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Dec 19 2013
The Alaska Fisheries report
Thursday, 19 December 2013

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    Coming up this week, China surprises Alaska and the West Coast with a shellfish ban, Bering Sea, Aleutians and Gulf groundfish TACs have been set, and the glory that is nine-tons of vac-packed salmon steaks, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUOW’s Ashley Ahern in Seattle, Seafood.com’s John Sackton in Lexington, Mass., CoastAlaska’s Ed Shoenfeld and KTOO’s Lisa Phu, both in Juneau.

 
Dec 19 2013
Christmas Bird Count Spots 77 Species
Thursday, 19 December 2013

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            Last weekend a group of about four dozen bird enthusiasts took to the outdoors for the Kodiak Christmas bird count. The annual event, which has been going on for more than 40 years, is actually part of a nationwide bird count that is sponsored by the National Audubon Society.
            Rich Macintosh is an avid birder and compiler for Kodiak’s count. He said thousands of counts are done in North and South America between mid December and early January. In Alaska alone there are more than 40 counts that take place this time of year.
            Macintosh said the goal is to collect annual information about bird species and numbers. The count is a single day event, and Kodiak’s takes place in a 15 mile diameter area that spans from Mayflower Beach toward Termination Point in Monashka Bay. Participants are split into groups that spend the whole day in specific areas, monitoring and recording birds. Macintosh said about 45 people participated in the field, and 15 people were monitoring 11 birdfeeders throughout the day.
            “Of those 45 in the field there were 11 lowland groups roaming around within this circle with a diameter of 15 miles, three ptarmigan swat teams up on the mountains, two boats out in the marine waters in the count circle. And you know we had good weather so we got as good of coverage as we’re ever going to get. I think one of the boats had to pull back a little bit because of some wind, but not too much. So the weather was pretty good this year and we did really well.”
             All total, Macintosh said they counted 77 species of birds, which is about average compared to recent years.

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Dec 19 2013
Coast Guardsman Dies of Injuries Sustianed in November Rescue
Thursday, 19 December 2013

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    A Coast Guard petty officer has died in a Seattle hospital, more than a month after being injured during a rescue in the Eastern Aleutians.
    In a statement, the Coast Guard says Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died yesterday (Wednesday) at Swedish Hospital following surgery. He was a crew member aboard the Cutter Waesche.
    On November 11th, the Waesche sent its small boat to rescue the crew of the fishing vessel Alaska Mist. The 166-foot freezer-longliner had lost power and was adrift off Amak Island, which is north of Cold Bay.
    The Coast Guard reports that Obendorf suffered a head trauma while bringing the cutter’s small boat back aboard after the rescue. One of the Coast Guard helicopters on scene flew him to Cold Bay, where he was medevac’d on a commercial life flight to Anchorage and later Seattle for treatment. The cause of his accident is under investigation.

    (KMXT's Jay Barrett contributed to this report)

 
Dec 18 2013
Expanded Animal Control Brings More Dogs to Shelter
Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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           Things have been a little busier at the Kodiak Animal Shelter these days. Last month the borough assembly voted to reinstate animal control along the borough road system, which means areas like Bells Flats and Monashka Bay are now being serviced.
            Jean Lilly is the shelter manager and said there were a lot more dogs brought in, in November, which she thinks is probably attributed to the borough expanding its animal control. She said most of the animals were collected by their owners relatively quickly, so there hasn’t been a lot of crowding at the shelter.
           As far as adoption this time of year, she said Christmas hasn’t affected the shelter too much and it’s been an average month as far as adoption numbers go.
           This Saturday is the shelter’s Santa Paws Pictures event. The pet photos with Santa will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and cost $7.  Unlike past years, Lilly said this year’s photo shoots will be by appointment only, but people can call the animal shelter to sign up for a time to come by and have holiday photos of their pets taken. She said all of the money collected will go toward the shelter and print copies will be given to folks as well as digital copies via email.

 
Dec 18 2013
Baranov Receives $9,500 for Basket Conservation
Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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            A new grant program will help the Baranov Museum care for some of its aging baskets this year. Museums Alaska is the statewide museum association and recently received funds from the Rasmuson Foundation to create a new program for Alaska’s museums and cultural centers. The program is the called the collections management fund and provides money for conservation work, or anything related to improving the care and management of artifacts and museum collections.
           Anjuli Grantham is the curator of collections at the Baranov Museum, which recently received $9,500 from the collections management fund. She said the funds will be put toward conserving the museum’s basket collection. 
           “We have a very valuable basket collection and quite a special basket collection, especially for a small Alaska museum. The Kodiak Historical Society has been collecting baskets since it really opened in the ‘50s. And we have a couple hundred baskets within our collection from all areas within Alaska but mostly the bulk of our baskets are from the Aleutians and from Kodiak itself. And so most of them are grass baskets and we also have some spruce root baskets.”
            Grantham said many of the baskets have been on exhibit within the museum for decades, some since 1967 when museum first opened.

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