Seward’s City Council has approved a plan aimed at using tidal energy to heat city buildings. If successful, the project could turn out to be the first ocean -sourced district heating system in the state. A resolution passed by the Seward City Council the evening before President Obama’s arrival is on-point with the president’s climate warming message. But assistant city manager Ron Long says it was not planned to go with the president’s visit.Download Audio:“Purely coincidental. It sure worked out well that is was picked up by news media in town, so we have a chance to tell our story to a little broader audience than we might have.”]Long says the city is planning to move away from the use of heating oil, while it attempts to create a renewable energy heating district in the city that would include four public buildings. The resolution approved Monday gave the go-ahead for seeking grant funding, and spending city funds, on the innovative project. Long says the plan is unique to Seward, because of the city’s location and because of the position of the buildings involved. The plan to use tidal forces to produce energy requires heat loops to be buried in gravel below the city’s waterfront.“While it is warmed by sea water, we don’t pump sea water, so we don’t have to deal with any of the corrosives, extra pumps, all those other pieces of a system that we might otherwise have to have.”The fluid in the loops absorbs heat from sea water according to Andy Baker, a consultant with Your Clean Energy, and energy auditing and consulting company.“Vertical loops that will be drilled into the deep gravel along their bike path, where the ocean tides are washing in and out twice a day.So the idea is that the loops would intercept the tidal water, the heat from the ocean water will go into the loops. The loops are part of one big closed loop that goes around and around in four different buildings. In each of those buildings are heat pumps. the heat pumps extract the heat from the loop.”Interestingly, Resurrection Bay water is warmest in the month of November, according to Baker, a fact that Baker says is fundamental to understanding why ocean heat is such a great resource for much of southeast and south central coastal Alaska. The North Pacific Ocean gyre starting at the Equator eventually brings warm water to the Alaska current which flows through Prince William Sound to the front of Resurrection Bay“And in October when they get the big rain storms here, fresh water flows out of Resurrection Bay and then draws in the deep sea water from the Alaska current. So it is sort of like a bathtub that fills up with hot water just before winter. ”Seward will apply for a Alaska Energy Authority Renewable Energy Fund grant of 850 thousand dollars and use 85 thousand dollars in city funds for the project. City officials estimate heating the library, city hall, a city annex and fire department with renewable energy will save the city up to $76,000 annually.Seward mayor Jean Bardarson says the city will apply for the grant this month.“And they are awarded in January. So we are looking forward to hopefully winning those fiances to funding that project in January.”The city’s proposed tidal energy project is different from the ocean water heating system used by the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward. The Sea Life Center uses sea water pumped directly from the ocean then filtered and then pumped into a heat exchanger. Baker says the proposed city project requires no water pumping.
The spread of a wildfire near the Tok Cutoff has been slowed. Firefighters are dropping retardant on the Cutoff Fire, which has spread to about 40 acres and is burning a a little too close to the highway, according to fire information officer Tim Mowry.Listen now“It got withing a mile of the road, but we were able to knock the fire down with air retardant and we’ve got a couple crews down there and they’ll be mopping up the fire today,” Mowry said.Air retardant tankers from the Alaska Division of Forestry were able to box the fire in and prevent it from reaching the road.“In the beginning, because it was at the boundary of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, water wasn’t effective, so they got permission to drop retardant,” Mowry said.Helicopters are now being used to drop water on the fire while firefighters from the Tanana region are positioned for direct suppression tactics.The Cutoff Fire was one of at least two wildfire started in the Copper River Basin area Wednesday night that were started by lightning strikes.The other fire, the Chistochina River Fire, was reported at approximately 7 acres about 20 miles east of Paxson Lake on the Richardson Highway.Wednesday evening, air attack personnel reported that the fire had grown to 60 acres and was 100 percent active burning in black spruce. Two cabins could be threatened by that fire. The Chistochina River Fire will be monitored by fire managers to determine if structure protection measures are necessary.Mowry said it is likely that more lightening caused fires will be reported today, in the Copper Basin and in the McGrath area.
