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Jan 30 2015
Saturday Work Session in Store for City Council
Friday, 30 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak City Council is getting together for a rare Saturday work session. On the agenda are mostly organizational and policy planning issues.
    First, draft fiscal year 2016 budget goals and a sales tax review will be addressed, and then long-term planning, including succession planning, facilitated strategic planning and council training and an update on filling two positions: the assistant city manager and finance director.
    There will be discussion of making Kodiak City limits larger through annexation, as a way of improving long-term financial outlooks. One scenario outlined in the agenda packet projects an annexation of Service District 1 would bring in a half-million dollars more in revenue, but cost the city $700-thousand, a net loss of just about $200,000. Much of that loss would be in lower water and sewer fees charged to residents in the service area if they were inside city limits.
    The council will discuss the Near Island land development plan, and updates on downtown improvements, including the long sought-after anti-loitering ordinances.
    The meeting will start at 10 Saturday morning in the Kodiak Public Library's multipurpose room, and is open to the public.

Agenda: http://records.city.kodiak.ak.us:8000/weblink7/ElectronicFile.aspx?docid=10608
Packet: http://records.city.kodiak.ak.us:8000/weblink7/ElectronicFile.aspx?docid=10607 
Jan 30 2015
Icicle Seafoods Still on the Market
Friday, 30 January 2015
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Dave Bendinger/KDLG
    Icicle Seafoods seems to still be on the market, for sale either in whole or in part, though no potential buyer has yet stepped forward. The seafood giant has had a large presence in Alaska fishing communities for decades. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more.  
Jan 29 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 29 January 2015

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Coming up this week, a new fishery on the Kenai will complicate an already nightmarish management picture; the feds reject the petition for a marine sanctuary in the Aleutians, and what do Kodiak fishermen really think about privatization? We had help from KDLL's Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, KUCB's Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham and KSTK's Katarina Sostaric in Wrangell.  

Jan 29 2015
Study Explores Kodiak Fishermens' Feelings on Privatization
Thursday, 29 January 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A study by a University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences professor attempted to gauge how Kodiak fishermen felt about the privatization of the fishery resource. As associate professor Courtney Carothers explains, the study sought to find out more than just if they liked privatization or not.
    “I was trying to understand also how people thought about privatization compared to other kinds changes in the community and then also looking at how people though about privatization in terms of its affects on individual and community well being.”
    Carothers said one of the main findings was that fishermen of all kinds, from the newest crewman to the biggest high-liner shared core values such as hard work, opportunity and fairness.
    “They tended to talk about how if you're able to work hard you should be able to achieve success in the fisheries. If you don't have a lot of money should be able access opportunities in fishing. People really value that as sort of a fundamental feature of fisheries. And also that fisheries should be fairly managed, and so if there's one group that seems to benefiting at the expense of others, people tended to think that was not appropriate for fisheries management.”
    She said that several people in the surveys and interviews said that privatization could be eroding the core values that so many of them share.
    “We didn't find any difference in terms of owners suggesting that privatization was really positive and crews saying it was really negative, we saw really similar results across all categories of fisheries participants and also across in terms of how long people had participated in the fishery. The only group that we found a little bit of difference was people who identified their primary fishery as pollock. In the survey we conducted, we did find a little bit more support for privatization in term of opinion questions we asked on the survey. That was one group that statistically varied from the other groups
    Beyond an almost universal belief that fisheries privatization is not ideal, Kodiak fishermen, like their counterparts elsewhere, were found to be pretty satisfied to be fishermen.
    “Many academics have studied this question and it shows really across the globe fishermen value being able to be their own bosses and to be able to be in control of their fishing operation, or their work if they're a crew, and so that in our study was also found to be high. People value that ability to be their own boss especially.”
    Carothers next study is the graying of the fleet, concentrating on Bristol Bay and again on Kodiak. 
Jan 28 2015
Small Generator Fouls Indoor Air with Carbon Monoxide
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Yesterday afternoon just before 1 p.m. Kodiak Fire Department personnel ere called to a home at 1215 Selief Lane on reports of engine exhaust coming from a home. Two firefighters with air tanks entered the home to find it had toxic levels of carbon monoxide.
    A resident, who Acting Fire Chief Jim Mullican didn't identify in his release, was found unconscious in a second floor bedroom and carried outside for transport to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Their current condition was not reported.
    Meanwhile, firefighters ventilated the home with fans and clearing the air. The source of the carbon monoxide was believed to be from a small gasoline-powered generator.
    Mullican said the incident is a good reminder to the public to check the carbon monoxide alarm in your home and to change the batteries twice a year. 
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