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Dec 04 2014
Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 December 2014

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Coming up this week, about 50 crew members aboard a South Korean factory trawler are feared lost after their ship went down in the Bering Sea; a new test fishery opened up in Cook Inlet this week, and the IPHC says recruitment of halibut appears to be up a bit. All that, and the former FV Shaman couldn't muster the magic to keep its liquor license. We had help from KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer, and APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C. 

 
Dec 01 2014
Many Locals in Flurry of Last-Minute Parnell Appointments PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
In a flurry of last-minute activity, a number of Kodiak residents were appointed or re-appointed to Alaska boards and commissions by outgoing governor Sean Parnell three days before he left office. In a Friday afternoon announcement, Parnell made appointments to 30 different panels.
Kodiak City Mayor Pat Branson was reappointed to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board. It works with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to prepare a strategic plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Ron Gibbs, owner and operator of Healing Harbor Body Therapy, was appointed to the Board of Massage Therapists. Bill Roberts, Kodiak Island Borough assessor was appointed to the State Assessment Review Board, which conducts oil and gas property assessment appeal hearings on values set by the Department of Revenue.
He also reappointed Kodiak College Assistant Professor April Laktonen-Counceller to the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. The council advises both the governor and Legislature on programs, policies, and projects to provide for the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of Alaska Native languages in the state.
Parnell also made two appointments to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Board of Directors. Tomi Marsh of Ketchikan, president of Oceans Alaska Ketchikan, was appointed to a seat for harvesters on the board. Allen Kimball of Seattle, a vice president of Trident Seafoods, was named to a seat for large processors. ASMI is a public-private partnership between the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry established to increase the economic value of our renewable seafood resources. 
 
Dec 01 2014
Pollock Seining Opens Today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 December 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game test fishery for walleye pollock using seine gear in the Cook Inlet starts today (December 1).

    Last year the Alaska Board of Fisheries approved the test, which will run three months, until the end of February, or when the harvest limit has been reached.

    Fisherman participating in the fishery will be issued a Department of Fish and Game commissioner’s permit and be required to take observers on every trip to monitor bycatch and to record biological information from species caught.

    Other provisions include trip limits, a total harvest limit, and logbook requirements.

    The department has limited the amount of participants in this test fishery. Last year the Fish Board formed the Gulf of Alaska Pollock Workgroup with stakeholders from industry, State of Alaska, and federal government to provide insight on a state guideline harvest level for the walleye pollock fishery

    Information collected from the test Fishery can potentially show the effectiveness of purse seine as a gear type for harvesting pollock. 

 
Nov 28 2014
KEA Honored, Again, for Renewable Electricity PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 November 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has announced the recipients of its 2014 Leadership in Clean Energy Awards, and not surprisingly Kodiak's 99-percent renewable electric generation was one of the honorees. 
The 2014 awards recognize eight  state programs and projects that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthened clean energy markets. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of five  judges, and are featured in a new report from the CESA.
In addition to Kodiak Electric Association, the Alaska Energy Authority received the award for the state. Others include the programs and organizations from Connecticut,Gresham, Oregon; New Mexico, Massachusetts, New York State and Sacramento.
CESA Executive Director Warren Leon said the eight programs honored were very diverse, including solar, wind, energy storage, hydropower, anaerobic digesters, microgrids, and combined heat and power. He called them all programs that should be emulated, and said Kodiak's is an effective example of partnership of the community, the utility and the sate. 
 
Nov 28 2014
Juneau Gearing Up for New Administration PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 November 2014

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    Gov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will be sworn into office on Monday at Juneau's Centennial Hall. The public inauguration ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to last about an hour.

    Lindsay Hobson, Walker's daughter and a campaign spokeswoman involved in the transition, says they've reserved hundreds of seats for invited guests alone.

    “Between the band, the performers, the people on stage and their families, you know, the governor and the lieutenant governor-elect's family and friends that are traveling, it's close to 500.”

    There will be seating available in the main ballroom for nearly a thousand people. Overflow seating and viewing for hundreds more will be available in the Centennial Hall lobby and at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

    Alaska Airlines is adding an extra Anchorage-to-Juneau flight on Monday morning to accommodate inauguration traffic, the campaign said in a Thanksgiving press release.

    “This is the first time in state history where we have had both an Alaskan-born governor and lieutenant governor serving together. ...You know, I think there's going to be a lot of energy, a lot of excitement. And also, it is our first nonpartisan administration in Alaska history. And the only nonpartisan governor in the United States right now. So it will be certainly one to remember.”

    Live Gavel Alaska coverage of the ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. on 360 North.org. KTOO's Casey Kelly and former APRN capitol correspondent Dave Donaldson will host the coverage.

    After the ceremony, Hobson says Walker and Mallott will head to the third floor of the Capitol building to physically assume their offices. Walker plans to stay in the Governor's Mansion Monday night.

 
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