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Oct 24 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 October 2014
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    Coming up this week, the Coast Guard gets busy as soon as the crab season begins, we hear how one CDQ group is doing, and maybe limitless power for False Pass to process fish and light up the town. We had help this week from KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham and KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska. 
 
Oct 24 2014
City Approves Capital Wish List PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 October 2014

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          Alaska’s legislative session is still months away, but Kodiak’s City Council is already gearing up for it. Last night the council unanimously approved its list of capital improvement projects – a wish list of sorts for state and federal funding.
          First up on the list is Mill Bay Road pavement rehabilitation. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the hope was to originally replace the entire stretch of pavement between the downtown “Y” and Island Lake Road. However, the project will instead patch up certain sections of the road, much like what has already been done in some areas along the route. The result was a cheaper project for the city, with a similar end goal.
          “We were able to reduce that request down from $7 million as a rebuild from the Y to Island Lake Road, which is that most heavily traveled – each section of the road has its own traffic count but we have up to 12,000 cars a day in that stretch. So we were able to reduce it by not having to replace the whole road bed and just do a rehab.”   
           Now the project is estimated at $3.5 million.

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Oct 23 2014
Teen Court Welcomes New Members PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014

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          Kodiak’s Teen Court is recruiting new members these days. Classes are starting up early next month and those interested could become attorneys by mid January.
           The organization, which is youth-run with the help of adult advisers, provides legal services to teens, with more constructive punishments than they might face in an actual court system. Kodiak High School Senior Olivia Rivera is the board president for teen court and said they typically try to find punishments that fit the individual, rather than the crime.
            “Instead of the punitive justice system, which is what regular courts use, we use restorative justice – which instead of punishment fits the crime we select certain community work service projects or assignments that will fit the person, like the defendant themselves.”   

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Oct 23 2014
Alaska Aerospace Seeks Bigger Launches PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014

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          Despite the fact that it is still in the midst of assessing damage from a failed missile test in August, Alaska Aerospace Corporation is soliciting companies for future launches, and is offering them more than $20 million.    The corporation, which operates the Kodiak Launch Complex, issued a request for proposals, or RFPs earlier this month for companies interested in medium-lift, commercial launches from the site. The money used to entice bidders comes from a $25 million appropriation by the Alaska Legislature.
           Matt Steele is the Vice President of Alaska Aerospace and said the money was set aside specifically for bringing medium-lift launch classes to Kodiak, but there hadn’t really been a lot of action from potential launch bidders.     
           “So what we did is kind of change the paradigm a little bit and put together a request for proposal where these companies could compete for the money in order to provide medium lift-capability to KLC. And kind of by changing that, as we expected, we’ve got a couple of launch companies now interested in using that money to further advance the medium lift capability here in Kodiak.”   
            Up until now, the current launch facility has only flown what Steele considers to be small launches, and the company wants to beef that up.
           “So we’re looking for things, roughly greater than  2,000 pounds to orbit, potentially up to maybe 5 to 7,000 pounds depending on the capability of the rocket in gross terms. But there’s some fidelity that goes behind that in qualifications as well, but bigger than what’s been flown out of Kodiak in the past is definitely what we’re looking for.”
            Steele said they are asking for folks to respond to the RFP before Thanksgiving, and the company will select the top two for further information and then hopefully select the winner by mid December and award that company the $21 million fixed-price contract. He said there are a few companies expressing interest, and they will have to commit to at least three launches between 2016 and 2020 if they are selected.

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Oct 22 2014
Servant Air Taps Into Anchorage Market PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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          Those hoping to travel on and off the island might find it a little easier to do so these days. This week Servant Air announced it will be offering regular flights to and from Anchorage – making it one of just a handful of airlines to do so.
           Wes Osowski is part owner of Servant Air, which typically specializes in charter flights around the archipelago. He said the addition of a King Air 200 to its fleet will allow for longer distance travel and daily flights to Anchorage.
           The plane is small but has a pressurized cabin and can fly at 20 to 25,000 feet. Flight time to or from the mainland is about an hour and five minutes and Osowski said it can hold up to eight passengers with two pilots.
            “We’re actually only required to have one but we’re going to have a second guy standing there just to watch and make sure everything goes well and kind of help us make sure that we’re doing everything right. So we’re using it as partly a training platform and also just to have a second set of eyes on everything.”   
            For now, the service will be offered once a day, four days a week. Later in November, Osowski said the goal is to begin offering service twice a day, six days a week.

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