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Federation president Vince Beltran says the governor deserves re-election. The AFL-CIO will make an endorsement . On August , 24th if 2/3 of its unions can agree .
If I had to make a bet , I would say that if we can get an endorsement. If we can get 2 thirds that it would be more for Governor Walker’s at this point because folks believe that he’s earned a re-election in our eyes . Now that’s just my opinion .
The AFL-CIO released poll results Monday that show Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy leading with Walker and Democrat Mark baggage tied for second in a 3-way race. But the poll says both Walker and baggage with defeat Dunleavy if there were only 2 major candidates Beltran . He says a 2 person race would be best for workers .
I hope that there can be some consensus between the Walker and baggage camps on the way forward. And of course that would mean you know potentially one of those candidates in stepping aside are coming to some kind of agreement like happened back in 2014 .
Labor unions can play a big role in Alaska elections , the state has the 4th-highest rate of union membership of any state , at 18% of workers Beltran. He says he was a little disappointed and surprised that baggage entered the race he supported baggage and all of his previous runs but the union leader says this time it’s confusing to voters .
I don’t think it was the best calculation. From our perspective for Mark to get in . He claims that there is a path to winning . I haven’t seen that yet . I’m still looking forward to see if if that bears out . But in general , it just kind of complicated the race a little bit more .
Walker says he appreciates what Beltran. He had to say about the race .
I think we have , we have long to talk , where we are was Labour. And it’s a very significant part of that of course is the project labor agreement for any answer a gas line .
Baggage also is proud of his record on labor and he says he was encouraged by the poll results , he notes he won a 3 way race to become Anchorage Mayor in 2003.
In a lot of ways. I think the next 7 or 8 weeks will really tell the story of who has the best chance of winning in November , I don’t think it can be determined based on a moment in time .
Walker says he expects his campaign will talk with baggage is about narrowing the field.
I anticipate that there will be out communications of tourists not certainly agree going forward and I think that’s probably in the necessary piece to somewhat simplify the the to a 2-way and that’s in a 3-way.
Beckett , says it’s too soon to predict how his campaign will interact with walkers. He says that a we can be a lifetime in politics .
All competitive in this race , and what I know about Alaskans as they will pick the best candidate that represents Alaska‘s not by party not by spending the most money or who have certain special interest groups locked up.
The AFL-CIO , we’ll hear from candidates at a convention on August , 23rd and could issue endorsements. The next day . Beltran , he says . Unions also will be active in legislative races in Juneau I’m Andrew kitchen .
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A shed in an outhouse. Those are the only structures that burned in Alaska‘s wildfire season this summer . So far , according to officials . Wildfires have burned just 270,000 acres in the state this year . That is far short of the 1.2 million acres that burned during a normal season .
In this press release. I’m just right now . I used the word largely uneventful .
Tim Mallory is a spokesman for the State Forestry Division , one of several state and federal agencies responsible for fighting wildfires in Alaska on Tuesday. Those agencies said that they’re sending one hundred of Alaska‘s wild land firefighters out of state 5 crews are flying to Idaho to be dispatched to fires around the western US main cause for this year’s slow fire season Barry says there’s haven’t been any long periods of hot , dry weather there had still been 288 fires in Alaska this year and they’ve burned 425 square miles , more than a 3rd of the area of the state of Rhode Island , but most of those fires have been far far away from densely populated areas 2 blazes are currently getting serious attention from firefighters outside the small community of Chuck sick . That’s about 170 miles northeast of Fairbanks James Nathaniel is Chuck 6 tribal administrator .
Everybody was excited coach you could actually see the smoke coming from the fire.
Lightning started the 2 fires in early July. Officials say the area where they’re burning along the Yukon flats is among the driest in the state but firefighters are now making progress in getting them under control .
The US Coast Guard partnered with law enforcement agencies across the state to conduct a large-scale search for illegal activity and fairies in Washington state and Alaska. Between June 24 and July . Second , according to a Coast Guard press release investigative fairies in Bellingham , Washington Kodiak and Ketchikan Coast Guard members from across the state and the West Coast worked with local police and Alaska State Troopers to inspect over 1500 passengers 400 crew members and 500 vehicles during that time the search included the use of drug-sniffing dogs Lieutenant Commander Bernie helped coordinate the operation , he said . Joint operations like this one help strengthen relationships between law enforcement agencies and encourage the sharing of resources and capabilities . He adds that immediate goal is to deter and detect the transportation of illegal items via the sea . Yes , well that’s because .
Being in a maritime service we know that’s one of the ways that illegal activity can can make its way up to the state and throughout the state. And so we want to do everything we can to eliminate that .
According to the press release. The operation included the seizure of 56 grams of heroin an ounce of methamphetamines and almost 2 pounds of non-commercial marijuana said this is the second operation . The Coast Guard and their partners have completed together but in the last one was in March fewer summer chum salmon and King salmon swam up the Yukon River than expected this season high water and debris made it tough to catch and count the salmon swimming by at first , many hook the King run was late and that restrictions would be lifted . But with more than 90% of the Kings past the Lower Yukon data indicates that only around 165,000 King Salmon made it past pilot station at is much less than the low end projection of 175,000 summer some numbers are also below the pre season forecast of 2.5 the in-season forecasters now around just 1.7 million fish . It also indicates that the Yukon River King run includes fewer older fish than was predicted every couple of years during salmon season the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports how many Sakai from each age class are returning to Bristol Bay and how , how do they get those numbers kid LG’s Austin . Fast forward a few employees around for a day to see just how it’s done .
People I have the gravest job as the figures and like a size on another liquor I’m only a bigger.
That’s Hannah Hendrickson she’s talking about picking freshly caught Sakai salmon out of huge ice filled create 13 mark down their link weight , and gender.
The liquor is her colleague Devon Lee sack she stands across the table at the Peter Pan seafood processing plant in Billingham , snapping up bits of fans and plucking out fish scales here. She gave me some pointers for sticking them to thick cards to send to the lab over in King Salmon .
Apple tweezers you just lick if it’s not on my tongue. We take and that was fish and therefore it does on platforms and how did that case it tasted flaky lately flaky and is like months actually taste like chicken chicken skin kind of crispy a little of bit in the market is clear to see .
The pair are part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sees no crew test was sampling 240 sake day from each district in the bay. They also do 2 hundred chums in 2 hundred kings every week . They’re looking at fish scales like tree rings to determine age wider sections indicate nutrient-rich summers while narrow ones are the scarce winters Jack Erickson research coordinator with fish and game in King Salmon explains what the h classifications of one , 2 or 2-3 and so , I mean .
Weekend by looking at the scales look at its growth pattern in determined how many 4 years it spent in fresh water. And how many years it spent in salt water , but when we say a 2-2 . That means 2 full seasons at least in this pressure and 2 full seasons in salt .
With a giant Sakai I run a 51.3 million forecast for this year should Bristol Bay fishermen care how old their seminar Erickson says. Absolutely .
One twos are smaller typically 1-3 there a year or longer in the salt water for growth there.