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Dec 16 2014
No Mention of Kodiak in Preliminary Capital Budget PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    As  you've heard, Governor Walker's preliminary capital budget – that's the one that includes money for projects around the state – is currently a stripped down work in progress. In fact, if you go the state Office of Management and Budget page, it says that, with big bold letters saying “This budget is not endorsed by Governor Walker.”
    But, he had to submit something by Monday's deadline.
    And while the operating budget that former Governor Parnell compiled before he left office was left largely unchanged for the early submission deadline – just two weeks after Walker took office – the capital budget did get some editing. Some heavy editing.
    In fact, the word “Kodiak” does not even appear in the capital budget.
    That doesn't mean there aren't any projects for House District 32, which includes Kodiak, as well as Seldovia and Cordova. There is $15.5-million of federal pass-through transportation funds marked for two projects. $10-million for the Yakutat airport and $5.5-million for erosion control on the Chiniak Highway.
    Walker's office emphasizes this is a very preliminary, work-in-progress, and of course the State House and Senate will both have their say on what projects the precious few available state funds might be budgeted.
 
Dec 16 2014
Teachers Could Use a Hand Moving Over Xmas Break PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    As Christmastime nears, so does the much-anticipated Christmas break for  students. But while school kids will be getting a couple weeks off to relax between semesters, the teachers at Kodiak High School will be busy moving their classrooms to the new “tower,” as the four-story addition is called. 
    At last night's Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Stuart McDonald said the school district will receive the keys to the building just as the Christmas break begins.
    “And what that means is we'll have to spend the holiday break actually doing the physical relocation, and moving all the way until school starts up again with students January 6th.”
    And, McDonald added, speaking of moving in, McDonald added, “We'll still be looking for volunteers to check in with the high school to see if anybody is interested helping teachers pack or any such thing.”
    Once classes have been moved to the tower, work can concentrate on the next phase of the project, which includes a new entrance on the southwest corner.
 
Dec 16 2014
Serene Photo from Familiar Spot Wins ASMI Contest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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"Alitak" by Glenn Seavers 
 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A photograph taken from a spot familiar to anyone in Kodiak who's ever taken a few minutes to watch the fishing boats go by from the spit near Oscar's Dock has taken top honors in the photographs of boats in the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's annual photography contest.
    The image shows the fishing vessel Alitak bathed in a golden winter light as it navigates the channel outside the entrance to Saint Paul Harbor. 
    The photo was taken by Glenn Seavers. Another, taken by Hailey Thomspon took first place in the “Throwback Photo” division. Other categories include best scenic, humor, fish, family or kid, and best action photo. Marie Gunderson of Sand Point won the grand prize with her artistic photo of a fish eye.
    We've got the photo of the Alitak on our website, KMXT.org. You can see the rest at PhotoContest.AlaskaSeafood.org. 
 
Dec 15 2014
Trailblazer Crewman Medevac'd After Hand Injury PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Coast Guard medevac'd a 23-year-old man with an injured hand from the 120-foot fishing vessel Trailblazer late last week, approximately 75 miles north of Cold Bay.
    A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay safely hoisted the man and transported him to Anna Livingston Memorial Clinic in Cold Bay for further medical assistance.
    Coast Guard 17th District command center watch-standers received the call for assistance from the operator of the Trailblazer that a deckhand had crushed his hand in a crab pot launcher and needed immediate medical attention. The duty flight surgeon conferred with contacts at the clinic and recommended a medevac. The watch-standers then dispatched the Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene.
    Petty Officer 1st Class Francell Abbott, watch-stander on duty at the time, said having helicopters at forward operating locations like Cold Bay during the busy fishing seasons is beneficial in times of distress.” 
    Weather on scene was reportedly reasonably mild, with17-mph winds, 10 miles visibility and a temperature of 37 degrees. 
 
Dec 15 2014
AAC Announces New Deal with Lockheed Martin PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2014
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An artist rendering of how the Athena II-S6 would appear on Launch Pad 1 at the Kodiak Launch Complex. Image provided
 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The big announcement from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation Friday afternoon did involve the future launching of larger rockets from Narrow Cape, but not rockets 10-times the size of the ones Kodiak Launch Complex is currently capable of. In fact, they won't even be twice as big. Lockheed Martin's Al Simpson:
    “Close to 185 percent over. It's a... One way to describe it in our industry is we describe it as delta-2 class lift capability. One of the things you'll notice in the marketplace right now is there's not a lot of that capability flying off the west coast,” Simpson said. “So having that replacement for a delta-2 capability that's out of production – there's only a few left that fly -  we see that as a real niche area for us as we go forward.”
    The Athena II-S6 will have a payload capability of 3,300 kilograms, or about three-and-a-half tons. Alaska Aerospace CEO Craig Campbell says advancements in rocket science have driven up the payload of smaller launch vehicles.
    “They were able to put the lift capability on a smaller rocket and changing the sizing of the fairing to make for a heavier payload on a shorter, smaller rocket that actually fit into LP-1 – with some modifications,” Campbell said. “So the big difference here is we've now able to bring medium-lift capability to Alaska without a $150-million infrastructure investment.”
    That $150-million investment Campbell referred to stems from the 2012 deal with Lockheed Martin, that is different than Friday's deal with Lockheed Martin. That one would require a third launch pad at Narrow Cape to accommodate much larger rockets – the ones up to 10-times as large. That's still in the works, but on the back burner as the FAA completes an environmental assessment and grant funds are found to build a dock in Pasagshak Bay to ship in the rocket stages.
    Campbell sold the modifications to launch pad one as a win for the environment.
    “By staying just to LP1, we don't have to do disturbance to the land on the west side of the road by building a new launch pad and have two out there,” he said. “We;ll actually be able to increase our market-share, do more activity  at a lower cost and without disrupting the environment as much.”
    Launch pad 1 was heavily damaged in the August explosion of an Army rocket. Repairs to it and surrounding structures will cost about $9-million. The exact details of the deal with Lockheed Martin will be worked out in the coming weeks. 
 
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