Politics

Alaska Gov. Walker proposes statewide sales tax, oil tax increases to kick off special session
Alaska Dispatch News by Nathaniel Herz – July 12, 2016
JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker unveiled proposals for a new 3 percent statewide sales tax and two oil-tax increases as part of his latest deficit-reduction package, released Monday at the start of the Legislature’s second special session of the year.
http://www.adn.com/politics/2016/07/11/alaska-gov-walker-proposes-statewide-sales-tax-oil-tax-increases-to-kick-off-special-session/

Environment/Science

Scientists surveying ocean floor turn up new fish off Alaska
Federal scientists sampling commercial fish species off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands keep finding new species
Associated Press by Dan Joling – July 13, 2016
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal biologist Jay Orr never knows what’s going to come up in nets lowered to the ocean floor off Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands, which separate the Bering Sea from the rest of the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes it’s stuff he has to name.
http://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2016-07-13/scientists-surveying-ocean-floor-turn-up-new-fish-off-alaska

Labeling and Marketing

Federal “Compromise” Bill on Labeling Genetically Modified Foods Questioned
SitNews by Mary Kauffman – July 10, 2016
Ketchikan, Alaska – The U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday that would create a mandatory national system for disclosing genetically modified ingredients in food products. The bill passed by a vote of 63-30.
http://www.sitnews.us/0716News/071016/071016_genetically_modified.html

FYI’s

Everything we love to eat is a scam
New York Post by Maureen Callahan – July 10, 2016
Among the many things New Yorkers pride ourselves on is food: making it, selling it and consuming only the best, from single-slice pizza to four-star sushi. We have fish markets, Shake Shacks and, as of this year, 74 Michelin-starred restaurants.

The most trusted logo is “Alaska Seafood: Wild, Natural, Sustainable.” Alaska’s system mandates complete supervision of chain of custody, from catching to your grocery store.
http://nypost.com/2016/07/10/the-truth-behind-how-were-scammed-into-eating-phony-food/

Restoring Fisheries, Scoring a Net Gain
Creating incentives for businessmen to think like conservationists is reviving dwindling fish populations in the U.S.
Wall Street Journal by Rob Walton and Fred Krupp – July 10, 2016
Tres Atkins followed his passion and made the biggest bet of his life: He became a commercial fisherman. In 2006, he bought a boat, moved to Galveston, Texas, and began fishing for red snapper. He also unwittingly joined the front lines of one of the most important conservation success stories in recent history—the turnaround of U.S. fisheries.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/restoring-fisheries-scoring-a-net-gain-1468184193

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July 13, 2016