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NOAA Fisheries taking comments on Gulf Rationalization. What do you think?

The LegHead Report

legheadreport.jpg LegHead (ledj-hed) Report weekdays at 12:20 p.m.

Fish Radio with Laine Welch

 Weekdays at 12:20 p.m.

Galley Tables

Burn ban in effect Borough wide
Due to current dry and windy conditions, there is a borough-wide burn ban in effect. No incinerator or open burning is allowed at this time.
Jun 09 2015
Austerman Replacement Process Opens in July
Tuesday, 09 June 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak Island Borough clerk's office has laid out the procedure for filling a soon-to-be vacant seat on the assembly. Assemblywoman Carol Austerman resigned last Thursday, but it won't become effective until the end of the month.

That means the borough can't start advertising the open seat or start accepting applications until July 3rd. The application period would last two weeks, or until Friday, July 17th.

The timeline proposed by the clerk suggests July 23rd as a possible date to interview applicants for the seat at a special work session, with a special meeting immediately following for the assembly to vote on and appoint a new colleague, and administer the oath of office.

Whoever is chosen will have their first meeting at the July 30th work session and serve until the October Municipal Election is certified, where the remaining year of Austerman's uncompleted term will be on the ballot. 

In 2016, that seat will again return to the regular three-year cycle of elections. 
Jun 09 2015
Another Crawdaddy Found in Buskin
Tuesday, 09 June 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
There's somewhat of a slow motion invasion of a fresh water crustacean happening in Buskin River and Buskin Lake. It has a hard shell, two claws and tastes great in pies. 

“Crawdads, crawfish, crayfish, it all depends where you grew up,” says Blythe Brown of the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District. 

The most recent crawdad to be captured was turned in this week by a Coast Guardsman who found it in the Buskin River. It measured seven-inches long. 
If you happen to find one, contact Brown. If you come across a lot of them, you can always try the suggestions here: (http://www.cajuncrawfish.com/how-to-boil-crawfish.htm) 
Jun 09 2015
Talk of the Rock - Sen. Gary Stevens Discusses Legislative Logjam
Tuesday, 09 June 2015

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Kodiak Senator Gary has been in the Alaska Legislature for over a decade and has never seen a financial morass such as the one that faces Alaska today. In this Talk of the Rock interview he expresses his optimism that the House and the Senate will agree on a budget that will avoid a shutdown of state government at the end of June and that Erin's Law will be passes in an acceptable form. He also talks about how he fell out of favor in the Republican party over his stance against SB21, which restructured the state's oil tax. 

Jun 08 2015
Sen. Stevens: SB21 Stance Precipitated Fall From Leadership
Monday, 08 June 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
For two sessions, or four years, Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens was the Alaska Senate President. Before that he served as majority leader and rules chair under Senator Lyda Green. During both of those periods the Senate was a coalition of moderates, with all of the Democrats and most of the Republicans joining in. 

After re-apportionment redrew the election map, the 10-10 tie between the parties shifted Republican and the coalition fell apart under more conservative leadership – for two years under Senate President Charlie Huggins and this current session under President Kevin Meyers. 

In that time Stevens was first given chairmanship of the Education Committee for two years, but had no committee assignments this year, instead being appointed to lead the Legislative Council, which tends to the House and Senate's business while out of session.

During a conversation recorded for Tuesday's Talk of the Rock, KMXT's Jay Barrett asked Senator Stevens if he felt he was being shuffled aside by the more conservative leadership in the Senate.
Jun 08 2015
NOAA Sends Two Ships to the Arctic
Monday, 08 June 2015


NOAA leaders gathered Monday, June 8, 2015, to salute the crews of the research vessels Fairweather and Rainier (below) before they depart from Kodiak for the Arctic. From left to right, Dr. Russell Callender, acting assistant administration, NOAA National Ocean Service; Vice Admiral Michael Devany, deputy under secretary for operations; NOAA Commander Edward Van Den Ameele, commanding officer of NOAA Ship Rainier; Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey. Photos Ben Sherman/NOAA  

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