Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
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 | 5 5 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 | 3 3 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 | 4 4 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 | 6 6 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 | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues sick sailor
KODIAK — A Coast Guard helicopter transported a bulk carrier crewman to Cold Bay clinic Monday evening after the ship reported the man was suffering from extreme abdominal pain. The bulk carrier Shagangfirst Power, en route from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Korea with a load of coal, was south of the Alaska Peninsula when it radioed for help. The closest Coast Guard unit was the cutter Sherman, which is car...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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City of Kodiak picks new state lobbyist
KODIAK — The city of Kodiak will have a new representative in Juneau when the Alaska Legislature convenes Jan. 17. On Friday, the city council gathered at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center to interview two lobbyist candidates: Cliff Stone and Ray Gillespie. Stone used to live in Chiniak and was a longtime staffer for Rep. Alan Austerman, who serves Kodiak in the Alaska House of Representatives. “I think you’ll ...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unemployment rate flat, after adjustments for season
KODIAK — Kodiak unemployment rates are rising with the arrival of winter and the end of most fishing seasons, but after the figures have been adjusted for that seasonal employment, real unemployment is almost flat. According to the latest statistics released by the state labor department, Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent in October, down from 7.5 percent in September. Unadjusted for t...
Nov 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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State transportation planners ask Kodiak for advice
KODIAK — The Southwest Alaska Transportation Plan that guides federal dollars toward the development of airport, ferry and road projects has not been updated for Kodiak Island in nearly a decade — five years longer than the state prefers. Meanwhile, many of the major improvements in the plan, including paving the road to the Kodiak Launch Complex and increasing ferry service to Aleutian Islands communities, have a...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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United Fishermen of Alaska make statistical push to show fishing's impact
KODIAK — The United Fishermen of Alaska launched a new publicity push this week, releasing statistics it says show the economic and business impact of fisheries in Alaska. “UFA is alarmed at the lack of public awareness about the economic contributions of the fishing and processing industry across Alaska,” organization president Arni Thomson stated in a press release. On its website , UFA has broken down revenue a...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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