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Lecture scheduled on Alaska salmon traps


Gustavus author and historian James Mackovjak will give a free public lecture, “Alaska Salmon Traps: Their History and Impact on Alaska Communities,” Oct. 22 at the Anchorage Cooperative Extension office.

The lecture, which runs from noon to 2:30 p.m, will also be offered by videoconference in Room 108 of the Brooks Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Petersburg Public Library and campus locations in Kodiak, Homer, Bethel and Ketchikan. It will also be streamed online at this address: bit.ly/Makvideo.

Alaska statesman Vic Fischer will introduce Mackovjak, who has written five books on Alaska history, including his most recent, “Alaska Salmon Traps.” Mackovjak describes salmon traps as “among the most efficient fish-catching devices the world has even seen.” The Alaska Legislature banned the controversial traps after Alaska became a state.

Call 907-786-6300 for videoconference locations and to reserve a seat at the Anchorage Extension office, which is located at 1675 C St. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the Institute of Social and Economic Research are co-sponsoring the lecture.

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