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Planning and Zoning Public Hearing

The Borough Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings on the draft revisions to the land use and zoning regulations will continue on February 4th. The sections of Borough Code in the proposed changes are Title 16 Subdivisions; Title 18 Borough Lands; and Title 17 Zoning.


The meeting on February 4th begins at 6:30pm in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. The meeting will be broadcast on KMXT 100.1FM and the public may call in during public comment periods to KMXT at 486-3181. More information, including a side-by-side comparison of the current code and the proposed revisions, and copies of the updated code are available at the Borough Community Development office or online at www.kodiakak.us. If you have any questions about how these regulations may affect your property, please contact staff at 486-9630 or 486-9361.  

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Jun 24 2014
UFA Sticks with Young and Begich
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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    With elections at every level of government around the state coming up this fall, many trade organizations are preparing their endorsements for candidates that best reflect their views and goals. Julianne Curry, the executive director of the United Fishermen of Alaska announced some of her organization’s endorsements this week.
    “I just got off a three-hour long teleconference where we discussed our first round of endorsements. So the early endorsements prior to the additional endorsements we’ll make at our fall UFA board meeting, which will be coming up at the end of September.”
    She said the board had decided on several races, and at least in the federal elections, is sticking with the tried and true incumbents.
    “The United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors, those that can endorse political candidates, have put our support behind Senator Mark Begich for another term in the United States Senate. And we have also voted endorsed Don Young for another go-around at the U.S. House of Representatives.”
    Curry said the UFA couldn’t reveal publicly who the board is recommending to its member organizations for state elections.
    “According to APOC regulations, we’re only allowed to do the federal races. We can’t do press releases on anyone that we endorse for statewide office. So that makes that part kind of awkward.”
    Most of Alaska’s 60 state legislators are facing re-election this year after a redistricting scheme was finally settled on after several rounds of legal challenges. And in addition to the U.S. House and Senate, there is the statewide election for governor and lieutenant governor. The Alaska primary is in August, with the General Election in November.

Jun 24 2014
Talk of the Rock: Dr. Bob Johnson's New Book
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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           Today on Talk of the Rock, we'll talk with a former Kodiak doctor who recently dabbled in the art of book writing while documenting his own family history in Alaska.
           Dr. Bob Johnson’s new book, “Alaska Frontier Surgeon,” captures the life story of his father, the late Dr. Arthur Holmes Johnson, who was the first physician to call Kodiak home. Johnson said his dad first stopped in Kodiak in the late 1930s, on his way back to Oregon after working as a doctor in Nak Nek for the summer. He said his dad fell in love with the island and its small community. It's the "Alaska Frontier Surgeon" with Dr. Bob Johnson on KMXT's Talk of the Rock. 

Jun 24 2014
UFA Elections Bring New Faces to Executive Committee
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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    There are six new folks on the executive committee of the United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors. And, re-elected as president was Jerry McCune of Cordova. When reached on the Copper River fishing grounds, he said he was looking forward to working with the new committee
     “The board is well-rounded,” he said, “so I’m looking forward to working with that in the future.”
    UFA Executive Director Julianne Curry said there are both young, recent additions to the UFA and some seasoned veterans on the executive committee:
    The new executive committee members include Chip Treinen of the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance as Vice President, Chad See of the Freezer Longline Coalition as Secretary-Treasurer, Ian Pitzman of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association as the at-large executive committee member, Bob Kehoe of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as co-Administration chair, Dale Kelley of the Alaska Trollers Association as Fish Farm & Environmental committee chair, and Steve Reifenstuhl of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, who will serve as the new Subsistence chair.
    The executive committee also includes Duncan Fields of Kodiak, Gary Fandrei of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, salmon and herring fisherman Bruce Schactler of Kodiak, Stephanie Madsen of the At-Sea Processors Association and Mark Gleason of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers.
    Curry said in addition to elections, the UFA board has a number of familiar items on their radar such as Alaska Board of Fisheries appointments, Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization and a whole slew of state and federal elections.
    The UFA board held a lengthy meeting Monday morning and discussed potential endorsements for candidates in this fall’s elections. 

Jun 24 2014
Study Looks At Climate Change in Kodiak
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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           Kodiak has long been a hub for research, but this summer it has become a part of what’s called the Global Ethnohydrology Study. Meg du Bray is a graduate student at Arizona University and is working through the University of Alaska Fairbanks to talk with people in Kodiak about climate change, which is the topic of this year’s study.
            “This year we’re really interested in talking to people about issues of climate change and if its affecting them and how its affecting them and especially if its affecting their ability to make a living.”
             For about three weeks, du Bray has been conducting surveys and interviews with residents to learn more about their views on climate change.

Jun 23 2014
No Tsunami Associated with Sizable Aleutian Earthquake
Monday, 23 June 2014

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    A powerful underwater earthquake in the Western Aleutians triggered tsunami alerts for the Aleutian and Pribilof islands Monday afternoon.
    No damages were reported after the magnitude 8.0 quake, recorded just before 1 p.m. on Monday. It happened about 30 miles northwest of Amchitka, about 60 miles underwater.
    Residents in the Western Aleutians reported feeling shaking during the quake, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. And the quake has set off a series of aftershocks, some as strong as a magnitude 6.
    The earthquake also generated a tsunami warning from Attu to Nikolski and in the Pribilof Islands for about two hours Monday. It was then downgraded to an advisory.
    The Unalaska area, from Nikolski to Unimak Pass, was also under an advisory for part of Monday afternoon. It ended around 4 p.m.
    The tsunami alerts stemmed from the force of the quake. But the Earthquake Center’s Natasha Ruppert says tremors at such a depth don’t often create tsunamis.
     “Well, based on its magnitude, there is definitely potential for tsunami in the Aleutian Islands. But based on its depth, I do not expect that there will be a significant tsunami from this earthquake.”
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observed tsunami waves about a foot in height or less in Unalaska, Adak and other islands in the region. Those waves are measured at the highest water level above the tide level. They weren’t high enough to do any damage.
    Unalaska’s Department of Public Safety told residents to avoid beaches and harbors during the advisory, but there was no full-scale evacuation to high ground.
    Monday’s earthquake was near an active volcanic island in the Western Aleutians. Semisopochnoi Island has been undergoing a series of small quakes – most around magnitude 2.0 – for the past couple of weeks. But the AEIC's Ruppert says the activity isn’t connected.
    "All earthquakes that are related to volcanoes, they are very shallow, right beneath the surface, and this one is about 100 kilometers deep.”
    It was a busy day for earthquakes in the Pacific, though -- another one with a magnitude 7.2 was recorded in the South Pacific, off New Zealand, about an hour and half before the quake in the Aleutians. Ruppert says it’s possible that one triggered the other – but they don’t know for sure.

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