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by Ben Matheson, KYUK

Federal staff will again manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River after requests from tribes. Earlier this year, a handful of tribal governments asked the federal subsistence board to implement federal management. The Federal Subsistence Board deferred last month, but at a Friday meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working group, US Fish and Wildlife Service leaders announced a plan for federal management.

Construction of cables under Arctic waters between England and Japan, and overland from Prudhoe to Anchorage inching forward

8:30 a.m. Newscast: Some Alaska tribal organizations say last week's (Aug. 4) dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen closer to home. The groups say similiar dams planned for several newar-border mines could damage or destroy fish runs in both countries. But some British Columbia tribal governments strongly support development. CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports.

British Columbia Environment Ministry officials say water that poured out of a massive mine-tailings pond last week appears to be safe, and won't harm the Fraser River salmon run just getting underway. The Ministry says early tests showed levels of dissolved metals and acid are within government standards. But they also say more tests are needed; the tests could not measure all dissolved metals. The escaped wastewater and silt could fill almost 6,000 Olympic-size swimming pools, almost three times an earlier estimate. Critics say provincial water-quality standards are too weak.

CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports a tailings dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, according to critics who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaskan waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $888,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for research on climate change and contaminant shifts, and effects on human health in rural communities. The grant is one of six given out nationwide. The study will focus on traditional foods.

As KTOO's Lisa Phu reports, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has signed an agreement to receive a $53 million settlement from the Indian Health Service for about 15 years of unpaid contract costs.

As KSKA's Ann Hillman reports, about 90 people attended a Regulatory Commission of Alaska meeting to ask it to reconsider its decision to approve Enstar's request for a 50% price increase for natural gas.

As President Obama announces his intention to vastly expand a south  Pacific marine sanctuary, a scientist at a State Department conference in Washington, D.C., say ocean acidification is affecting all sea life. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg says the acidic marine climate is preventing some animals from forming skeletons and shells, and preventing reproduction. It will take 10,000 years, or 300 generations of humans, he says, to reverse the trend.

U.S. Bank says state employee payroll direct deposits should be complete this morning, and it will cover related banking fees.

An international network meets in Anchorage to discuss mining projects in Canada, Alaska, and on Indian reservations.

The House Resources Committee is revising a bill to advance a major liquified natural gas project with 25% state participation.

Supporters of a minimum wage initiative are worried a bill introduced on Friday is a repeat of a 2002 Legislative tactic to get their initiative off the ballot then gut the bill.

A recent archeological study supports a southeast Alaska Tlingit tribe's contention that herring populations were once much more plentiful and widespread, which is the basis for the tribe's call for a more conservative state management regime.