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Midday Report – February 01, 2024

Senate Majority Leader Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, speaks in favor of Senate Bill 88 on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, on the floor of the Alaska Senate. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines:  The Alaska Senate passed a bill yesterday to create a new pension plan for state and local government employees. Alaska’s largest utility voiced support for a bill that would step up the use of renewable energy. And a Petersburg-based Lingit actor is featured in the HBO crime drama, True Detective. Senate Majority …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 01 February 2024

Yelloweye rockfish. Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

This week on The Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Nothing is easy in the Cook Inlet EEZ, story by KDLL’s Riley Board, plus Jack Darrell of KRBD on the prohibition on yelloweye fishing in Southeast Alaska. Plus: what is a pelagic performance standard, and can it be enforced? Yelloweye rockfish. Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returns to Kodiak

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is back in Kodiak after 45 days patrolling the Bering Sea. The cutter’s escapades include responding to fires on the Genius Star XI outside of Dutch Harbor. According to a Jan. 30 Coast Guard press release, the cargo ship was transporting lithium ion batteries.  Alex Haley also towed a vessel adrift near Amchitka …

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Kodiak trawlers to begin pollock A season

The Alaska pollock A season opened Jan. 20 but the Kodiak fleet has been standing down to avoid bycatch, or the incidental harvest of non-targeted species.  Julie Bonney is the executive director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank in Kodiak, which looks into management policy and research for the Gulf of Alaska. She said it’s typical for the pollock fleet …

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Kodiak cold snap features coldest temperatures of the season so far, pales in comparison to record low

Kodiak temperatures dropped into the single digits over the past few days, with a low of -1° Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Although these are the coldest temperatures so far this season, meteorologists say this is not out of the ordinary for Kodiak Island winters. Climatologist Rick Thoman with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, ACCAP under the University of …

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Midday Report – January 31, 2024

Protestors hold a banner calling for an increase in the base student allocation, a key part of the state’s education funding formula, during a rally at the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 29, 2024. (Eric Stone/Alaska Public Media)

On today’s Midday Report with host Terry Haines The Governor’s State of the State praises mining and charter schools. Protesters in Juneau call for increased education funding. And a revamped public employee retirement plan will be getting a hard look by the Senate next week. Protestors hold a banner calling for an increase in the base student allocation, a key …

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Gate set up at St. Herman’s Harbor to curb overnight access and potential criminal activity

The Kodiak port and harbors department installed a gate at Saint Herman’s Harbor last week on Wednesday, Jan. 24, following a trend of theft and security issues at the city’s storage lot. City Manager Mike Tvenge said the gate will control overnight access to the lot where gravel and some boats are stored, across the channel from Oscar’s Spit at …

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Port Lions teacher presents maintenance needs to KIBSD Board of Education

The head teacher in Port Lions urged the Kodiak Island Borough School District to address several maintenance issues during the district’s Board of Education meeting on Jan. 22. The Port Lions school has just two teachers – Shayla Demming handles the primary education and her partner, Ken Stockard, handles secondary education alongside a secretary/teacher’s aide.  Demming said they currently serve …

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