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State releases draft schedule for 2013-2014 ferry service
Three months after the Tustumena returns from overhaul in Seward, Kodiak’s other major ferry will be laid up for maintenance. The Alaska Marine Highway System on Wednesday released its draft 2013-2014 schedule, which calls for the ferries Kennicott, Columbia, Matanuska, Fairweather and Chenega to undergo monthslong periods of repair and maintenance next winter. “We picked that time because generally dead of winter...
Mar 28, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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CG will endure $295 million in budget cuts
The music has stopped for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard band is the latest casualty of almost $300 million in federally mandated cuts that encompass oil spill response programs, housing aid and even everyday operating expenses for the service’s ships and aircraft. “It’s true the challenges we face are real, and like everyone in our government we may be asked to do less with less, or at least do the same wo...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Frankenfish labeling amendment fails
In a 73-26 vote, the U.S. Senate approved a budget measure to avoid a government shutdown on March 27. The measure, which now goes to the House of Representatives for final approval, includes $5 million for improvements to the Coast Guard’s forward operating base in Cold Bay and $1.1 million for a Coast Guard refueling station on Sitkinak Island. In a blow to Alaska fishermen, the Senate voted to cut off debate be...
Mar 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov. nominated Kodiakan to fish council
Gov. Sean Parnell has nominated Kodiak resident and council member Duncan Fields to fill another three-year term on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. The nomination will go forward to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for final approval, which is expected to occur this summer. To hold a seat on the council, interested parties were required to submit their names and letters of support from people in the ...
Mar 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tuberculosis drug shortage widespread
In the 1940s and 1950s, medical ships cruised the waters of southwest Alaska, trying to end an epidemic of tuberculosis that infected as many of 90 percent of the region’s population. Doctors now face shortages of tuberculosis detection and treatment medicines even as the aftershocks of that 70-year-old epidemic infect Alaskans anew. “What we’re having to do due to the national shortage is to ask people to put on ...
Mar 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Casting call for new TV series
A new HGTV series is seeking homebuyers and sellers in Alaska. Orion Entertainment, a Colorado-based TV production company, is casting real estate agents and buyers for “Living Alaska,” with filming to begin in April. Kelly McLear, a managing producer for Orion, said the show will be similar to “Buying Alaska,” which filmed partially in Kodiak and aired on Destination America last year. “Living Alaska” will follow...
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Former Alaska Aerospace employee indicted
A former employee of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation has been indicted on conflict of interest charges after she represented the corporation during negotiations with her former employer, the Department of Defense. According to the indictment filed Feb. 20, Jodi Ann Andres is accused of one count of violating the conflict of interest statute. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Accordi...
Mar 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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New UA survey tries to figure what training new fishermen need
A new survey from the University of Alaska is asking fishermen to pick their replacements. Four new surveys, conducted as part of the Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative, are asking employers what skills the next generation of fishermen should learn while still in school. “We’re asking … what are these jobs, and what are the areas where the greatest needs for training or internships or apprenticeships,” sai...
Feb 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kulluk will head to Asia for repairs
The drilling rig Kulluk, a two-month inhabitant of Kiliuda Bay, is about to move out. On Monday, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which operates the Kulluk, announced it will move the Kulluk to an Asian shipyard for repairs needed after the Kulluk ran aground New Year’s Eve on Sitkalidak Island. Neither Shell nor Coast Guard spokesmen could confirm when the tow from Kiliuda Bay will take place or where the Kulluk will ultim...
Feb 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Feds will not list cold-water coral as endangered
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A federal agency has concluded that a petition seeking to list Alaska's cold-water corals as endangered or threatened does not contain enough information to make the case. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday it had rejected the petition submitted in August by the Center for Biological Diversity, which sought a formal endangered species review for 44 cold-water corals because of...
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