Bristol Bay in the News January 24, 2012

A team of Alaska dog sledders are Mushing for Bristol Bay in races in Wisconsin and Michigan. Tim Osmar, a veteran racer, and Monica Zappa, an up and coming musher, have decked out their truck, sleds, parkas and even dog coats in Save Bristol Bay and No Pebble Mine decals to run the Apostle Islands and UP 200 contests. Both are also commercial fishermen who rely on the connection between clean waters and healthy salmon fisheries.

“We feel that it’s imperative to raise awareness about this issue beyond Alaska. We need to show the rest of the country that Bristol Bay and its vast salmon are a national resource that must be protected,” they told the Cumberland Advocate newspaper. The pair is also hosting several events and fundraisers to share their perspective on the dangers of the proposed Pebble Mine.

And, a new newspaper has emerged to serve the Bristol Bay region. The newly combined Bristol Bay Times/Dutch Harbor Fisherman will begin publishing Feb. 2. Each was formerly a separate paper.

Here's a weekly roundup of media:

Mushers race against the mine
The Chronotype/Rice Lake Online
Alaskan mushers Monica Zappa and Tim Osmar are making their way into the Lower 48 with 30 dogs along on a 4,000-mile trip. Their first destination is Cumberland. Their goal is to raise awareness and funds in an effort to stop the proposed Pebble Mine…Click here to read more

Something you should know about
Hope Lee Vicich
Cumberland Advocate
Normally, this column is written to shine the spotlight on something special about our community. This week, however, I have been asked by someone special from our community to shine a light on a cause outside our immediate area…Click here to read more

New weekly newspaper to serve Bristol Bay, Dutch Harbor

The Oregonian, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Anchorage Daily News and others
A new newspaper is planned for rural Alaska. Co-publishers Jason Evans and Kiana Peacock say the combined publication, The Bristol Bay Times/Dutch Harbor Fisherman, will being production on Feb. 2…Click here to read more

Pebble Mine and Protecting Pebble Creek
Carl Donohue
Alaskan Alpine Treks
Many of you may or may not be aware of this critical issue. A proposed open-pit mine in Alaska, in the heart of the Bristol Bay watershed, potentially threatens some of the wildest and vital land in Alaska…Click here to read more