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Due to current dry and windy conditions, there is a borough-wide burn ban in effect. No incinerator or open burning is allowed at this time.
 
Dec 29 2014
Ferry Rates Going Up, But Not Most Out of ADQ
Monday, 29 December 2014
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    It will cost passengers more to ride the state ferry starting in the summer. That’s when fares for most Alaska Marine Highway will increase by four-and-a-half percent.
    According to the Department of Transportation, tickets booked after the first of the year for travel after May first will reflect the new rates. Tickets booked before the New Year will fall under the current rates.
    The new fare structure is spurred by the recommendations of a recent rate analysis. The Marine Transportation Advisory Board saw the preliminary recommendations of that report during a recent meeting in Ketchikan. DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the department was planning to raise fares even before the recommendation.
    “The department knew its rates were out of balance and by increasing most fares by four-and-a-half percent that was consistent with a lot of other recommendations that were coming through the department as a way to help increase revenues to offset operating costs. So the department would likely move ahead with this rate increase regardless. So by announcing it now, we’re giving the general public the most amount of time possible to prepare for that increase.”
    The analysis was conducted by Northern Economics. It recommends the Marine Highway System set rates so that they to cover between 39 to 65 percent of operating expenses. Revenues currently cover less than one-third of the operating budget, according to the department.
    Woodrow says the complete rate study will be released to the legislature in February. More changes in operating costs may come after that.
    “The rate increase that was just announced was one of the first preliminary recommendations from that report. The study is not complete yet so we’ve not released the first report. We’ll do that when we release the full report to the legislature this upcoming session.
    The analysis suggests that rates more than 25 percent above average not change. Woodrow says that means about 30 fares within the system will remain unchanged, including most routes out of Kodiak, except to Homer. 
 
Dec 29 2014
Western Sale Price $37-Million
Monday, 29 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A few weeks ago when KMXT first told you of Trident Seafood's purchase of the Western Alaska Fisheries cannery in Kodiak, CEO Joe Bundrant declined to reveal the sale price, saying as a privately-owned company, they preferred to keep such information private. 
    However, the company Trident purchased Western from, Japan-based Maruha Nichiro, is a publicly-traded company, and as such must report its financial dealings. 
    On Monday, the company released its 2014 net profit estimates and reports the sale price for the Western Alaska plant in Kodiak was $37-million. Maruha Nichiro also placed the value of the Western plant at $11-million.
    The sale just about doubled the company's net profit for the year from 5-billion Yen to 10-billion Yen. Last fiscal year, their net profit was 3.2-billion Yen.
    Trident and Maruha Nichiro are expected to finalize the sale agreement today (Dec. 29).
    These figures were first reported in the Japanese seafood trade website Minato-Tsukiji.com. 
 
Dec 29 2014
Kodiak Bison No Longer 'Fair Game'
Monday, 29 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Kodiak's bison herds can again freely roam the island without fear of being declared feral and fair game to hunters. The Alaska Supreme Court Friday overturned a lower-court ruling that affirmed a Board of Game regulation that the privately-owned animals were feral if they strayed too long onto state or federal lands.
    The Alaska Board of Game had authorized hunts of escaped bison in 2007, but ranger Charles Dorman sued to overturn the rule. A lower-court ruling upheld the Board of Game regulation, but Friday's Supreme Court decision overturns it, saying the lower court had not properly considered that it was clear the bison were private property and belonged to ranchers.
    Dorman died five months ago at the age of 78. His attorney tom Meacham told the Alaska Dispatch that the Supreme Court victory was bittersweet because Dorman wasn't around to savor it. 
 
Dec 23 2014
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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Coming up on this Solstice, Festivus, Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day and Kwanzaa show, talk of Dungeness crab closures in Southeast gets no support from the advisory committee in Petersburg, we find out how the science of ergonomics can keep you healthier and save you money, and as fish skin tanning gears up to commercial levels overseas, it's still done by hand in Alaska. We help from KFSK's Angela Denning in Petersburg, KBBI's Quinton Chandler in Homer, who we welcome this week to the AFR extended family of fishy journalists, and KSK's Anne Hillman in Anchorage.  

 
Dec 22 2014
KMS 8th Graders Explore the Ocean
Monday, 22 December 2014
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    One of six 8th grade classes pose at the Submarine Science station in the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center during their ocean science field day Friday. The students were able to experience a brief simulated dive experience to depths of 3,000 meters. There are more photos after the jump. (Photos by Mary Linschied)
 
Michelle Ridgeway/Special to KMXT 
    Kodiak Middle School 8th graders were treated with a day filled with hands-on ocean science experiences all day Friday in Switgard Dusterloh’s Ocean Science field day. Students rotated among six field stations, one of them was a deep sea science station, held inside the University of Alaska’s premier facility at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Once inside, 8th graders viewed video from an actual sub dive in Alaska, learned about Aleutian Trench oceanography, depths of the world’s oceans and tools to conduct research in the abyss.
    A team of instructors led the submarine science station, including teachers Mary Linscheid,and Rachel Nummer, UAF SeaGrant Professor Kate Wynne and Submarine Pilot Michelle Ridgway, head of the Alaska Deep Ocean Science Institute.
    The Submarine Science station was made possible by Captain Richard Waddell of Kodiak, who donated the K-350 submarine to the Alaska Chapter of The Explorers Club, and managed by the Alaska Deep Ocean Science Institute. Quinton Fong, Kay Bodi and staff at KSMSC customized the facility space to enhance the students’ subsea learning experience. 
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