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Apr 16 2014
Accident Expert Testifies in CommSta Murder Trial PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014



           An expert in recreating traffic accident scenarios says a compact sport utility vehicle could have been the vehicle seen driving past a Kodiak Island Coast Guard communications station where two men were murdered.
          Prosecutors are attempting to connect a grainy security camera image of a blue vehicle to James Wells, who is charged with killing two co-workers on April 12, 2012.
          Prosecutors say Wells drove his wife's blue Honda CRV to the shop and shot Richard Belisle and James Hopkins.
          Research engineer Angelo Toglia Jr. took measurements to construct a three-dimensional model of the site and compared models of vehicles that could have appeared in the video.
          He says trucks and sedans could not have been the vehicle in the recording but a Honda CRV could have been.

Apr 16 2014
ComFish Kicks Off Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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           Tomorrow marks the start of the 34th annual ComFish here in Kodiak. The event is Alaska’s largest commercial fishery trade show, and dozens of vendors are set to pack the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center to showcase their goods and services.
           “We have a full venue again, we’ve been turning people away for a month and a half.”

           That’s Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Director Trevor Brown. The Chamber organizes ComFish each year and Brown said they try to get a good balance of government agencies, informational booths and businesses selling equipment. All total Brown said there will be about 44 vendors this year.
            Brown said this year’s ComFish will also feature a new event, one aimed at highlighting the skills of local seafood processors.  
            “And it’s our processor filleting competition. Each of the processors is going to send their top person and we’re going to have a fillet-off. They’re going to be doing I believe round fish and flatfish and we’re going to have three judges there to see who does it the fastest with the least amounts of loss and cuts and all that good stuff. So that ought to be a really interesting event.”

Apr 16 2014
Local Group Wants More Birthing Options PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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           As a rural community, Kodiak doesn’t often offer the services and opportunities provided elsewhere, especially in terms of medical procedures. For instance, if a woman in Kodiak has ever had a cesarean or c-section, they are limited to that same procedure for future pregnancies, so long as they remain in Kodiak and choose to deliver at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, the island's lone hospital. A cesarean birth is a surgical procedure that delivers babies by making incisions in a woman’s abdomen.
           However, a group of folks in town are trying to open up the birthing options for women, and give them a choice in how they would like to deliver a child. Mariahs Yap is a member of Concerned Citizens for TOLAC, which stands for trial of labor after cesarean section. She said women aren’t even given the option to try a vaginal birth here in Kodiak if they’ve ever had a c-section.
            “Which is very unfortunate because we actually have women on Kodiak who have taken their births to Anchorage, where a natural birth is an option, and they’ve had successful births, naturally – a birth other than abdominal surgery. Actually, some people have had two. And yet with another pregnancy they are not given the option at the hospital here to birth other than by cesarean section.”
            Yap said many women in Kodiak don’t even know they don’t have a choice, especially if they moved here from somewhere else.
            Most places do allow women to attempt natural births, even if they have had a c-section. What makes Kodiak different, according to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center Spokeswoman Karen Leatherman, is its rural status.
            “PKIMC and the medical staff determined this was not an appropriate in our rural setting because of our inability in this rural setting to consistently provide immediate cesarean section in an emergency, or offer immediate access to a neo-natal intensive care unit following delivery.”

Apr 15 2014
Family Members Testify in CommSta Murder Trial PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014



           The sister and brother-in-law of a Kodiak man charged with killing two Coast Guard communication station co-workers say he became irate when the topic of their deaths came up two months later.
           Theresa and Donald Kiele says James Wells became animated and said the dead men were incompetent and not qualified to work in the shop were antennas were built and repaired.
           The Kieles testified Tuesday in the trial of Wells, who's charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Richard Belisle and James Hopkins on April 12, 2012.
            Prosecutors say they were shot shortly after beginning work.

            Wells claims he was delayed by a flat tire. Prosecutors contend he drove to the shop in his wife's sport utility vehicle, shot the men and returned home.

Apr 15 2014
From Beans to Brew: A Closer Look at Kodiak Coffee Roasting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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Gary Barnes, the coffee roaster for Harborside Coffee and Goods, holds two different varieties of raw coffee beans. The beans become brown after the roasting process. Brianna Gibbs Photo


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            Kodiak is known for its abundant natural resources, but coffee isn’t one of them. That’s why a handful of local coffee roasters must often work internationally to bring some of the best beans to the island, where they are roasted locally and served in one of the many coffee shops along the road system. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs got curious about that roasting process, and decided to get in touch with one of Kodiak’s coffee connoisseurs, to better understand the work that goes into a morning cup of Joe.

gary_barnes.jpgBarnes stands beside his coffee roaster, which he has affectionately named Sharon. He has been roasting on this same roaster since he first acquired it in 1995. Brianna Gibbs Photo  

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