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Nov 07 2014
Aleutians Prep for Potentially Historic Storm
Friday, 07 November 2014
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Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
The Aleutian and Pribilof Islands are no stranger to strong winds and rough seas. And that's exactly what they can expect Friday, when a high-powered storm hits the Bering Sea. 
There's no doubt that the low-pressure system charging across the Pacific Ocean right now is massive. And if it reaches its full potential.
"This could be the strongest storm to hit the Bering [Sea] in possibly decades," said Dave Snider, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He's basing his judgment on barometric pressure, which should drop fast -- breaking a record low set in Unalaska in 1977. 
Besides that, though, the storm will follow a familiar pattern in the Bering Sea. 
As pressure drops, winds will gather to hurricane force. And without any land in the way to block them, the gusts will create large waves -- up to 50 feet on the open water.
Mariners are being asked not to take any chances.  
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Nov 07 2014
Hickey Remains as Borough Lobbyist
Friday, 07 November 2014

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          Just days after many Alaska legislators were voted into office, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously approved a contract for a Juneau lobbyist during the upcoming legislative session.
           During last night’s regular meeting, the contract for lobbyist Mark Hickey was approved, along with a $5,000 pay increase. Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said Hickey has been the borough’s lobbyist for 14 years, and has received the same salary of $40,000 for eight years. He said his work has been truly effective in Juneau and believed the raise was warranted.
           “He is probably highly endorsed by Senator Gary Stevens and by Representative Austerman, I think past and present assembly members who have worked with him have found him to be real approachable and very professional. I think we’ll probably see the need for his value more this year with potentially a new governor, probably a bunch of new agency folks as well if there is a new governor and Kodiak has a freshman legislator as well, Mr. Hickey is familiar with her.”   

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Nov 07 2014
Alaska Writer Documents Life at Sea
Friday, 07 November 2014

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          Kodiak is no stranger to tales from the sea and many folks have their own to tell. One Alaskan writer is sharing some of his own tales with his recently published book, Dead Reckoning.
           Dave Atcheson came to Alaska more than 30 years ago for an experience that now serves as the foundation of his new memoir.
           “I was 19 when I got here and went commercial fishing aboard a boat with a crotchety old skipper. And he needed two deck hands two days before the season started – and that should have been a clue that it probably wasn’t the best situation. But I did, I fell in love with Alaska and knew this was the place for me, even though it was a very trying summer onboard that boat.”   
           Atcheson worked in various commercial fisheries for about 15 years and said he always knew he wanted to write about his experiences. He kept detailed journals and finally decided to make something of the material.

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Nov 06 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 06 November 2014

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Coming up this week, what Tuesday's election means for Alaska's seafood plants, there'll soon be a nice new place to park your boat when visiting Sitka, and how to make co-management work? All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUCB's Annie Ropeik and Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, Fish Radio's Laine Welch in Kodiak, Coast Alaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Sitka, KYUK's Charles Enoch in Bethel and KBBI's Quinton Chandler in Homer. 

 
Nov 06 2014
Remnants of Typhoon Nuri Takes Aim at SW Alaska
Thursday, 06 November 2014
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
What could become the largest storm ever measured in northern waters has prompted the U.S, Coast Guard to deploy helicopters and a cutter nearer the Bering Sea.
Tropical Storm – once Typhoon – Nuri is barreling down on the Aleutian Islands on its way to the Bering Sea. Effects could be felt in Gulf of Alaska waters as well, where a storm and gale warnings are in effect. 
Storm Warnings cover much of the Aleutians, with a Hurricane Warning in effect over Shemya and Attu in the far western Aleutians. 
Captain Joseph Deer, chief of incident command for the Coast Guard's 17th District, says he is encouraging all mariners to take appropriate safety precautions, such as finding a safe harbor or take shelter on the leeward side of an island.
Storm estimates by the National Weather Service are predicting winds in the Aleutians and Bering Sea of over 100 mph with seas 50-feet or more. Over the weekend, Nuri was a Category 5 typhoon with sustained winds of 180 mph.
In preparation for the storm, the Coast Guard has forward deployed an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew to a forward operating location in Cold Bay and notified the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, currently patrolling near Dutch Harbor,, to stand by to assist mariners.
The National Weather Service says that when the storm runs into the cold air and higher pressure in the Bering Sea,  the center of the storm could see record-breaking low pressure. The current lowest pressure in that region was recorded in 1977 in Dutch Harbor at 925 millibars. The all-time record for low pressure in northern waters was set in 1993 in the North Atlantic, with a measurement of 913 millibars. 
The Weather Service says the storm is expected to hit Friday afternoon and persist through Saturday.
Unless it tracks further east than the Weather Service is predicting, the storm is not expected to have major impacts on Kodiak Island or the Gulf Alaska. 
 
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