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North Pacific Council begins meeting in Juneau
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council begins its June meeting today in Juneau with eyes toward limiting the number of king salmon that end up in trawlers’ nets. The council is scheduled to take final action this week on a proposal to limit the number of king salmon that Gulf of Alaska trawlers can catch as bycatch in non-pollock fisheries. A 25,000-fish king salmon bycatch cap is already in place for the po...
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Alaska Airlines to introduce new plane to Kodiak next spring
Alaska Airlines will be presenting a new face to Kodiak next year. On Tuesday, the airline announced that it will introduce the Bombardier Q400 aircraft on one of two daily Anchorage-Kodiak flights that use Boeing 737s. The Q400 is a twin-turboprop 76-seat aircraft and will be operated by Alaska subsidiary Horizon Airlines. Alaska’s 737 Combi (half-cargo) aircraft that serve Kodiak have 72 passenger seats. A full-...
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State approves SEALs' land use request
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has approved a request from the Naval Special Warfare center in Kodiak to conduct training missions on state land. In a letter dated Tuesday, natural resource manager Cliff Larson writes, “The Southcentral regional office of the division of mining, land and water has no objection to the Navy SEALs training activities … The activities fall within the category of generally ...
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Ferry system looks for interim replacement for Tustumena
As repairs to the Tustumena drag on, the Alaska Marine Highway System is looking for a Band-Aid to patch the hole in its service map. Late last month, the ferry system published a notice directed at boat operators across Alaska: If you have a boat that can carry at least three vehicles and six passengers, the marine highway wants to hear from you. The notice, formally known as a “request for information,” was insp...
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Kennicott aids fishing vessel in distress
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Kennicott made an unscheduled stop Sunday afternoon, but it was for a good cause. On a trip from Dutch Harbor to Kodiak, the Kennicott came to the aid of the fishing vessel Erica Renee, which had radioed for help after it began taking on water. “When the Kennicott showed up, it was listing heavily,” ferry service spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said. According to Petty Officer 3rd C...
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NMFS rolls out rules to protect Tanner crab near Kodiak
The National Marine Fisheries Service has released a proposal to restrict trawling near Kodiak Island to protect Tanner crab populations. Amendment 89 to the Gulf groundfish management plan would prohibit non-pollock trawling in an area of Marmot Bay and would require flatfish fishermen to modify their trawl gear in the Central Gulf. “The use of modified nonpelagic trawl gear in these fisheries would reduce the un...
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Property taxes remain unchanged for most
Taxes will remain flat for most Kodiak Island Borough property owners in the coming year. Last week, the borough assembly held final discussions on its FY14 budget, and borough finance director Karl Short told members of the assembly that most homeowners’ millage rates will remain unchanged as the new fiscal year begins in July. “I’d like to reemphasize that it doesn’t increase the mill rate,” Short said. The sole...
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Chicken guru visits Kodiak
At “Chicken University,” the passing grade is a big, fat goose egg. Or hen’s egg, if you prefer. On Saturday afternoon, about 20 Kodiak residents came to Fisherman’s Hall to listen to University of Alaska Fairbanks extension agent Steve Brown explain the do’s and don’ts of raising chickens in Alaska. “It’s just exploded in popularity,” Brown said after the educational session, known as Chicken University. “If we d...
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New senior housing complex rising on Near Island
Seniors are one step closer to having another housing option in Kodiak. The Kodiak Island Housing Authority broke ground on a new 32-unit senior housing complex in April, and work entered full swing this month. The 36,000 square-foot, three-story building is going up on Near Island next to the Koniag building. Scheduled to be complete in fall 2014, it will be home to seniors 55 years and older. KIHA project direct...
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Assemblyman aims to extinguish smoking borough-wide
Borough assemblyman Aaron Griffin is used to heat. After all, he's a fireman. He'll face a new kind of heat as he pushes a proposal to ban public indoor smoking across the Kodiak Island Borough. "I know it would be a very hot item," he said. "I may take some heat ... but quite honestly, I think it's the right thing to do." Griffin is drafting an ordinance that would put a smoking ban on the borough ballot in Octob...
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