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IG cites NOAA for lack of response
The Commerce Department Inspector General’s annual report for 2012 spotlights a “growth of complaints” made via the agency’s hotline “related to NOAA,” mostly involving “mismanagement or minor misconduct,” and implies clearly that NOAA officials are showing insufficient interest in resolving these problems. Not all the problems alluded to involve NOAA, but complaints about NOAA increased faster than any other agen...
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NPFMC considers more trawl restrictions
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved a public look at plans to cap king salmon catches in all Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries. Sunday’s vote allows formal public comments on the plan and puts the proposal on the fast track for final action and implementation later this year. NPFMC member Cora Campbell, Alaska’s Commissioner of Fish and Game, proposed the motion to open public comment. Earlier t...
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Teachers soon to be graded on the progress of students
Teachers are usually the ones handing out the grades, but a new state-mandated system will soon be grading teachers based on the progress of their students. The Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development approved the new rule on Friday, stating that in the 2015-2016 school year, 20 percent of a teacher's job assessment will be based on student growth. For the Kodiak school district, the challenge is fig...
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Hospice of Kodiak starts training volunteers
On Thursday night, a group of about 30 Kodiakans gathered in a dimly lit, windowless conference room within Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. While they shared smiles over pizza, their attitude quickly sobered as they set to their task. In the next few months, the 30 volunteers will be the core group behind Hospice of Kodiak, a new group intended to help island residents who are dying with no hope of recove...
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Alaska's Congressional delegation supports small boats in observer issue
Alaska's congressional delegation wants changes in federal plans to put observers on more commercial fishing boats. The observer program has been around since 1990 for large catcher and catcher-processor vessels in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska fisheries. The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced plans to add observers to vessels that are less than 60 feet but more than 40 feet. A letter from Sens. Lisa ...
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Kodiak man rearrested for meth
A Kodiak man who pleaded guilty for possession of a controlled substance in September again faces felony charges for allegedly possessing methamphetamine. According to court documents, Dennis Vargas, 38, faces one charge of possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. On Nov. 25 around 9:45 a.m., Vargas was pulled over for speeding on Mill Bay Road. He allegedly was traveling 36 mph in a 30 mph area. Du...
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As winter deepens, a lesson in avalanche safety comes to Kodiak
Around 50 Kodiak skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and climbers attended an avalanche training workshop at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Friday. Tucker Chenoweth, executive director of the Alaska Avalanche School, led the workshop. Chenoweth had a ski patrol career that lasted nine years, and has worked as a mountaineering ranger on the slopes of Mount McKinley. "We have to really be aware...
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Kodiak residents support preferred runway plan
After years of planning and debate, Kodiak groups have a Kodiak State Airport expansion plan they can live with. On Thursday night, the Federal Aviation Administration held a public workshop and hearing to explain plans to build federally mandated runway safety areas without affecting Buskin River State Recreation Site. As decided by Congress, all runways are required to adhere to the FAA safety area standards by ...
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Groundfish quotas set for 2013
Groundfish quotas for 2013 appear to show mixed news for Kodiak fishermen. On Thursday, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council set 2013 catch quotas for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska, and while pollock — Kodiak’s big fishery — is up, Pacific cod is down. The federal quota for the cod fishery declined by 5,000 tons (7.6 percent) to 60,600 tons. Cod quota is subdivided by geartype and boat size, and exact f...
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Sun’aq promises continued push for land
The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak is continuing its campaign to obtain surplus Coast Guard land, Sun’aq CEO Bob Polasky said Sunday afternoon. Polasky’s announcement was one of the highlights of Sun’aq’s annual meeting, which brought members of Kodiak’s urban tribe to the Sun’aq hall in downtown Kodiak for business and a dinner. Since its federal recognition in 2000, the 1,641 members of Sun’aq have been without a land b...
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