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Dec 22 2014
Fishing Crew Honored for 2012 Rescue
Monday, 22 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The crew of the fishing vessel Tuxedni were honored as Carnegie Heroes today for the rescue of fishermen from the FV Heritage, which became disabled and sank in high seas crossing Alitak Bay in January 2012. That was a busy day for rescuers, as another fishing vessel went aground on the Katmai coast (read more here: http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3515&Itemid=2)
    The Carnegie Medal is given annually for acts of extraordinary civilian heroism (more: http://carnegiehero.org/awardees/#6).
    The award for skipper Gregory Plancich of Vashon, Washington, and his crewmen, Daniel Hardwick, Jim Fultz, and Wayne Kitt was announced today. 
Dec 19 2014
Bears Get Fleeting Look at 6-7 Whaler
Friday, 19 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
   At the T-Bird Classic basketball tournament in Anchorage, the Kodiak girls coasted to an easy win, befitting the defending large school state champions, while the Kodiak boys ran up against one of the most hyped basketball players in the state.
   It turns out Kamaka Hepa lived up to the hype. The 6-foot-7 freshman 14-year-old from Barrow led the Barrow Whalers with 24 points nine rebounds, two blocks, three assists and three steals in downing the Bears 64-26. And that was just in 20 minutes of play. Max Much had eight points and seven rebounds for Kodiak.
   The Lady Bears were led by Ila Hughes who recorded 17 points, four assists and three steals in downing the Service Cougars 59-29. Stephanie Price added another 10 points while both Richelle Walker and Charmaine Fabricante each hauled in 10 rebounds.
   The Kodiak girls are hitting the hardwood again at 1 this afternoon against Eagle River, while the boys are playing in the nightcap against the host Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. You can hear the games on KVOK, our commercial radio friends.
   The round-robin tournament continues Saturday, with the Kodiak boys playing Juneau at 2 p.m. and the girls playing East at 4. 
Dec 19 2014
Planning and Zoning Resuming Code Revision Hearings in January
Friday, 19 December 2014
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission will be resuming public hearings on the update of the borough code book. By the time hearings start back up on January 12th, according to acting chair Alan Schmidt, there will have been about a two-month hiatus.
    KMXT was to have broadcast the last hearing, in November, but it was canceled due to a lack of quorum. We'll be carrying the next one, which Schmidt told the borough assembly last night.
    “We're hoping that that, in addition to the live stream will allow people in the villages a better opportunity to provide us with some feedback. And we want to hear from there. So wanted to take this opportunity to get that out.”
    Schmidt said the commission has been discussing how to proceed with their deliberations and in what order the sections of code are addressed and forwarded on to the assembly for final approval.
    “What appears to make the most sense is that we'd start our deliberations with Title 18. That's the code that deals with borou8gh property and that's the one on which we've had the fewest comments. And it would provide us with the opportunity to test how we're going to work through this to ultimately get these documents to you. And as an aside, while it's on my mind, what we're thinking would make the most sense, and we'd like to certainly hear from you, is maybe get you Title 18 first, then Title 16 the subdivision and platting section of the code, which we've received a few comments on. More so than Title 18, but nothing like Title 17. And then, ultimately, we'll get you Title 17, which is the big one, with all the zoning code sections.”
    Schmidt said the commission plans to discuss each comment the public has made on the code revision.
    “Well, we'll have a motion to adopt that particular change, and we'll talk about it and vote it up and down. And it's going to be tedious, but 18 to should be the easiest one to deal with in the first instance to see how that would work. But we want to try to deal with all the comments. Because some of them were good. And by no means did the commission have all the answers on this. And in fact, there was some disagreement among the commission itself when we were going through, getting the initial product out.”
    If you'd like to go through the changes, the borough's web site hosts a color-coded version showing what has been changed a bit, what has been completely rewritten and what has not been changed. You can find it here: http://www.kodiakak.us/index.aspx?NID=572 
Dec 18 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Coming up this week, President Barack Obama issued an historic executive order Tuesday that excludes the outer continental shelf of Bristol Bay from oil and gas exploration, thereby protecting vital seafood habitat. Also: How salmon may respond to climate change and a summary of the board of fisheries recent meeting in Cordova, coming up, on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C., KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KCHU's Marcia Lynn in Valdez and CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau. 

Dec 18 2014
Fisheries-Related Funds Included in Federal Spending Bill
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    When the federal spending bill passed on Monday, there were several provisions in it for fisheries-related projects.
    This year’s bill includes $72 million in expanded stock assessments and $24 million for survey and monitoring projects within the Fisheries Research and Management Account. This will provide for more consistent funding for keeping an eye on the nation's fish stocks to ensure they're sustainable.
    Sustainability is the focus of other language in the bill that would prohibit federal agencies from using outside groups to certify the quality of fish caught in U.S. Waters. Alaska's senators have argued for a couple years that if NOAA Fisheries thinks a fish stock is healthy enough to fish on, it should automatically be considered sustainable.
    There is also $30-million to fight intentional mislabeling of fish species and product weights. The money will be used by the Food and Drug and Ministration along with NOAA to address potential fraud in those areas.
    There is $28-million to support the National Data Buoy Center, in an effort to curb the amount of outages among the buoy network, which provides vital weather and sea conditions to fishermen and others nationwide. 
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