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Nov 29 2013
Family Hopes to Save 30-Year Homestead PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 November 2013

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Members of the Malmberg family on the beach in front of their homestead on Dry Spruce Bay. (family photo)


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            A misjudgement of just a few dozen yards in the placement of a small house on a remote part of Kodiak Island over 30 years ago will likely result in a family of eight's hopes, dreams and history literally going up in smoke. KMXT's Jay Barrett has the story of Tom and Grace Malmberg and their homestead on Dry Spruce Bay. 

Nov 27 2013
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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Coming up on this Thanksgiving week show, 2014 forecasts are out for sockeye in Bristol Bay and pinks in Southeast, small boat fishermen work to expand the availability of electronic monitoring, and, keep an eye on your boat this winter, will ya? We’re thankful for help this week from KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.

Nov 27 2013
US Travel Closing Kodiak Office PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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    Though it survived a prior consolidation and contraction of locations, U.S. Travel announced yesterday that it will be closing its Kodiak office this week. The company has been operating in Kodiak since 1991 when it purchased another travel agency.
    Elizabeth Nerland is the marketing manager for U.S. Travel in Anchorage.
    “Well, for the past several years we’ve actually be closing quite a few of our brick-and-mortar locations. Just moving a little bit more to a network and trying to stay open in the locations that make sense where it’s really important for there to be physically someone there,” she said. “But we really felt we could still serve the Kodiak community with our good solid network system, via the internet, and the phone.”
    The closing could be attributed to a change in how individuals make vacation plans.
    “We did not have as good of a volume, particularly for what the brick-and-mortar is there for, and that’s primarily vacation travel. We can service our corporate travel from just about anywhere in the world, but our vacation clients are the ones that are particularly interested in coming into the office and talk about their next vacation. And that was the line of business that we just didn’t see a lot of support for in the Kodiak community. Our volume of vacation sales was definitely below standard.”
    Nerland says two of U.S. Travel’s three employees will be staying with the company, and may be the ones on the phone with potential travelers.
    “We actually have two of the agents will work remotely, from their home, and become a part of the network, so really in a way we’re not even leaving the Kodiak co9mmunity, because we will be continuing to have agents right there in Kodiak. They’ll just be working satellite as a part of our network instead of in a physical location.”
    Employees are closing up shop at the US Travel office this week, and Nerland says it’s essentially closed now, but will officially be gone by the end of the month.

Nov 27 2013
Thanksgiving Comes Costly in the Villages PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

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            Gathering ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast may seem simple to folks living along Kodiak’s road system – simply go to the grocery store. But things are not quite as easy if you’re living in Karluk, a village on the west side of Kodiak with less than 50 people. KMXT’s news intern, Marina Cummiskey, recently returned from Karluk and found out what Thanksgiving preparation is like in a remote community.
            Karluk has no local store, and all of the residents’ groceries have to be ordered from shops in Kodiak, and then flown in by small planes. This way of getting groceries proves to be more complicated, and a little more expensive around the holidays.
            “The dried goods we have mailed out, so it’s just postal rates, but anything that’s cold or frozen we have to get shipped out at 90, I think it’s 92 cents a pound.”
            That’s Russ Scotter, a teacher at the Karluk School, who’s been living there for seven years. Scotter celebrates Thanksgiving, and his traditional dinner includes a turkey, albeit an expensive one.

Nov 26 2013
Thanksgiving Heavy on the Giving in Kodiak PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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            Thursday is Thanksgiving – a day rooted in gratefulness but often centered on magnificent meals. But for some Kodiak families, creating the stereotypical turkey dinner isn’t very feasible, or affordable. For those in need, a number of community organizations have stepped up to the plate and will provide meals or ingredients to help make sure every family, no matter their budget, can enjoy the holiday.
            The concept of helping those less fortunate around Thanksgiving time isn’t new, especially for the American Legion. Club Manager Helen Hartman said the Legion has served Thanksgiving dinner to the community for more than 40 years.
            “We have all the trimmings – turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, rolls. The Auxillary donates pies. We get most of our turkeys all donated from some people from the community and also our Legion members bring in turkeys and hams.”
            The dinner is free and open to the whole community, and Hartman said folks can stop by and eat between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
            Pat Branson is the executive director at the Kodiak Senior Center and said the Legion also packages up to-go dinners for seniors in the community. She said Senior Center staff will pick up the meals from the Legion on Thanksgiving Day and deliver them to seniors that need a meal and can’t necessarily leave home to get one.
            Another holiday dining option is available at the Brother Francis Shelter. Executive Director Monte Hawver said they’ll be holding their free Thanksgiving meal around 8:30 p.m.

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