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May 30 2014
Assembly Hears From Forestry Expert
Friday, 30 May 2014

 

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           More than two dozen people packed the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly chambers for the assembly’s work session last night. The main draw was arguably a presentation by Robert Deal, a research forester and ecosystem services team leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
            The assembly asked for Deal to present his thoughts on potential forest management, or logging, of Kodiak’s Sitka spruce stands. The prospect of logging the borough’s 800 acres of forested land in Chiniak was brought up by A-1 Timber, who approached the assembly about the matter this past fall. A-1 Timber is the company currently logging Leisnoi’s privately-owned land in Chiniak.
             Deal emphasized that much of his experience and expertise is specific to Southeast Alaska, but said the borough needs to ultimately consider its objectives and priorities when it comes to potential logging.
             “If your, really your focus is try and maximize economic return, then probably even-aged management using some sort of clear cutting type is probably what you want to do. Or if you want to just preserve the forest and leave it as is, that is another option as well. But what I’m suggesting is there are some things in between those two.” 
              Those include selection cutting or cutting in gaps and clumps, among other things.  
              “The one thing I’d say is looking at these forests here, they’re beautiful forests but they’re fairly uniform. In other words if you want to maintain some structural diversity and get more plant diversity and abundance then some light management would make sense.”
               Deal had the opportunity fly over current logging operations in Chiniak, as well as forests that remain in that area, and even flew over logging operations on Afognak Island. In addition to that, he took ground tours of specific areas in the Chiniak area. He said a couple things stood out to him, like the fact that the trees here were bigger than expected and there weren’t very many new trees coming in.

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May 29 2014
Track Meet Honors Kodiak Fisherman
Thursday, 29 May 2014

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           Kodiak High School’s track and field team wrapped up its regular season last weekend at the state meet in Anchorage. While Alaska School Activities Association competition is done, more than a dozen of Kodiak’s athletes, in addition to 100 more competitors from around the state, will take part in a post-season track meet here in Kodiak this weekend.
           The Brian Young Invitational is the only event of its kind in Alaska. For the past two years, the state’s top athletes have invaded the island the week after state and tried to beat their personal records. Last year’s meet was one of the fastest in the state, generating 63 personal bests, 13 school records, 11 all time top-ten marks and one Alaskan all time state best. 
            Kodiaks head coach, Marcus Dunbar, said Alaska has a really short track season and typically it ends right as the weather is getting nice and the athletes are starting to perform their best. The Brian Young Invitational is an opportunity to extend the season, but also pin some of the best small school athletes against some of the big school stars. 

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May 29 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report With Jay Barrett
Thursday, 29 May 2014

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           Coming up this week, the feds have firmed up their position on the Western Steller sea lions, as the first kings hit the Kuskokwim, communities have decided how to divvy up federal disaster funds, and a former Kodiak biologist releases the definitive guide to king crab. We had help from KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, KYUK’s Charles Enoch and Ben Matheson in Bethel, Coast Alaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Wrangell, and KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak.

 
May 29 2014
Local Chef to Prepare 'First Salmon of the Year'
Thursday, 29 May 2014

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           Salmon are already starting to make their way up the rivers along the Kodiak road system, which means they’re also showing up on dinner plates. It’s probably safe to say that everyone has a favorite way to cook their prized catches, but few methods are probably as elaborate and celebrated as those of local Chef Joel Chenet. This weekend Chenet will dish up a variety of salmon recipes for his annual first salmon of the year benefit dinner.
           This is Chenet’s 12th year hosting the dinner, which features salmon-themed dishes prepared in a plethora of ways. Think salmon dumpling soup, salmon jerky quiche and Caesar salad with smoked salmon dressing, among other gourmet plates.
           “All salmon!”   
            The dinner is a fundraiser, and Chenet said the proceeds go to a different organization or charity each year. 
            “And it went to the Alutiiq Dancers, the VFW, the Wounded Warriors, the library last year. And this year all the proceeds for the dinner are going to go to the families of the two state troopers that lost their lives in Tanana.”

            Earlier this month Sergeant Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich were killed while trying to arrest Tanana resident Arvin Kangas.

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May 29 2014
Senate Candidate Treadwell Talks Fish in Kodiak
Thursday, 29 May 2014

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           Crab Fest 2014 attracted a number of folks to the downtown area over the weekend, and even some visitors to the island. One of those visitors was Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell – a current Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
           Treadwell’s trip to Kodiak wasn’t his first. In fact, he’s been to the island many times, more recently for a fundraiser this past winter. This particular visit was to attend Crab Fest, but also to take part in a fisheries debate that was supposed to happen over the weekend.
            “And neither of my Republican opponents wanted to show up so we instead set something up at the Fisherman’s Hall, the harbormaster’s office, and invited fishermen, their families, and anyone else to come in and talk.”   
            Treadwell said his two biggest primary opponents, Joe Miller and Dan Sullivan, are both good men, but neither have a sufficient background and knowledge on fisheries issues.
            “What I can say to people in this business is that when I first landed in Alaska, 1974, Governor Wally Hickel was advocating, with many other Alaskans for the 200-mile limit. He put me to work helping to write the arguments that ultimately carried the day in 1976 that got us the 200-mile limit. I then wrote several very intensive papers in college including my bachelor’s thesis on fishing in Bristol Bay. I then went on to graduate school, and I’ve worked as a citizen or in government or on science boards to help improve our science capacity, to help get a CDQ program here and bring more jobs home. And I’ve been working with the fishing industry my entire time in Alaska.”

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