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FAIRBANKS — They say once you go whitewater, you never go back.
After my first whitewater kayak trip down the Gulkana River during the Labor Day weekend, I can see why the excitement of rapids could ruin flat water for some folks, including people in my party, even if it didn’t for me.
Of course, I wimped out on the biggest whitewater of the run, so perhaps I’m not the best one to say.
KENAI — All first responder planning requires a certain level of preparation for the inevitable, intense training for that rescue that will eventually come.
This weekend’s water rescue training proved to be a bit of a reversal of that philosophy for the several teams of firefighters who late last month dashed out into the stormy mouth of the Kenai River to save two commercial fishermen after the F/V Six capsized in heavy seas on its way into port on the evening of Aug. 21. They had their high-tempo, real-world experience before training.
A low-profile state commission most Alaskans have never heard of helps keep the oil industry safe. Only rarely does the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission get into the mainstream news, and that’s a good thing according to its three commissioners.
If the AOGCC weren’t doing its job there might be a lot more news, of the unwelcome kind.
The three commissioners appointed to the commission, all long-time members and with extensive prior experience in industry, are Cathy Foerster, currently the chair; Dan Seamount and John Norman.
ANCHORAGE — A northern Alaska village that has been plagued by shortages of treated water and money has been hit by yet another setback that turned out to be temporary — at least for now.
DUTCH HARBOR — For decades, the crab piled up in fishing boats like gold coins hauled from a rich and fertile sea.
But the very ocean that nursed these creatures may prove to be this industry’s undoing.
New research earlier this year shows that Bristol Bay red king crab — the supersized monster that has come to symbolize the fortunes of Alaska’s crab fleet — could fall victim to the changing chemistry of the oceans.
This is the first in a series of profiles on Sitka’s candidates for municipal office.
Steven Eisenbeisz, 28, is not a lifelong Sitkan. But pretty close.
“I moved to Sitka in the summer of 1992 with my mother and brother,” he said. “I started second grade, went all the way through high school, graduated here, and shortly after that moved away for four years in order to join the Marine Corps. Since 1992, that’s been my only time out of Sitka.”
He’s thought about running for Assembly before, and he thought about it before the filing deadline for this election, too. Initially, he decided against it.
“However, when I saw there was only two candidates on the ballot with two positions open, I decided maybe this is the time,” Eisenbeisz said. “I really feel Sitka needs a choice in this election, and I’m proud to be that.”
Eisenbeisz and his wife, Ashley, own Russell’s sporting goods store on Lincoln Street. It’s a third-generation family business, on her side, and Eisenbeisz says it’s offered him a good perspective on Sitka’s economy.
“The business climate in town is interesting,” he said. “There’s definitely room for people who want to try hard and succeed here.”
As an example, he cites the Homeport Eatery, a new food court open across the street from Russell’s.
“One person had an idea in their head and with a lot of drive and ambition and, I’m sure, very hard work, they were able to open up and have quite a nice place for Sitka,” Eisenbeisz said. “If you try hard enough in this town you can succeed. It’s all about finding what the people need here.”
The last several Assemblies have each, at times, heard citizens testify that the city isn’t business friendly. And each Assembly has had members who argue the opposite.
“They could both be very much right,” he said. It’s all in how you define “business friendly.”
“The city needs money to operate,” Eisenbeisz said. “Sales tax is one of the ways they get that money. If becoming business friendly is eliminating the sales tax or giving money to these businesses, I don’t know that that’s necessarily the right way to go.”
Eisenbeisz says there are more discussions that need to happen before he has a strong opinion on whether the city is business friendly.
On education funding, Eisenbeisz says the city should give as much money as it can afford to give to the school system. But “afford” is the key word there, he says. And with costs seeming to rise faster than revenue, Eisenbeisz says it’s important that the city be able to live within its means.
“We are going to have to do something. I know, as myself, if I have $6,000 in the bank, I can’t go and spend $10,000. It just doesn’t work,” he said. “The city needs to be run the same way. We can’t dig ourselves into a deficit and simply say ‘oh, it’ll fix itself later.’ No, it won’t. We cannot spend more money than is coming in.”
Deciding how to ensure long-term fiscal strength for Sitka will be up to the people, he says. And as an Assembly member, he says he wants to spend a lot of time listening to his constituents.
“This is not an elected official’s town. This is not the city’s town. It’s our town,” Eisenbeisz said. “And I really want people to become more proactive in the solutions to the problems that we are facing now.”
Voters who want to pick Eisenbeisz will have to fill in the oval next to the write-in blank, and then write his name on the line. Does it have to be spelled correctly?
“With a name like Eisenbeisz that could be difficult,” he said. “But fortunately, no.”
The Municipal Clerk’s office confirms that. As long as the bubble is filled in, and the voter’s intent is clear, the vote will be counted.
Tuesday, we’ll introduce you to Assembly candidate Ben Miyasato. On Wednesday, we’ll profile Assembly candidate Aaron Swanson. School board candidates will be profiled Thursday and Friday.
