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Jan 15 2009
Heavy Rain Keeps City Crews Busy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2009

090115.seliefculverts.jpgCity crews pack up after alleviating the minor flooding on the north side of Selief Lane Thursday morning. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo.

 

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            Heavy rain, snow-melt and frozen ground contributed to some minor flooding around town. Kodiak City Engineer Howard Weston said city crews were kept very busy, starting Wednesday night and into today (Thursday).

            He said with the ground frozen from the recent deep freeze, the rain was not able to soak in, and instead, all of it became runoff. He said usually a third or more of the rainfall is absorbed into the ground.

            There was a small landslide above the road into Gibson Cove, and yards of homes on the north side of Selief Lane got flooded after the culverts under their driveways couldn't handle the volume. Weston said it's a long standing problem, since the homes were built at a level lower than the creek that used to run through there, which is now mostly a drainage ditch between driveways. He said about seven or eight years ago the small, one-foot culverts were replaced by the city with four-foot culverts, and it has greatly reduced the frequency of the flooding there.

           A city fire department pumper truck was called in and the Coast Guard loaned the city a large dewatering pump to alleviate the build up of water in the ditches. By 11 a.m., all the yards were dry, though the culverts were operating at maximum capacity.

 
Jan 15 2009
Kodiak Tanner Season Delayed by Weather PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2009

 

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            Due to a National Weather Service marine weather forecast issued at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning that includes gale warnings, tank inspections and the Tanner crab fisheries opening in the Northeast and Eastside sections of the Kodiak District will be delayed for at least 24 hours. A follow up announcement Thursday extended the delay.

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Jan 15 2009
Cook Inlet Oil Platform Service Ship in Peril PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2009

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            An oil platform supply vessel is in trouble in Cook Inlet. The 166-foot ship the Monarch sent out a mayday call at 5:51 this morning, saying it was taking on water. It was tied up to the Granite Point oil platform in upper Cook Inlet, about 45 miles southwest of Anchorage.

            Coast Guard reports vary, but the Monarch is either partially or fully submerged. The crew of seven was safely evacuated to the oil platform.

            The Nikiski-based tug Vigilant is on the scene, and the Homer-based cutter Hickory is en route. Coast Guard marine safety detachment personnel from Kenai is also on the way.

            A Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Kodiak has been sent to observe the situation, and helicopters will follow when the weather permits.

            The Monarch is carrying about 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel, but no spill has been reported.

            With the recent cold, upper Cook Inlet has seen heavy icing, and the Coast Guard is reporting ice around the platform.

 
Jan 14 2009
EVOS Tax Planning Vital PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009

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          In September, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens of Alaska won Senate approval of legislation that gave plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case the ability to increase retirement contributions and provide them tax relief. Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby, who is also an enrolled tax agent to practice before the IRS, offered tax advice during Monday's Chamber Luncheon for people who may have received money from the settlement.

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Jan 13 2009
Morning Jet to Kodiak Grounded After Icy Landing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 January 2009

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            The morning Alaska Airlines jet into Kodiak Tuesday was grounded after the pilots maxed out the engines trying to get it stopped on the extremely icy runway. 

            Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Caroline Boren in Seattle said the flight crew found the runway was far slipperier than the airport had led them to expect.

            The airport is on the Kodiak Coast Guard base, and the Coast Guard fire department responded, but after determining there was no emergency, they returned to their station.

            Boren said the pilots were able to get the plane stopped by the time they reached the end of runway 36, which terminates on the bank of the Buskin River, by using maximum power on the engines' reverse thrusters.

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            A passenger who asked not to be identified said the plane veered away from the centerline of the runway into the snow and slush, and he could see it showering the windows of the jet. He said when the plane came to a stop it was on the side of the runway in the snow. The pilots were able to dislodge the plane without help. The passenger praised the pilots for making the best landing they could, given the conditions.

            The plane, a 737-400 with 34 passengers and five crew aboard, taxied under its own power to the terminal, but Alaska Airlines decided to ground the plane to check for damage from using maximum reverse thrust. The return flight to Anchorage was cancelled, but another airplane has been put on the Kodiak route, and Boren says the schedule should be back to normal now. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

            Maintenance workers were seen inside the intake of the engines during the afternoon. There's a possibility that while at full throttle and off the side of the runway, the engines ingested foreign objects.

            Boren said it might take up to several days to get mechanics to Kodiak and check out the aircraft. No injuries were reported.

 

 
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