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April 2011

  • Crab Festival is Just Around the Corner

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    Crab Festival is coming soon!  The 2011 Crab Fest slogan is "It's Good Eats" and for anyone who has ever attended Crab Festival, this slogan says it all.  What would Crab Festival be without Bruin Burgers, Ice Cream, Halibut Wraps, BBQ Pork, Turkey Legs, Mexican Cuisine, and of coarse the mouth-watering Crab?
     
    Merchandise
    The 2011 Crab Fest merchandise has arrived and will go on sale at ComFish April 14th through the 16th at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center!
     
     

    Pre-Sale Tickets
    Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at the Chamber and other businesses around town.  Tickets are $40 per sheet and include 35 ride tickets and 10 game tickets.  This is a change that Golden Wheel has made company-wide and is our only option for pre-sale tickets.  Click here to view the full list of locations to purchase pre-sale tickets.  Visa and Mastercard are accepted only at the Chamber Office.  Remember, Golden Wheel rides and games will be at Crab Fest Thursday, May 26th through Sunday, May 29th so tickets may not be used on Monday.  Since Golden Wheel will not be here on Monday, they will not be holding a "buddy day" or "wrist-band day".
     
    Retro Monday
    Retro Monday is the community fun day with an old time fair theme that will be held on the Spit on Crab Festival Monday (May 30th) from 10am to 5pm.  All local non-profits, businesses, and other groups are invited to provide a game, activity, or entertainment at Retro Monday.  This is a great opportunity to get your business or organization's name and message out to the public at the biggest event of the year!  The focus is a family friendly day of old fashioned pastimes such as pie eating contests, face-painting, carnival-style games, and whatever creative activity your group can come up with.  If your group is offering a free activity, there is no cost for your space on the Spit.  If your group will be using this as a fundraiser and charging the public for your activity, there is a flat $50 fee to participate.  Click here for more Retro Monday information and to download participation forms.  Retro Monday is sponsored by Kodiak Community Health Center for the Right Care, Right Now.
     
    Schedule of Event Forms and Parade Participation Forms
    If your group will be holding an event during Crab Festival, be sure to complete a Schedule of Event Form by May 6th so we can advertise for you.  If your group would like to participate in the Crab Festival Parade, please complete the Parade Participation Form by May 11th.  Click here to download Schedule of Event Forms and Parade Participation Forms.
     
    Vendor Information
    If you would like to have a vendor booth at Crab Festival, be sure to return your Vendor Application to the Chamber Office by April 25th.  Click here for all Vendor information.
     
    Visit the Crab Fest web page or contact the Chamber at 486-5557 or chamber@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any Crab Fest questions.
  • ComFish Alaska, April 14th - 16th

     

    COMFISH ALASKA TRADE SHOW 2011
    Kodiak Harbor Convention Center
    Thursday, April 14th - 10am to 5pm
    Friday April 15th - 10am to 5pm
    Saturday, April 16th - 10am to 4pm
     
    COMFISH ALASKA FORUMS 2011
    Kodiak Inn Harbor Room - April 14th - 16th
     

     

    Thursday, April 14th
     
    10:00 - 11:00am    Salmon Report Cards
    Bristol Bay fishermen got good grades for improving fish quality in 2010.  Simple new handling techniques produced lots more #1's and the report card project will be back this summer.  Presented by Mark Buckley, Digital Observers, Inc.

    11:30 - 12:30pm    T-Landings
    Tender operators can  track all deliveries, tally catches and print out fish tickets via laptop!  Presented by Gail Smith, Project Coordinator, ADF&G.
     
    1pm - 2pm   Seafood Marketing Updates
    How will Japan's crises affect Alaska's seafood trade? Where in the world does Alaska's seafood go? Latest US seafood trends & AK seafood perceptions. Presented by John Sackton, editor, www.seafood.com; Tyson Fick, AK Seafood Marketing Institute; and Quentin Fong, AK Sea Grant, Marine Advisory Program.
     
    2:30pm - 3:30pm   Seafood Byproducts to New Products
    From fish oils to high fashion -gels - films - nutraceuticals...fish parts are turning profits!  Presented by Dr. Peter Bechtel, USDA/UAF .
     
