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Nov 06 2015
KIB Assembly Talks Possible Seafood Research Center Closing and Capital Improvement Projects PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 November 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has been discussing priorities for the Kodiak Archipelago and will submit its final list to Governor Bill Walker and the State Legislative Delegation.
At the assembly’s regular meeting last night, the top four priorities out of the eight were: the construction of a Tustumena Replacement vessel, the extension of the Anton Larsen Bay Road to ice free waters, improvements on traffic flow at East Elementary, and improvements and paving to service area roads.     

Assemblyman Larry LeDoux suggested that drainage improvements to the Chiniak highway at Sargent Creek be moved up to the fourth position.

“To me, item seven is clearly a safety concern for residents in the Sargent Creek area. It’s their only access out of there and it becomes impassable. And the weather seems to be really erratic recently. Either really dry or really wet. If we have something funded, I would prefer it be a safety related need in our community other than Mill Bay beach access or road improvements in service district one.”

Assemblyman Mel Stephens disagreed. First, he said, because the assembly added that item as an afterthought at the last work session, and they should have been discussing it over time.

“I mean, I agree there’s a problem out there. It’s a very small amount, so I have no problem with it being here, but moving it to a higher priority is not something that I will go for, especially when the source for funds for these different things determines what gets funded.”

Stephens said he was unwilling to bump the improvement project over others on the list, like a replacement fire tanker for fire protection area number 1 or an upgrade to the access to Mill Bay Beach.

However, the motion to move the item did carry at 4 to 2 votes, with Stephens and Assemblyman Dan Rohrer against. At the end of discussion, the assembly adopted the priority list for the 2016 legislative session.

Later in the meeting, the Assembly passed a resolution to urge the University of Alaska to reconsider closing the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, which conducts seafood research. The assembly also issued an authorization for the mayor to sign a letter with the same goal.

While LeDoux drafted the letter on behalf of the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group, Assemblywoman Rebecca Skinner stressed that the letter is from the entire community.

“When this issue was discussed at fishery work group, it was clear that everybody in the room supported doing something, and I think it wasn’t clear what would be the most effective way forward, and when the idea of sending a letter to the president of the university was suggested, I think everyone really seized on that as an appropriate next step that seemed feasible in short order.”

Mayor Jerrol Friend added that the letter would be CC’d to Governor Bill Walker, Senator Gary Stevens, and Representative Louise Stutes.

Correction 11/9/2015: A former version listed incorrect dates for the assembly's next work session and regular meeting. The assembly will hold a work session followed by a special meeting on  November 12. It will also hold another work session on December 1 followed by a regular meeting December 3.
Nov 05 2015
Music Man to March into Town PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015
music_man_poster.jpgAn original poster from the movie musical. Via Wikipedia

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

"The Music Man" is about a band leader who comes to a small town in Iowa and recruits young men for his boy’s band, so it’s fitting that the organizers behind the musical itself are now recruiting some talented musicians and actors for the Kodiak version of "The Music Man."

Veronica Costa-Bolton is the production’s director and says they’re looking for kids of all ages to audition for the fictional band, but certain restrictions apply. After all, the musical takes place in 1912 and does focus on a boy’s band.

“There is a whole section for girls both as a complement to the band – at that time, girls were not in marching bands, but they were definitely part of the accessory – and they have a whole club, a whole dancing club, that they go to. Women were considered to be well-suited for dance, and men would be in the marching bands.”

Which Costa-Bolton says were popular at the turn of the century.

“The entertainment at that time was all about these big marching bands. They were spectacular. You would travel to your state fairs and see these bands and it just created that sense of fame. And so, this is a salesman who comes in and says I’m gonna give you some of that. And he’s initially just in it for the money.”

But that changes when the swindling bandleader meets a local librarian.

Costa-Bolton says she’s looking for all kinds of people to get involved in the musical. Auditions start in early December, so you have plenty of time to decide whether you want to be an actor, an orchestra member, or work behind the scenes.

And if you want to hear more about the musical, you can listen to the full recording of Tuesday’s Talk of the Rock.
Nov 05 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report - November 5th PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015

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Coming up this week, we take a more in-depth look at the numbers released last week by NOAA Fisheries; the EU has its own problems with mislabeled seafood, and Kenai fishermen share their experiences with verse. We had help from KDLG's Molly Dishner in Dillingham, KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, and KDLL's Jenny Neyman in Kenai. 

Nov 04 2015
Providence Kodiak Receives Five Out of Five Stars in Online Tool PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 November 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A recent survey shows Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is excelling in patient satisfaction. That’s according to a tool that Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Studies created in collaboration with other organizations called Hospital Compare, which provides data on over 4,000 medicare-certified institutions over the United States and helps patients explore their options.

Carlie Franz is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Providence in Kodiak and says the hospital received five out of five stars.

“Which not only is the highest rating that CMS gives on its website, but it is the highest rating in all of the 21 Medicaid certified hospitals across the state. So, that’s a huge win for us. It’s also the highest rating that any of the Providence hospitals have received in the whole system.”

Franz says the results are based on a survey called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, which asks patients about 11 different topics.

“They range from how well their nurses and doctors communicated with them to do they think that their pain was managed well. And then another thing they were asked about is would they recommend this hospital to somebody else.”

Franz says the average star rating across the state is three stars and that the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital received the lowest rating at two out of five stars.
Nov 04 2015
Crossroads Sober Living for Women Combines Transitional Housing and Bed & Breakfast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 November 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A new sober living housing situation in town will offer a space for women in a Bed & Breakfast format. Ally Strong says she and her husband purchased a home in September with the goal of being able to provide sober living for women.

She says they will be able to house two to four women at one time and their criteria is flexible.

“It’s for women who are in transition or a space where they don’t have a safe and / or sober place to live. It could be somebody coming out of a bad relationship or just fell on hard times. It could be drugs and alcohol. Either / or. But it’s intended to be a supportive living environment.” 

Strong says the goal is to help the women stay on track, find employment, support themselves, and become independent.

She says both she and her husband, who is a drug and alcohol counselor, are involved in K.A.M.P, or Kodiak Area Mentor Program, which is a faith-based group where volunteers mentor those with life issues like substance abuse.

Strong says she grew up watching her own family struggle.

“My parents were both addicts to some degree. It was a volatile environment. My sister became an addict at a very young age. She is still, 35 years later, an addict. Down in California, couch-surfing so to speak. And so, I’ve kinda watched that in my family. My sister lost all six of her children. They’ve all been adopted out many years ago.”

She says one of her and her husband’s goals for their lodgers would be to help them regain their children should that be part of their situation. She says rent would $25 a night with breakfast included and there would be house rules.  

“They do have a curfew. Basically because I’m kinda the house mom, I don’t want to stay up till midnight worrying about them coming in or out. And in the case of drug and alcohol abuse, their lifestyles are kinda all over the place. And they’re in and out and wherever, and their time of day is different than the normal time of day. So, just to give them some structure and security.”

Strong describes other forms of guided independence.

“They have a private entrance and there’s a key on sight that stays on sight, so not everybody gets a key to come and go. They’ll have daily and weekly chores just to make sure that the house is being kept just like anybody would in their own home. Other than that, working with a mentor would be a requirement.”

She says the women could determine where that mentor comes from and who they are.

Strong says they’re calling the bed and breakfast Crossroads Sober Living for Women, and it’s only a small move towards helping people with drug recovery in Kodiak. She says there’s still a long way to go in providing rehabilitation facilities in town.

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