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Mar 17 2015
Sitka Herring Fishermen Going on Notice Wednesday
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishing file photo. Rachel Waldholz/KCAW photo 
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The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be on 2-hour notice starting 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced Monday afternoon.

A test sample taken from a body of herring west of Black Rock showed about 7% mature roe, which is low for the commercial fishery. But the Department said that percentage could rise rapidly over the next few days as less mature herring separate out from those ready to spawn.

Fish and Game also conducted an aerial survey of Sitka Sound Monday morning, and reported herring predators concentrated in the areas west and south of Crow Island and Bieli Rock.

This year’s fishery is being conducted as a co-op in response to historically low prices for herring. As a result, Sitka is expecting a much smaller fleet than in recent years. 
Mar 16 2015
KEA Incumbents Speculate on Dearth of Candidates
Monday, 16 March 2015
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KEA incumbent candidates Stosh Anderson, Michael Brechan and Cliff Davidson. KEA photo 
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The Kodiak Electric Association will welcome three of its board members back into the fold this April. The three candidates are all incumbents with no one to challenge their places on the Board of Directors. Michael C. Brechan, who has served 27 years on the board, finds this encouraging.

"I'd have to say that they're pretty happy with the way things are going in the utility, because if they weren't, people would run to change things," he said.

Chairman Cliff Davidson credits the board and its impact on the community.   

"We have a very interesting board. A very hard working board,” he said. “'Course, the fact that we've not had to raise the price of our energy for almost, I think maybe 15 years, is also I think one reason people think, well, we've better keep these guys around."

Secretary/Treasurer Stosh Anderson agreed, saying, “I think we've done very well as far as keeping energy costs low and been very progressive on the renewable energy front."

The deadline for KEA members to mail in their ballots is Friday, April 17th.  KEA will announce the results at the 73rd Annual Membership meeting the next Monday, April 20th.  
Mar 16 2015
Budget Priorities Get First Look at School Board Meeting Tonight
Monday, 16 March 2015
Kodiak Island Borough building where the Board of Education meeting will take place. Kayla Desroches/KMXT 
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The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education will be discussing the Fiscal Year 2016 budget at tonight's regular meeting, as well as the the potential purchase of over a half-million-dollars in new computer equipment. 

Members will hear from a Citizen Budget Advisory Committee that has been meeting for the last four weeks reviewing the FY 16 budget priorities and program offerings, followed by a presentation of preliminary budget scenarios for the next fiscal year.

The board will also vote on the purchase of 420 Macbook Pros, 200 iPads and 40 Mac Minis to replace five-year-old computers that have reached the end of their institutional life. The purchase order, heavy with educational discounts, amounts to $589,854.34.

Superintendent Stewart McDonald also says that students will be addressing the school board at tonight's meeting.

“We have over 80 students involved in project-based learning. From nano-agriculture to studies on collecting some of the radioactive material that came over from the Japanese tsunami debris. A earth-science type project that's working with NOAA and the America Bridge.”

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live here on KMXT.

There are many more items on the agenda, and if you'd like to view it, you can find it here.
Mar 13 2015
Assembly, P&Z Hash Out Way Forward in Code Process
Friday, 13 March 2015
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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Planning and Zoning Commission met Thursday night in a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, though it had special significance since the recent code revision project was halted by a P-and-Z vote last month.

"And just to be clear at the last public meeting they adopted a motion to postpone indefinitely the code update. And in the packet they have a memo from director Bob Peterson, and he basically stated that this motion ends the pending code updates as they were presented,” said Borough Manager Bud Cassidy. “So your discussion tonight really is how you want to proceed, and you've asked the commission here tonight to discuss that very topic."

P-and-Z Commissioner Scott Arndt said it was never made clear to him what was wrong with the existing zoning and land use code.

"I would really like to see what the problems have been with the existing code over the years that have brought this about. I know there are some problems but I can't pinpoint them all, and I would like to see us direct staff to start preparing that as to preceded in this code change,” Arndt said. “And as some of the members have spoke to the public, there are certain pieces of the proposed codes that I could see in actually helping the public, but there was much of it that just wasn't acceptable."

Assemblyman Larry LeDoux said the borough code is designed to help residents to live together, and if it doesn't make any sense then it is a worthless document.

"I really believe the process should begin with 'what is the problem?' That is, what's the problem with our current code. And I don't mean the big code – I mean individual issues. And you answer that question with data,” LeDoux said. “What do we have to tell us the current code, or a certain section of the code, is not working? That could be complaints from the public, it could be letters, it could be something that's happening. So no change should occur unless there's a reason for that change."

In wrapping up the work session, Mayor Jerol Friend told the audience that the ball is in the P-and-Z's court and the assembly will act once it hears back from the commission formally.

"So just to summarize here what direction is for us. First we're going to let P-and-Z meet and discuss the motion they adopted. Then P-and-Z will probably write a memo and submit it back to the assembly, so we actually don't have to have another meeting, you guys can kind of give us the gist of what you want,” the mayor said. “The assembly will review and take it into consideration and then will adopt by motion direction for the assembly. Tasking P-and-Z with however we would like that wording to come up; that is the direction I got out of this tonight."

The Planning and Zoning Commission's next regular meeting is slated for next Wednesday night. 
Mar 12 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 12 March 2015

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Coming up this week, we have more fishery forecasts for you, the Legislature says no to a sanctuary in the Aleutians, and the Sitka Board of Fisheries meeting is the meeting that just keeps on giving. All that, and what's Wrangell's waterfront going to look like after a few million is spent spiffing it up? We had help from KCAW's Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer and KSTK's Katarina Sostaric in Wrangell. 

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