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Mar 10 2015
KPLA Membership Updated at Annual Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
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Kayla Desroches/KMXT
    The Kodiak Public Library Association said goodbye to its current chair at its annual meeting last Saturday. Kaia Henrickson finished her second year as chair after an involvement of more than six years with the association. 
    “I feel really proud and honored to have been a part of this process and while it’s definitely time for me to step down, I do feel kind of sad about it, because it’s been a great journey,” she said. “I’ve learned so much.”
    Henrickson was the membership and donations coordinator during the capital campaign, during which the association raised over 750,000 dollars of funding for the new library building. They handed the remaining of the funds to the city last month. That money will go back into the library.
    “So now that the librarians have been in the building for a year, there are some needs that they’ve identified. For  instance, that the window screens in the multi-purpose rooms aren’t dark enough for them to be able to play a movie during the day,” Henrickson said. “So that money can be used for those kinds of improvements.”
    Athenia Large was elected as Henrickson's successor as association chair.
    Barbara Anthony has been a board member for the last year and says that the developments at the library have been exciting. 
    “Now we have this wonderful children’s room with wonderful art and I just love watching the children in the library enjoying everything here,” Anthony said.
    If you want to follow Library Association activity, their website is  www.kodiakpubliclibrary.org. 
Mar 09 2015
Spark of Hope Remains for Family of Missing Fisherman PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    While authorities continue to seek clues to the disappearance two weeks ago of a 27-year-old Homer fisherman in Kodiak, a family member says the young man may have been in a fight before he went missing. Nevertheless, they're holding out a glimmer of hope that he's still alive.
    Mihay Kalugin, a crewman aboard the fishing vessel Competition was last seen in downtown Kodiak in the early morning hours of February 22nd, a Sunday. It was basically an extension of a Saturday night out.
    Alex Reutov of Homer is Kalugin's cousin. He is in Kodiak to help the family search and to take Kalugin's place on the family-run longliner. He said he was told Kalugin was having a raucous night on the town.
    "My cousin, my other cousin told me he was fighting with three people in the harbor. Fighting with one guy and two other guys jumped on top of him. And hit him in the head, and blood too much come out (sic),” Reutov said. “(That was) four o'clock in the morning, and after there he disappeared and nobody knows nothing."
    The glimmer of hope comes from word Reutov said the family received that Kalugin was seen shopping at Walmart later on the Sunday he disappeared.
    "Buying camping stuff, sleeping bags – four of them, five maybe; and pillows, everything,” he said. “And some clothes, too, boots."
    It leads Reutov to speculate Kalugin might have gone camping without telling anyone - something he's apparently done before. In the meantime, the search goes on.
    Kalugin is six-feet tall, 195-pounds with short light hair and a heavy redish beard in the style of the Russian Old Believer community. Anyone with information about Kalugin's whereabouts or fate should call the Kodiak Police Department at 486-8000. 
Mar 09 2015
Got Milk? If You Do, Make Cheese PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015
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Julie Cascio, left, with cheese-making students at a workshop recently in Kodiak. Kayla Desroches/KMXT photos
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
    If you've ever wanted to make cheese - it's not as hard as you think. That's what Roxie Dinstel tells her students.
    Melty or globby, liquid or solid, it all works. 
    Dinstel is part of the Fairbanks branch of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, an educational organization with UAF that reaches out to Alaskan communities. 
    She and two of her colleagues taught a class all about cheese last Wednesday night at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. 
Roxie Dinstel of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. 
    “Queso fresco is a curded cheese,” Dinstel says. “And in that particular case you use a combination of milk and buttermilk. And the reason we use buttermilk is ‘cause it’s acidic. Then you add to it vinegar, and so that vinegar, again, causes the separation of the curd and causes those milk solids to clump together. 
    “So it’s then heated to a certain temperature. We have the curd and it separates. And then you use rennet, an enzyme, to harden those curds. And then you use a colander and a cheese cloth, or a nylon net, to separate it. Get rid of the excess whey. And then in that particular case, all you do is add salt for flavor.”
    Autumn Hanson, a student at the class, says that waiting for the milk to boil can be a little time-consuming.
     “But otherwise, it’s been pretty easy,” she says. “I tried to make it at home once and it turned out more like jello. So maybe this one turns out a little better.”
    If it doesn’t, Dinstel says it’s okay if your cheese is more soupy than solid. It’s still workable.
    "You never have a failure with cheese,” says Dinstel. “You may have just invented a new cheese."
    Julie Cascio works at the Extension office in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. She says the cheese classes began with cow-shares in Mat-Su. People can’t legally buy raw, un-pasteurized milk in Alaska for health reasons. But they can contribute to a cow’s upkeep in exchange for part of the milk it produces. 
     “So knowing that in the Mat-Su, some of this is happening and you get more milk than your family can drink in the time before the milk goes bad. I thought, well, let’s offer some cheese classes,” says Cascio.
    Agents from the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service also offer classes in dial gauge testing, yogurt making, and pickling. 
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Mar 09 2015
Light Diesel Sheen Coming from FV Savannah Ray PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Coast Guard is monitoring a diesel sheen reported Thursday from the grounded 81-foot fishing vessel Savannah Ray off Long Island.
    Global Diving and Salvage has been hired to salvage the vessel, and Marine Safety Detachement Kodiak personnel are overseeing the salvage operations to mitigate potential pollution.
    The vessel, which has been grounded since Feb. 16, had previously not leaked any fuel or lube oil.
    A member of the Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak conducted an overflight  Thursday evening and observed a diesel sheen from the vessel that was approximately 300 to 500 feet in size. Coast Guard response personnel also reported the sheen was light and weathered and extended to the south away from the island.
    Chief Petty Officer Bryce Yturbe said the Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation and have not observed any negative impacts to the shoreline or wildlife, or any visible damage to the hull of the vessel. 
    There is a half-mile safety zone around the Savannah Ray and the Coast Guard continues to send out broadcast notices to mariners. This safety zone will be in effect through March 18, 2015. 
Mar 09 2015
Teens Found Growing Own 'Magic' Mushrooms PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015
Psilocybin mushrooms. wikicommons photo  
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Alaska State Troopers made a sizable drug bust on Thursday after a traffic stop of two teenagers on Mill Bay Road for having an improperly displayed license plate. The driver, 18-year-old Dakota Benton was found to have marijuana in his possession, so the Troopers impounded the 1997 Honda Civic and received a warrant to search the vehicle. There they found 17 grams of pot, LSD, meth, Xanax, alcohol, drug paraphernalia and over $200 in cash.
    Search warrants were then obtained for Benton's home and the home of the 17-year-old passenger. More cash and drugs, including a small psilocybin, or magic, mushroom growing operation and more money were found, as well as a handgun previously reported stolen.
    The two teens were arrested and held without bail pending arraignment on drug, alcohol and theft charges. 
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