MP3+PDF: Aleutians East Borough Assembly Meeting – June 14th, 2024 – 1PM

Posted on: June 14th, 2024 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, KSDP Programs

The Aleutians East Borough Assembly is holding a special meeting on Thursday, June 14th, 2024 at 1:00 PM.

KSDP will air the meeting live & archive the audio here:
https://apradio.org/mp3/2024-06-14-aeb.mp3

AGENDA+PACKET:
          Agenda Packet          

‘They’re in real dire need’: Aleutian mayors weigh in on fishing crisis

Posted on: June 13th, 2024 | Author: Theo Greenly | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News, King Cove, KSDP Newscast

“We told them that we are fishing communities,” said Osterback. “We don’t do anything else. We don’t have anything else. Every business in our communities depends on the fisheries.”

The mayors of Unalaska and the Aleutians East Borough traveled to Washington, D.C. last month, sounding the alarm on the challenges jeopardizing Alaska’s fisheries.

Unalaska Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. and Aleutians East Borough Mayor Alvin Osterback attended an invite-only conference May 22 and 23 in the nation’s capital. There, they filled state and federal officials in on the severity of the fishing industry crash and its impact on rural communities.

“Right now they have a crisis going on in King Cove,” Tutiakoff said during an Unalaska City Council meeting in late May, referencing the recent closure of Peter Pan — King Cove’s main economic driver. “They will not have a processing plant and they will not have a salmon season. They don’t have a crab season. They’re in real dire need.”

The closure of Peter Pan and sell-offs within Trident have sent shock waves through coastal towns who rely on the fishing industry.

Tutiakoff said federal officials he spoke with were interested in the issue but weren’t aware of the whole situation.

“My comments to the Secretary of Commerce were that we need help,” he said. “We need it soon. Unlike some communities, we do have some revenues but it’s not going to carry us very long before we start to feel the impact.”

Tutiakoff said the main issue brought forward at the meeting was that Alaska’s fish can’t compete with loopholes in global markets. He said Russian-caught fish is being transferred to countries like China and then sold on the American market as an Alaska product.

He called for federal officials to close loopholes that benefit the Russian fishing industry, warning that if help didn’t come soon, “Russian fish will be on everybody’s plate.”

Osterback agreed with Tutiakoff, emphasizing the region’s reliance on the success of its fisheries.

“We told them that we are fishing communities,” said Osterback. “We don’t do anything else. We don’t have anything else. Every business in our communities depends on the fisheries.”

Osterback noted that Sen. Dan Sullivan is working to add fisheries into renewal of the Farm Bill, a set of programs that support American agriculture. Including fisheries in the bill could insulate the industry from fluctuating markets.

“Whether you’re growing crops on land or you’re harvesting in the sea, you’re still a harvester,” Osterback said. “The fishermen, the municipalities, the processors — we’re all tied together pretty tight. If one fails, we all fail.”

Sens. Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski are expected to present a strategic plan to the Secretary of Commerce this summer.

Silver Bay purchases Trident’s False Pass facility

Posted on: June 12th, 2024 | Author: Theo Greenly | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Fish News - newsletter, King Cove, KSDP Newscast

(Photo courtesy of Trident Seafoods)

Silver Bay Seafoods has purchased Trident’s processing plant in False Pass, according to a joint statement last week from the two seafood companies.

Trident Seafoods sent shock waves through the fishing industry when it announced in December it was selling several of its plants around the state — that after delaying construction of its new, flagship facility in Dutch Harbor by at least a year. 

Trident CEO Joe Bundrant called the current restructuring decisions “the most difficult” decisions of his career.

Fishermen-owned Silver Bay already operates a facility in False Pass, just next to the Trident plant. Silver Bay President and CEO Cora Campbell said owning adjacent facilities would make operations more efficient, and allow them to provide more opportunities to the fleet.

Silver Bay said it will also be able to provide fuel services with the new facility.

Alaska’s fisheries are facing an unprecedented crisis. A flood of foreign fish into the market, coupled with inflation and trade sanctions, have led to a massive drop in the market value of Alaska’s fish — and coastal communities are feeling the squeeze.

Peter Pan Seafoods made the last minute decision in January not to open their King Cove facility for A season, and then announced in April they wouldn’t open at all, selling some of their plants in other parts of the state, leaving King Cove without its economic driver.

Peninsula Management Area and Chignik Salmon Weir Counts Cumulative Escapement through 06-05-2024

Posted on: June 6th, 2024 | Author: Amy M. | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Fish News - newsletter, Fisheries News

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AEB Fish: ADFG South Pen Salmon Pre-Season Meeting – May 30th, 2024

Posted on: May 30th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News

ADFG’s South Alaska Peninsula Salmon pre-season stakeholders meeting will happen via M$ Teams videoconference:
Thursday, May 30th, 2024 at 10AM

“Annual ADFG Preseason meeting for fishermen. Video conferencing will be available at AEB offices in Sand Point, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon and False Pass. Otherwise fishermen can use the phone number to call in directly or from the harbor houses. They will need to dial the number below and enter the passcode.”

