October 13th, 2017 | Staff Report
Subsistence advisory council to meet in Kotzebue
The Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council will be meeting in Kotzebue later this month.
On the agenda are a series of regional and statewide proposals and presentations by a handful of agencies and organizations from the area.
Up for discussion are specifics on moose hunting in Game Management Unit 23, brown bear hunting in the same unit, a proposal to decrease the harvest limit for caribou in Unit 23, and one to close caribou to nonfederally qualified users in the unit.
The caribou proposals are the most recent in a series of ideas that have been considered over the last couple of years in both the Northwest Arctic and on the North Slope for better managing the population that has fluctuated over time.
Presenters at the meeting will include NANA Regional Corp., the Wildlife Conservation Society's Arctic Beringia Program, the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The meeting will be held Oct. 25-26 in the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly room in Kotzebue. It is anticipated to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The meeting is open to the public. For people who can't attend in person, there will be a teleconference line. To join by phone, call 1-877-638-8165 and enter the passcode 9060609.
UIC, city settle name change lawsuit
The city of Utqiaġvik and the Ukpeaġvik Inupiat Corp. have settled a lawsuit regarding the community's change of name last year.
Utqiaġvik Mayor Fannie Suvlu announced the settlement Oct. 10.
"After the court issued a final judgment dismissing the case with prejudice, the parties agreed to settle the entire lawsuit," she wrote. "Dismissal with prejudice means the case was adjudicated on the merits in favor of the city and that UIC cannot bring the same lawsuit against the city and the city officials in the future."
Suvlu noted the corporation also agreed to pay a portion of the city attorney's fees as part of the settlement.
The lawsuit stemmed from a vote to change the northernmost city's name from Barrow to Utqiaġvik last October. The change went into effect in December and the corporation alleged it would be harmed by the name change, bringing the suit soon after the shift.
"The city is glad to have this controversy behind it and will continue to embrace its new name," Suvlu wrote.
Representatives from UIC could not be immediately be contacted by deadline on Tuesday, but the Sounder will bring you more coverage of this story over the coming weeks.
Kotzebue Sound Advisory Committee to meet
The Kotzebue Sound Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly Room in Kotzebue.
Agenda items will include Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff and other reports, discussing and voting on proposals that have been submitted to the Boards of Game and Fisheries, and any other business that may properly come before the Committee. Information on the Board proposals can be found online at: www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.main.
The meeting is open to the public. For more information contact Hazel Smith at (907) at 442-1717; cell: (907)412-3080; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.