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Jul 27 2015
Voices and Sounds from Kodiak's Relay for Life PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 July 2015
survivor_walk_by_nicole_clark.jpgSurvivors' walk around the field. Photo by Nicole Clark

Kodiak hosted an American Cancer Society Relay for Life for 24 hours this weekend, Friday to Saturday night. Participants walked the track at Woody Way Field to show support and fundraise for those affected by cancer. The relay raises money for research and helps cover transportation costs for people to receive treatment, among other contributions.

KMXT took the opportunity to walk the track with a microphone and talk with attendees.

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Jul 24 2015
City Accepts 30-Percent Cut in State Jail Payments PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak City Council last night accepted a 30 percent cut in lease fees from the State of Alaska for providing jail services. As City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski told the council, the reduction was a result of the state's record budget shortfall.

"The Department of Corrections was tasked with spreading all the community jail funding through multiple communities at a much reduced rate,” she said. “So the proposal received was a 30 percent reduction. Our bed capacity is always at 100 percent – at least has been for the past year or so, so we were in that upper echelon of people that could receive about 70 percent of the funding they would normally be eligible for under the old program. So we would receive 991,552 for FY15. And again, what was due to the statewide revenue shortages."

She said the jail is almost always filled to capacity, and the city has always subsidized state detainees.

"We do have some local people arrested on local charges,” Kniaziowski said, “but most of the inmates in our jail are there, arrested and being held under state charges."

Kniaziowski recommended the council approve the amendment to the lease with the state, saying she felt Kodiak was lucky to only get a 30-percent cut in community jail funds. The council did not debate the matter and passed it unanimously. 
Jul 24 2015
Cruise Ship Passenger Makes Unexpected Return to Kodiak - Via Medevac PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015
MV Statendam. Photo by Jerzystrzelecki via Wikimedia Commons 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevac'd an 83 year-old man experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack from a cruise ship about 70 miles east of Kodiak Island, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man, along with a nurse from the cruise ship Statendam, and transferred them to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak. The Holland-America Lines ship had left Kodiak just a few hours before.

The weather at the time of the medevac was mild, with 15 mph winds with 5-foot seas. 
Jul 24 2015
Hiking and Yoga: Two Activities, One Good Attitude PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015
yoga_hikers.jpgAn example of yoga during a university hiking trip in Colorado. Zach Dischner/flickr

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

What better way to hike than with a little yoga? The Kodiak Audubon Society enlists community members to lead hikes along local trails from moderate walks through Abercrombie to more challenging mountains like Barometer.

One leader is Veronica Costa-Bolton, who’s a yoga teacher in town and says both hiking and yoga encourage you to embrace the complete experience over the temporary hurdles.

“It lets you sort of get to know that that sensation, that burning in your thighs, it’s not a permanent feeling, it’s just sensation,” says Costa-Bolton. “It’s gonna come in there, you’re gonna feel it, experience it for what it is. The hardest part is that sometimes the mind grabs hold of a sensation and says ‘this is horrible, you’ve got to stop this immediately, just quit.’ But that’s not your body saying that, it’s your mind.”
Costa-Bolton has been leading groups for the Audobon Society for two years and says each guide brings a part of themselves to the hike. She says she incorporates yoga.

“As we hike, especially a tough hike, we tend to curl forward, pull the body forward, chin down, and we just sort of bowl our way up the mountain, not really taking a lot of time to look around,” says Costa-Bolton. “Yoga hikes are asking you to slow down, to look around, and to occasionally become aware of how you’re holding your body.”

Costa-Bolton says the Audubon Society and its trails are meant for anyone and everyone.

“You’ll get a range of people from ‘I’ve never hiked before, this is my first time on Kodiak’ to people who run the trails. Audobon is great, because we have two representatives from the Audobon Society, and usually one will be in the front, and one will be in the back. So you always have a support system on either side.”

She says Saturday morning they’ll hike Barometer.

“And Barometer of course has quite the reputation. It sort of looms off in the distance as the uber mountain, straight up straight down, but I love Barometer because it teaches confronting things that are intimidating,” says Costa-Bolton. “It allows you to sort of come back home to yourself and say okay, I don’t need to get to the top. I’m gonna go each step one at a time.”

And she says it teaches you grit and that your body can continue even if your mind thinks it can’t. If you want to tackle the hike tomorrow, Costa-Bolton says to meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the ferry building at the end of Center avenue downtown. You can find a full schedule of Audubon hikes here.
Jul 23 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2015

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Coming up this week, The Great MSC Standoff of 2015 is over; No second opening for Southeast king trollers; and are Kenai's reds just late like everywhere else, or ...? We had help from KCAW's Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KDLL's Jenny Neyman in Kenai, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer and CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau.  

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