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Oct 16 2014
Weather Station Brings New Learning to Old Harbor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014

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          Yesterday KMXT told you all about a new project for Kodiak High School and Middle School students, one that partners them with NASA scientists to try and forecast earthquakes.
           The work is being done through  Trillium Learning’s American Bridge Project, and brought the world’s first two Global Earthquake Forecasting System sensing platforms to Kodiak last month. One was placed on top of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium, and another was sent to Old Harbor.
           The platforms collect electrical and magnetic signals, among other data, but also include a full NOAA-class weather station on each platform.
            “So we can tell how much wind, wind gusts, rain, humidity, temperature – all these things are actually being recorded.”   
             That’s Ron Fortunado, the president of Trillium Learning. He said the students working with the platform in Old Harbor went nuts when they learned about the weather stations included in the project, something he didn’t expect.
            “Because they don’t have a weather station down there.”
            Instead, Fortunado learned that Old Harbor relies on weather forecasts from Kodiak airport.
          “If they knew what the weather was like down here they would know whether or not to send a plane or not, or a maritime or fishing fleet – we would know better about what the conditions were and stuff like that. So with a weather station down there, localizing in a place based manner, now they’re going to use it to do all sorts of climate studies in their environmental science classes and things like that.”
            Fortunado said he had no idea how important and useful a weather station would be for the community of Old Harbor, and is glad the earthquake forecasting project can be beneficial in multiple ways.

 
Oct 16 2014
New Assembly Members Will Take Oath Tonight PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014

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          There’s a series of awards and declarations on the agenda for tonight’s Borough Assembly meeting. The governing body will acknowledge Coast Guard Appreciation Day and Fire Prevention Month, as well as honoring the employee of the quarter and administering a longevity award.
           Tonight’s meeting also marks the last for Assembly members Mel Stephens, Tuck Bonney, and Dave Kaplan. Stephens chose not run for re-election this year and Bonney and Kaplan failed to garner enough votes to retain their seats on the assembly.
            Instead, newly elected Dan Rohrer, Larry LeDoux and Rebecca Skinner will be sworn into office but won’t officially take their seats on the assembly until the next regular meeting on November 6.
            Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the borough assembly chambers and will be broadcast live on KMXT.

 

 
Oct 15 2014
Talk of the Rock: Kodiak District Parent-Teacher-Student Association PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

 

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           On today's edition of Talk of the Rock, we'll hear from the founders of the Kodiak District Parent-Teacher-Student Association, or PTSA. We'll hear from Eric Linscheid, the president of the Kodiak Community Education Alliance, and vice president of the organization, Ron Gibbs. 

 
Oct 15 2014
Lecture Will Highlight Early Language Learning PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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           Folks will have an opportunity to learn about early Alutiiq language learning this Thursday during a lecture at the Alutiiq Museum.
           Well before current language revitalization efforts, Russian colonists were some of the island’s first non-Native Alutiiq learners. According to a press release from the Alutiiq Museum, the language was solely oral for thousands of years, but with the arrival of those Russian explorers, Russian Cyrillic characters were used for publishing written word.
            Daria Safronova is a local Russian archivist and will talk about those early appearances of Alutiiq on paper and some of the research she’s been doing. She’ll share historical documents and some of the earliest examples of Alutiiq text.
            The lecture, Russian Alutiiq Cyrillic Archival Treasures, is free to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Alutiiq museum as part of the Fall lecture series.

 
Oct 14 2014
Students Get Hands on Learning With Earthquake Forecasting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 October 2014

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          Some of Kodiak’s local students are getting hands on experience in real world research these days. The Kodiak Island Borough School District has recently partnered with NASA and other organizations to help monitor earthquake forecasting sensors with the hopes of someday being able to predict when and where earthquakes might occur.
            Early Friday morning, a group of four eager Kodiak High School students sit in front of lap tops in the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s conference room.  Strewn around them are engineering sketches, designs, and scribbled numbers and notes. They aren’t skipping class – in fact, due to a district-wide teacher in-service, school wasn’t even scheduled that day, or the two days prior. And while many of their classmates were probably still sleeping in, these four were hard at work, on their own time, communicating with NASA scientists and workin g to make earthquake forecasting a feasible reality for Kodiak, and the world. 
             “We’re doing this for school, but we’re also doing this for the scientific community. And it’s like real contributions – it’s not just like a science project that somebody’s already done. We’re actually innovating, we’re actually putting forth results and things that people can use that can help the world.”   
              That’s Junior Richie McKinney, one of the four lead students partaking in Trillium Learning’s American Bridge Project – an initiative that promotes real time, real world projects with big name partners and school districts around the country. In this case, KIBSD is working with NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, Intelesense Technologies and the European Space Agency to help collect data from the world’s first two Global Earthquake Forecasting System Sensing Platforms, which were placed on the island last month. One platform was put in Old Harbor Village, and the second one is visible on the roof of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium in Kodiak.

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