NORMANBY ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — Katharina Fabricius plunged from a dive boat into the Pacific Ocean of tomorrow.
A bleak portrait emerged: Instead of tiered jungles of branching, leafy corals, Fabricius saw mud, stubby spires and squat boulder corals. Snails and clams were mostly gone, as were worms, colorful sea squirts and ornate feather stars.
Instead of a brilliant coral reef like the one living a few hundred yards away, what the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences ecologist found resembled a slimy lake bottom. The cause: carbon dioxide.
About 20 students attended Bob Price’s afternoon math class Thursday at The Learning Connection in downtown Juneau. Adults ranging in age from 20 to 50 years old were learning about fractions and percentages that day. Some of the students in Price’s class have decades of work experience.
After 90 minutes of instruction, Price ends the class with a reminder to all students to finish their General Educational Development testing by Dec. 20, when the center closes for the holidays, or start all over next year.
KODIAK — Kodiak ports officials trying to stop vandalism at a public restroom are considering issuing key cards for access.
“Our Shelikof restroom has been a source of a lot of issues over the years,” said Kodiak Shipyard manager Lon White on Wednesday at a meeting of the Kodiak Ports and Harbor Advisory Board. “Primarily a handful of citizens abuse the use of the facility, they do a bunch of damage to it and make it unusable for the average citizen.”
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage airport officials are looking to manage increased traffic by improving existing infrastructure, without adding a new runway.
However, the Anchorage Daily News reports that a proposed master plan for Ted Stevens International Airport has a new runway as part of a long-term solution, Planners say that would occur only if growth in traffic reaches the highest forecast levels.
FAIRBANKS — About a third of the employees at Fairbanks’ primary mental health organization will lose their jobs next week because of budget cuts.
The staffing reduction is being made at a time when the Fairbanks Community Health Center is overhauling its operations and preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. It’ll emerge from a short closure next week with a different name — Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services — and new oversight from the nonprofit organization that provides mental-health care in Anchorage, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
KETCHIKAN — Annette Island School District has received $14.5 million from the state to renovate Richard Johnson Elementary School.
The school was originally built in the 1960s, with major renovations and additions in the 1980s and a roof project in the 1990s, said Superintendent Eugene Avey. In addition to the building showing its wear and tear, the heating and cooling system had not been functioning properly for the past few years, Avey said.
FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Concert Association wanted your opinion on someone witty, outgoing and talented enough to hold his or her own on stage with comedian Martin Short. They asked, you delivered — but there is still a choice to be made.
Sitka crews react to water main break. School board candidates differ on superintendent’s role. Philippines’ first honorary consul to AK talks about partnerships. Organization promotes weatherization as winter approaches.
Update 4:13 p.m., 9/15/13:
Sawmill Creek Road re-opened to traffic on Saturday, after a nearly 24-hour closure from a water main break that occurred Friday afternoon.
Environmental Superintendent Mark Buggins says the main that ruptured was repaired, and a secondary leak has a temporary fix in place. Eventually, crews will need to go back in and make final repairs to the water main.
Residents in the immediate area of the water main rupture — the 700 block of Sawmill Creek Road — remain under a boil-water advisory. That advisory could be lifted after officials see the results of water quality tests on Monday morning. The city will advise residents when that happens.
Others in Sitka, outside the immediate area of the water main break, should have service as usual.
Update, 9:58 a.m., 9/14/13:
City public works director Michael Harmon says via Raven Radio’s Facebook page that if you have water service now, you don’t have to boil it. A boil water notice has been issued for the residents immediately near the water main break, in the 700 block of Sawmill Creek Road.
He also posted the following, earlier today:
Work will continue through Saturday. The main section of pipe that ruptured was replaced. However, when the water was turned back on and the line was pressurized, another leak was found in a different location. This area had to be worked on through the night and will continue today before the road can open.
Update, 8:34 p.m., 9/13/13:
Sitka Environmental Superintendent Mark Buggins said crews have found the leak, which resulted from a crack in a section of the 16-inch cast-iron water main.
Operators were beginning to cut the pipe around 8:30 p.m., and levels in the city’s water tanks are holding steady. Buggins says everyone should have water, except residents in the 700 block of Sawmill Creek Road, nearest to the leak.
He said the city hopes to have that section back on shortly after midnight tonight.
Update, 6:08 p.m., 9/13/13:
CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld reports from the scene that heavy equipment has arrived and is digging up rocks, gravel and water to reach the broken water main.
Sawmill Creek Road remains closed between Baranof and Jeff Davis streets. Sitka Fire Dept. volunteers and staff are on scene to assist with the road closure.
Update, 5:27 p.m., 9/13/13:
ROAD CLOSURE: Sawmill Creek Road between Baranof Street and Jeff Davis Street. City crews continue working on the water main break.
Original story, 4:46 p.m., 9/13/13:
Sitkans experienced a drop-off in water pressure this afternoon, after a water main break along a major line that supplies town.
