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Jul 31 2014
Baranov Looks to Add More Art PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014

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           A minor renovation at the Baranov Museum will allow for more art work to be put on display. Museum Director Tiffany Brunson said the museum received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation via Museums Alaska to improve art storage in the historic Erskine House.
            “So Don Corwin, a local carpenter and who does great work for us always, is currently in the museum building additional shelving in one of our collection spaces so that we can store all of the art that we have in a little bit more appropriate setting.”  
             Brunson said most of the museum’s art is hanging on the walls upstairs in the administrative offices because there is nowhere else to put it.
              “And it’s really a great representation of Kodiak artwork through the years. We’ve been collecting art since we became a museum and the Kodiak Historical Society in 1954.”

              She said the museum also uses the Rasmuson Foundation’s art acquisition grant to buy local art and add to its collection.

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Jul 31 2014
Local Election Filing Period Opens Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014

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            Election season is here and tomorrow the filing period for a number of elected borough and city positions will open up. Two three-year city council seats are up for grabs this year. The terms for Councilmen Randy Bishop and Terry Haines are set to expire and nominations petitions to fill those spots are available from now until August 15. Three three-year borough assembly seats are also opening up this fall. The terms of Assemblymen Mel Stephens, Tuck Bonney and Dave Kaplan will expire and the filing period for those positions also opens on Friday.
             There will be two seats open on the Kodiak Island Board of Education, both for three year terms and a variety of service area board positions also opening up. One seat is up for grabs on the Bay View Road Service Area Board, two seats on the Fire Protection Area No. 1 Board, one seat on the Monashka Bay Road Service area board, and three seats for both the Service Area No. 1 and Womens Bay Service Area Boards.
              Filing petitions can be picked up at both the borough and city clerks’ offices and must be turned in no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 15.
              Folks filing for candidacy on borough boards or the assembly must be borough residents and have lived in the borough for at least a year. Those seeking a city council seat must be a registered city voter, have lived in the city for a full year, currently reside there and must be 21 years of age or older.

 
Jul 30 2014
Assembly Members Threatened Over Decorum Debate PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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    The debate over the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s recently-passed “decorum” ordinance has turned ugly. At least two assembly members have received violent threats in recent days from citizens upset with the ordinance and the denial of a ballot initiative to repeal it.
    Assemblyman Dave Kaplan said he’s received many calls, and they were all civil, until one came in Tuesday morning.
    “I tried to calm the person down. I said I would talk to you if it takes two hours on the phone, if you just use proper tone and respect; you’re calling my home,” Kaplan said. “From there they pretty much would not give me their name, and they hung up saying ‘You better watch your back.’ And I take heed to that, especially in these times.”
    Assemblywoman Chris Lynch said she received a similar call last week.
    “It’s serious when you say things whether your meaning them serious or not and whether it’s in the heat of the moment or because you’re passionate about a subject,” Lynch said. “It falls back to decorum. You have to treat people with respect, regardless if you agree or disagree with them.”
    As a result of the continued threats, Kaplan said he informed Borough Clerk Nova Javier and requested a law enforcement presence at Thursday’s work session. Javier declined to comment on what precautions might be taken during the meeting, but Kaplan and Lynch said enough assembly members were in agreement that there will be a police officer in attendance.
    “But that’s not unusual for us when we have these highly-controversial subjects,” Lynch said. “This has occurred in the past, so I don’t think it’s that out the ordinary.”
    Kaplan said he requested law enforcement mostly for the safety of others in attendance at the work session, and hopes all the parties involved will see this as an opportunity to take a step back and gain some perspective.
    “You know there’s a lot of emotion on this ordinance right now. We would like the parties that are very, very, very adamant on repealing this to take a deep breath,” Kaplan said. “This can be revisited again.”
    In a letter sent on Monday, the borough turned down a citizens petition to repeal the decorum ordinance. They had sought to have an initiative question placed on this fall’s municipal election ballot. But that does not preclude the assembly itself from repealing it, especially after the elections when there may be new faces on the assembly.
    The assembly work session is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the borough conference room.

 
Jul 29 2014
Petition to Repeal Boro Ordinance Denied PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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           A referendum to repeal an ordinance passed by the Kodiak Borough Assembly earlier this month will not make it on the October municipal election ballot.
           A letter to the repeal’s backers from Borough Clerk Nova Javier said the petition application was rejected by the borough’s attorney because needed paperwork was not provided and the ordinance itself isn’t actually subject to referendum.

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Jul 29 2014
Talk of the Rock: Adventure Writer Daniel Fox PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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            Last week KMXT told you about California-based writer, explorer and Wilderness Systems sponsored kayaker Daniel Fox, who spent six weeks kayaking around the Kodiak Archipelago. Today on Talk of the Rock, we’ll hear the full conversation with Fox, including a discussion about his website, the Wild Image Project and his Minute of Nature video series.
             Fox’s work focuses on inspiring connections with nature using images, video and written narratives, and he said Kodiak provided ample material in all those.

 
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