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NPFMC makes changes to observer program
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has passed a motion calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service to make small but wide-ranging changes in a new federal fisheries observer program. The program, scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2013, will install fisheries observers on boats as small as 40 feet. The motion approved by the council on Friday calls for NMFS to prioritize observation of gear groups that c...
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In nationwide meningitis outbreak, experts say Alaska danger nil
An outbreak of fungal meningitis that has afflicted more than 100 people across the country is not a threat to Alaska, health experts say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked the outbreak to contaminated steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center and used starting May 21. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration say hospitals and clinics in 23 states received drugs...
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Demand rising at shelter, food bank
The Kodiak Baptist Mission Food Bank and the Brother Francis Shelter are reporting a rise in the number of year-round Kodiak residents seeking aid. In past years, summer users of the Kodiak Baptist Mission Food Bank have largely been seasonal workers, but this summer the food bank saw more Kodiakans using the services. "This summer we didn't see a lot of seasonal workers," said Kelli Forman, food bank public educa...
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Ouzinkie Native Corporation shifts away from 8(a) contracting
Ouzinkie Native Corporation is joining the statewide Native corporation trend away from federal contracting. "In light of defense spending, there's a concern, probably a very justified concern that defense spending is going to become less," said company CEO Greg Strong on Monday. Strong spoke with the Daily Mirror the week after the company's annual meeting in Ouzinkie and had a similar message to the one presente...
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Sen. Begich backs Xtratuf protesters
Alaskans protesting a decision by Honeywell Inc. to shift production of their beloved boots have a new ally — Sen. Mark Begich. On Friday, Begich sent an official letter to David Cote, CEO of Honeywell, manufacturer of Xtratuf boots. About 100,000 pairs of Xtratufs are made each year, and one-third of that production ends up in Alaska, where the boots are used by cannery workers, hikers and the occasional wedding ...
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Man faces felony charges after allegedly assaulting fisherman and stealing $700
A man who was wearing a white straw cowboy hat is accused of assaulting a Kodiak fisherman outside the B and B Bar and stealing $700 from him. Imhotep Narcisse, 39, faces five felony charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree theft. According to court documents the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 27, when Narcisse beat up a man and ...
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Gore-Tex survey rates Kodiak as tops in hunting, worst in conditions
A new nationwide survey conducted by Gore-Tex has identified Kodiak Island as the place with the best hunting but worst conditions in the United States. The survey included "avid hunter-athletes, representatives of top hunting organizations and members of the hunting media," according to an email from W.L. Gore & Associates, which manufactures Gore-Tex. Eleana Collins, a spokeswoman for Gore & Associates, said Ala...
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Honoring the Coast Guard
Kodiakans applaud Saturday night in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center during the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce's annual Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner as master of ceremonies Rick Vahl reads the names of the Coast Guard sailors in attendance. The event, which has taken place each year for almost 30 years, is Kodiak's annual gala to recognize the Coast Guard. "We are not just a Coast Guard city," said Kodiak Mayor ...
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Fish council carves halibut slice for charters
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 10-1 Friday morning to revise a halibut catch share plan that aroused alarm from charter fishing guides last year. The proposal recommended by the council sets catch limits using a 2008 plan that divided Alaska’s halibut quota between charter and commercial fishermen. That plan was to be implemented this year, but a backlash from charter fishermen across the state...
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Koniag shifts strategy, slashes dividend
Kodiak’s regional Native corporation is slashing its dividend and executing a major reorganization as it adjusts to a slimmer federal budget and growing resistance to federal contracting with Native corporations. Koniag Inc. CEO Will Anderson unveiled the news Saturday during its annual meeting in Kodiak. Koniag’s annual dividend will drop by more than half — from $10.65 per share to $3 per share — as the company ...
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