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Dec 04 2014
U.S. House Passes Coast Guard Bill
Thursday, 04 December 2014
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    The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bill to keep the Coast Guard in operation. Alaska Congressman Don Young says he inserted a provision to allow long-term leases on tidelands managed by the Coast Guard, which he says is aimed at spurring development at Womens Bay.
    The bill has several provisions for Arctic operations. It requires the Coast Guard to devise a strategic plan for polar ice-breaking, and an analysis of whether it makes sense to buy or lease new icebreakers. In addition, it makes the Coast Guard decide whether it’s feasible to refurbish its Polar Sea icebreaker, now sitting idle in Seattle. The legislation also calls on the Coast Guard commandant to improve ship tracking in Arctic water by cooperating with other agencies. It does not authorize specific new funding for that effort, dubbed “Arctic Maritime Domain Awareness.”
    The bill now moves to the Senate. It is one of several bills there that would stall EPA regulations on deck runoff and other discharges from fishing boats. 
 
Dec 04 2014
Evictions Add Stress to the Holiday Season
Thursday, 04 December 2014
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Kodiak's already ultra-tight housing situation is going to get much worse come the new year, as residents of about 30 apartments – some individuals, some families - are being asked to leave their downtown apartment building by the end of the year.
    The Kodiak Plaza building, which housed state offices at street level and apartments on the upper floors, was bought by Trident Seafoods last year to be turned into a bunkhouse and associated offices. The company's processing plant, mostly inside a beached World War II Liberty Ship, is just a block away.
    Though the sale has been known for about a year, and vacated apartments were not re-filled with renters, the 30-day eviction notices given to the remaining tenants was a bit of a shock to some, coming as it did in the middle of the holiday season.
    Marnie Leist, whose daughter lived in the Kodiak Plaza half time with her father, said evicted tenants have been going door to door seeking to rent rooms.
    “You know I live near downtown, and I got a random knock on my door, and it was a woman worked at one of the other canneries and we got to talking and (I said) this same situation happened to people I know. And she said she just found out she's on a month to month lease and everyone in the rest of that half of the building is going to have to leave by the end of the month, supposedly.”
    She said the 25 or 35 tenants needing to find a place to stay all at once would only make the housing crisis harder.
    “It's Trident's building and they can do what they want, but at the same time, we have a huge housing crisis here in Kodiak. I've met with former assembly members who've tried to work on the issue; I've spoken up about it at public meetings, and tried to raise awareness about it, to see if anything can happen. Even talking to my dad, and we're like, 'why aren't they doing anything? It's been years. It's not like this is a new issue.'”
    Leist said the building had a contract with HUD to provide low-cost housing, and that displaced tenants who use payment vouchers will be even more hard-pressed to find suitable housing.
    “You look at advertisements, most of it is 'no vouchers.' And pets, of course is an issue. I volunteer at the animal shelter, and unfortunately, a lot of people do have to turn in their pets because rentals don't allow pets. Even service animals sometimes. I know that a lot of the residents, who are forced to move out at, Christmastime are having difficulties finding places to live.”
    A phone message left with Trident public relations in Seattle this (Thursday) morning was not returned by press time.  
 
Dec 04 2014
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 04 December 2014

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Coming up this week, about 50 crew members aboard a South Korean factory trawler are feared lost after their ship went down in the Bering Sea; a new test fishery opened up in Cook Inlet this week, and the IPHC says recruitment of halibut appears to be up a bit. All that, and the former FV Shaman couldn't muster the magic to keep its liquor license. We had help from KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer, and APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C. 

 
Dec 01 2014
Many Locals in Flurry of Last-Minute Parnell Appointments
Monday, 01 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
In a flurry of last-minute activity, a number of Kodiak residents were appointed or re-appointed to Alaska boards and commissions by outgoing governor Sean Parnell three days before he left office. In a Friday afternoon announcement, Parnell made appointments to 30 different panels.
Kodiak City Mayor Pat Branson was reappointed to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board. It works with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to prepare a strategic plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Ron Gibbs, owner and operator of Healing Harbor Body Therapy, was appointed to the Board of Massage Therapists. Bill Roberts, Kodiak Island Borough assessor was appointed to the State Assessment Review Board, which conducts oil and gas property assessment appeal hearings on values set by the Department of Revenue.
He also reappointed Kodiak College Assistant Professor April Laktonen-Counceller to the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. The council advises both the governor and Legislature on programs, policies, and projects to provide for the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of Alaska Native languages in the state.
Parnell also made two appointments to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Board of Directors. Tomi Marsh of Ketchikan, president of Oceans Alaska Ketchikan, was appointed to a seat for harvesters on the board. Allen Kimball of Seattle, a vice president of Trident Seafoods, was named to a seat for large processors. ASMI is a public-private partnership between the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry established to increase the economic value of our renewable seafood resources. 
 
Dec 01 2014
Pollock Seining Opens Today
Monday, 01 December 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game test fishery for walleye pollock using seine gear in the Cook Inlet starts today (December 1).

    Last year the Alaska Board of Fisheries approved the test, which will run three months, until the end of February, or when the harvest limit has been reached.

    Fisherman participating in the fishery will be issued a Department of Fish and Game commissioner’s permit and be required to take observers on every trip to monitor bycatch and to record biological information from species caught.

    Other provisions include trip limits, a total harvest limit, and logbook requirements.

    The department has limited the amount of participants in this test fishery. Last year the Fish Board formed the Gulf of Alaska Pollock Workgroup with stakeholders from industry, State of Alaska, and federal government to provide insight on a state guideline harvest level for the walleye pollock fishery

    Information collected from the test Fishery can potentially show the effectiveness of purse seine as a gear type for harvesting pollock. 

 
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