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Feb 09 2016
City to Discuss Fisheries Analyst Contract at Work Session
Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

At the Kodiak City Council work session tonight, the council will discuss the same contract which had been under examination at Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meetings up until its final decision last week. The assembly had been split over whether to extend its year-long contract with the fisheries analyst, Heather McCarty, who it shares with the city. At the assembly’s last regular meeting, it amended to extend the contract six months at the suggestion of Assemblyman Dennis Symmons. Assemblyman Mel Stephens was the only dissenter on the amended contract offer, which passed 4-to-1.

Tonight, the city will discuss the issue.

Also on the agenda is an ordinance to allow accessory dwelling units, sometimes called granny flats, in certain residential districts in the Kodiak Island Borough. The ordinance would change borough code to list accessory dwelling units under a permitted use within those districts.

In addition to discussion on those issues, the council will hear a department overview from the Chief of Police and discuss city investments policies. The work session will be in the Kodiak Public Library Multipurpose Room at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
Feb 09 2016
TOTR: The Food and Sound Wizardry Behind The Mermaid of Hanin Rocks
Tuesday, 09 February 2016
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On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with members of the cast and supporting crew for the radio theater performance, “The Mermaid of Hanin Rocks.” You’ll hear from teens on the culinary team and the sound engineering side of the performance.
Feb 09 2016
Workshop to Teach Kids How to Tell a Story in the Theater and the Classroom
Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Storytelling isn’t just an activity for campfires and stages – it’s a skill that you need for everyday life. And for teens, everyday life usually means school.

Celia Whitehead will lead the last workshop in the Story Build & Tell series this month and says the class will be about sharing life experiences, among other things.

“It will be a workshop on brainstorming stories and sharing and creating a really safe, respectful space where everyone can feel like their stories matter. Creating connections between youth, through sharing their stories, and ultimately being able to hold a microphone in their hand and give it a try. See what it sounds like when you stand up and represent yourself, possibly to an audience outside of your family and friends.”

She says students will walk away from the workshop with more than the ability to tell a story to an audience.

“Public speaking is one of the big skills, and deep listening, being able to listen to each other and hear what they’re saying. Other skills would be giving useful feedback – how to give feedback to each other in a way that’s not harmful, but also isn’t just saying, oh, well that was great, but actually be able to be useful with the feedback.”

In addition to teaching the art of constructive criticism, Whitehead explains the workshop will help students identify highlights of an experience. What matters and what can you leave out? That’s just as vital to some of the less popular story forms, like “the essay”, which students need to master for everything from classes to college applications.

“I see this process of reflecting on the events in your life and how they’ve changed you  - that work is exactly the footwork that happens when you sit down to write the college essay. You build those skills of finding out what details matter and what is it about the stories in your life that make them important to you.”

Whitehead says students will warm up by talking about themselves and their lives.

“Like a favorite food or your first pet, just things to start sharing. We’ll be listening to some stories that other youth have told at slams around the country and do a little reflection on what students thought about those stories. What made them good, or what were the details that they really paid attention to.”

She says the workshop is for children ages 9 to 16, but the age bracket is flexible, and the class will be on Saturday, February 20 between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Teen Center. It’ll be good training for any kids interested in participating in a story slam this April, which you’ll hear more about on KMXT as the date approaches.
Feb 09 2016
Name of Saint Herman Harbor Shooting Victim Released
Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Jay Barrett/KMXT

Yesterday afternoon the Kodiak Police Department released the name of the fisherman shot and killed aboard the fishing vessel Katherine in Saint Herman Harbor early Sunday Morning. He is 25-year-old Welton Daniel Albers of Houston, Texas. An earlier Kodiak Police report initially gave his age as 28.

The KPD press release details a timeline that starts with a frantic 911 call from a witness at about 12:40 a.m. In the call, another 26-year-old is reported pleading for assistance after seeing his friend shot several times aboard the FV Katherine located on L-Float in St. Herman Harbor.

The KPD say another 911 call came from a man identifying himself as Matt Bowe, age 28, claiming he had shot Albers in self-defense.

According to the KPD timeline, another young man met the officers on the float, saying Bowe was still aboard the FV Katherine. Bowe was given instructions by the 911 dispatcher on surrendering to the officers and he exited the vessel without incident.

When officers boarded the vessel they found a 21-year-old woman, who was also onboard during the incident. When the officers located Albers he was unresponsive and appeared to have received several gunshot wounds to his arm and torso. He was pronounced dead at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

Officers found a loaded assault rifle in the ship’s galley near the victim and an empty 12-gauge shotgun on the back deck.

Bowe and the three witnesses were brought to the Kodiak police station and interviewed. Based on statements and what evidence they had, Bowe was arrested on a charge of murder in the first degree and was arraigned Monday on $500,000 bail.
Feb 08 2016
Ferry System Benefits Reach Far Inland
Monday, 08 February 2016
Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska
You wouldn't think the Alaska Marine Highway System's economic impact would go very far beyond the south coastal port communities the ferries call upon, but a new report shows significant economic impacts for Railbelt communities as well. The McDowell Group, a Juneau-based research business, was hired by the ferry system to produce the report.

It lists Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough among the top areas for residents booking ferry travel. And Anchorage is tied for first as the prime destination for ferrying summer tourists.

“The Marine Highway System has this invisible role in the rest of the state that’s not as apparent,” said Heather Haugland, who wrote the McDowell Group report, which was commissioned by the state. 

It shows the ferry system to be an essential part of Alaska’s economic landscape. The marine highway employs about 1,000 people directly, which leads to almost 700 other jobs in retail, tourism and other industries.

The report, released Feb. 4, said the system led to about $270 million a year of economic activity statewide. That’s more than double what the government spends on operations and maintenance. Direct revenues from ticket sales, freight and related activity remain far below the state’s costs.

The economic benefits begin with about $65 million in ferry workers’ pay.

“Those wages, in turn, get spent elsewhere in the state. And that creates indirect impacts,” she said. “And then businesses, as well, that the marine highway system works with and makes purchases from, they in turn make additional purchases.”

Of course, the marine highway’s biggest impacts are on small communities. Twenty-eight of its 33 port cities are off the road system. Those residents depend on the ferry for medical care, shopping and school trips. Haugland says most have few other options.

“You can’t just replace the ferry system with air. Air travel [has] a lot of canceled flights. There is not as much capacity on air,” she said. “It just plays such an essential role in many facets of life in these really small communities.”

The report is based on data from the 2014 fiscal year. The schedule has been cut since then, and more reductions are planned, due to the state’s budget crisis. Haugland says economic and other impacts will drop proportionately as sailings and ships are cut. 
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