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Mar 03 2015
Young Kodiak Fisherman Found Dead in Bunk PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Sean O'Callahan Facebook photo 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Though Troopers are still awaiting autopsy results from the state medical examiner, their investigation revealed nothing suspicious aboard a Kodiak fishing vessel where a crewman was found dead Saturday morning.
    A little after 11 a.m. On Saturday, Troopers were notified by the skipper of the fishing vessel Alaskan Dream that 29-year-old Sean O'Callahan was found dead in his bunk.
    The Alaskan Dream was headed to fishing grounds near the south end of Kodiak Island, but turned around to meet Troopers back in Kodiak and turn over O'Callahan's body. It was then sent to Anchorage for an autopsy. 
    The Troopers conducted an investigation on board the Alaskan Dream and in their report say nothing suspicious was observed. It appears O'Callahan passed away in his sleep sometimes during the night.
    O'Callahan's mother posted to her son's Facebook page that she would be scattering some of his ashes in Kodiak waters and more in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, with dates to be announced.
Mar 02 2015
Downtown Utility Master Plan Approved PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
     The Kodiak City Council took another step toward updating its aging utility infrastructure at Thursday night's meeting with the adoption of the downtown water and sewer master plan. 
     The current water, sewer and storm drain network under the streets of downtown were put in as downtown was rebuilt after the 1964 earthquake and tsunami, as Councilman Charlie Davidson noted.
     "And the have a life span of approximately 30 years. Well, we've almost doubled that. They're asbestos-cement pipes, so you can see we're skating on pretty thin ice on some of these. And with the present Alaska Municipal Matching Grant Program probably being reduced substantially, we've go to start realizing we've got to start saving for these programs. And these people who say cut and cut and cut, if you don't plan your future for your municipality, you won't have one."
     City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the passage of the master plan would pave the way for the city to be able to seek the funding for such large infrastructure projects.
     "That will give us a guidance and the community some guidance on what the plan will be. Of course it's very expensive to replace that infrastructure, and we have to wait until there's money available through these traditional programs. We do not fund this straight out of the General Fund. We couldn't afford to do so."
     Councilman John Whiddon, no stranger to Cannery Row, said the upgrades were important to the city's industry.
     "But the critical infrastructure services, primarily services the seafood industry, with a couple of pumping stations that deliver water along Shelikof Street and Marine Way. I'm glad we've broke these out in phases and hopefully we can at some point we can secure the funding ... it's a very well written plan, so thank you."
     The measure passed the council unanimously. 
Feb 27 2015
City Council Implores More Citizens to Attend Meetings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 February 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    At last night's meeting, the Kodiak City Council was visited by a couple of citizens concerned over the level of spending being considered by the city.
    Also, the council spent about an hour and a half in executive session discussing claims made by the contractor that is rebuilding Pier III, the cargo dock. No action was taken after the council gaveled back in. 
Feb 26 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Coming up this week, the board of fisheries is underway in Sitka, expect more drama from the Central Kenai Peninsula this summer, and has the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission outlived its usefulness? All that and more coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KCAW's Robert Woolsey in Sitka, KDLL's Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, KUCB's Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KFSK's Angela Denning in Petersburg and KRBD's Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan.  

Feb 26 2015
Wild Alaskan Owner Responds to Federal Indictment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Eight months of raids, undercover investigations by police and the Coast Guard as well as the Alcohol Beverage Control Board culminated in a three-count indictment for the owners of The Wild Alaskan, the exotic dance club anchored outside of Kodiak's harbors since June.
    Darren and Kimberly Byler were charged with violating the Refuse Act for allegedly pumping their toilet water into the channel and for making false statements about it to the Coast Guard.
    Darren Byler says this is just the latest in a pattern of harassment his business has suffered since opening.
    “When I think I've seen it all, it just keeps getting better, with  the government scrutiny since we opened up. The Coast Guard has laid down the hammer so to speak,  with all the funds, the power, the money. And we're guilty of nothing. They indicted us on charges they can't prove. Before people rush to judgment, we'll have our day in court.”
    Byler says he pumped the black water tank, which held the toilet water, into a bladder on the smaller vessel he used for transferring patrons to and from the Water Dock on the Spit, and then transferred it outside the three-mile limit for disposal. He said his on-board black water tank holds 3,500 gallons, though he says investigators seemed to think it was significantly smaller.
    “I have passed several Coast guard examinations with that same tank and that plumbing. The latest one in August, right after we opened by a boarding party from one of the Coast Guard cutters,  Long Island. And I have a document in my possession that I passed the MSD No. 3 Sanitation Device, which is my holding tank. Why are they claiming I don't have that tank in their documentation when I have a Coast Guard boarding party says I do have that tank? That's pretty stinky. No pun intended.”
    Byler is also upset that his wife has been indicted as well, saying the sewage disposal was his responsibility. 
    “My wife, for what they did to her is absolutely disgraceful. My wife has nothing to do with any of these allegations. She doesn't run the engine room of the vessel. I do. I handle all of the engine room operations, the transferring of the black water. She knows nothing about any of that stuff. That's my deal. But there trying to drag her into this just to be mean spirited and it's really disgraceful.”
    Byler has an open letter to the Coast Guard investigator posted on the Wild Alaskan Facebook page detailing many more of his thoughts on his situation. you can find it here:
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