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Jul 27 2015
Drugs, Cash, Firearms Found in Kodiak Residences
Monday, 27 July 2015
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The Kodiak Police Department with support from the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard served search warrants at three Kodiak residences early Sunday morning and found drugs, cash, and firearms.

According to Chief of Police Ronda Wallace, about 22 police officers, FBI agents, and Coast Guard Investigation Agents conducted the searches starting at around 6 a.m. and continued through most of the morning. She explains the searches were a result of a long-term effort and the FBI flew down from Anchorage to provide assistance that morning.

“Well the FBI, we have a memorandum of understanding with them and that is the Kodiak Safe Streets taskforce that was started in 2014,” says Wallace. “So, because of the level of drugs, weapons, and cash, their involvement is imperative with us because we work in conjunction together by that MOU.”

Wallace adds that the Coast Guard Investigations unit routinely helps the KPD with executing search warrants.

A KPD press release reports that they found 120 grams of heroine, about 146 grams of methamphetamine, as well as $23,000 and nine firearms. Arrested were 36-year-old Virginia Andrewvitch, 36-year-old Wayne Buck, 27-year-old Joseph Garcia, and 33-year-old Danielle Juarez.

“They have varying charges from misconduct involving controlled substance in the second degree clear down to controlled substance in the fourth degree. There’s additionally some weapon charges that are in there,” says Wallace.

Wallace said the individuals arrested would be arraigned today.
 
Jul 27 2015
City Non-Profit Grant Awards Delayed Until August
Monday, 27 July 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Thursday night the Kodiak City Council put off for three weeks approving its yearly grants for local non profit organizations, finding they needed more information from some. 
The four organizations the council would like to interview in person are the Red Cross, Kodiak Public Broadcasting, The Salvation Army and Hope Resources. 
City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski pointed out they are among nearly two dozen applicants asking for city support this year.
“This year the city received 23 applications; they were all complete and on time. The total requested amount is $215,634.60. That is more than $65,000 over the budgeted amount, which is $149,000.”
Kniaziowski explains how the $149,900 available for grants is derived. 
“Each year as you're aware the council provides a grant program available to local non profits. And the grant amount is calculated based on one percent of general fund revenues after all the fund balance appropriations have been made.”
Mayor Pat Branson said representatives from the four groups will be interviewed on August 11, with the non-profit funding resolution coming up again on August 13.
In the interest of full disclosure, Kodiak Public Broadcasting is the owner of KMXT radio.
 
Jul 27 2015
Salmon Catch Slows Over Weekend
Monday, 27 July 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak area salmon harvests tapered off over the weekend. Friday saw over 418,000 of the five species caught, but that dropped by about 50,000 on Saturday, when about 370,000 were hauled in. Sunday, Fish and Game reported a harvest of just over 270,000.

The numbers rode the wave of the pink salmon harvest, as the king, red, silver and chum remained relatively steady, with one notable exception, when 107 king salmon were delivered Saturday.

On Friday, 348,811 humpies were reported to Fish and Game, 303,860 on Saturday, and 204,296 yesterday. Year-to-date pink catch is 4,622,957, while the all-species harvest is 6,042,163. 
 
Jul 27 2015
Voices and Sounds from Kodiak's Relay for Life
Monday, 27 July 2015
Kodiak hosted an American Cancer Society Relay for Life for 24 hours this weekend, Friday to Saturday night. Participants walked the track at Woody Way Field to show support and fundraise for those affected by cancer. The relay raises money for research and helps cover transportation costs for people to receive treatment, among other contributions.

KMXT took the opportunity to walk the track with a microphone and talk with attendees.

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Jul 24 2015
City Accepts 30-Percent Cut in State Jail Payments
Friday, 24 July 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak City Council last night accepted a 30 percent cut in lease fees from the State of Alaska for providing jail services. As City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski told the council, the reduction was a result of the state's record budget shortfall.

"The Department of Corrections was tasked with spreading all the community jail funding through multiple communities at a much reduced rate,” she said. “So the proposal received was a 30 percent reduction. Our bed capacity is always at 100 percent – at least has been for the past year or so, so we were in that upper echelon of people that could receive about 70 percent of the funding they would normally be eligible for under the old program. So we would receive 991,552 for FY15. And again, what was due to the statewide revenue shortages."

She said the jail is almost always filled to capacity, and the city has always subsidized state detainees.

"We do have some local people arrested on local charges,” Kniaziowski said, “but most of the inmates in our jail are there, arrested and being held under state charges."

Kniaziowski recommended the council approve the amendment to the lease with the state, saying she felt Kodiak was lucky to only get a 30-percent cut in community jail funds. The council did not debate the matter and passed it unanimously. 
 
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