City Environmental Superintendent Mark Buggins says the break happened in the 700 block of Sawmill Creek Road.
Police did not close the road, but traffic is slow in the area and drivers are asked to stay clear for the time being, if possible. The area is just past Jeff Davis Street as you head out of town.
Sitkans will likely notice lower water pressure tonight, especially those living at higher elevations. The city says water to all of town will be limited, and they’re asking residents to slow down on their water use and only do what’s necessary tonight. Buggins told us shortly after 4 p.m. that crews are going to keep working on the situation. They’re trying to get the damage fixed tonight, but Buggins said it was too early to tell how long it would take.
The water main break occurred around 3:30 p.m. And there were some immediate side effects to the water main break. A drop in water pressure in the sprinkler system at City Hall ended up setting off the fire alarms and causing the evacuation of the building. That happened around 4 p.m.
A little after noon on Friday, the Ketchikan Police Department learned about an alleged drug-selling operation at a room in a local hotel.
Police obtained and served a search warrant, and allegedly found about a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and more than $1,000 in cash.
Twenty-one-year-old Lapairs A. Shaw, and 32-year-old Rebecca L. A. Heisler, both of Ketchikan, were arrested and charged with third- and fourth-degree controlled-substance misconduct.
Shaw also was charged with violating conditions of his release.
Petersburg Medical Center is trying a management approach called “Lean”. Proponents in health care describe it as a way to improve value for the customer….. “Customers” being patients as well as staff, like nurses and medical assistants, whose jobs often depend on the jobs of their co-workers.
Toyota is often credited for developing the concept after World War Two in an effort to manufacture higher quality cars at a lower cost. But the philosophy eventually spread beyond manufacturing to other sectors including health care.
The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association has been sponsoring “LEAN” training for some of the staff from Critical Care Hospitals in several Southeast towns including Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Juneau.
Anders Wennerstrom is Director of Operational Excellence with Providence Health and Services and Nels Johnson is Providence’s Clinical Project Manager. The two recently spent a day training Petersburg Medical Center staff in the lean approach. They also spoke with KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein who began with a question to Wennerstrom:
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Petersburg’s non-profit movie theater is now fully digital. Northern Nights Theater premiered its new digital projector last weekend but tonight is the official grand re-opening.
The student-run organization was created with the help of a state grant in 1997. As the industry phases out 35 millimeter film, the digital equipment will allow Northern Nights to continue showing first-run movies. To find out more, Matt Lichtenstein spoke with Theater Manager Anne Tate, and her daughter, Sarah, who is president of the theater’s student board.
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Southeast seine fishermen have finished-up their record-breaking pink salmon harvest for the year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game earlier this week (9/8) announced that directed pink fishing was closed.
Weekly pink catches drop off fairly fast at the end of each season and this year was no exception according to the department’s Regional management coordinator Dan Gray.
“We look at those last few openers as kind of halving every opener as you move on. So when it went from nine million harvest, approximately, down to four to two to one and then I think the last one was about 400 thousand, we knew it was all but done and fishermen were done with it and the processors were done with it. So, we just kind of wrapped it up,” says Gray.
It will be a while before the department has all the data for a final count, but according to preliminary estimates, Gray says seiners landed 85.5 million pink salmon. Trollers and Gillnetters caught an estimated 2.4 million more for a total of 87.9 million.
“It is an all-time record. It beats 1999 and, yeah, it was the biggest one ever,”
Southeast commercial fishermen caught 77-point-eight million pinks in 1999.
Pink salmon escapement, the number of fish making it back to the streams to spawn, has been very good around the region this year, according to Gray. The lack of rain has been a concern for the department which has seen some localized pink salmon die-offs. However, as fall typically brings more rain, Gray is confident the big pink returns will make up for the losses.
“I still think there’s enough fish staging in the inter-tidal areas that are going to back-fill anything that’s killed at this point. There’s just a lot of pink salmon there. There were still reports in some areas when we closed that they were still catching bright fish.”
This year’s price for seine-caught pinks averaged around 40 cents a pound. The biggest catches were in Southern Southeast.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly recently asked the state Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit on South Tongass Highway in the Herring Cove area, but only during the summer.
That request stemmed from a borough study of Herring Cove, a busy destination for summer tourists hoping to see some Alaska wildlife. The Assembly will discuss that study in detail during a work session Monday, part of the regular Borough Assembly meeting.
Some other recommendations the Planning Department drafted include pedestrian bridges and viewing platforms, walkways next to the highway, and a public parking lot with restrooms and trash cans. All that would be funded through the borough’s share of the state cruise passenger head tax.
The Planning Department also recommends working with the state to make sure there is enforcement of parking and traffic regulations, working with the visitor industry to educate visitors about wildlife safety, and an annual review to make sure the area’s needs are met.
Also Monday, the Assembly will consider a resolution to move forward with a wood-fired boiler project at Point Higgins Elementary School. That’s a cooperative project with the Ketchikan School District.
The Assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Borough Assembly chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.