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DHS adds new immigration fee
New immigrants to the United States will soon find permanent residency costing a little bit more. On Feb. 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — a division of the Department of Homeland Security — will begin charging a fee of $165 on immigrant visa packages. The new fee is in addition to the State Department’s existing visa application processing fee. State Department fees range between $405 and $220, depe...
Dec 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cassidy begins negotiations to become borough manager
The Kodiak Island Borough will have a familiar name in its top job. On Thursday night, the borough assembly held a special meeting to declare interim borough manager Bud Cassidy its choice for borough manager. The assembly voted unanimously to order borough staff to begin contract negotiations with Cassidy, who will take the interim title off his role. If negotiations are settled quickly, it would be an unexpected...
Dec 17, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Temporary solution found for city's 'fecal cliff'
Kodiak’s fecal future is now in the hands of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. On Thursday night, borough solid waste manager Mike Patterson and city public works director Mark Kozak told the borough assembly that they have found a temporary solution to the city’s “fecal cliff.” Saturday was the last day that sewage sludge — the leavings of the city’s water treatment plant — could be dumped into the Kodiak Islan...
Dec 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak gets educated on new observer program
The National Marine Fisheries Service brought its observer roadshow to Kodiak on Friday as it hosted an outreach workshop about the new federal fisheries observer program that begins Jan. 1. An overflow crowd of more than 70 fishermen, processor representatives and community leaders filled the upstairs meeting room at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center as observer chief Martin Loefflad shared the n...
Dec 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard authorization act affects things other than Coast Guard
Late Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a long-awaited Coast Guard funding bill that also includes measures affecting the fishing industry and port workers. The Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Act of 2012 has already been passed by the House and must be signed into law by President Obama before it takes effect. That approval is expected to be just a formality, an anticlimactic end after months o...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Project plans to document all canneries ever built in Alaska
The Kodiak Maritime Museum will participate in a statewide project next year with the ambitious goal of documenting every fish cannery built and operated in Alaska. The project, proposed by the Alaska Historical Society, is still in the conceptual stage, but organizers are already beginning to reach out to museums across the state for help. “We decided that a cannery history project would be a good special history...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Top NOAA law enforcement officer honored
When Kenneth Hansen came to Kodiak in 1987, he arrived at the tail of Kodiak’s “Wild West” crab boom. Hansen retires at the end of the month as Kodiak’s top NOAA law enforcement officer, and last week, he was formally recognized with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Bob Mace Distinguished Service Award, the top honor that regional fisheries group can award. “I’ve accomplished what I want to accomplis...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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New fines for 'mobile offshore drilling units'
Ocean conservation measures received a nod in Wednesday’s Coast Guard authorization bill. The text of the bill includes new fines for “mobile offshore drilling units” like the jack-up drilling rigs that typically pioneer new oil and gas fields in the Arctic, Cook Inlet and Gulf of Mexico. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said the new fines, which can punish wayward rigs up to twice their charter rate, were instituted a...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squeezed by falling prices and quotas, halibut fishermen face fee increase
The federal government is taking a bigger slice of halibut next year. Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it has raised the fee to participate in the commercial halibut harvest by almost 25 percent — from 1.6 percent of a fisherman’s catch to 2.1 percent of the catch. According to NOAA figures published in April, the fee generated just over $5 million last year. Most of that money was alloca...
Dec 13, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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City to vote on expanded sales tax data collection
The Kodiak City Council will consider asking businesses to provide additional information about their sales in an effort to improve the city’s sales tax. The measure is one of several items on the council’s agenda tonight during a wide-ranging meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. in the borough assembly chambers. If approved tonight and at the city council’s next meeting, the tax measure would add a section to the qua...
Dec 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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