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Aug 08 2014
Assembly Moves Bond Issue to Ballot PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 August 2014

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           Kodiak voters will face a ballot measure related to bond issues during the October election. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved putting it on the ballot during its regular meeting last night. If passed this fall, the borough would be allowed to issue general obligation bonds worth more than $10 million to finance renovations to various school facilities throughout the borough, including the villages.
           The bonds could be eligible for a 70 percent reimbursement from the state, which is why Assemblyman Frank Peterson said he would vote in favor of pushing the matter forward.
            “We don’t know what’s going to happen from year to year with the legislative appropriations. It’s gone from 90/10 to 70/30, next year it could be 60/40 or nothing. It could be 50/50 or it could be nothing. I think it’s important that we take advantage of this opportunity while we have the chance. To have the state pay for $8 million of a $10 million project seems like a no brainer to me because these are projects that we’re going to have to pay for anyway. So let’s do it.” 

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Aug 07 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014

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Coming up this week, a four-day troll closure starts this weekend in Southeast, a tailings dam burst in British Columbia, contaminating important salmon rivers, and we take another look into the archives. We had help from KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz and Greta Mart in Sitka, CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau, KCHU’s Tony Gorman in Valdez, KUCB’s Annie Ropeik in Unalaska and KMXT’s Marina Cummiskey in Kodiak.

 
Aug 07 2014
Begich Opens Office in Kodiak For Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014

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           Senator Mark Begich was in Kodiak yesterday on a campaign tour. The Alaska democrat is seeking re-election this November and stopped by KMXT to talk about how the campaign is going. Overall, Begich said he feels good about the race, but acknowledged that it is a tough one.
            “And I think it will be a close election, as you know the republican primary is going on now for the next two weeks and I think there’s a lot of angst going on over there. A lot of negative going on. I mean it’s amazing the mailers that I’ve now seen going back and forth, the radio commentary.”  
             He said he’s taken a few beatings from some of his opponents, which include Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller, but the heat has shifted a bit now that the primary election is underway.
              “We’ll see who comes out of the primary. But there’ll be a Republican, there’ll be a Libertarian, there’ll be an Alaska Independence Party, there’ll be me, and there’ll be one or two others who have signed up for November. So it’s going to be a crowded, busy campaign. But we expect more beatings, more attacks, we hope they focus on the issues, and if they distort my record, we’ll push back.”

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Aug 07 2014
Alex Haley Crewmen Assist Three Adrift Mariners PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014

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    The crew from the Kodiak-based Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley assisted three mariners late Tuesday after their skiff experienced outboard troubles near Nome.
    The Nome police department contacted the Alex Haley that they had lost contact with a 16-foot skiff that was disabled and adrift. The Coast Guardsmen launched a small boat and found the skiff being assisted by Good Samaritans. But after it got back underway, the skiff’s engine died again and it was taken under tow by the Alex Haley crew and escorted to the Nome small boat harbor. Wind and seas were light and no injuries were reported.
    The Alex Haley is in Northwest Arctic waters as part of Arctic Shield, the Coast Guard’s program to increase patrols in the far north as sea ice continues to recede and ship traffic increases.

 
Aug 06 2014
KRAA Kicks Off Egg-Take Season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2014

 

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KRAA Fish Culturist Hawk Turman grabs a female sockeye salmon from Chris Carchia during Monday's egg-take on Afognak Lake. KRAA staff member Will Miller looks on. Brianna Gibbs/Photo

 

 

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Monday was the first egg-take of the season for the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association. A group of volunteers and KRAA staff made the trek to Afognak Lake where they spent the day harvesting and fertilizing sockeye salmon eggs.
            Afognak Lake is about 20 minutes by air from Trident Basin, on Near Island. It takes two flights to bring the full crew of volunteers and KRAA staff out to the egg-take site. As the floatplane descends onto the water, small net pens become visible along the shoreline. They hold the brood stock – or parent stock – of sockeye salmon that will be used for the day’s egg take.

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KRAA staff and volunteers ready the sockeye salmon in the net pens during Monday's egg-take on Afognak Lake. The left pens hold hens, or females, and the right ones hold bucks, or males. Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

 

 The pens were built by KRAA crews that have been camping out on the lake for about ten days, getting things ready for Monday’s harvest.

           “The first day is spent ferrying our gear and everything over to the island and building our camp. And then the next day we come back over here and build our pen frames, put the nets on them and we go over to the creek and start dragging our seine through the water to catch fish.”
           That’s Drew Walter, the assistant manager for the Pillar Creek Hatchery. If you think of Monday’s egg-take like a factory, Walter would be the operations supervisor – the guy making sure everything is working right and going according to plan.
           The egg-take itself works like an assembly line, but comes with higher stakes – such as the quality of future fish runs – if any part of the process slips up.

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