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Sep 18 2015
Assembly Discusses Fire Station Consolidation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s approval of one position’s starting salary means that the Bayside Fire Department is closer to getting a new fire chief. At its regular meeting last night, the assembly reviewed granting the borough manager permission to hire one step above his authority.

Borough assessor Bill Roberts was standing in for borough manager and said the Service District Fire Board is in favor of granting the candidate a higher level of salary.   

“The man that they’re looking to hire is very qualified. He has a lot of work to do and they are hoping to get him here to do the work, to put forth all the plans that he has to make this a good working volunteer fire department.”

Assemblyman Aaron Griffin brought up consolidation.

“One of the things that I consistently hear from constituency is not just the borough consolidating, but even individual portions of the borough consolidating, and why in the world do we have four fire departments between thirty miles of road system? And quite honestly, I look at this – [it] was a great opportunity. The old fire chief is retiring and here we go, we can start looking at consolidation efforts, and it’s barely been breathed.”

Assemblyman Larry LeDoux said he would vote in favor of the authorization, but echoed Griffin’s thoughts on consolidation.

“I would be more prone to say no if it wasn’t so dangerous not to have a chief. I just think we need to get on. I do believe though, and I’ve been approached by several saying that we need to consolidate our fire departments and I agree. It’s just ridiculous, we spend a lot of money, and I’m also one of those people that believes in consolidated government, but that’s not the topic here tonight. So, I will support it.”                          

He commented that the resolution on the table was the hiring salary rather than consolidation. On that matter, the amendment carried 5 to 1 with Griffin going against.

The assembly’s next work session is scheduled for September 24 and its next regular meeting for October 1.

 
Sep 18 2015
10 Years Given to Heroin and Meth Dealer PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A sizable drug bust in Kodiak from April 2014 has resulted in a Washington State man being sentenced Thursday to federal prison.

Forty-five-year-old Eric McDaniel pleaded guilty in December to one count of trafficking narcotics, according to U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler. 

Though he had numerous prior felony drug convictions from out of state, McDaniel was sentenced to only 10 years by US District Court Judge Ralph Beistline.

According to a press release at the time of the arrest, the Kodiak Police Department had watched McDaniel for four months as he established his drug distribution business in Kodiak. He was finally busted in room 110 of the Russian Heritage Inn, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder, was found with 1.3-pounds of meth and 46 grams of heroin. 
 
Sep 17 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Coming up this week, the state's commercial fisheries director is retiring, what happens when scientists let a journalist run the sonar, and that is one big fish. We had help from KDLG's Hannah Colton in Dillingham, KDLL's Jenny Neyman in Kenai, and KTOO's Matt Miller in Juneau. 

 
Sep 17 2015
Tsunami from Chilean Quake Measured in Inches in Alaska PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The magnitude 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon did create two tsunami waves over five feet, one of them over 16 feet, both of which hit the South American country. 

Tsunami watches were put into effect in parts of Southern California and parts of Hawaii. No watch, warning or advisory was made for any part of Alaska.

However, very slight increases in wave height were recorded by the National Tsunami Center in several coastal Alaska communities. The highest were seen in Nikolski and King Cove at six-tenths of a foot, or 7.2 inches.

Port Alexander, in Southeast, along with Sand Point and Seward experienced a three-tenths of a foot tsunami, or 3.6-inches. Unalaska, Atka and Yakutat saw a wave height increase of two-tenths of a foot, or 2.4-inches.

All were measured in Alaska after 9:45 this (Thursday) morning.

The National Tsunami Center said the tsunamis at each location were measured as the observed height of the water level above the tide level at the time of arrival. 
 
Sep 17 2015
Saturday Oil Spill Event to Teach Kids Environmental Awareness PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2015
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Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The generation that remembers the Exxon Valdez oil spill wants to make sure the next generation doesn’t forget. That’s one of the reasons the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council is hosting an educational youth program on Saturday, according to outreach coordinator Lisa Matlock. She says the board has made an extra effort to invest in educational initiatives especially in the last few years.

“More than half of our board have turned over in the past couple of years. We have the generation who were around during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill who are very passionate about making sure that never happens again, are starting to retire. And they are concerned about the next generation having young people who are interested in oil spill prevention who will take their place on the board someday.”

But it’s not just about creating environmental leaders.

Jane Eisemann is a former council board-member, and says it’s important for everyone to understand the process that brings oil to us as consumers.

“We all, I think, we take it for granted that you just go to the pump and you fill up your vehicle. Or you know, we use oil in our homes to heat, we use oil for our recreational vehicles, our vessels, our fishing fleet. Where does that oil come from? What is the cost to our environment? I believe that young people need to understand where these resources come that provide the quality of life that we’ve become so used to.”

She says she’ll staff a station at the program this weekend.

“My specialty on Saturday will be introducing folks that come by the booth on methods to clean oiled wildlife, if we did have a spill event and I think not only wildlife, but the affects of oil on eggs, whether it’s fish eggs or marine birds.”
 
Eisemann says people will complete hands-on activities.

“And determine what works best for cleaning wildlife, what are some of the techniques and then again emphasizing that the best thing to do is keep the oil out of the water. And I think that’s a big part of Saturday’s activities is, yes, we have contingency plans if there is a spill, but the best plan is to keep the oil out of the water to begin with.”

Another volunteer, Trent Dodson, has been involved in organizing the event and will educate people on a crab that originally comes from Europe.  

“The invasive species that have been introduced into Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet in some degree have come in in the ballast water in some of these tankers and some of this other vessel traffic and so when they get ballast water from elsewhere, they come into Alaska and they exchange that ballast water and they introduce – in this case, we’re gonna be talking about green crabs – into the environment.”

You can learn more about the green crab and cleaning oil-affected wildlife at the Kodiak National Wildlife Visitor Center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
 
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