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
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.
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.
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.
that is what his client thinks was the real reason behind the logging shutdown.
date has been set in the underlying lawsuit brought by A-1. The company is
seeking $75,000 in damages from Leisnoi.
says A-1 could be logging again by next Thursday. He says about 90-million
board feet under the contract remain to be harvested.