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Jan 29 2015
Study Explores Kodiak Fishermens' Feelings on Privatization PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A study by a University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professor attempted to gauge how Kodiak fishermen felt about the privatization of the fishery resource. As associate professor Courtney Carothers explains, the study sought to find out more than just if they liked privatization or not.
    “I was trying to understand also how people thought about privatization compared to other kinds changes in the community and then also looking at how people though about privatization in terms of its affects on individual and community well being.”
    Carothers said one of the main findings was that fishermen of all kinds, from the newest crewman to the biggest high-liner shared core values such as hard work, opportunity and fairness.
    “They tended to talk about how if you're able to work hard you should be able to achieve success in the fisheries. If you don't have a lot of money should be able access opportunities in fishing. People really value that as sort of a fundamental feature of fisheries. And also that fisheries should be fairly managed, and so if there's one group that seems to benefiting at the expense of others, people tended to think that was not appropriate for fisheries management.”
    She said that several people in the surveys and interviews said that privatization could be eroding the core values that so many of them share.
    “We didn't find any difference in terms of owners suggesting that privatization was really positive and crews saying it was really negative, we saw really similar results across all categories of fisheries participants and also across in terms of how long people had participated in the fishery. The only group that we found a little bit of difference was people who identified their primary fishery as pollock. In the survey we conducted, we did find a little bit more support for privatization in term of opinion questions we asked on the survey. That was one group that statistically varied from the other groups
    Beyond an almost universal belief that fisheries privatization is not ideal, Kodiak fishermen, like their counterparts elsewhere, were found to be pretty satisfied to be fishermen.
    “Many academics have studied this question and it shows really across the globe fishermen value being able to be their own bosses and to be able to be in control of their fishing operation, or their work if they're a crew, and so that in our study was also found to be high. People value that ability to be their own boss especially.”
    Carothers next study is the graying of the fleet, concentrating on Bristol Bay and again on Kodiak. 
Jan 28 2015
Small Generator Fouls Indoor Air with Carbon Monoxide PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Yesterday afternoon just before 1 p.m. Kodiak Fire Department personnel ere called to a home at 1215 Selief Lane on reports of engine exhaust coming from a home. Two firefighters with air tanks entered the home to find it had toxic levels of carbon monoxide.
    A resident, who Acting Fire Chief Jim Mullican didn't identify in his release, was found unconscious in a second floor bedroom and carried outside for transport to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Their current condition was not reported.
    Meanwhile, firefighters ventilated the home with fans and clearing the air. The source of the carbon monoxide was believed to be from a small gasoline-powered generator.
    Mullican said the incident is a good reminder to the public to check the carbon monoxide alarm in your home and to change the batteries twice a year. 
Jan 27 2015
Bars on State Ferries Closing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Leila Kheiry/KRBD
    The Alaska Marine Highway System is closing bars on state ferries, a move that state Department of Transportation officials say will save about $750,000 a year.
    According to a DOT, the ferry bars lose money every year, and closing them will help limit other potential reductions in service. Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the biggest savings will be in salaries, but no current employees will lose their jobs.
    “Crewmembers that work in the bars currently, they’ll be put in other positions. Then those positions woulnd’t be hired for the summer and then through the next winter.”
    Six state ferries have bar service: The Kennicott, the Matanuska, the Columbia, the Tustumena, the Malaspina and the Taku. The bar-closure dates will vary, depending on when they’re scheduled for their spring overhaul.
    Woodrow says bar lounges will be offered as additional general lounge areas. The bars themselves will be closed off, but not removed, in case the state decides to offer that service again in the future. 
    Even though the bars will be closed, passengers 21 and older will be able to purchase beer and wine in the cafeteria areas during scheduled meal service times. 
Woodrow says how that will work has not yet been determined.
    “That’s something the department is going to be working on as these ships enter into their overhaul status, they’ll be working on the ship and finding a safe place, but also a convenient place to be able to store the beer and wine so that when passengers are purchasing their meal, they also can purchase a beer or wine to go along with their meal.”
    Woodrow says the first ship due for an overhaul is the Kennicott in March. The last one is the Taku, which is scheduled for June.
Jan 27 2015
Teuber Named to U of A Board of Regents PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN
    Gov. Bill Walker has named four new members to the University of Alaska Board of Regents, including replacing one Kodiak resident with another.
    KANA President and CEO Andy Teuber of Kodiak chairs the Alaska Native Health Tribal Health Consortium. He replaced Patricia Jacobson, whose eight-year term was complete.
    Of the four new members, three hailed from Anchorage. Only one replacement comes from the big city. Sheri Buretta chairs the Chugach Alaska board of directors, and serves on the board of the Alaska Federation of Natives. 
    Lisa Parker was appointed from Soldotna, and she handles government affairs for the Apache Corporation, and oil and gas exploration company. She is a former planner for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. 
    Fairbanks gains a member with John Davies, a former state legislator who now works for the Cold Climate Housing Research Center.
    With four members, Fairbanks now has the most representation on the 11-person board. A spokesperson for the governor says the governor desired “more regional representation.” 
Jan 27 2015
Senator Taking 'Wait and See' Approach to KLC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Last week two members of the Alaska House urged Governor Bill Walker to sell off the Kodiak Launch Complex as part of the austerity measures to reduce state spending in light of plummeting oil prices. There has been no comment from Walker on the idea, proposed by Representatives Les Gara and Scott Kawasaki, Democrats from Anchorage and Fairbanks respectively, but Alaska Aerospace Corporation's budget was zeroed out in the governor's proposed budget released late last week.
    Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens says he isn't necessarily against the idea, but, "Is anybody interested in buying it? I don't know. Let's find that out. Maybe Lockheed or one of the launching companies would be. But at this point that has not been pursued."
    Stevens says that given the amount of investment that has gone into the Kodiak Launch Complex it should be allowed to continue if it still has a chance.
    "I guess what I'm concerned about is we've put so much money into it, the federal government has put so much money into it, if it can work, you shouldn't be pulling out of it. I know there's a lot of opposition to the rocket launch in Kodiak from several folks, but you just can't walk away from something that a lot of money has been put into."
    One way or another, Stevens says it won't be long before the future of the Kodiak Launch Complex - and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation - becomes clearer:
    "You know there's a possibility that it will work. We'll find out in the next few weeks if there's some contracts. There's one contract for 2015 to relaunch the rocket that caused the damage. They have received, are receiving the insurance funds to replace, to repair, to put it back to its normal condition. I guess the main issues is, is there some business with a medium size rocket? They'll have to enlarge the pad on which it sits, and there'll be some costs there. I think there are some plans, but whether it really works or not, we'll know soon."
    The suggestion to sell the KLC by Gara and Kawasaki was just that, and was not introduced in the legislature. And as far as Alaska Aerospace's budget being zeroed out, that was so far only in Governor Walker's proposed budget. Both the House and Senate will hammer out their version of the spending plan as the session goes on. 
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