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Bethel judge again accused of misconduct
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A District Court judge in Bethel is again accused of improper conduct, 2 1/2 years after he was suspended by the Alaska Supreme Court for inappropriate contact with a witness. The state Commission on Judicial Conduct says Judge Dennis Cummings engaged in off-bench communications in two criminal cases in June that could be viewed as aiding the prosecution in criminal matters. The commission's compl...
Dec 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard blotter — Dec. 9
Dec. 2 Marine Safety Unit Valdez continues to monitor the salvage of the landing craft Sound Developer in Cordova. The vessel was raised at the dock by Global Diving and Salvage in advance of being towed to Ocean Dock Yard to have oil contamination removed and disposed. The Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the City of Cordova are working with Global Diving and Salvage to see the ves...
Dec 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Weather Channel happy with "Coast Guard Alaska" TV ratings
KODIAK — It’s five weeks since The Weather Channel premiered “Coast Guard Alaska,” and the station couldn’t be happier with the results. According to figures released by the channel, the show filmed in Kodiak and at Coast Guard stations across Alaska is the Weather Channel’s highest-rated in prime time this season. Maureen Marshall, public relations director for the channel, wrote in an email that the fourth episo...
Dec 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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North Pacific Fishery Management Council begins meet today in Anchorage
KODIAK — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council begins its winter meeting at 8 a.m. today in Anchorage. The council, the governing body for most federal fisheries issues near Alaska, is expected to hear governmental reports for much of the day before addressing Pacific cod jig fishery management this afternoon. The council will work through Tuesday, and its deliberations will be webcast at http://www.fakr.no...
Dec 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard flies from Kodiak to help disabled ship
KODIAK — An HC-130 airplane and a helicopter from Air Station Kodiak took off Monday afternoon to help the cargo vessel Morning Cedar, which was reported disabled west of Adak that morning. About 8:30 a.m., the master of the 650-foot ship radioed that the 23-person crew was unable to repair a hydraulic leak, and the ship’s rudder was stuck hard to starboard. At the time, the Morning Cedar was northeast of Tanaga I...
Dec 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cold climate center develops plans for new type of wall
The Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks has developed plans for a new type of energy efficient wall that provides better insulation and moisture protection than traditional building techniques. Called the REMOTE (Residential Exterior Membrane Outside-insulation Technique), the wall has 2/3 to 3/4 of its insulation outside a vapor barrier. Putting most of the insulation outside the barrier ensu...
Dec 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pacific Halibut forecast calls for big cuts
KODIAK — Science fiction fans know that when you change the past, you automatically change the future. The International Pacific Halibut Commission is learning that lesson. For the past decade, IPHC staffers have consistently overestimated the total amount of halibut biomass, the weight of all halibut in the sea. Each year, that overestimate has been discovered only after catch data were returned at the end of the...
Dec 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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State board seeks input on changes to foreign boat pilotage requirement
KODIAK — The Alaska Board of Marine Pilots is seeking public comment on a proposal to change the requirement for pilots onboard foreign pleasure boats visiting Alaska. Pleasure boats longer than 65 feet are required to use a state-licensed pilot while the boat is in state mandatory pilotage waters. Under the proposal, boats seeking an exemption to the rule would be required to show that the boat’s captain holds a ...
Dec 01, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishery center takes million-dollar hit to its budget
KODIAK — Kodiak’s Fishery Industrial Technology Center faces a million-dollar budget cut under the newest federal spending plan passed in Washington, D.C. The plan, approved Nov. 18, cuts $42 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture by eliminating the department’s 10 smallest research stations. FITC is among those 10. “It’s a hit to Kodiak and the work that’s been done here,” said FITC co-director Paula Cul...
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crab fishermen propose quota share changes in Bering Sea fishery
KODIAK — As part of the five-year review of the Bering Sea crab rationalization program, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council last year found that while many parts of the rationalization plan were working, they still had concerns about issues such as crew compensation, leasing practices and entry opportunities. Solutions to those issues were presented this week before the council begins its review in Decem...
Nov 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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