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Industry Shouts & Murmurs: May 25 – May 31, 2018

For 30 pieces of gold – one toxic spill at the proposed Northern Dynasty Minerals mine could eliminate the world’s most productive sockeye salmon population, along with thousands of jobs, and an unerasable blemish on humankind. These stocks have contributed an estimated 51 percent of all global sockeye production since 1970. Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

A deal that would have provided major funding boost for Pebble has been terminated

Good news travels fast. Northern Dynasty Minerals, Alaska’s miscreant Pebble Mine/Bristol Bay “developer”  just lost its prime investor. What’s a $1,000,000,000, anyway?

A large mining company has left an agreement that would have made it a major funding partner for the embattled Pebble copper and gold prospect, raising questions about the project’s future.

First Quantum Minerals and project owner Northern Dynasty Minerals could not finalize a proposed agreement announced in December, Northern Dynasty said Friday.

The deal could have pumped more than $1 billion into the Southwest Alaska project, the subject of strong nationwide opposition from critics who say it would devastate the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

Northern Dynasty said in a short statement Friday that the proposed framework agreement between the two companies “has been terminated.”

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Kings of the Wild Frontier

Every year, king salmon swim 2,000 miles up Alaska’s Yukon River to spawn. Their journey is vital to the native people and animals – but now the numbers are dwindling. One man followed their run to find out why.

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service.

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DIY — Put Your Wet Boots Here

When my boots dry out I know it’s been too long since I’ve fished. Thankfully, they’re usually wet, so I like to have a good place to store them. Here’s an effective way to transport wet wading boots without draining creek water where you don’t want it.

Image by the author, Domenick Swentosky. A big box store plastic storage bin drawer (usually sold as three drawer setup). Keeps water and mud contained.

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April Vokey Shares Her Thoughts, Knowledge, and some real fun! 

When April Vokey agreed to do a Q&A with us, she may not have expected some of these questions, but her answers are even more unexpected.

Andrew Burr via April Vokey.

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In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up

Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May, and the river is already turning to sand.

LEMITAR, N.M. — Mario Rosales, who farms 365 acres along the Rio Grande, knows the river is in bad shape this year. It has already dried to a dusty ribbon of sand in some parts, and most of the water that does flow is diverted to irrigate crops, including Mr. Rosales’s fields of wheat, oats, alfalfa and New Mexico’s beloved chiles.

The River That Doesn’t Always Run Through It. Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers seine a pool in the Rio Grande River, then sort through the fish for endangered silvery minnows.
LAURA PASKUS/KUNM

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Can We Repurpose Decommissioned Oil Rigs For Environmental Gain?

A conversation with Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson of the firm Blue Latitudes, which consults on projects where retired rigs are transformed into reefs and hotels.

Offshore oil rigs are supported on steel and concrete structures that extend thousands of feet to the ocean floor. Even as rigs pump fossil fuels, they’re also colonized by mussels, barnacles, rockfish, and other species, becoming artificial reefs.

The Gulf of Mexico is peppered with thousands of oil platforms, and their frequency surprises those of us who have never been to this vast body of water that is so heavily utilized by the oil and gas industry. Photo NOAA – Gulf of Mexico.

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Clint Kemp Speaks at the 2018 Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Symposium On The Bahamas Natural History Conference

Blackfly Lodge owner/manager Clint Kemp on Abaco Island, The Bahamas (behind the bar). Contact Yellow Dog Fly Fishing for more information. A Yellow Dog photo.

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Our 2017 Artist of the Year, Thom Glace, will be at the Trout Heritage Day Festival at the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Carlisle PA. Glace will be painting a watercolor of a brook trout caught and released on the famous LeTort River in Boiling Springs. The original will to be donated to the Museum for fundraising.

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