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Mar 20 2014
Council and Assembly Discuss Fishery Suggestions
Thursday, 20 March 2014

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    Last night the Kodiak City Council and Borough Assembly met for a joint work session and discussed Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management at length.
    In April the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will take up the bycatch issue, and try to develop some sort of management plan to help reduce it within the trawl industry. On Monday, the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group heard public comments, panel discussion and guest presentations on the matter and ultimately drafted a list of community goals that align with elements of the fishery management council’s framework motion on bycatch.
    That drafted list was before the island’s two governing bodies last night, and Kodiak’s fisheries analyst, Heather McCarty, emphasized that the entire list is mere suggestions to the council for further analysis on certain issues.  
    “Everything in this outline is asking for analysis or continued analysis of the elements of the framework motion and any additional elements that you might add. It’s not expressing support for those elements.”

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Mar 20 2014
Boro to Take Final Look at Strategic Plan
Thursday, 20 March 2014

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            It’s a fairly light agenda for the Kodiak Borough Assembly’s regular meeting tonight. First up is a series of proclamations, including Choose Respect and Women’s History Month. The assembly will also take a final look at its 2014 strategic plan and vote on whether or not to approve it. Also on tonight’s agenda is a resolution to approve non-profit funding for Hospice of Kodiak, and the first reading of an ordinance to alter the boundary of Womens Bay Service Area to include two additional lots that will be part of the borough’s spring land sale.
            Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the borough assembly chambers and will be broadcast live on KMXT. Public comments will be taken at the beginning and end of the meeting and are limited to three minutes per speaker.

 
Mar 19 2014
Public Comments Split on Gulf CFAs
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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    On Monday night roughly two dozen community members filled the borough assembly chambers for the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group meeting. It was a long night of testimony, panel discussion and guest presentations, as the work group considered what recommendations it might pass on to the city council and borough assembly for bycatch management in the Gulf of Alaska trawl industry.
    In April, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will take up the bycatch issue, with the hopes of creating some sort of management program that will offset the growing numbers of bycatch in the trawl industry.
    The idea of community fishing associations, or CFAs, was a hot topic during Monday’s meeting. It was presented as an option the work group should encourage the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to look into, but those who provided public testimony on the matter were seemingly split.
    During the work group’s discussion, the members went through previously stated community goals and drafted how various aspects of the fishery management council’s motion could fit those goals. The work group also added other items not addressed in the council’s management plan, and directed Kodiak’s fisheries analyst, Heather McCarty, to draft some sort of community proposal from Monday’s meeting.
    Assemblywoman Chris Lynch chaired Monday’s meeting, and said she felt it was successful in bringing fishermen from different gear types to the table for discussion.

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Mar 19 2014
Oregon Men Take Indoor Championship
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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    You can add another trophy to the mantle of Kodiak’s most famous runner. Trevor Dunbar’s Oregon Ducks won the NCAA indoor national track and field championship over the weekend.
    The University of Oregon senior placed in two events to help the Ducks clinch the title in Albuquerque, scoring 62 points, eight more than runner-up Arkansas.
    Dunbar was fifth in the men’s 3,000 meters with a time of 8-minutes 14.13-seconds on Saturday. The day before, in the men’s distance medley relay, Dunbar had a late surge in his 1,600-meter leg to help the Ducks to a second-place finish.
    Oregon swept the team titles, the first time that’s happened since 2008, with the Lady Ducks winning their fifth straight championship.

 
Mar 18 2014
After Reality TV Stardom, Quality Marine Douses Torch
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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    Though in business for over 20 years in Seward and lately in Kodiak, Quality Marine of Alaska, which does all manner of industrial welding, was known mostly only by fishermen and others who needed to keep their vessels and machinery in working order. Wider fame came last year when the shop, owned by Theresa and Dennis Butts, made a splash on reality television with the Discovery Channel show “Alaskan Steel Men.”
    “I think that it made our services more known to some of the larger corporations in the state – the Alyeska pipeline and things like that – who didn’t realize the qualifications that we had and the abilities we had to come in and solve problems right away without the bureaucracy and red tape that goes along with the oil field and the big corporate problems,” Theresa Butts said. “So we were traveling a lot. The business has been swelling since we came to Kodiak, but has really peaked in the last eight to 10 months.”
    But, all that traveling and business expansion has come at a price.
    “So we were looking at our time commitment becoming larger with no end in sight. So we’re kind of right at our peak right now and seemed like a really good time to transition to something else and make this opportunity available for someone else.”
    To that end, the Butts’ decided to close Quality Marine’s doors and lay off their dozen employees last week – at least until they can find someone to operate their business for them:
    “It really boils down to is the business is getting bigger and bigger and we’re working more and more every day at a time in our lives when we want to work less and less. We’ve spent 20 years assembling a network of really amazing welders and helpers, but finding somebody you can trust with your life’s work to start taking over for you is a whole other story.”
    She said the company’s lead welders shouldn’t have any difficulty finding work, given the demand. As for herself, Theresa Butts says she’s going to go commercial fishing. She says both she and Dennis plan to stay in Kodiak.

 
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