week

Image of the day: Pinnacles of ice
While exploring McGinnis Glacier in the Central Alaska Range on a recreational snowmachining trip, Martin Truffer a professor at Geophysical Institute of University of Alaska Fairbanks, noticed that its lower portion was covered in cracks, crevasses and pinnacles of ice. This all points to the fact that the glacier has slid forward at rates higher than normal.

Little known glacier may be surging
UPI wire
FAIRBANKS, Alaska, March 16 (UPI) -- A University of Alaska professor says he's found evidence the McGinnis Glacier, a little-known tongue of ice in the central Alaska Range, has surged.