    Friday, April 15th
     
    10am - 11:30am    F/V Safety: New Rules are On the Horizon & NIOSH team
    Ken Lawrenson, Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator,  USCG 17th District
    The Winch Stops Here! PFD Fashion Show! Safer Hatches/Doors! Top Fishing Injuries!  Presented by Jennifer Lincoln, Commercial Fishing Research & Design Program, Nat'l Institute of Occupational Safety & Health and Ted Teske, NIOSH Health Communication Specialist.
     
    Noon - 1pm    Chuitna Coal Mine, Cook Inlet
    This coal strip mine would remove a salmon stream and pre-empt longtime setnet sites ... a precedent for Alaska.  Learn about this massive coal mine upstream from Kodiak. Presented by Dennis Gann, Cook InletKeeper.
     
    1:30pm - 2:30pm     Pebble Mine and the EPA
    Find out more about EPA assessments on the Bristol Bay watershed starting soon.  Presented by Melissa Heuer, Renewable Resources Foundation.
     
    3pm - 4pm   PSP: Don't Play Alaskan Roulette!
    Kodiak clam beds can have extremely high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison.  Learn the latest PSP findings from popular Kodiak beaches  - and how people are getting trained to monitor and identify harmful algae blooms in nearby waters. Presented by Julie Matweyou, Kodiak Marine Advisor, Alaska Sea Grant and Ray RaLonde, Aquaculture Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant.
     
    Saturday, April 16th

    10am - 11:30am    Off the Grid: Alternative Energy Options for Remote Sites: Wind/Solar/Water
    Back by popular demand!   Hosted by Alaska Marine Conservation Council.  Presented by Kirk Garoutte, Susitna Energy Systems (small wind turbines); Terry Johnson, AK Sea Grant (fishing boats); John Whiddon, Manager, Pacific Seafoods, Kodiak Wind/Water/Salmon Project; and Theresa Peterson.

    Noon - 1pm    New Life for Kodiak Lakes
    A new project will revitalize  Spiridon, Frazer and Karluk systems to increase sockeye salmon. Presented by Gary Byrne, Production/Operations Manager, Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Assn.
     
    1:30pm - 3:00pm     Ocean Fury: Tsunamis in Alaska
    The most powerful earthquake in U.S. history shook Alaska in 1964, and generated tsunamis all along the Pacific Coast. This award winning film features live footage and interviews with survivors, along with the science of tsunamis in 3D. Presented by Alaska Sea Grant.
     
    Saturday,  3:30 - 4:30     Alaska Senator Mark Begich
    Senator Begich is new Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and USCG. He will update related goings-on in Washington, DC and take questions and comments.
  • Economic Development News - Labor, Employment, & Banking
    According to the Alaska Department of Labor, the 2010 population of the Kodiak Island Borough is 13,592, down slightly from the 2009 population of 13,889. From the graph below, the population has remained virtually steady since 1997 when the estimated population was 13,648. While figures show a decline from 1996, this may be due to the use of a new method of estimating population. The City of Kodiak is the eighth largest city in Alaska, in terms of population. It ranks behind Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Sitka, Ketchikan, Kenai, and Wasilla in that order.
     
    The Kodiak Island Borough School District enrollment has remained virtually steady over the past couple years with an enrollment of 2595 students and 182 students in the surrounding village schools.
     
     
    As you can see from the above graph the Kodiak non-agricultural labor force and employment numbers run virtually parallel to each other while remaining fairly steady throughout the year. In 2010 the average non-agricultural labor force was 6760 and the employment statistic was 6223. This is up from the 2008/2009 non-agricultural labor force numbers of 6424/6611 and employment numbers of 5999/6127.
     
     
    As visible from the above graph, bank deposits held steady in the years ranging from 2006 to 2008 at approximately 139 to 141 million dollars. Then in 2009 deposits jumped to 175 million and continue to grow in 2010 to 192 million dollars. This includes deposits from Kodiak's three commercial banks. Because this is a "snapshot" taken on June 30th of each year, it may not accurately reflect the economic situation brought about by the variability of the different fishing seasons.
     