Acting Alaska U.S. attorney Bryan Schroder speaking at a press conference on March 23, 2017 (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)A Palmer man faces federal charges in a Wasilla double homicide last summer, and the defendant, 30-year-old John Pearl Smith II, could face the death penalty.Listen nowProsecutors say the decision to charge Smith in federal court aims to fulfill a nationwide directive by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to use federal resources in fighting violent crime at the local and state level.It was June of 2016 when Alaska State Troopers found Wasilla residents 43-year-old Ben Gross and 30-year-old Crystal Denardi shot to death inside a burning home, as well as another injured man.The charges filed against Smith say he was a suspect in the double homicide from the beginning. After intense surveillance for about two weeks — including surveillance from the air and the monitoring of Smith’s phone — he was arrested on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the charges.Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said the arrest allowed troopers and federal investigators to build their case against Smith while he was safely behind bars.“The investigation was extensive in this case, led by the Alaska State Troopers, who obtained assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration,” Schroder said.A federal grand jury handed up a 17-count indictment this week that includes charges of using a firearm in a murder, burglary and attempted drug possession with the intent to distribute. It appears Smith was trying to steal drugs when the shootings occurred.Schroder said the drug connection is what allowed the charges to be filed in federal court, where the death penalty is an option.Smith’s attorney, Steve Wells, said the government must first prove that they have the proper evidence to seek the death penalty for Smith, even before a potential trial begins.Wells said the argument over that issue and others will occur in time.“We look forward to our day in court,” Wells said. “Mr. Smith would remind everybody that, in our system, someone is innocent until proven guilty.Schroder, the acting U.S. Attorney, said the case against Smith is an example of the cooperation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies requested by Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General. Schroder said he expects to see more coordinated efforts in the future.“That cooperation is what we really want to emphasize here today, that we’re all doing what we can to protect the people of Alaska from violent crime,” Schroder said.Meantime, the position of U.S. Attorney for Alaska remains open. Schroder said he does not know how long it will take the Trump administration to make a decision.
Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome People who work with released prisoners say the best way to combat crime is enhancing access to programs that target mental health problems and drug addiction — not increasing prison terms. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Two floatplanes with a combined total of 16 people on board crashed Monday afternoon in the George Inlet area near Ketchikan. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage The University of Alaska is making progress restructuring its teacher education program, following the University of Alaska Anchorage’s loss of accreditation for its initial licensure program. Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau The Senate Finance Committee passed House Bill 49 on Sunday after adding elements of a criminal justice package proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Shaktoolik students save abandoned bearded seal pup Fire officials take preventative measures to combat Oregon Lakes Fire Military begins Northern Edge exercises in Alaska Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Eielson GPS signal-jamming exercise may affect navigation devices, cellphone apps A Juneau woman is at the center of a federal lawsuit against the company that employs the people who give out samples at Costco. The suit alleges the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Senate committee goes further than House in repealing controversial crime law Workplace anti-discrimination agency sues free sample company, alleges ADA violations in Juneau Eielson Air Force Base has begun a series of exercises that may cause intermittent problems for navigation systems and other electronic devices around the Interior over the next couple of weeks. Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Last month, an all-female group of mountaineers flew high into the mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. After nine days, they claimed two first ascents of unnamed peaks. University of Alaska begins transition for Anchorage campus’s teacher education program Around 10,000 service members participate in Northern Edge, with exercises primarily above the Alaska Range and Gulf of Alaska. The National Park Service rescued a climber Sunday on Denali who had been injured in a fall days earlier while snowboarding down the mountain, the tallest in North America. Alaska lawmakers are trying to fight crime by toughening prison sentences. Not everyone agrees that will work. Three dead after two planes collided midair near George Inlet Rangers rescue Denali climber hurt in snowboarding fall Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Fire fighters took preventative action yesterday against the Oregon Lakes wildfire, south of Delta Junction. The blaze is consuming dry grasses and dead trees on military training lands, previously burned in 2013. Claiming two first ascents, climbing group seeks to create more opportunities for women in the mountains Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews An abandoned and starving bearded seal pup is making her way towards good health thanks to a group of Shaktoolik students.
Visakhapatnam: About 20 students from Department of Geology, Andhra University, were selected for a week-long training programme in ‘Applications of remote sensing and GIS’ by the Geological Survey of India Training Institute, Hyderabad. Director General of GSI Training Institute Ch Venkateswara Rao organised the just-concluded programme that aimed at teaching advanced techniques in remote sensing, GSI and image processing to students. Head of Department of Geology, AU M Jagannadha Rao coordinated the training session.
