Margaret Bauman

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Margaret Bauman is a veteran Alaska journalist focused on covering fisheries and environmental issues. Bauman has been writing for The Cordova Times since 2010. You can reach her at mbauman@thecordovatimes.com.
Fishing vessels docked in Cordova Harbor on Sept. 12, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Humpy catch ends, coho opener wait for rain

“We still haven’t gotten a lot of rain, so we’re tracking behind in escapement and the (coho) commercial harvest is below anticipated,” said Jeremy Botz, gillnet area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Cordova.
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Legislators: Pebble mine could spark a cataclysmic mistake

Claims of Gov. Mike Dunleavy to a potential investor in the Pebble mine project that the state will actively help defend the project from “frivolous and scurrilous attacks” are drawing a sharp rebuttal from 20 Alaska legislators and the Bristol Bay Native Corp.

Rainfall offers relief as PWS humpy harvest climbs to 46M+

Long sought rain and cooling weather over the past week helped boost the Prince William Sound pink salmon harvest to 46,290,000 fish, and the area’s overall salmon catch to 54,525,000 fish.

New viruses found in endangered salmon populations

Three new viruses, all related to other viruses that cause serious disease in other species, have been found in endangered Chinook and sockeye salmon, University of British Columbia researchers say in a new report published in the journal e-Life.

AMHS ends service to Prince Rupert on Oct. 1

Alaska Marine Highway System will end service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, on Oct. 1 because of an inability to meet security requirements for U.S. Customs, state officials said.

Recall Dunleavy campaign gathered 49,006 signatures

Backers of a campaign to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy have delivered petitions with 49,006 signatures to the state Division of Elections, and now face the larger task of more than 71,000 signatures before a recall election can take place.

Ferry service to Cordova ends on Sept. 19

Ferry service to Cordova will come to an abrupt halt on Sept. 19 for the entire winter, under a schedule released on Thursday, Sept. 5, by state transportation officials. "He has thrown rural Alaska under the bus," said Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodaik. "It is unconscionable to me that he would do this to rural Alaskans.”

Statewide harvest, boosted by the pink catch, rises to nearly 185M fish

“If we start getting rainfall this weekend and if continues for the next couple of weeks for these fish to spawn, we could be okay,” said Charlie Russell, seine area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Cordova.
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Dental care cuts for needy will prove costly

Gov. Mike Dunleavy neither asked for nor listened to advice from the Alaska Dental Society, said Executive Director David Logan.
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Moda’s reentry gives Alaskans two ACA choices

Moda Assurance Co. has reentered the individual health care market for Alaskans under the Affordable Care Act, giving residents a new option in addition to Premera.

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