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Jun 08 2011
Austerman Working Behind Scenes to Save Coastal Management PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011

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            Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman is making another effort to save the beleaguered Alaska Coastal Management Program which many say is a key piece of legislation that ensures coastal communities have a say in development in federal waters.

            Austerman proposes that the legislature call itself back into special session for the purpose of renewing the current coastal management program for a few years so that it doesn't fade away, and to allow time for legislators to hash out issues.

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Jun 08 2011
A-1 Timber Could Resume Chiniak Logging by Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011

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            The timber company that was logging in Chiniak until a legal dispute halted operations six months ago, could be back to work by the end of next week.

            On Friday, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Sharon Gleason sided with A-1 Timber Consultants and granted a temporary injunction, allowing them back on Leisnoi Native Corporation land to resume logging. A-1 has a four-year contract with Leisnoi to harvest 100-million board feet of timber from the Native Corporation's land in Chiniak.

            In December, Leisnoi ordered A-1 off the land, claiming the company was not complying with certain insurance and escrow requirements. But A-1's Anchorage attorney, Matt Claman, disputes those claims.

            When contacted for this story, Leisnoi CEO Carole Pagano declined to comment. In a written statement posted on the company's web site, Pagano accuses unnamed people associated with A-1 of computer hacking and eavesdropping on private communications; conduct, she says, that the FBI has been informed of.

            Pagano could be alluding to conversations recorded in November, which became a local hit on YouTube when posted there. In the recordings, Pagano and her husband Leonard Zaiser discuss a plan to force A-1 out and take over the Kodiak logging operation themselves.

            Claman said that is what his client thinks was the real reason behind the logging shutdown.

            No court date has been set in the underlying lawsuit brought by A-1. The company is seeking $75,000 in damages from Leisnoi.

            Meanwhile, Claman says A-1 could be logging again by next Thursday. He says about 90-million board feet under the contract remain to be harvested.

 
Jun 08 2011
Superintendent Rallies Funding Support Through Blog PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011

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            The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is fast approaching a deadline to have the borough's budget for next year approved. And supporters of full-funding for local schools are expected to give the assembly an ear-full during tonight's special work session on the budget.

 In fact, in his blog on the school district's website, Kodiak Island Borough School Superintendent Stewart McDonald urged the school community to stand up and tell the assembly what they are willing to do to support education.

            KMXT's Maggie Wall has more.

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Jun 07 2011
Final Redistricting Proposal Shuffles House, Senate Boundaries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011

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            Late Monday, the Alaska Redistricting Board came out with its final recommendation for a plan to redraw Alaska's 40 House and 20 Senate districts. The plan pairs the Kodiak House seat with the Dillingham House seat to make a new Senate district. It's a pairing that has worked before when the areas were represented by Senator Fred Zharoff.

             In an effort to keep Native districts from being diluted, as defined by federal law, the plan last week stretched to pair Kodiak and Bethel's House districts to make a Senate district. But according to Bob Brodie, that wasn't well-received on either end.

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Jun 07 2011
Kodiak and Dillingham to Pair Under Redistricting Plan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011

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             The Alaska Redistricting Board has approved new boundaries for the state's 40 House and 20 Senate districts but the plan is expected to draw challenges.

            A proposal to group Kodiak's Senate district with Bethel was scrapped, and instead, Kodiak will be paired with Dillingham. It's not the first time the two areas have shared a senator. Kodiak's House district will give up Lake and Peninsula Borough communities and instead extend past Prince William Sound, taking in Cordova and Yakutat.

            The board has been working since March to draw new districts based on population shifts from the 2010 U.S. Census.

            Under the plan approved Monday, Southeast Alaska loses a House seat and half a Senate seat. And Mat-Su gains a House seat. Board members say their biggest challenge was protecting Alaska Native voting rights, as required by federal law.

            The board must have a final plan and legal documents finished by June 14. Opponents would then have 30 days to file court challenges before the board sends its work to the federal Justice Department for approval.

 
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