Charminar: As part of ‘Saaf Hyderabad – Shaandaar Hyderabad’ (SHSH), the GHMC (Charminar Zone) officials have decided to enforce ‘litter free zones’ under various circles and to levy penalties on unheeding hawkers. This week, the GHMC held meetings across different circles to generate awareness among the hawkers and street-vendors whose representatives were asked to spread the message across the area. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us GHMC Zonal Commissioner B Srinivas Reddy, along with other higher officials from the department and police, organised a meeting at his chambers at zonal office on Thursday, where the representatives of vendor associations, town vending committees were asked to follow stricter norms to ensure that the streets remain litter free. Besides ‘demarcation zones,’ vendors were also asked to ensure that the litter is collected near their points of business either by attaching garbage cans to the pushcarts or by installing one near their points of sale. Also Read – Concerns of marine and fresh water pollution must be addressed on priority basis: Vice President Advertise With Us “The leftovers were found to be lying on the next day morning and the GHMC works had tough time to clearing it off the roads. Now, we will be ensuring that wastage is easily lifted by the GHMC vehicles from the vendors,” said an official. On Wednesday, the Chandrayangutta Circle also held similar meeting chaired by P Mohan Reddy, where N Venu Gopal, deputy project officer (Urban Community Development) and other officials, including police officials and the representatives of town vending committee, discussed about making the idea a success in different wards. Advertise With Us “Now, this will be enforced in the entire area under SHSH initiative and even the hawkers defying this would be levied penalties between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. We have asked the representatives to spread this message amongst the hawker community to ensure clean streets,” said Venu Gopal. It may be mentioned here that as a pilot project, the GHMC (Rajendranagar) in February started installing bins to the carts at Aramghar X Road. The GHMC spent around Rs 400 for each bucket, which was given at free of cost to the vendors.
Serilingampally: Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) Serilingampally in-charge Suresh Mudiraj and activists Parshuram, Srikanth, Naveen, Vamsi Kiran, K Raghunath joined the BJP in the party’s office at Allwyn Crossroads, Miyapur, on Thursday. BJP leader Jnanendra Prasad and local businessman Venkat Reddy handed over the party membership to TJS activists.Addressing the newcomers to the party, Prasad stated that several leaders of various parties in Serilingampally constituency were showing interest in joining the BJP. He claimed that youth, women and industrialists were backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership ‘for the sake of the country’. Among those present were BJP district leader Koteswara Rao, Hafeezpet division BJP unit president Varaprasad, BJYM assembly unit convener Jithender, division BJP general secretary Pavan.
Vizianagaram: Gajapathinagaram MLA B Appalanarasaiah called upon the people to follow the ideology of Vavilala Gopala Krishnaiah and work for the welfare of society. The MLA released a book ‘Andhra Gandhi Vavilala,’ written by Samudrala Guruprasad at a programme and appreciated the writer for bringing in the important incidents and achievements of the great leader in the form of book. He described Vavilala as a committed social worker, freedom fighter and a social reformer. He asked the youth to take him as inspiration to come up in life. He also appealed to youth to read the biographies of great men and follow in footsteps of Vavila.
Vanasthalipuram: A part of the Gurramguda Reserve Forest (RF) has been developed as an urban forest park with select adventure sports, children play area, cycling track, pathways, platforms, public conveniences, Raashi Vanam, Nakshatra Vanam, Miyawaki demonstration plantation and a watchtower. It was inaugurated by Chief Secretary S K Joshi here on Tuesday. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Soon after inauguration, the Chief Secretary along with others took a bicycle ride along the newly laid track. A sapling was also planted on the occasion. The Gurramguda Reserve Forest (RF) is located 22 km from the city, on Hyderabad-Nagarjuna Sagar Road. Administratively, it falls in Ibrahimpatnam section and range. Spread over 465 acres, the Gurramguda forest block was declared a reserve forest under section 4 of AP Forest Act 1967. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The roads passing through the Gurramguda RF Block have been divided into three bits; Sahebnagar Depot (13 ha), Gurramguda Bit-I (60 ha), and Gurramguda Bit-II (115.18 ha). Out of these, the Sahebnagar Depot bit has already been developed as Sanjeevani Vanam and was opened to public in 2015. The Arogya Sanjeevani Park that was opened to public on Tuesday would also have a plantation with different kinds of trees in 30 ha area.
TRS party has announced former member of parliament Gutha Sukender Reddy as MLC candidate under MLA quota. Reddy met the TRS supremo and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Pragati Bhavan and expressed gratitude for announcing his name. Later, the chief minister directed MLC Seri Subhash Reddy to provide assistance to Sukender in filing the nomination papers.