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May 14 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Coming up this week, summer salmon fishing gears up with Copper River's first opening; cannery bosses in Unalaska are handling the state's new, higher minimum wage by raising the rent they charge folks who come up and stay in their bunkhouses; and we get get a preview of the Yukon salmon season. We had help from KCHU's Marcia Lynn reporting from Cordova, KUCB's Annie Ropeik, who, I'm sad to report is moving back east after nearly two years of outstanding work in Unalaska, and, KNOM's Matthew Smith in Nome. 

May 13 2015
Electrical Problem Turns Ravn Flight Around
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
A Ravn Alaska de Havilland Dash-8 taxiing in Anchorage. Photo FlightAware 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The afternoon Ravn Alaska flight Tuesday from Anchorage to Kodiak was turned around when a warning light went off in the cockpit indicating an electrical problem.

“A caution light went on indicating that there was a failed inverter, which is basically like a fuse. And based on the location of where they were in-flight, it made the most sense to turn around and land in Anchorage,” Ravn's spokesperson Charlotte Sieggreen said. “It was a quick fix and the plane was up and running in a couple of hours.”

Some passengers stated on Friends of Kodiak that they saw and smelled acrid smoke, but saw no flames. The plane returned to Anchorage without incident.

Chris Shaver, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board in Anchorage, said the pilots handled the situation according to proper procedures.

“We just received a notification that one of the Ravn flights had a smoke indication, smell of smoke in the cockpit, and had returned for a landing in Anchorage,” Shaver said. “Shortly afterwards we contacted Ravn and spoke with their safety team and their maintenance directors and found out basically it was a malfunction in one of the electrical devices. They turned that device off when they smelled the smoke and the smoke went away immediately.”

Shaver said the incident didn't rise to the level where the NTSB would start a formal investigation and considers the matter closed.

Flight 890 is flown by a twin-turboprop de Havilland Dash-8, which departs Anchorage daily at around 2 p.m. for Kodiak. 
May 12 2015
Talk of the Rock - West Side Stories
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

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On Talk of the Rock today, the Baranof Museum's Anjuli Grantham tells us about the multi-media project she's spearheading about the history of Kodiak Island's West Side. She's joined by her collaborators, Toby Sullivan, Brianna Petersen, and Tiffany Brunson.

May 12 2015
Discovering Kodiak - The Island and The Plane
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
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The "Discover Kodiak" slogan used by Quest Aircraft. via the web 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
What you find when you type in “Discover Kodiak” into a web browser are links to the the Kodiak organization that promotes the island to visitors. And that's the way the folks at the Kodiak Convention and Visitors Bureau – better known as Discover Kodiak – like it.

But in the last couple of weeks, people have been pointing out to them a new Kodiak discovery – an ad campaign by Quest Aircraft of Sand Point, Idaho, which uses the very same tag line to sell its lone product, the Kodiak aircraft.

Chastity McCarthy, Discover Kodiak's executive director, said she didn't think it was a “huge ordeal” that Quest was also using the phrase.

“But several people brought it to my attention and so it seemed like an issue to address,” McCarthy said. “I contacted their public relations department and a lady named Julie was very helpful, and basically just said, 'We're sorry, we didn't mean to steal your tag line. We'll change it.'”

McCarthy said the phrase is trademarked by the KICVB, and that the folks at Quest Aircraft will likely change their tag line to “Discover THE Kodiak” to differentiate from the Kodiak visitor industry champions.

And while some things get named Kodiak because of the brown bears, McCarthy said she was told the airplane makers were thinking of the island.

“And they actually named their airplane the Kodiak after Kodiak Island,” McCarthy said. “It turns out their organization comes up to Kodiak pretty often to check out the scenery, and the media lady Julie was like, 'I'm the only one in the company who hasn't been up there, and hopefully I get to come soon.”

McCarthy said Quest Aircraft will contact her once the board of directors has finalized the slogan change, expected in a couple weeks.

The Kodiak aircraft is a relatively new design. It is a 10-passenger single turboprop plane meant to serve the same roles as such aging craft as the de Haviland Beaver. Designed for bush flying on short and unimproved runways the Kodiak can also be used on floats.
May 12 2015
Berns Takes Place on PWSRCAC Board
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A Kodiak Island woman was elected to the executive committee of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council at its annual board meeting in Valdez last week.

Melissa Berns of Old Harbor represents the Kodiak Island Mayors Association. She's new to the RCAC, replacing Emil Christiansen, according to RCAC spokesman Steve Rothchild. 

Berns holds one of three seats designated for the Kodiak area on the advisory council. Fish and Game biologist Wayne Donaldson replaced Jane Eiseman in January as the City of Kodiak representative, and Al Burch remains the long-time Kodiak Island Borough representative.

The newly elected executive committee includes; Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez, as president, Thane Miller of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation as vice president, Orson Smith, from the City of Seward, as treasurer and Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition, as secretary.

Old Harbor's Berns is one of three at-large members, which also includes Robert Archibald from Homer and Patience Andersen-Faulkner representing Cordova District Fisherman United.

The Prince William Sound RCAC was formed after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to promote environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and the oil tankers that transit the area. Kodiak is also a member of the Cook Inlet RCAC, which has the same mission regarding the oil and gas industry there. 
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