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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...
Feb 13, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
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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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