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Feb 05 2015
Hit-and-Run Injures Man on Way to P&Z Hearing
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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    Folks heading to the Planning and Zoning Commission hearing last night at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium had to detour around Rezanof Drive after a hit-and-run accident closed the road for a significant amount of time, starting around 6:25, as the injured pedestrian was treated by emergency medical personnel from the Kodiak Fire Department.
    Police Chief Rhonda Wallace said her department is still investigating the collision, which injured Brent Watkins, a former member of the P and Z Commission who was on his way to the hearing. Wallace says Watkins was reportedly hit by a white pick up truck, which then fled the scene.
    A family friend said Watkins suffered injuries to his head, ribs and pelvis, and is resting at an Anchorage hospital after being medevac'd out last night. She said he may be sent on to Seattle for further treatment.
    According to the Borough Clerk's office, Watkins served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from January 2005 to February 2013.
    Chief Wallace said KPD investigators will likely close Rezanof near the high school for a time again today to search for more clues to the identity of the hit-and-run vehicle and its driver. 
 
Feb 05 2015
P&Z Dumps Code Revision Project
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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Citizens begin to fill up the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Wednesday night. Pam Foreman/KMXT photo 
 
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    Last night the Kodiak Island borough Planning and Zoning Commission took to the main stage at the Gerrald C. Wilson Auditorium to better accommodate the throngs of citizens interested in speaking up on the code revision project.
    And even though the main issue - stopping the code revision - was taken care of in the first 10 minutes, it didn't deter the public from sharing nearly four hours of thoughts with the commission.
    Past acting commission chair Alan Schmidt moved to "postpone indefinitely" the revision, which effectively kills it. New member and current chair Scott Arndt soon called for the vote and it passed unanimously.
    A motion had been made early in the meeting to add language to the existing borough code to increase property owner rights and limit government authority, but it failed on a 3-2 vote. However Kathy Drabek, who was on the prevailing side of that earlier vote, asked for it to be reconsidered about four hours later. Schmidt said he'd vote for it, explaining he's had time to think about it. It then passed 5-0 to a standing ovation.
    There will be a joint meeting between the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly next month with staff to discuss where to go next. 
 
Feb 05 2015
Stutes Wants More Consideration for Stranded Seafood
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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    It seems the Alaska State Ferry runs from Kodiak and Southcentral before the legislative session are forcing canneries to leave a lot of fish sitting in refrigerated vans for extended periods.
    “Apparently they had 18 to 20 vans of fish on generators waiting for the ferries to come back. So that is problematic for commerce in Kodiak,” said Kodiak Representative Louise Stutes.
    “When the ferries leave Kodiak to head down to Juneau, they fill up. They go from Kodiak to Whittier and then down to Juneau and they pick up all the cars and the legislators. And they make three trips. And the problem is of course, there's no pick up of our fish that are in the vans going over to Homer during that period.”
Stutes says she's meeting with Marine Highway officials to see about tweaking the schedule slightly in the future.
    “So I'm in the process of trying of trying to, along with, like I said Capt. Falvey and Executive Director down here in Juneau Pam Varney, setting the schedule just a little bit different. So after the first trip from Kodiak to Whittier to Juneau, there will be a couple of days where they can go from Kodiak to Homer and facilitate taking the vans of fish over to Homer. And then come back and make their second trip down to Juneau. So I'm pretty excited about helping. It's really exciting to be part of a solution.”
    House District 32 Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak. 
 
Feb 05 2015
Fishing Pioneer Honored by SeaLife Center
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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    Since 2010, the Alaska Sea Life Center announced its Ocean Leadership Awards last week, and among them was Kodiak's Al Burch, who will receive the prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award.
    “It's basically a recognition of not any specific contribution, but a lifetime of effort in helping preserve and promote good ocean stewardship.”
    That's Denby Lloyd, executive director of the North Pacific Research Board, and a member of the awards committee that selected Burch for the honor.
    “And I'll tell you it was a fairly easy decision, to say, 'You bet, Al Burch.' I mean it's almost a head-slapper to be able to recognize him as a long standing leader in fishery policy in Alaska. And I actually consider it a great honor to be able to say I was part of the panel that selected him.”
    Burch has fished Alaska waters for 55 years, starting as a shrimper out of Seward as a young man before moving to Kodiak. In that time he has served on countless national and international fishery and ocean-related boards. He was inducted into the United Fishermen of Alaska Seafood Hall of Fame in 2009 and recently retired as executive director of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association. He also served for 30 years on the Advisory Panel to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which is where Lloyd says they first met in the 1980s.
    “I was on staff and he was a long standing member of the Council's advisory panel. You know, a senior member at that point that people listened to and looked to for guidance. I also remember that he invited me to come out to Kodiak. So I came and got a nice tour around town, and he and his brother Oral took me out fishing on their pleasure boat and I caught the largest halibut I've still ever caught.”
    Burch will receive the award at the Alaska Marine Gala on the 21st in Anchorage at the Dena'ina Center. Other Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards to be given that night are the Alyeska Vessel of Opportunity Program, which trains fishermen to be emergency first-on-the scene oil spill responders; Alisa Aist, a student at the Polaris K-12 school in Anchorage, for her dedication to become a marine biologist.
    Two awards were give at the recent Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage. They went to Benjamin Carney, a teacher at Juneau-Douglas High School, who has coached his school's “Alaska Tsunami Bowl” team to first place since 2007, and to a third place in last year's national finals; and to Jacqueline Grebmeier and Lee Cooper for their work to understand the Arctic Ocean ecosystem. 
 
Feb 03 2015
Mullican Appointed Full-Time Chief
Tuesday, 03 February 2015
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    Kodiak's interim fire chief since Rome Kamai was suddenly suspended two months ago know officially has the full job title. Jim Mullican, who was appointed acting chief in early December, began his official duties starting today, according to a press release from City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski. 
    She said that Mullican was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and started with the KFD as a volunteer in 1999. He became deputy chief in 2011. He and his family have lived in Kodiak since 1987.
    Kniaziowski said she looks forward to the commitment and energy Mullican brings to the job. 
 
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