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Jun 27 2015
Coast Guard Remembers Shipmates and Civilian Pilot Lost 20 Years Ago PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 June 2015
(Top) Members from Air Station Kodiak pose for a group photo after cleaning up and maintaining a plane crash memorial site on a hillside off Anton Larsen Bay road, June 19, 2015. The plane crash took the lives of three Coast Guardsmen and a civilian pilot, June 30, 1995. Later, Guardsmen make their way toward the memorial site to pay tribute during the 20th anniversary memorial service, June 26, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson) 
Jun 26 2015
Winter Ferry Schedule Out for Review PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Marine Highway System has released its draft operating plan for ferry service this winter and next spring. 

Due to the budget cuts in the state legislature this year, the biggest change for Kodiak will be with the ferry Kennicott, which will be laid up for over three months as a money-saving measure. The largest ship in the fleet will leave service in October until early January when it goes in for its annual overhaul.

The ferry Tustumena will alternate between three and four calls on Kodiak per week from October through late March, four-times-a -week visits to Port Lions and Ouzinkie. 

The Tusty will go in for its overhaul on March 25th, and its route between Homer and Kodiak will be taken over by the Kennicott until May 7th. The ferry is too big for Port Lions and Ouzinkie, but can call on Seldovia, and will, as it travels to and from Homer.

The Marine Highway System is accepting public input on the winter schedule, and will be holding a teleconference in July to hear any concerns.
Jun 26 2015
Icicle Seafoods Broken Up, Sold PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
One of Alaska's largest seafood processors has been sold. Icicle Seafoods, which has had the for sale sign out since being acquired by private equity firm, is being broken up and sold to two different companies.

Convergence Holdings will acquire Icicles land-based wild seafood processing and farmed salmon operations, and Dominion Catchers LLC will get Icicles catcher-processors and associated quota. 

SeafoodNews.com reports the two companies will entered into a deal to continue operating as Icicle.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in August. 
Jun 26 2015
Harvests Yet to Top Half-Million PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The latest in-season harvest estimates for the Kodiak salmon fishery from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show a catch through yesterday at just above 450,000. 

All- species harvest on Thursday was 14,308, with chum salmon making up more than half that total at 7,718. The sockeye catch was just over 3,300, pinks were nearly 1,600, silvers just over 1,500, with 120 kings brought in.

Species total so far this season have 336,971 reds harvested, 56,219 chum, 35,749 pinks, 20,574 silvers and 2,102 kings. 
Jun 26 2015
City Council to Repair Mill Bay Road, Postpones Subsistence Act Resolution PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
The Kodiak City Council touched on Senator Murkowski’s rural status and subsistence bill last night at its regular meeting among other items of new business, including a contract with Brechan Enterprises.

On the agenda was the resolution to support the Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015, which would leave urban versus rural community status up to the United States Congress. 

In her staff report, city manager Aimée Kniaziowski referred to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s decision at its last regular meeting.

“There was concern expressed at the borough level by the Aleutian Kodiak subsistence advisory board about the fact that this would come from the federal government and that it might limit local control or influence, so the Borough Assembly pulled their resolution to get more information and hold off,” says Kniaziowski.
Kniaziowski says the city heard back from their lobbyist in DC, and she described the email it received explaining the bill.

“The intent was never to eliminate local control, but simply to reinforce what they’d been hearing from the Kodiak community, that it would take a great deal to change, take away, the status of rural for the purposes of subsistence,” says Kniaziowski.

The council agreed to postpone the decision on that resolution.

An authorization request to contract Brechan Enterprises for road repair was also on the agenda. Kniaziowski described the need for repair on Mill Bay road around the police station and from Benny Benson towards Wal-Mart, a project she says would cost $1,150,000.

“The focus will be on Mill Bay and trying to mitigate some of the worst of the wear that we’re all seeing happen and try and save that road bed,” says Kniaziowski. “We’d like to work with them to use one stretch with hard rock in the hope that we can do a test and see if that hard rock section holds up better than the standard rock that we have used for our paving.”

Councilman Charles Davidson spoke favorably about the switch from soft rock.

“I want to be grateful for the fact that they’re gonna use some hard rock on part of this re-pavement, because you drive out Mill Bay - that’s one of my greatest concerns,” says Davidson. “That road is falling apart obviously, and it’s not that old, really.”

The council moved to authorize the construction. Its next regular meeting will be on July 23, and a joint work session with the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is planned for Tuesday, June 30.

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