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Mar 05 2015
Wildlife Trooper Vessel Stimson May Relocate to Kodiak
Thursday, 05 March 2015
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Annie Ropeik/KUCB
   The state is once again looking to move the Wildlife Trooper patrol vessel Stimson from Unalaska to Kodiak. And this year, the change seems poised to go through.
    Officials in Unalaska fought hard to hang on to the troopers’ biggest vessel when the move was on the table a year ago. But this time around, city manager Chris Hladick says they’ve had to reconsider their priorities.
    "I just don’t see us, with this budget climate, being able to save everything," Hladick says.
    Moving the 156-foot P/V Stimson to Kodiak would save the state almost half a million dollars, says Wildlife Trooper Col. Steve Bear. It’s either that, or cut three jobs -- meaning, he says, the transfer is all but a done deal.
    "I think everybody realizes that during these tough economic times, some of the politics that may have saved projects like this in the past just aren’t going to happen," Bear says.
    The savings with moving the Stimson come mostly in salary and housing costs. Bear says their employees in Unalaska make 60 percent more than those in Anchorage, because of the high cost of living. They also live in state-leased housing at around Anchorage rates.
    If the Stimson’s five-person crew, their families and one of Unalaska’s two troopers moved to Kodiak, they would take a pay cut -- and would have to find their own housing.
    It would also mean a loss of several students from Unalaska’s schools, which are already running a deficit due in part to declining enrollment.
    But Bear says the Stimson’s mission wouldn’t really suffer. In fact, he says they’ve planned around added fuel and travel costs.
    "We could move the boat, sail an additional 27 days, and we’d still save about $480,000 a year by doing that," he says. 
Mar 05 2015
State House Voices Opposition to Aleutian Sanctuary
Thursday, 05 March 2015
Dave Bendinger/KDLG
    On Wednesday, Alaska’s House of Representatives voted to oppose the creation of an Aleutian Islands National Maritime Sanctuary. 
    House Joint Resolution 7, sponsored by Representative Bryce Edgmon, lays out reasons why the massive sanctuary proposal is not a good idea, including that no local governing bodies from Bristol Bay out through the Aleutian Chain have offered any support for it.
    A group called PEER, for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, nominated approximately 554-thousand square nautical miles of waters north and south of the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Chain to be a new marine sanctuary.
    The resolution, adopted unanimously in the House, says the Legislature is “vehemently” opposed to this idea. HJR 7 now goes to the Senate for consideration. 
Mar 05 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 05 March 2015

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Coming up this week, lots of fishy news out of Sitka where the Board of Fish has been meeting, and what's going on with P-Cod in Cook Inlet. We had lots of help from the hardworking news team at KCAW, Robert Woolsey and Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, and from KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer. 

Mar 04 2015
Seafood Preservation Under Pressure
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
    University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service agent Linda Tannehill, visiting Kodiak from Soldotna, taught a class Tuesday night to volunteers who later this week will help local canners get ready to put up this summer's bounty.
    On pressure cookers used in canning, Tannehill says the dial gauge is an important tool when processing certain foods, and that was the focus of last night's class.
    “It creates the temperature inside to 240 to 250 degrees so that it will kill the Clostridium botulinum spores in low acid food like meat fish and vegetables,” Tannehill said. “And that’s what those spores can cause. Botulism.”
    The volunteers are now prepared to assist the public with calibrating the gauges on pressure cookers. You can bring them to the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center Thursday night from 6 to 7 p.m. 
Mar 04 2015
Hear the Stories Behind the Objects
Wednesday, 04 March 2015

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Tonight fans of Kodiak Island history get the chance to delve into the stories behind some select items in the Baranov Museum's extensive collection. Visitors will be guided by Anjuli Grantham, the museum's curator. She was interviewed on today's KMXT Morning News with Jay Barrett. 

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