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Sep 07 2010
The Latest Invasive to be Targeted: The Ox-Eye Daisy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010

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            Here's a riddle...what's got a white face, yellow eye and spreads like crazy?

            The Ox-Eye Daisy.

            That wasn't meant to be a rhyme, but as Maggie Wall reports it's a good ditty to keep in mind while out admiring flowers this fall.
 
Sep 07 2010
City Hires Anchorage PR Firm to Oppose Union Vote PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010

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            In a special meeting Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council approved a contract with a public relations company to fight an upcoming ballot initiative that would allow city workers to explore unionization.

            Council members voted 4 to 0 to authorize a contract with the Anchorage-based PR firm Bradley-Reid and Associates. Ballot Proposition Number 1 will appear on the October 5th Municipal Election ballot.

 
Sep 02 2010
Kodiak Salmon Catch Tops 11-Million PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 September 2010

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            The salmon season is winding down in Kodiak Island waters, but the salmon keep coming in. The catch on September 1st brought the season's total harvest to 11 million fish.

            The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports nearly 9-million of those are pink salmon, with about a third coming from the Karluk, Northwest Kodiak and Southwest Afognak district, another third from the Duck, Izhut and Kitoi bays, and the rest scattered throughout the Kodiak Management Area.

            Sockeye harvest is 1.4-million, with a third coming from the west side.

            Almost 700,000 chum salmon have been caught, and over 200,000 silvers, as well. A few kings are still trickling in, with the season total about 12,600.

            Escapement numbers through Wednesday show a good return of humpies to the Karluk River. The nearly 1.3-million pinks that have gone past the weir is the third-best in the past decade through September 1st. Almost 46,000 pinks have escaped at Litnik, second only to 2002 to-date in the past 10 years.

            Pink return to the Buskin River continues to disappoint, however, with only 11,434 past the weir, by far the lowest to-date in this decade. The previous low through September 1st was 41,554 in 2002. The escapement was as high as 218,000 in 2005, and was nearly 83,000 just last year.

            Additional salmon openings were announced today (yesterday) for noon. A 78-hour opening went into effect for the Outer Ayakulik section, the Outer Kukak Bay, Hallo Bay and Big River sections, and the Afognak District, except for the Southwest Afognak and Inner Kitoi Bay sections, which will remain closed. The Duck, Izhut and Outer Kitoi bays remain open until further notice. A 30-hour opening was announced for the Inner Kukak Bay section.

            Call fish and game or check their website for full details of openings and closings.

 
Sep 02 2010
The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 September 2010

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            Coming up this week, new king salmon bycatch rules for pollock draggers, a tender goes down after hitting an ice berg, and a new owner and a new name for the old Harbor Crown cannery in Unalaska. All that, and the legacy of Ted Stevens. We had help this week from KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska, KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg, and KSKA's Ellen Lockyer in Anchorage.

 
Sep 02 2010
City Council Gearing Up to Fight Unionization - Again PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 September 2010

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            For the second year in a row, residents of the city of Kodiak will vote on whether to remove the roadblocks to allow city employees to explore unionization. A ballot measure initiative last year failed by just 17 votes, despite the city spending $40,000 fighting it.

            At a special meeting of the Kodiak City Council called for tonight, the council will vote on again authorizing a contract with an Anchorage-based public relations firm to fight the ballot initiative. The council is also scheduling a closed-door meeting with Bradley-Reid and Associates to discuss strategy in opposing the ballot measure.

            The special council meeting will be at 7 o'clock tonight downstairs of the borough building in the conference room.

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