25 April 1964 (Saturday)
(Prepared by Karl Armstrong)

Area fishermen are again reminded that King Crab Inc. can now process king crab and will accept deliveries. Those boats able to fish and having gear to fish with now are urged to bring king crab into King Crab Inc.

East Point Sea Foods Manager Jim Major advises that they continue to process shrimp with the crew working 10 hour a day shifts.

Alaska Ice & Storage Manager Bix Bonney today reported that their cold storage plant received its "first commercial herring bait delivery this morning with the arrival of Skipper Ole Barter's Yukon loaded down with herring." The herring is being frozen into bait for the fishing industry here. Also Norman Holm of the Kodiak Bait Company advised that his operation "has been going full blast" on herring fishing.

"Soaring land prices which threaten to slow down the orderly development and rebuilding of Kodiak" has sparked moves by Mayor Pete Deveau to expedite the acquisition of an access to Near Island. Near Island is already within the city limits through action taken by the legislature several years ago, Deveau said. He explained that a law was also passed which permits a municipality to select uninhabited and undeveloped public lands within city limits. "To accomodate those persons wishing to build new homes in Kodiak, the city will acquire suitable lands on Near Island, expedite obtaining of grants and loans for putting in all street and necessary utilities, and make lots in this developed residential community available at cost to persons wishing to build homes," Deveau stated. "We intend to establish strict building codes for this area to insure that it will develop into a fine neighborhood within our community." He pointed out that certain areas of the island are very desirable for industrial and manufacturing purposes, particularly those along the waterfront of the island*. "e have already put into governmental agencies for $850,000 for construction of a bridge to Near Island and given this project a priority, "Deveau said. "It is clearly apparent that land at reasonable prices be made available to people who wish to build homes here if there is to be any hope for orderly development of the Kodiak community," Deveau said, adding, "and we feel it is our duty to take those actions necessary and available to us to accomplish this objective."

The boat Hekla, one of the bigger ones now often referred to as "uptown boats" due to their morrage points up high and dry in town, was reloated this afternoon. That still leaves the Yukon, Selief, Mary Ruby, C. Ribich, and several smaller craft, still aground. Skipper Bill Cuthbert is departing for a trip to the States while plans are being made to put the Selief back in the drink. He figures he will be outside "for a couple weeks." Skipper Archie Nelson reports he found the cabin of his Ocean Queen resting between Union Oil and the Cold Storage Plant. Alan Austerman tells us that Kodiak Airways hangar was last seen about 30 miles off shore and "riding high." He tells us that Lill's Cafe for a time at least, was in a Near Island lagoon "but probably wouldn't pass Sanitarian, Harry Carter's inspection." This morning the Jan M. was busy pulling logs and debris off the Mission Beach area.

Marine repair facilities, with a capacity for handling vessels of not less than 600 ton, are being sought for Kodiak by Bob Logan, Marine surveyor and representative of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters. Logan, a former state senator said he has been working to obtain an $8,500,000 governmental loan or subsidy to provide "suitable marine repair facilities" for Kodiak, which he described as being the "very center geographically and economically of central Alaska's fisheries." He stressed the fact that the vessels in the Kodiak fleet have been increasing in size and that the facilities should be built large enough to handle 600 ton craft. "This would be adequate for about the next ten years but eventually facilities for even larger size vessels would be required here." Said Logan "Alaskan fishermen's losses in vessel maintainence in Alaska exceeds the cost of vessel maintainence in the states by one-third. Alaska fishermen thus are at a great disadvantage in operating. Various foreign governments - Britian, France, West Germany, Dutch and Scandinavian have participated in assistance of the construction of marine ways and repair facilities... especially in providing covered shops where overhaul, repair and repaint jobs can be done out of the weather." Logan also stressed the "vital ideal suitable locations for industrial and manufacturing interests. The immediate and future economy of Kodiak will rest in a large part with the construction of a bridge to Near Island.

Police Chief Jack Rhines, president of Little League in Kodiak today said the Little League program is being prepared for the coming season. He said the Little League organization officers will meet tonight to "get the ball rolling for this coming season." Further information and details will be made available as it develops.

Five of the seven members of the Alaska Construction Consultant Committee, which was appointed by U.S. Senator Clinton P. Anderson to report directly to him as Chairman of the Federal Reconstruction and Development Planning Commission for Alaska, were in Kodiak area. The committee members have been donating their time and efforts and volunteered to make a visual survey of the stricken areas of Alaska and report and recommend directly to Senator Anderson. Members of the committee who have been consulting with City Manager Ralph Jones and Naval officials on the base were: Jack Matich, Colton, California; William How, Seattle; Thomas Steele, Houston; F. W. Mast, Waterloo, Iowa,; and Paul A. Askew, Washington D.C. Other members of the committee (all of whom are high ranking executives of various large construction firms) are Committee Chairman B.B. Armstrong of Roswell, New Mexico, and Don Giampaoli of Washington D. C.

City Attorney Roy Madsen will leave for Anchorage tomorrow representing the Kodiak Area Chamber of Commerce bearing an invitation to U. S. Senator Clinton Anderson to come to Kodiak when he visits Alaska. Madsen will return here Monday.

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