Alaska Related Govdocs: Radioactive Southeast, Aleutian voices, Aleutian Subsistance

My work sometimes brings me into contact with federal publications about Alaska. Some are old and some are new. Here’s a selection of some recent items I’ve run across:

Title Investigations for radioactive deposits in southeastern Alaska /
Internet Access
Author West, Walter S.(Walter Scott),1912-author.
Published [Washington, D.C.] : United States Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1955.
Series ( Geological Survey bulletin ; 1024-B.)
General Note “This report concerns work done on behalf of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and is published with the permission of the Commission. ”
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 54) and index.

Title Aleutian voices /
Internet Access
Published [Washington, D.C.?] : U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 2014-
Publication Dates Began with: Volume 1, no. 1 (2014).

Title Subsistence study for the North Aleutian Basin /
Internet Access
Author Reedy-Maschner, Katherine L.,1975-author.
Published Anchorage, AK : U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Region, 2012.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 226 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps.
Series ( OCS study ; BOEM 2012-109.)

ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/28/13 | ISS On-Orbit Status Report

I’m doing some test posting from e-mail. Forgive the odd posts over the next day or two. At least I’m showing interest in this blog again!

Here’s a summary of what happened on the International Space Station on October 28, 2013:

ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/28/13

Posted on October 28, 2013 by HQ.

Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-4 Undocking: ATV-4 successfully undocked from the Service Module at 03:54 am CDT this morning. The ISS crew monitored and took photographs of the undocking. ATV-4 delivered more than 2489 kg of cargo to the ISS when it arrived on June 15th and will be disposing of more than 2160 kg. ATV-4’s final de-orbit burn prior to destructive reentry is scheduled to occur at 06:28am Saturday, November 2nd.

Spinal Ultrasound Scans: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Nyberg performed as the operator conducting the first Spinal Ultrasound Scan session on FE-3 Hopkins with remote guidance from the ground team. This investigation aims to characterize microgravity-associated spinal alterations during and after spaceflight using in-flight ultrasound. Results from this research will provide data to enhance crew health for long duration space missions.

NanoRacks Module 9: FE-5 Parmitano activated and shook designated mixing tubes while capturing video of his activities. This
investigation is a result of a commercial Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), called the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Student teams from across the United States design their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The investigation consists of 17 different science experiments flown in a NanoRacks Module on board the ISS.

Pro K (Dietary Intake Can Predict and Protect Against Changes in Bone Metabolism during Spaceflight and Recovery) Diet: All three USOS crewmembers continued with their Pro K diet today. All performed a urine pH test and updated the log of food and beverages consumed while on the controlled diet. Each crewmember will perform these activities multiple times during their stay onboard ISS. This is NASA’s first evaluation of a dietary countermeasure to lessen bone loss of astronauts. The results of this study will be used to determine if a decreased ratio of animal protein to potassium will lead to a decreased loss of bone mineral. Pro K findings may impact the definition of nutritional requirements and development of food systems for future exploration missions and could yield a method of
counteracting bone loss with no risk of side effects.

Shock and Awe: 3 Inspiring Wall Calendars for 2013

UPDATE 1/26: GPO reports they still have calendars but they are going fast!


Government Book Talk

Shock and awe were the terms that came to mind when these three wall calendars / event planners came across my desk this week.

Shock came from the “I didn’t know that!?” response to the fascinating facts and awe as in “How did they take such awe-inspiring photos”? And the final “Awww” as in “Awww, shucks!” because there are only limited quantities available (under 100 each), so if you don’t act immediately, they’ll be gone! In fact, our supply of the National Park’s Service famous National Historic Landmarks calendar last year sold out in a few hours, and we expect this year to be more of the same.

In spite of our now digital world, wall calendars are still useful as a quick visual reference for you, your family or even your team at the office. And with these particular calendars on your wall this year, you will also be…

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Keeping the Kids Entertained… and Educated


Some fun ideas for kids. Here are some links to help you find this books in a library near you or
through interlibrary loan:

  • Jankowski, Krista L., and Caroline Marshall Hill. 2009. Junior paleontologist activity book, ages 5 to 12. [Washington, D.C.]: National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior.
  • United States. 2011. Discovering the underground railroad: junior ranger activity book. [Washington, D.C.?]: National Park Service.
  • United States, William Wallack, and George Gonzalez. 2012. Celebrating 30 years of the space shuttle program. Washington, D.C.?: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Junior Explorer Geology and Fossils Activity Book doesn’t appear to have made it into a library.

Government Book Talk

This week as holiday breaks from school and winter weather keep the kids indoors, parents are looking for ways to keep them entertained–and educated– at the same time.

Fortunately, many Federal agencies this year provide the perfect solution with publications that are both fun AND educational, and with which the kids might actually learn something besides how to shoot down some “Angry Birds” on their new tablet! 😉 From dinosaurs to fossils, freedom runners to astronauts, these fun facts will prove more fascinating than fiction.

Here are a few that I (and my eight and six year-old nephews) particularly enjoy:

     Junior-PaleontologistJunior Paleontologist Activity Book, Ages 5-12, Explore, Learn, ProtectFor the kid who thinks dinosaurs are dynamite

In this illustrated color booklet, a child can learn about ancient life, complete fun activities, and explore some of the 230 national parks that preserve fossils and offer a look into the…

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Today I’m testing the reblog function on WordPress, something I didn’t realize they had. This is a discussion of how the US federal government has used comic books to promote everything from bike safety to army equipment maintenance.

Government Book Talk

By Guest Blogger, Marianne Mason, Federal Information Librarian, Research and Library Instruction at The University of Iowa Libraries

Comic books are not really books and often not comic, but are serialized graphics-based stories expressed through political and cultural rhetoric.  Think Maus, a story of the Holocaust.  Think Peanuts’ ethics and theology.

O.K., not all comic books or graphic novels are Pulitzer Prize winners or speak to a deep sense of ethics.  The pure entertainment value of storytelling through sequential art can be worthy on its own merits.  However, the comics can inform, persuade, and encourage new behaviors in readers.  This is the purpose of comic books authored by U.S. government agencies.

Used as social program marketing tools for decades, the government-authored comic book format has been used to promote program benefits (Social Security Administration) and to educate (Consumer Product Safety Commission) using superhero/anti-hero models like Sprocket Man (reviewed in…

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Alaska Gasline Flashback: 1981 Orange Book

I have a number of side projects I work on a on-again, off-again basis. One of these is compiling a bibliography of federal documents titled by color (i.e. Red Book, White Book, Green Book, etc)

This week I was browsing through the April 1981 issue of the Orange Book: Critical Project Status Report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Projects in the Orange Book were considered to have a significant impact on the nation’s energy supply or on questions of energy policy. According to the introduction in the Orange Book, “Because of their importance to national supply and policy, each energy and issue critical project is assigned to a Project Manager responsible for monitoring throughout the regulatory process – ensuring timeliness and quality of review through the regulatory process.”

Page 13 of the April 1981 Orange Book was dedicated to  CP 78-123 et al, Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Systems (ANGTS). At the time, the pipeline construction cost was put at $10 billion and was expected to produce 2.4 billion cubic feet a day.

The FERC status of the pipeline as of April 1981 was:

Prebuild hearings completed. Orders issued. Alaska Segment hearings awaiting submission of financing plan.

The Orange Book also noted that the Gasline was originally meant to have been completed by 1/1/1983. In its “slippage analysis” of that date, FERC noted “Unresolved issues concerning producer participation in financing has held up submission of a financing plan.”

Fast forward 30 years and the past appears to be prolouge.