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Dec 18 2014
Maritime Museum Seeks to Light Up Kodiak's Harbors
Thursday, 18 December 2014

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    The second annual Harbor Lights Festival is coming up Saturday night, at both St. Herman and St. Paul harbors, as well as an indoor component at the Harbor Convention center. KMXT's Jay Barrett spoke with Kodiak Maritime Museum Executive Director Toby Sullivan about what folks can expect.

Dec 18 2014
Pollock Biomass Increases More Than Catch Limit
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
    Even though there's plenty of pollock in the water, the Bering Sea's biggest fishery won't get too much bigger in 2015. 
    There will be 1.31 million metric tons of pollock up for harvest next year. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved that limit at a meeting in Anchorage this weekend. It's a three percent increase over the current allocation.
    It would have been safe to bump that even higher. Research has shown that the biomass of pollock in the Bering Sea is growing. But the council had to balance that against a range of fisheries -- and keep the total harvest under 2 million metric tons.
    There will be major boosts: The amount of Atka mackerel that’s up for grabs in the western Aleutian Islands next year will be ten times greater than in 2014. The catch limit for octopus is also set to increase.
    But there will be far less flatfish available next year, and the Pacific cod limit will drop by about 7,000 metric tons.
    Pollock is in high demand overseas, but Alaska is not the only supplier. And it's not the only fishery that's set to grow next year. Russia has approved a ten percent increase in pollock catch in the Sea of Okhotsk. That harvest is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council -- just like Alaska’s.
Dec 16 2014
No Mention of Kodiak in Preliminary Capital Budget
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    As  you've heard, Governor Walker's preliminary capital budget – that's the one that includes money for projects around the state – is currently a stripped down work in progress. In fact, if you go the state Office of Management and Budget page, it says that, with big bold letters saying “This budget is not endorsed by Governor Walker.”
    But, he had to submit something by Monday's deadline.
    And while the operating budget that former Governor Parnell compiled before he left office was left largely unchanged for the early submission deadline – just two weeks after Walker took office – the capital budget did get some editing. Some heavy editing.
    In fact, the word “Kodiak” does not even appear in the capital budget.
    That doesn't mean there aren't any projects for House District 32, which includes Kodiak, as well as Seldovia and Cordova. There is $15.5-million of federal pass-through transportation funds marked for two projects. $10-million for the Yakutat airport and $5.5-million for erosion control on the Chiniak Highway.
    Walker's office emphasizes this is a very preliminary, work-in-progress, and of course the State House and Senate will both have their say on what projects the precious few available state funds might be budgeted.
Dec 16 2014
Teachers Could Use a Hand Moving Over Xmas Break
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    As Christmastime nears, so does the much-anticipated Christmas break for  students. But while school kids will be getting a couple weeks off to relax between semesters, the teachers at Kodiak High School will be busy moving their classrooms to the new “tower,” as the four-story addition is called. 
    At last night's Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Stuart McDonald said the school district will receive the keys to the building just as the Christmas break begins.
    “And what that means is we'll have to spend the holiday break actually doing the physical relocation, and moving all the way until school starts up again with students January 6th.”
    And, McDonald added, speaking of moving in, McDonald added, “We'll still be looking for volunteers to check in with the high school to see if anybody is interested helping teachers pack or any such thing.”
    Once classes have been moved to the tower, work can concentrate on the next phase of the project, which includes a new entrance on the southwest corner.
Dec 16 2014
Serene Photo from Familiar Spot Wins ASMI Contest
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
"Alitak" by Glenn Seavers 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A photograph taken from a spot familiar to anyone in Kodiak who's ever taken a few minutes to watch the fishing boats go by from the spit near Oscar's Dock has taken top honors in the photographs of boats in the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's annual photography contest.
    The image shows the fishing vessel Alitak bathed in a golden winter light as it navigates the channel outside the entrance to Saint Paul Harbor. 
    The photo was taken by Glenn Seavers. Another, taken by Hailey Thomspon took first place in the “Throwback Photo” division. Other categories include best scenic, humor, fish, family or kid, and best action photo. Marie Gunderson of Sand Point won the grand prize with her artistic photo of a fish eye.
    We've got the photo of the Alitak on our website, KMXT.org. You can see the rest at PhotoContest.AlaskaSeafood.org. 
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