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Alaska Marine Highway System asks for input on next summer's schedule
KODIAK — The Alaska Marine Highway System has released its draft schedule for the summer 2012 sailing season, and a proposal to have the ferry Kennicott in Kodiak two weekends per month is drawing some scheduling concerns. AMHS serves Kodiak with the Kennicott and the older, smaller Tustumena. The Tustumena can dock at the city’s Pier 1, which handles smaller ships. The Kennicott must dock at Pier 2, the same loca...
Aug 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq Museum gets national accreditation
KODIAK — The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository has achieved accreditation through a national museum accreditation program, making it one of six in the state, according to the American Association of Museums. It is the first museum in Alaska to be Native-run and accredited. Alutiiq Museum executive director Sven Haakanson said it is only the second Native-run museum in the country to achieve accreditatio...
Aug 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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History project seeks Kodiak hospital ship memories
KODIAK — More than half a century ago, before king crabs were the royalty of Kodiak’s fishery, ships sailed from the island to hunt a more elusive foe — tuberculosis. From 1945 to 1956, the hospital ships Hygene, Health and Yukon Health cruised the bays and rivers of rural Alaska, waging a successful war against a disease that afflicted many in the territory. Now, Juneauite and Harvard University student Kirsten J...
Aug 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Commercial salmon openings — Aug. 15
Commercial salmon fishing will end at 9 p.m. today in the Spiridon Bay Special Harvest Area, but it’s the only place fishing closes any time soon. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Sunday that commercial salmon fishing in the Sitkalidak and Outer Ugak sections of the Eastside Kodiak District has been extended until 9 p.m. Thursday. Commercial salmon fishing will open Tuesday until 9 p.m. Thursday in...
Aug 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard wants comments on new towing regulations
KODIAK — The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting public comment on proposed new rules regulating towing equipment and towing vessels on the waves. The proposed rules would set safety standards for towing equipment and provide regulations for inspecting towing equipment and towing ships. Specifically, the rules address electrical and machinery requirements for new and existing towing vessels and the use and approval of ...
Aug 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard Blotter — Aug. 12
The Coast Guard Blotter is a summary of events compiled by the staff of Coast Guard Public Affairs Kodiak and is provided as a public service. Aug. 8 • Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report that the fishing vessel Tradition snapped its drive shaft and was adrift 35 miles south of Cape Suckling in the Gulf of Alaska. The vessel was not in distress apart from needing assistance returning to port. Commerci...
Aug 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Study of a dying glacier
Yakutat Glacier, near the Alaska town of the same name and flowing from the mountains near the Canada border, calves into a lake as deep as an ocean bay. The icefield that feeds Yakutat is large enough to cover the five boroughs of New York City. Despite its bulk, the glacier is doomed unless we experience a drastic change in climate. Barbara Truessel has been on deathwatch for this interesting glacier for the pas...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishing update
Scallop fishermen have reached their limit east of 154 degrees west, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which closed the season east of that line at 11 a.m. Monday. Based on data collected by Fish and Game, fishermen reached the harvest cap of 130,000 pounds of shucked scallop meat. In other fisheries news, Fish and Game has announced that a vessel length restriction put in place for Pacific cod ...
Aug 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cutter SPAR tests towing system off Kotzebue
The Kodiak-based Coast Guard cutter SPAR is maneuvering in Kotzebue Sound today as it tests an emergency towing system in the sea approaches to the world’s largest zinc mine. The tests are considered important to ensure the towing system can be used under arctic conditions. In 2004, the ship Selendang Ayu grounded on Unalaska Island, spilling 336,000 gallons of crude oil and a cargo of soybeans. The grounding happ...
Aug 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard commandant visits Kodiak
KODIAK — Adm. Bob Papp, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, concluded a two-day visit to Kodiak Sunday afternoon by laying out his vision for the service’s Arctic future. “We just completed what’s called the High-Latitude Study, and that’s for both the Arctic and Antarctic. What the study did … it said that this country should have about six polar icebreakers,” Papp said. Papp is the highest ranking officer in the...
Aug 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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