    Sources:
    - Department of Labor and Workforce development
    - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    - Kodiak Island Borough School District
  • Alaska Aerospace Business After Hours
    Join us for the Alaska Aerospace Business After Hours on Friday, April 22nd.  Learn about the next rocket launch scheduled for early May and enjoy delicious food and great door prizes including 2 Alaksa Airline Tickets for 25,000 miles.
  • Credit Union 1 Business After Hours
    Join us for Credit Union 1's Member Appreciation Party and Business After Hours on Thursday, April 14th from 6pm to 8pm.  All money raised will benefit Special Olympics Alaska.
  • Thank You to our Renewing Members

     

    Jared S. Decker
    HUMAN RESOURCE CENTERS OF ALASKA, LLC
     
    Larry Taylor
    LARRY'S PLUMBING AND HEATING
     
    Ronald & Gladys Kutchick
    GRAND SLAM TOYS & CARDS
     
    David Anderson
    NATIVES OF KODIAK
     
    Sharon Anderson
    SPRUCE ISLAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
    Jane Wu
    PROVIDENCE KODIAK ISLAND COUNSELING CENTER
     
    Jeff Stephan
    UNITED FISHERMEN'S MARKETING ASSOCIATION
    Brian Donohue
    ALTMAN ROGERS AND CO.
    Andy Schroeder
    ISLAND TRAILS NETWORK
    Ed Randolph
    STATE FARM
    Emily Salter
    EMILY'S ALTERATIONS & DESIGN
    Wallace Fields
    FIELDS RENTALS INC.
     
    Wallace Fields
    FIELDS AND SONS INC.
     
    Anna Maria Kaloumenou
    ANGELO'S TRATTORIA AND GIFT STORE
    Monte Hawyer
    BROTHER FRANCIS SHELTER
    Aaron Walton
    MIDTOWN AUTO REPAIR SERVICES, INC.
    Trevor Jones
    KODIAK BAPTIST MISSION
     
    Deb Kennedy
    WILDERNESS BEACH LODGE
     
    Dan Rohrer
    SUBWAY OF KODIAK
     
    Bob & Janet Johnson
    TUNDRA PLUMBING & HEATING, INC.
    Matt Moir
    ALASKA PACIFIC SEAFOODS
    Laura Creighton, DC
    CREIGHTON CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC
    Joseph M. Sullivan
    MUNDT MACGREGOR L.L.P
    David Bradbury
    KODIAK UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
    Danielle Adkins
    ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM
    Brian Keith
    WAL-MART STORES, INC.
     
    Sam Amato
    LYNDEN TRANSPORTATION
     
    Richard Harris
    KODIAK DAILY MIRROR
    Kris Sockwell
    SAMSON TUG. & BARGE CO. INC.
    Jack & Judy Johnson
    BEST WESTERN KODIAK INN INC.
    Karen Winkler
    KODIAK FOOTBALL LEAGUE
    Steven Gray
    LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN P. GRAY P.C.
    Jerome Selby
    KODIAK TAX SERVICE
    Ken Warner
    WARNER TIRE AND YAMAHA
    Sally Magnuson
    AMERICAN RED CROSS OF ALASKA, KODIAK OFFICE
    Dennis McMillian
    THE FORAKER GROUP
    Juanzetta Eads
    CERTIFIED CARPET CLEANERS
    Dan Ogg & Sue Jeffrey

     

  • March Chamber Board Meeting Minutes
  • President's Message
    Hey Everyone,
     
    I think Spring is here.  At least I think we are all enjoying the abundance of daylight hours!
     
    I would like to thank everyone who attended our St. Patrick's Day Business After Hours at the Elks.  Luis, Jeff, and the Elks did a splendid job hosting; they had great food and wonderful door prizes. I think they even gained at least one new member from the evening.
     
    I have to brag a bit.  I won the Mr. Alaska Grand Masters on March 26th for the 6th year in a row and last weekend, April 2nd, I won the Gold's Classic Grand Masters for the 3rd year and Overall Non Open Championship in Boise, ID!
     
    I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Choose Respect March on March 31st.  Our own Lindsey Howell made the front page of the Mirror on that event!

     

    ComFish Alaska is at the Convention Center and Harbor Room April 14th through April 16th so make sure you all attend!  The Convention Center will be packed with booths and thank you to Laine Welch for all your efforts in preparing our exciting line-up of speakers at the forums.
     
    Since we will not be holding a Business After Hours in May, we have TWO Business After Hours this month.  Credit Union 1 is hosting on April 14th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  They always do a great job and this event will help to raise money for Special Olympics Alaska.
     
    Alaska Aerospace will host on April 22nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.  Learn about the upcoming rocket launch and have a chance to win great door prizes including two Alaska Airline tickets.
     
    We are YOUR Chamber of Commerce here to serve you. Participate in our events and let us know your input!
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Lindsay Knight
    President