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Mar 18 2014
KHS Tower Behind Construction Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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           A portion of the Kodiak High School renovation and addition project is slightly behind schedule these days. That’s the word from construction manager Bruce Walter of Wilson Engineering. Walter presented an update on the high school project during the borough assembly’s work session on Thursday. He said the four-story classroom tower is running behind schedule and will not be ready by the August 1 deadline.
            That phase of the project now enters what Walter calls “Plan B.” He said the goal of Plan B will be to ensure that students and teachers can resume classes like normal next fall. 
            “And the only way to accomplish that is to not give the contractor a portion of what’s called Area B, which is the second floor above the existing cafeteria and library.”
            Walter said that whole section of the building was supposed to be handed over to the contractor on June 1, but now they will hold that area back to keep those classrooms functioning and buy time for the completion of the tower.
            “So the new revised date to move in to the tower is October 1.”

Mar 17 2014
Kodiak Fisheries Work Group Meeting Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014
Mar 17 2014
Younger Austerman Seeks Dad's Office PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014

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    Though Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman has not announced his plans for this summer and fall’s elections, it appears there will be an Austerman on the ballot one way or another. This (Monday) morning, Carol Austerman, the 45-year-old daughter of Kodiak’s current representative, announced her candidacy for the Alaska State House.
    “You know he’s been talking about retiring now for several years, and I’m finally starting to take him seriously. I think he might just do it this year, so I’m preparing for a run.”
    The newly formed District 32 will encompass Kodiak Island, the west side of the Shelikof Strait and Cook Inlet, up to Tyonek, Seldovia and Nanwalek on the Kenai Peninsula and over to Chenega, Whittier, Tatitlek, Cordova and Yakutat.
    “I’m really looking forward to getting to know that extended area outside of Kodia better. I have obviously spent a lot of time working with the Kodiak Borough, but I’m definitely looking forward to have an expanded area beyond that.”
    Austerman’s father, Kodiak’s current House Representative, previously served as the fisheries czar for then-Governor Frank Murkowski, and before that was Kodiak’s State Senator and Representative, so has a long family history in government service. She is currently in her fourth year on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. She says fiscal responsible is her top priority.
    “It’s something that I’ve been very active in at many different levels with the borough assembly. We have a lot of expenditures that we’ve been doing that we really haven’t taken the time to figure out how that money is being spent after we determine to give it to someone. And I think the state does that a lot too. And so that accountability for how governmental money is spent is really important to me.”
    She says full education funding is another important plank in her platform, but she wants to bring the same accountability to it as she wants for other government spending. She said she is not in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment to allow public money to be used to send students at religious and private schools.
    “I’m very concerned how that voucher program could impact the existing public schools and their funding. Because obviously from that would bmean, from a voucher perspective there would be a lot more children who are being paid for under the BSA, and that would cut, essentially the money that was available statewide, plus it would potentially cut money from the public schools budget.”
    Though Austerman says her plans are known to her parents, she has not yet received word from her dad on what his plans may be for this year’s election.

Mar 17 2014
Fisheries Work Group Takes Up Gulf Trawl Bycatch PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014

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    The Kodiak Fisheries Work Group will hold a meeting tonight and discuss Gulf of Alaska Trawl Bycatch Management issues. Assemblywoman Chris Lynch said the goal of the meeting will be to draft recommendations for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's April meeting on bycatch management, specifically recommendations that will benefit the Kodiak Community.
    On the agenda for tonight is a panel discussion featuring fishermen from various backgrounds and gear types who will outline their hopes for bycatch management and how certain decisions might affect different industries.
    The meeting will also include three representatives from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the federal fisheries coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's commissioner's office.
    The meeting is open to the public, and the agenda is posted on the borough's website. Public comments will be taken at the beginning and end of the meeting.
    KMXT will modify its Monday evening programming to broadcast the meeting live from the borough assembly chambers, starting at 6 p.m.

Mar 17 2014
Brewery Creates 'Tsunami IPA' to Honor '64 Good Friday Events PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014

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           Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami, and many organizations have planned commemorative events. Even the Kodiak Island Brewing Co. got on board – brewing a special Tsunami IPA to honor the devastating events half a century ago.
           Ben Millstein owns the brewery and said the idea to brew a special beer for the event actually came from some off island visitors.
           “Actually there were a bunch of folks in the brewery who were part of a statewide group, and I forget who the group was unfortunately, and they were going to museums and going to sites and talking about the upcoming anniversary and they were asking are you doing anything for the anniversary and I said no we don’t really do a lot of events. I’m not a big party planner. And he said, well we were just looking at the flood line and it went right through that building that we’re in and so he showed me kind of where it went on that property and stuff like that and we were just thinking about it and we thought hey, Tsunami IPA that’s a good name, and we were getting ready to brew a new IPA anyway.”
            The high water line from the ’64 tsunami actually bisects the brewery building, which is located downtown at the “Y.” Millstein said they discussed actually drawing a line through the main lobby of the brewery to mark the water line, but the flooring they have right now isn’t ideal for something like that.
             As for the beer itself, the Brewery’s new head brewer, Naga Reshi, said creating it was a fun collaboration with Millstein.
             “Well me and Ben did it together. And we wanted to create a beer to commemorate the historic event. It’s a big beer. It’s 7.5 percent alcohol. It’s very hoppy and kind of bitter, so you know it’s kind of a big beer for a big event. We’re pretty excited, we released it what, last Friday, something like that, to a very good reception.”
              The Tsunami IPA seems to be a hit, and Millstein said it’s selling fast. So fast, in fact, that they had to brew an additional batch to make sure it would last until the actual anniversary on March 27.
               “Since we were targeting the anniversary we didn’t’ want it to run out before that came so we just brewed another double batch of it so we’ll have it at least through that. We might run out of it for a few days, I don’t know, but we’ll have it at least through the anniversary and for a few more weeks.”
               The commemorative beer is one of 11 options the brewery currently has on tap. Tune in to KMXT’s Talk of the Rock tomorrow at 12:30 to hear the full interview with Millstein and Reshi, including upcoming specialty beers and other future plans for Kodiak’s local brewery.

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