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Aug 05 2010
YCC Gives Youth Taste of Conservation Work PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 August 2010

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            Members of the Youth Conservation Corps took some time off from their busy summer schedule to drop by KMXT on Friday to talk a little about their program. The YCC is a paying job for youth 15- to 18-years-old. Shelly Lawson is the education specialist for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. She says the crew this year has done a lot of projects, both here in town at the refuge visitor center and out in the refuge itself.

 

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Aug 04 2010
Dumpster Bear Shot at Sargent Creek PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

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A 750-pound Kodiak brown bear boar peers out from a dumpster in Bell's Flats, moments before he was shot and killed by Alaska State Troopers. Repeated attempts to scare the bear away failed. Note the bent steel "bear-resistant" door the bear pried open to get in. Trooper photo

            The Alaska State Troopers, in consultation with the Fish and Game wildlife managers, shot a large problem bear in Bell's Flats on Sunday. Fish and Game biologist Larry Van Daele announced the shooting Wednesday morning.

            The 750-pound male bear had been scared off several times with non-lethal rounds and loud shots called "cracker shells," but kept coming back to the large "roll-on" Dumpster at Sargent Creek. Van Daele says the bear had started bending open the bear-resistant doors to the dumpster to get inside. A photograph supplied with the press release showed the bear peering out from inside. Van Daele said that he and the Troopers agreed the bear needed to be put down. It's the first problem bear shot in the Kodiak City area this summer.

            The bear was about 12-years old, but despite his age, this is the first year he has gotten into this kind of trouble. Van Daele suspects a slow and late berry season may have prompted the bear to find food in Dumpsters, and was rewarded well enough for his efforts that he kept coming back for the easy meals.

            Bears are seen frequently fishing in the small rivers in Bell's Flats, and Van Daele says there are more in that area, around the Coast Guard Base and the Buskin River that are getting easy meals from unsecured Dumpsters. He said Fish and Game is working closely with Alaska Waste to put bear-resistant dumpsters where they're needed, but he reminds residents that they only work if they are closed properly.

 
Aug 04 2010
Rising Island Necessitates Deepening Harbor Entrance PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

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100804.saint_paul_harbor.jpg            During the 1964 Earthquake, much of Kodiak Island sank. Residents discovered this after the series of earthquake-triggered tsunami's subsided and the high tide line was higher than it used to be. In some places, much higher. Downtown Kodiak is estimated to have subsided about six feet. But ever since then, the land mass has been rebounding, and now the Saint Paul Harbor entrance needs dredging.

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Aug 04 2010
FV Kodiak Going Green for Deadliest Catch PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

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fv_kodiak.jpg            Skipper Wild Bill Wichrowski is trying to green-up the operation of his boat, the F/V Kodiak, for part of this winter's Deadliest Catch season. It's part of a competition with the other skippers and boats on the Discovery Channel television show to see who can be the most environmentally conscious.

            One of the things Wild Bill is trying is a "catalyst injection system," which he reports has cleaned up his exhaust and saved him six gallons an hour of fuel on his large diesel main engines. The system, already used on larger vessels such as cruise ships and ocean-going tugs, is from Eco Emission Solutions of Seattle. Paul Masson is one of its vice presidents.

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Aug 04 2010
Latest Satellite Arrives for Narrow Cape Launch PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

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            A satellite scheduled to be launched from Narrow Cape has arrived in Kodiak. Ball Aerospace and Technologies of Colorado reports the "STP Sat-2," built for the U.S. Air Force, arrived here recently.

            In a written announcement, Ball said the satellite is the first spacecraft for the U.S. Department of Defense "Standard Interface Vehicle Program." It is scheduled for launch aboard a Minotaur 4 rocket in the fall.

            The STP Sat-2 spacecraft provides a standard platform that can be sent into space using a variety of rockets.

            Ball Aerospace President and CEO David Taylor says the small satellite is robust, and provides a "flexible solution for a variety of customer mission needs," including missile warning, Earth-remote sensing, and situational awareness.

            Ball also said work was continuing on a second satellite that will host four Department of Defense experimental payloads. Where it will be launched from was not announced.

 
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