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Sep 30 2014
KHS Students Stage Peaceful Protest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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          More than 50 students at Kodiak High School participated in a sit-in protest Friday morning. During second period students lined the hallway outside the office in what they called a nonviolent protest of the high school’s attendance policies.
          Senior Stephanie Price said a number of students had voiced concerns this year about the school’s attendance policy, specifically the administering of in-school suspensions, or ISS, after a certain number of unexcused absences. She admitted that some of the information leading up to Friday’s protest wasn’t accurate on the students’ part, but still felt the protest was beneficial in promoting better communication with the high school’s administration.
           “I think the protest in general was a learning experience for both the students and the teachers. I think the students realized that we should be more prepared when trying to make a point. And we had valid points but a lot of things were brought up that weren’t really involved with the ISS rule. And I think that from the administration point, they see that communication with the students – proper communication, just really friendly – is really all we want.”   
            Chris Aguirre is the new principal at KHS this year and said the students definitely made their voice very clear during the sit in and explained some the school’s policy regarding attendance and ISS.

Sep 30 2014
Talk of the Rock: All About the School Bond on Tuesday's Ballot PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Today on KMXT's Talk of the Rock, host Jay Barrett speaks with Kodiak Island Borough Manager Bud Cassidy and Borough Finance Director Karl Short about the $10-million bond that will be on the October 7th municipal ballot. If passed, it will fund what are described as vital repairs to schools across the borough, and be reimbursed at a rate up to 70-percent by the State of Alaska.

Sep 30 2014
SeaShare Sending 13,000 lbs. of Kodiak Halibut to Kotzebue PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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    Wednesday, about 15 pallets of frozen halibut will be winging their way north from Kodiak, to be distributed to communities around Kotzebue.
    As Sea Share’s Jim Harmon tells us, the halibut is bycatch from the Kodiak trawl fleet.
    “These are halibut that were caught in the Gulf of Alaska while trawl fishermen fished for pollock and other ground fish. They’re called ‘incidental catch.’ They’re not allowed to sell those fish, they’re only allowed to sell the targeted species. So the only thing they can do with them is donate them to Sea Share, or throw them overboard.”
    The 13,000 pounds of halibut were brought back to Kodiak and processed by local canneries and packed into the 50-pound boxes.
    “The processors in Kodiak – there’s seven of them that participate with Sea Share – they work these fish in various ways. The fish that are going up to Kotzebue, are headed and gutted, and then they’re sleeved and then they’re packed in 50-pound boxes. Some of the halibut is also steak and some are filleted, and those generally go to the food bank in Kodiak or the shelters there.”
    Also donated is the moving of all that halibut by Carlile Transportation out to Air Station Kodiak, where the Coast Guard will takeover and fly them to Kotzebue on an HC-130 Hercules.
    Once in that far north city, the halibut will be distributed in town and surrounding villages by the NANA Regional Corporation.
    Sea Share, based in Seattle, has provided 200-million meals over the past 20 years across the nation.

Sep 30 2014
Akutan, False Pass Without VPSO PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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    As of today, two Aleutian communities are lacking local law enforcement. The village public safety officer in Akutan has resigned for personal reasons. And False Pass lost its VPSO two months ago, when the officer moved back to the East Coast to be near family.
    Both were employed by the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, or APIA. They get funding from the state of Alaska to put officers in five communities.
    But keeping them is a challenge. APIA’s public safety coordinator Michael Nemeth says most VPSOs don’t stay in the Aleutians and Pribilofs for more than a few years. Hiring from within the region might help with that, but Nemeth says it's tough to pull off.
    Without an officer on the ground, Akutan and False Pass will be relying on the Alaska State Troopers. And Nemeth says he could always quote-”saddle up” himself. He’s a certified VPSO with experience in Nelson Lagoon and St. George.

Sep 30 2014
City Hires Familiar Face for Parks and Rec Director PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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           Kodiak has a new parks and recreation director. Corey Gronn took the helm of the department on Monday, after helping fill the role since former director Charlie Powers left the island in May.
           During the City Council’s regular meeting on Thursday, City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said Gronn has been the go-to-guy for the department for the past five months and she’s pleased to see his official hire.
           “He’s had a lot on his plate. He manages the pool and the pool staff and helps facilitate everything else during this interim – he’s done that. Corey’s worked for the city since 2011 and he’s definitely proven to me that he’s motivated and he’s hardworking and he’s very smart. So I look forward to having him on board as one of our management team members and I hope you will help me welcome him to his brand new role.”   
            Gronn is a Kodiak High School graduate and served four years in the U.S. Navy before returning to the island with his family. He was hired as the manager of the new city pool in 2011. Gronn said taking on that role jump started his passion for parks and recreation.

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