Meeting ID: 279 844 469 514

Dial-in by phone
+1 323-433-2327,,678885963# United States, Los Angeles
(833) 779-6874,,678885963# United States (Toll-free)
Phone conference ID: 678 885 963#

Environmental Assessment for the AU Aleutians II Fiber Project by Unicom, Inc., a subsidiary of GCI.

Posted on: May 20th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/funding-programs/documentation-and-reporting

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has announced the availability of the Environmental Assessment for the AU Aleutians II Fiber Project by Unicom, Inc., a subsidiary of GCI. This project proposes to bring fast internet service to Ouzinkie, Port Lions, Chignik Lagoon, Chignik Lake, Cold Bay, and False Pass, through installation of subsea fiber optic cable and local access networks. The Environmental Assessment describes the anticipated environmental effects of the project and can be accessed online via a link on this radio station’s website. Written comments must be received by 5:00 PM on May 25, 2024.

https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/funding-programs/documentation-and-reporting

Potential Mainland Copper Mine – Sand Point Community Meeting – Mon. May 20th at 5:30

Posted on: May 9th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, City Of Sand Point, Community Window

COPPERBAYRESOURCES.COM

Join The Aleut Corp. and Copper Bay Resources for a fun night of dinner, door prizes and info on Pyramid & San Diego Bay Projects, job opportunities and the upcoming field season. Discussion and Q&A session to follow. Food & refreshments provided. We hope to see you there!

* Hear from the project team about the 2024 field season
* Learn about the project’s future plans and job opportunities
* Connect with members of the project team

MONDAY MAY 20TH @ 5:30 PM
QTT COMMUNITY CENTER
QUESTIONS? CONTACT SEAN SOLIE 1-907-687-1184
COPPERBAYRESOURCES.COM

MP3+PDF: AEB Assembly – Regular Meeting – 3pm, Thurs, May 9th 2024

Posted on: May 7th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

The Aleutians East Borough Assembly is holding a meeting on Thursday, May 9th, 2024 at 3:00 PM.

KSDP will air the meeting live & archive the audio here:
https://apradio.org/mp3/2024-05-09-aeb.mp3
AGENDA+PACKET:
https://www.aleutianseast.org/government/meetings/

https://www.aleutianseast.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/May-9-2024-AEB-Regular-Meeting-Packet.pdf

PenAir founder and Grumman Goose pilot Orin Seybert dies at 87

Posted on: April 24th, 2024 | Author: Theo Greenly | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Aleutians East Borough, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

Legendary aviator Orin Seybert, perhaps best known as the founder of regional airline Peninsula Airways, died of natural causes Friday morning in Anchorage at the age of 87.

Seybert started the airline in 1955, just after graduating high school in the Southwest Alaska town of Pilot Point.

“The first year after high school, I brought an airplane to Pilot Point in Bristol Bay,” Seybert told KUCB in 1999. “I spent my whole career flying up and down the chain and Bristol Bay.”

Seybert led PenAir to become the largest regional airline in Alaska, operating more than 30 aircraft in 45 communities.

Seybert was perhaps best known in Unalaska for recognizing the amphibious Grumman Goose’s potential for operating along the steep coastlines of the Aleutian Islands, where coastal communities built below mountainous terrain pose particular difficulties for constructing runways.

 

“It’s a flying boat. The hull is actually a boat, as opposed to a float plane…so this thing can handle the rough water around Dutch Harbor,” Seybert said. “We have communities like Akutan, 40 miles from here, which is extremely mountainous, and they’ll never be able to build a runway there.”

Seybert is survived by six children and over 50 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

AlaskaGrowth.com / Aleut Shareholder Marketplace Competition: Interview & Introduction

Posted on: April 19th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

‘Big Wave’ Dave Dillard spoke with Mary Miner (Vice President, Community Development for Alaska Growth Capital) & Julie Toomey (Vice President of Regional Affairs for The Aleut Corporation) on KSDP about the Aleut Shareholder Marketplace Competition at Noon on Friday, April 19th, 2024.

