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It's getting closer and closer and schedules are getting tighter and tighter so this week the folks at APRN are adding an additional episode of Talk of Alaska so we can all be a little bit more knowledgeable when it's time to fill in the dots. The Governor makes his appearance Tuesday morning and the challenger, Bill Walker, makes his appearance Wednesday morning. Both live at 10am Tuesday and Wednesday this week (and both being repeated the same evening at 9pm on HD3)
 
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Aug 15 2014
Coast Guard Breaks Ground On New Housing
Friday, 15 August 2014

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From left to right: Lars Wagner, the project manager for Perini Construction, Vice Admiral Charles Ray, the commander of Coast Guard Pacific, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Captain Jeffrey Westling, the commander of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, participate in the groundbreaking for new housing on the Coast Guard base in Kodiak.  Brianna Gibbs/Photo

 

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           During a well-timed break in the rain yesterday, dozens of Coast Guardsmen, civilians, politicians and construction workers gathered at large grassy field on base. The area is the site of future  Coast Guard housing, and yesterday’s gathering was the groundbreaking for the 18-month project. The end result will be 20, three-bedroom houses in the form of 10 duplexes. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs was at yesterday’s groundbreaking and filed this report.

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Aug 14 2014
Haines Seeks Re-Election in Far-From-Crowded Race
Thursday, 14 August 2014

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    There will be at least one name on the ballot for Kodiak City Council during October’s election. Until today (Thursday), no one had declared their candidacy for either of the open seats on the city council.
    Councilman Terry Haines turned in his petition for re-election this morning, and it was certified by City Clerk Deb Marlar.
    Haines said he’s seen fellow councilman Randy Bishop collecting signatures on his petition to appear on the ballot, but as of noon, it had not been turned in or certified.
    The deadline to file for a city council seat – or any of the Kodiak Island Borough election races – is 4:30 Friday afternoon.

 
Aug 14 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 14 August 2014

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Coming up this week, a Kotzebue man is cited for wasting salmon while two Unalaska cannery workers are charged with air pollution. Canadians could use some positive fishery news, and is the newest nightspot in Alaska’s top fishing port destined to become “an old-man fisherman bar”? And that’s all for this week’s edition of the Alaska Fisheries Report. We couldn’t have done it without the help of KNOM Nome, KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal and Annie Ropeik in Unalaska and KUAC’s Emily Schwing in Fairbanks.

 
Aug 14 2014
Ferry Officers Reject State's Offer
Thursday, 14 August 2014

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    The licensed captains and officers who operate Alaska Marine Highway System vessels have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the state.
    The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots voted down the proposal by mail-in ballot. Union representative Ron Bressette says the votes were counted last week.
    “I’ve been a member of the Masters, Mates and Pilots since 1992, worked out on the ferries myself and up until now we’ve never rejected a tentative agreement. So this is a first for me.”
    Bressette declined to say whether the vote was close or if an overwhelming majority of members were opposed to the deal. MMP represents about 100 Alaska Marine Highway workers, including captains, chief, second and third mates and pilots.
    Union leaders had recommended approval of the deal, reached June 29, a day before the workers' old contract expired. Bressette says many members were frustrated that the agreement included no pay increase in the first year, a 1 percent raise in 2015 and a 2 percent increase in 2016. Second mates would also get a 3 percent raise in year two.
     “They feel that the wage increases that we negotiated were not adequate.”
    Bressette hopes to meet with state officials Friday to discuss what to do next. Options range from negotiating a new agreement to binding arbitration. He won’t rule out members going on strike.
     “We’re making the preliminary steps to be ready to go on strike, you know, start the planning process and that. That option is available to us.”
    Department of Administration Spokesman Andy Mills says the state’s negotiating team is looking forward to hearing union members’ concerns and figuring out the best way forward.
     “Obviously when both sides are having a negotiation at a table, I don’t think either side takes anything completely off the table. But I don’t actually think we’re that far apart. It’s about polling the members and finding out what are those differences.”
    The other two unions representing Alaska ferry workers also have tentative agreements with the state. The Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific will tally its members’ votes on August 26. The Marine Engineers Beneficial Association has not yet mailed ballots to its members.

 
Aug 14 2014
Begich Advocates For New Coast Guard Cutters
Thursday, 14 August 2014

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           U.S. Senator Mark Begich was in town last week on a campaign swing. The Alaska democrat is seeking re-election this year and opened a campaign office on the island. Begich also stopped by KMXT to talk about a handful of topics important to the Kodiak community, including plans for the Coast Guard.
           Kodiak is home to the largest Coast Guard base in the country and Begich chairs the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. He said he’s worked hard to make sure funds are going toward new cutters and maintaining old ones.
            “Two years ago we passed a bill that actually put some money toward the first stage of planning for a new ice breaker, but we also made sure there was money for the Polar Sea and Polar Star to make sure those ships continue to get renovated and operational. Because the Coast Guard wanted to get rid of those and we thought, those are two strong hulls that should just be renovated – spend $60 million on one and  upwards to $80 million or more on the other one, but the end result is these new ice breakers can cost $700 plus million so it’s very cheap to take care of those first two, which we’re in the process of doing. One we’ve already done, one we’re about to start the next planning stage of revamping it.” 
               While money is put aside for planning and building a new ice breaker, Begich said there certainly isn’t enough and that will be a challenge for future years to make sure that project goes through.
                He said the Coast Guard bill also includes three new fast cutters for Southeast Alaska.

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