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Jan 14 2015
Local Quilter Semi-Finalist in National Competition PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    One of Kodiak's local quilters was notified last week that one of her pieces has been accepted into a prestigious competition back East. Jennifer Eubank's work entitled “I Promise You the Moon, the Stars, the Sun” is a semifinalist in the American Quilter's Society International Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Hers is just one of 200 quilts selected from 36 states and nine other countries to reach the semifinals.
    Eubank's quilt is not quite five-feet to a side, and is made by custom combining elements from three different designs by Judy Neimeyer. One of its unique design elements is a scalloped edge around the entire quilt.
    “That was part of the challenge for me was to grow my skills. I had never done a scalloped edge before and so it was a little bit challenging, but it definitely made me better.”
    The actual quilting of a quilt is the combining of the top with the design, the bottom and batting in between, and like many quilters, Eubank outsourced that to another skilled artist.
    “Peggy Nekiferoff did the actual quilting of the three. You know I pieced the top and she put the three pieces together. And she did a masterful job. Peggy's really got some really great, amazing skills as a quilter onboard as well.”
    Eubank said the American Quilter's Society hosts several shows annually, and she was encouraged to enter while attending one of them:
    “It's an organization that hosts different events around the country and international events. They just had their international market down in Houston and had hundreds beautiful quilts on display. And wghen I went down, my friend Jeanette, said, 'Boy, you should enter in the next one.' And so when the application came up in November, I entered and I just found out on the second.”
    Eubank's quilt will be on display in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from March 11th through 14th, and is in the running for the $10,000 Best of Show prize, as well as 26 other awards. 
Jan 14 2015
Injured Fisherman Hoisted in Shelikof Strait During Storm PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transfers a patient to Kodiak Fire Department personnel in Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 13, 2015. The patient was reported to be suffering from an abdominal injury while pulling in crab pots and needed to be medevaced from his vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevac'd an ailing fisherman from the fishing vessel Irene H in the Shelikof Strait  Tuesday.
    The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the Irene H, safely hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak for further care.
    The Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the crew of Irene H when the crewman reportedly suffered an abdominal injury while pulling in crab pots and required medical assistance.  The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac and the Jayhawk crew was launched to conduct the rescue.
    Lt. Greg Dahl, pilot of the Jayhawk, said the operation was challenging from the start, with the weather conditions making for a rough ride.
    Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 25 mph winds and 7-foot seas. 
Jan 13 2015
Door-Busting Crowd Let P & Z Know Their Feelings on New Code PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission resumed its public hearings on the zoning and building code last night with a highly anticipated and highly attended meeting broadcast live on KMXT. 
    Nearly 70 members of the public rose to address the commission, and they were overwhelmingly against what they saw as onerous changes to the code. Many had simple requests, like those made by Judy Kidder.
    "Instead of telling us what we can't do, see if you can work with part of this code to promoting small business which will increase the tax base, which will increase employment, which will help this town to grow,” Kidder said. “That's something that I don't see that in this code. It's all about what you can't do. There's nothing in there about what you can do to make this thing grow. Thank you."
    And some saw the hand of the United Nations trying exert control on our lives, like Jamie Fagan:
    "This code is pure UN Agenda 21. Which stands for United Nations Action Plan for the 21st Century. George H.W. Bush signed the treaty in 1992. and in 1993 President Clinton created the president's council on sustainable development for the sole purpose to get it into every county and state through federal rules, regulations and grants,” Fagan said. “This is a global plan, but is implemented locally."
    But after nearly five hours of public testimony, it may have been commissioner Maria Painter who stole the show.
    "I just wanted to let everyone know  at the appropriate time, I as a commissioner, will make a motion to table indefinitely the proposed code,” Painter said, pausing for applause. “I believe that private property is the most important guarantee of our freedom. So thank you."
    Acting commission chair Alan Schmitt tried to point out that the seven commissioners have a combined 218 years in Kodiak, an average of 31 years each, and want to do what's best for the borough as a whole.
    "You know we've  been doing a lot of work on this for a year and a half if not longer. We are all motivated by what is best for the common good. Not what's good for one person here, one person there, but for the common good. I point this out not because I want you to think we're somehow better equipped than any of you. No. But we are invested in this community as well. It's our home. We want it to continue to thrive, we want it to continue to be a place we want to live,” Schmitt said. “We've been working on this – we've had public hearings beginning in the summer of 2013, the rest of that year and all of 2014. I'm not saying this to fault anybody, but it's about time. We've been wanting to hear from the public. We've made the chances for people to come forward and tell us what to think."
    The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission plans for more public hearings in the future. 
Jan 12 2015
Busy Weekend for Kodiak Athletes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak High School Bears basketball girls went 2-and-1 at the 48th Joe Floyd Tourney over the weekend. In fact, three of the four girls teams went 2-and-1. Due to the points scored differential, the East Thunderbirds were named the round-robin tournament champions. The Kodiak boys were 1-and-2.
    This upcoming weekend, the Kodiak boys will be playing in the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High School, while the defending state champion Kodiak girls will be home against the Palmer Moose. C-team play is at 4 on Friday and 3 Saturday, JV at 5:30 and 4:30, respectively, with the varsity hitting the floor at 7 p.m. Friday night and 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
    The Kodiak Bears wrestling team had three individual champions at the John Tobin Invitational at North Pole High School. Joel Valdez pinned his opponent at 120 pounds in under a minute and a half, Levi Fried outscored his 132 pound challenger from Service 5-to-2, and Nolan Wandersee won his 220-pound class with a 5-4 victory over a grappler from East. Overall, the Bears placed 7th with 88 points. South Anchorage won with 205.5 points.
    The Kodiak wrestlers will be on the road at the Dimond and Service tournaments Friday and Saturday.  
Jan 12 2015
Family of Three Safe After Neighbor Reports Fire PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 January 2015
Kodiak Fire Department responds to a fire on Rezanof Sunday night. Jarred Griffin photo 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A family of three is safe after their home on 1320 East Rezanof Drive caught fire around 10 o'clock last night. Acting Kodiak Fire Chief Jim Mullican said the two adults, child and their dog were not even aware their home was ablaze when the 11 firefighters responded. The 911 call reporting the fire was made by a neighbor. There were no injuries.
    Mullican says the fire was visible on the roof and was licking the into nearby tree branches when the first firefighters arrived. He said damage was largely contained to the chimney and roof, with only minor damage inside the home. He estimates the damages at $15,000.
    Rezanof Drive was closed for several hours at 13th Avenue to allow firefighters to put out the blaze and clean up. It was reopened at about 1 a.m. 
    In a release, Mullican wanted to remind the public to check your smoke alarms and to replace the batteries twice a year. 
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