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Report: Three in four seafood workers nonresident
A new state report has found three in four Alaska seafood processing workers are not Alaska residents, the highest percentage of any Alaska industry. Last month, the Alaska Department of Labor released its annual “Residency of Alaska Workers” report, which showed 20.1 percent of Alaska’s 414,000 workers don’t live in the state. That percentage is the highest since 1997, when 20.3 percent of the state’s workers wer...
Feb 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cavaness killer gets 13 years in prison
Anchorage Judge Fred Torrisi traveled to Kodiak on Tuesday and sentenced Joshua Erickson to 13 years in prison with two years suspended for his involvement in the death of Darrell Cavaness in January 2008. Erickson, 33, was one of two men who beat Cavaness to death. In January 2008, Cavaness was found unconscious and bleeding at an apartment in Kodiak, and was taken to an Anchorage hospital, where he died one week...
Feb 06, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting opens
The North Pacific Fishery Management council opens its February meeting at 8 a.m. today in Portland, Ore. On its weeklong agenda: habitat issues, Bering Sea crab and a paper discussing a groundfish catch share plan for the Gulf of Alaska. According to the council’s agenda, the catch share discussion — likely the top topic for Kodiak fishermen — will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in Portland’s Benson Hotel. The groundfi...
Feb 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kulluk response cost up to $90 million
The bill for freeing the Kulluk has reached $90 million, according to an announcement in London from the chief financial officer of Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Shell held its annual results conference in London, last week, and CFO Simon Henry told shareholders that his company has budgeted $40 million for salvage operations alone. The $40 million I mentioned is the pure salvage cost to salvage operators,” he said. “The...
Feb 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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300 Blockbuster stores are closing nationwide, but none are in Alaska
In the Lower 48, Blockbuster membership cards are becoming about as common as pay phones. Here in Alaska, while video rental stores may be suffering from competition, they’re still hanging on strong. Last week, Dish Network — parent company of Blockbuster — announced it will close about 300 stores nationwide. That’s about 35 percent of all Blockbusters nationwide and means only 500 remain open from a peak of 5,700...
Feb 01, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Western Gulf fishermen chime in on catch shares
Next month, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council will consider a change to catch shares in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fishery — and western Gulf fishermen will have a bigger voice. The Council took action in October, identifying the purpose and need for a Central Gulf catch share plan. Community members from Kodiak in particular were organized and vocal in their goals and ideas for such a plan, said N...
Jan 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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MTAB questions ferry plans
Members of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board questioned Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Pat Kemp and his staff during the board’s meeting Tuesday in Juneau on changes announced last month to ferry procurement plans. While Kemp was acting commissioner of the DOT&PF, the state announced late last year that it was abandoning its plans to order a 350-foot-long Alaska-class...
Jan 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishing boat suffers minor damage in grounding
A 56-foot Cordova-based fishing boat was towed to Kodiak on Thursday after running aground and puncturing its hull on Raspberry Island. According to the Coast Guard, the Neptune, homeported in Cordova and owned by China B Fisheries Inc., sent a distress call about 1:30 a.m. Thursday reporting it had grounded on the southern side of Raspberry Island and was taking on water. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helic...
Jan 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Applications accepted for two big fisheries boards
Nominations are being sought to fill openings on two of the boards most important to fisheries management in Alaska. On the same day the International Pacific Halibut Commission reopened its application process, state board of fish member Bill Brown resigned with almost a year and a half remaining in his term. Brown told KTOO-FM in Juneau that “personal reasons” and “personalities” played into his decision but dec...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ferry delayed by elevator trouble
The ferry Kennicott is back in service but running behind schedule after its vehicle elevator malfunctioned and stranded it in Yakutat. With the ferry Tustumena in dry dock for maintenance, the Kennicott is the sole ferry serving Kodiak, and the delay means the cancellation of one Kodiak stop. “To catch the ferry back up to its normal schedule, what they’re taking out is the homer to Kodiak round-trip sailing on (...
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