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Jul 15 2014
Study Looks at Next Generation of Fishermen
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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           Kodiak is known worldwide as a fishing hub and in recent years has made a name for itself in the world of academic research. This summer the two are combining as one local grad student takes a closer look at the next generation of fishermen through her work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
            Graduate student Danielle Ringer was born in Homer, where her family was heavily involved in the fishing industry, and moved to Kodiak a number of years ago to work for Fish and Game. Since then she’s broadened her resume with work at the Alutiiq Museum and Kodiak Harbormaster’s Office, but decided to plunge back into her education this summer and study what she calls the “graying of the fleet.”
            “So basically the legislature has put out a call of concerns that are kind of addressing all Alaska coastal communities and one of those has been the graying of the fleet, which talks about in all Alaska commercial fisheries, that permit age, that number of the age of someone holding a commercial fishing license, that permit has been getting kind of up there. So the average age right now is 47 across the state.” 

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Jul 15 2014
Sun'aq Tribe to Study Airport Impact Mitigation
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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    As plans move forward with adding safety zones to the ends of the runways at Kodiak’s main airport, the Sun’aq Tribe has announced a study it will be leading on the effects of the extensions to the Buskin River. Federal money in the amount of $450,000 will fund the Buskin River Marine Zone Study.
    Work will begin this summer on extending two runways at Benny Benson State Airport 600 feet, including Runway 25, which ends at the mouth of the Buskin River. The Sun’aq study will seek to mitigate any lost fish habitat predicted by the project’s Environmental Impact Statement.
    Sun’aq biologist Tom Lance said the expansion project’s plan includes $2-million for purchase of high value land elsewhere in the archipelago for conservation, and a $200,000 grant to Fish and Game for its Buskin subsistence management plan.
    “That was the original mitigation they proposed. And then the Sun’aq Tribe said, wait, wait a minute. We think that’s fine to provide that kind of mitigation, but it doesn’t do us any good for us here at the Buskin River for subsistence users and Kodiak citizens who are members of the tribe. So that’s when the tribe went into government-to-government consultation with FAA.”
    As a result of that consultation, the FAA is providing the extra $450,000, channeled through the Alaska Department of Transportation, for Sun’aq’s mitigation study.
    “It’s the most important subsistence fishing area for tribal members. Granted, a lot of people fish around the island, but these resources – they’re not making any more of them, so we’ve got to protect the ones that we have.”
    Lance says the five-year plan will look at changes to the seafloor, currents and the fresh water mixing zone where the Buskin River dumps into the harbor, as well as any changes subsistence fishermen might have to make in order to stay on the fish.
    “Then somebody could take our study and say, ‘Well, based on the evidence now we need to either fixing what was lost, through some sort of habitat enhancement perhaps. Or, we may look at the information that was collected and say, ‘Gee, there’s no discernable impact.’”
    Lance said he hopes to have the grant money in hand by the end of the month, and then issue a request for proposals for contractors to assist in the five-year study. He said the Sun’aq Tribe will make the data from the Buskin River Marine Zone Study publicly available online.

 
Jul 14 2014
Reel History: Benny Benson and Live Mariachi
Monday, 14 July 2014

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           Hello, I’m Al Asuncion, an intern at KMXT as part of the station's summer archiving project. This week, I listened to Sand Castle, stories for young adventurers, all read by Jean Vanderford.
            “Today, our stories are “Benny’s Flag”, written by Phyllis Krasilovsky in 1960. It is a true story by Benny Benson and the Alaska flag design, and Sophie’s Bucket, written by Catherine Stock in 1985. Sophie takes a beach bucket to the seashore; and “Eeps Creeps, It’s My Room!” written in 1984 by Martha Whitmore Hickman. Jeffrey has to clean up his room.”

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Jul 14 2014
Fires, Noise Prompt Borough Fireworks Discussion
Monday, 14 July 2014

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            The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly may be taking a closer look at its fireworks ordinance in the future. Despite hearing fewer noise complaints than usual over the Fourth of July weekend, Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said two complaints were sent to the borough online concerning the amount of fireworks and noise in residential areas.
             “They felt like the borough’s firework policy was failing and really directed the borough to try and do something different.”   
               Cassidy said the borough dug into the matter a bit and discovered that despite the limited complaints the borough, the Alaska state Troopers and borough fire departments were quite busy over the holiday weekend addressing community concerns and fires caused by fireworks.
              Bayside Fire Department responded to two fires out at White Sands beach and Womens Bay Fire Department was called to a fire just past the trailhead to Heitman Lake. Cassidy said the fact that folks aren’t being cautious in dry areas is concerning, and unfortunately avoiding that is what leads to problems in residential areas.

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Jul 14 2014
Chimney Fire Causes Brief Safeway Evacuation, Closing
Monday, 14 July 2014

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    The Kodiak Safeway store was closed for several hours Sunday due to a fire in the bakery. Store Manager Mike Murray said in a post to Friends of Kodiak that the fire was limited to the smoke stack of one of the store's two baking ovens.
    The Kodiak Fire Department responded and evacuated the store while police kept cars away. Murray said closing the store at the time was the right thing to do for everyone's safety.
    He said the firefighters inspected the kitchen from the oven to the roof and found no damage outside the smokestack.
    Murray said the store was back to normal by early evening.

 
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