To enter the competition & learn more, please visit:
https://www.alaskagrowth.com/aleut-shareholder-marketplace/

Apply & Enter the Aleut Shareholder Marketplace Competition – https://form.jotform.com/240395051670150

“McKinley Alaska Growth Capital (MAGC), in partnership with The Aleut Corporation, proudly administers the Aleut Shareholder Marketplace Business Plan Competition to support vibrant Aleut communities. Open exclusively to Aleut Shareholders and descendants of Shareholders, this business plan competition improves the economic opportunities available to Shareholders by providing technical and financial support to small businesses to encourage adaptive, entrepreneurial activity in the Aleutians and across Alaska.”

Key 2024 Dates:
April 15 – Business Concept Application opens
May 22 – Business Concept Application submission deadline
August 5 – 9 – Business Boot Camp in Anchorage (travel day, 3-day Boot Camp, travel day)
November 6 – Final Business Plan submission deadline
February, date TBD – Winners announced

Download the interview:
https://apradio.org/mp3/2024-04-19-alaskagrowthdotcom.mp3

Peter Pan Announces It Will Cease Operations – April 13, 2024

Posted on: April 13th, 2024 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

Peter Pan announces it will cease operations

Peter Pan Seafood Co., the state-backed processing company that has faced dire financial troubles recently, announced Friday it was ceasing operations.

“We’re saddened to share that Peter Pan Seafoods will be halting operations at its processing plants, leading to the discontinuation of both summer and winter production cycles for the foreseeable future,” the company said in a Facebook post Friday night.

The company faced mounting troubles, including legal claims from fishermen claiming back-owed payments for unpaid deliveries of seafood.

Silver Bay Seafoods recently announced it would acquire Peter Pan’s Valdez facility, as well as operate Peter Pan’s facilities in Dillingham and Port Moller during the 2024 salmon season. It never specified, however, if the King Cove plant would be included.

“This is so sad because I [worked up in King Cove] from ‘96 through last summer,” one commenter posted. “I have good memories from King Cove and the plant, have my kids in the school for a few years.”

King Cove, a community of around 800 residents, relies on the processing facility as its main economic engine. The city already faced hardship when Peter Pan opted last minute not to open for winter’s “A” season, forcing local fishing boats to scramble for new facilities where they could deliver their catch.

“Thanks for waiting until the last possible minute before you told the community of King Cove,” another person commented. “Wouldn’t even tell the fishing fleet of King Cove face to face what was happening, we all have to find out on Facebook.”

Peter Pan said current or former employees can seek processing jobs at Silver Bay Seafoods, but did not specify which facilities would be hiring.

MP3+PDF: AEB Assembly – Regular Meeting – 3pm, Thurs, April 11, 2024

Posted on: April 5th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

The Aleutians East Borough Assembly is holding a meeting on Thursday, April 11th, 2024 at 3:00 PM.

KSDP will air the meeting live & archive the audio here:
https://www.apradio.org/mp3/2024-04-11-aeb.mp3

AGENDA+PACKET:
https://www.aleutianseast.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/April-11-2024-Assembly-Meeting-Packet.pdf

KSDP Logo Contest!

Posted on: April 4th, 2024 | Author: Amy M. | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

Great News……the Logo Contest deadline has been moved to Monday, May 6th at Noon!!! There is still time to get those logos submitted. Already submitted one???? Then make TWO!!

We appreciate those logos already submitted and can’t wait to see if any more get entered!!

Measles Vaccine Available

Posted on: April 4th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: AEB School District, Aleutians East Borough, Community Window

Spotlight on Infants and Children Vaccines

“With an increase in measles cases in the lower 48, now is a great time to make sure your family is up to date on protection against measles. Measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccine, and every child 1 year or older is eligible. Learn how to check your family immunization records and find locations to get vaccinated at vaccinate.alaska.gov. This message brought to you by the Alaska Department of Health.”

CFEC Survey Seeks Feedback on Commercial Fishing Permit Transfers to Minors

Posted on: March 26th, 2024 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News

CFEC:
https://www.cfec.state.ak.us/

Survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fishingkids

New CFEC Survey Seeks Feedback on Commercial Fishing Permit Transfers to Minors

March 21, 2024/Juneau, AK. The Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) which works to conserve and maintain the economic health of Alaska’s commercial fisheries by limiting the number of participating fishers, announced the launch of a new survey on the topic of transfers of CFEC permit ownership to minors under the age of 16 (or under 10 years of age for set net permits).

“The CFEC welcomes feedback from the fleet and is always looking for ways to support Alaska’s family fishing traditions and create quality opportunities for Alaska’s fishing kids to learn the skills they’ll need to become the next generation of Alaska’s commercial fishermen.”

A link to the survey can be found on CFEC’s website at www.cfec.state.ak.us. For further information, please contact: Robin Loreth, Commercial Fisheries Permit Hearing Officer, email: dfg.cfec.adjudications@alaska.gov or visit cfec.state.ak.us

2024.03.21 Minors Survey PRESS RELEASE pdf