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Apr 11 2014
Fish and Game Ramping Up King Salmon Study PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014

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    As part of the State of Alaska’s effort to better track king salmon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is requiring off-shore anglers to keep the head and tail on any kings they catch until they get back to Kodiak. Donn Tracy, the Kodiak Area Sportsfish Management Biologist, explains the emergency order to retain the head and tails of king salmon are to facilitate measuring the fishes’ length, obtain a scale sample, and to find a coded wire tag embedded in the heads of some of the kings when they were small. Those fish can be identified because their adipose fins have been clipped.
    He said Fish and Game will have employees circulating through all of Kodiak’s public docks and out on the base, to meet sport anglers when they return.
    Tracy says about 7,000 king salmon are caught by sport anglers in Kodiak Island waters, but he’s not expecting to get samples from all of them, but said 1,000 or more would be great.
    He said the information collected will not be used for catch allocation – that Fish and Game is only interested in the genetic stock composition.
    The emergency order prohibiting de-heading kings goes into effect on May 31st. Tracy added that the fish can be gutted and cleaned onboard before returning to port to help preserve their freshness.

 
Apr 11 2014
Councilman Walker Joins House Race PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014

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           The race for House District 32 is shaping out to be a competitive one. This week Kodiak City Councilman Rich Walker announced his plans to run for the seat, which is currently held by Representative Alan Austerman.
           Austerman has not hinted at plans for a re-election, but last month his daughter, Borough Assemblywoman Carol Austerman, announced her intent to run, as has former Assemblywoman Louise Stutes.
           Walker enters the race amidst his second year on the city council.
           “And I’ve been part of the group of us that go down to Juneau every year and talk to our legislatures and all that and kind of see how the process is and try to get money for our projects in Kodiak. And after doing that I really thought that man I could do this job here. Being a project manager and dealing with government projects and a lot of the business side of my life dealt with communicating with people and sitting down and talking out different projects and how they’re going and money and I thought that was kind of a good fit.”
            If elected, Walker said he’d like to focus on making sure House District 32 gets the money it needs for infrastructure projects.
            “Water and sewer projects, roads, harbors for all of our coastal communities within District 32, which Kodiak is a part of now. And that’s where the money comes out of – Juneau. ”

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Apr 11 2014
City Ups Per Diem Rate For Employee Travels PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014

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           It was one of the Kodiak City Council’s quicker meetings of the year last night. Council members breezed through the agenda, which included a resolution to change the city’s per diem payment policy. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the current per diem rate of $45 a day to anyone traveling on city business is an outdated amount. 
            “It’s been that rate for many years and it certainly costs more to buy meals when we’re traveling and so forth.”
            Kniaziowski said the resolution before the council last night would replace that rate with the federal per diem rate.
            “And when we know when you’re ready to travel or a city employee is ready to travel we go to the federal website and find out what the rate is for that city at that time of the year and then use that rate, which is surely much more than $45 a day.”
            That resolution passed unanimously, as did a resolution that adds a language to the city’s funding criteria for non-profit grants. 
            “That will allow those non-profits that may have a special one time only need for a project to be funded, they can describe its need, what it’s supposed to accomplish, when they expect to complete it and the timeline and target dates and so forth.”
             The council also approved a handful of public property use permits to various organizations around town for fundraisers that are set to take place in the coming months.
             The council’s next regular meeting is on April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

 
Apr 10 2014
Coast Guard Investigator Testifies in CommSta Murder Trial PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Coast Guard investigator says murder suspect James Wells had time to leave the Kodiak communications station, switch cars and drive home after shooting two co-workers.
    Special Agent Aaron Woods testified Thursday that he recreated the scenario himself by driving from the communications station to Wells' home within the time allotted. The case is being tried in Anchorage Federal Court.
    Wells, a civilian employee of the Coast Guard, is charged with murder in the deaths of retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle and Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins.
    Wells claims he was late to work on April 12, 2012, because he had to change a soft tire. Security video recorded him passing the main Coast Guard base and returning 34 minutes later.
    Woods says a one-way trip from the CommSta to Wells' home can be made in about 13 minutes, which would have been enough time for Wells to commit the crime.

 
Apr 10 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014

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Coming up this week, fisheries in the far west may see less restrictions after another look at what’s causing the Steller sea lion decline in the Aleutians, they’re going to give seining for pollock a try around Kodiak, and what it’s like smack in the middle of the barely controlled frenzy that is a Sitka Sound sac roe herring opening, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.

 
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