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By: joealaska , 5:26 AM GMT on April 18, 2012

Woke up today with planes buzzing the duplex. A bunch of them, the parade continued all day. Normally we get four flights a day, more are scheduled in the season. We are not in the season. Not sure why all the planes are coming in. I guess it was close to 10 that came in today.

Last week we had the captain of one of the smaller boats in our office. He was ecstatic that the ice had receded from St. Paul in The Pribilof Islands. That is the northern port than can take an offload of fish or crab. It has been icebound for most of the season. A tug went up and acted as an icebreaker for the boats. But it got stuck. FINALLY about 10 days ago the ice broke, and everyone jumped to head north. Many crews had flown south for the weather to break. The boats were tied up out my west window at the new small boat harbor. Northwestern was there, but a few days ago I saw them heading out around Amaknak Island, which has Ballyhoo on it. He may have been going around to the Trident Dock, or heading north, not sure.

I noticed Time Bandit on the radar in St Paul just a couple days ago. Still fishing, and Deadliest Catch has started...

One of our customers is in St Paul right now. They placed a food order with us to be put on one of the Coastal Boats. Coastal had been trying for weeks to get in there. Nothing. Finally it looked good. But a few days ago the ice was back. The Coastal Boat gave up and headed elsewhere. Our customer will come to Dutch this week.

I had 4 foxes at the chow porch last night. I was only able to get three in one picture, then NOSEY came out from under the Tahoe to make it a foursome. The grill was in full lighter fluid blaze, and one of them was chowing about three feet away.

Dutchie was out there with them for awhile. She seems pretty happy that the snow is melting and the weather is cat-able.

Two weeks from now I am having barbecue in New Mexico.

Tonight I grill. My famous garlic pepper hot wings. The best there are in the upper northern quarter
of Haystack. (My side of the street).


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7. Midmid1
8:53 PM GMT on April 20, 2012
Hunkering down in Houston! Severe winds passing through Houston. The winds are making the interior doors swing back and forth. Being in one of the tallest buildings downtown, this is eerie to feel this extreme movement.
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6. Rotty3
6:41 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
okay, I'm having a blank Swiss cheese moment... for those who have given paid gift memberships recently, can ya point me to the link?
Thanks :)

UPDATE: Never mind... the moment of CRS has passed :) Found it.

Back to Alyeska stories...
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5. cybersuze
1:57 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Tic toc, tic toc, tic toc ...
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4. Ylee
12:36 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Here's a fact sheet from the State Dept:

Fact Sheet

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

September 8, 2009

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The U.S.-USSR Maritime Boundary Agreement was signed in 1990. The negotiations that led to that agreement did not address the status of Wrangel Island, Herald Island, Bennett Island, Jeannette Island, or Henrietta Island, all of which lie off Russia's Arctic coast, or Mednyy (Copper) Island or rocks off the coast of Mednyy Island in the Bering Sea. None of the islands or rocks above were included in the U.S. purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, and they have never been claimed by the United States, although Americans were involved in the discovery and exploration of some of them.

The U.S.-USSR Maritime Boundary Agreement, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union on June 1, 1990, defines our maritime boundary in the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, and northern Pacific Ocean. The U.S.-USSR Maritime Boundary Agreement is a treaty that requires ratification by both parties before it formally enters into force. The treaty was made public at the time of its signing. In a separate exchange of diplomatic notes, the two countries agreed to apply the agreement provisionally. The United States Senate gave its advice and consent to ratification of the U.S.-USSR Maritime Boundary Agreement on September 16, 1991.

The Russian Federation informed the United States Government by diplomatic note dated January 13, 1992, that it “continues to perform the rights and fulfill the obligations flowing from the international agreements” signed by the Soviet Union. The United States and the Russian Federation, which is considered to be the sole successor state to the treaty rights and obligations of the former Soviet Union for the purposes of the U.S.-USSR Maritime Boundary Agreement, are applying the treaty on a provisional basis, pending its ratification by the Russian Federation.

The United States regularly holds discussions with Russia on Bering Sea issues, particularly issues related to fisheries management, but these discussions do not affect the placement of the U.S.-Russia boundary or the jurisdiction over any territory or the sovereignty of any territory. The United States has no intention of reopening discussion of the 1990 Maritime Boundary Agreement.

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3. insideuk
11:41 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Clearly the extra flights are due to demand for the famous grilled garlic pepper wings. Or something...

One can only hope he has enough napkins.

I have just watched episode one of the new season Deadliest Catch. There is something a bit Bridget Jones'ish about putting that in writing -

Wednesday 18 April 2012
Calories consumed – 575 (chocolate cake for elevenses, me bad)
Alcohol consumed – zero (rum in cake doesn't count does it?)
Episodes of Deadliest consumed – 1 (Hurrah!)
Cigarettes smoked – zero by me, 1174 by the Deadliest crew in episode 1
Swear words uttered by me – 3 (stubbed toe on bed base – so justified)
Swear words uttered on Deadliest Catch - 2549 (bleeped out – lip read)

Life on St Paul island must have been pretty quiet this winter – save for tugboatguy trying to dislodge himself – the harbour master could have spent 3 months golfing down south. What else would he have to do? Nobody could get within missile firing range of his dog leg entrance this year. All work must have come to a complete STOP on St Paul – quite literally frozen in time. That must have had a serious impact on their local economy at every level imaginable, it's not just the boat crews suffering this year.

The story about 'giving away' the most westerly of the Alaskan islands has been hanging around quietly for many years. There is an interesting article online Link that covers the issue of the islands and their inhabitants – it's last update was 2002, but it goes a long way to explain the history and the US politics involved in the dispute. Wrangel Island has been under Russian control for many years, there are individuals in the US that seek to reclaim the islands – but according to US Department of State no such claim exists.

If I were to hazard a guess, THEY won't return your call on this one.

There's a sign up.


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2. Rotty3
10:19 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
thank you Joe for sharing the cool stories.

I heard something about Wrangel Island AK being given away. Haven't done any fact checking yet. Any word on that?
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1. DHaupt
7:43 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Number one again. I can't ramble on though. Need sleep. We are back in the sunshine again with no rain in the forecasts. That's OK, the last few storms have put a lot of rain and snow on the records so we are not in bad drought conditions for this summer. And, it's good to be making lots of solar energy at last. PG&E's meter is running slowly backward now.

I've watched two DC episodes now. It's early days yet, so I can't really figure out where this season is going. The blue crabbers do seem to be having a tough season so far. Nothing that exciting yet. Just have to keep watching.

You've really had quite a winter/spring this year. Glad that you've got a nice break coming up soon.
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