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Jun 15 2015
Busy Weekend for Kodiak-Based USCG PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 June 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT

Saturday morning crewmen from the Cutter Munro assisted the 33-foot fishing vessel Sea Venture, which was disabled with two men on board in Chrome Bay, near the mouth of Cook Inlet. The Sea Venture couldn't be fixed and the water was too shallow for the Munro to establish a tow, so Coast Guard auxiliary crews from Homer and Anchorage respnded to tow the boat to Homer.

On Sunday, an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward-deployed to Cordova medevaced a 63-year-old woman from the cruise ship Norwegian Sun near Yakutat.

The aircrew hoisted the woman, who was suffering from severe absominal pain, and safely transported her to Cordova Community Medical Center.

Weather on scene both days was reported as light and variable winds and calm seas. 
Jun 12 2015
Borough Assembly Discusses Jackson Park PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 June 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Jackson Mobile Home Park was the main topic of conversation at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly work session last night. While the Assembly also reviewed its packet for its regular meeting, it dedicated a chunk of time to possible solutions and next steps regarding Jackson Park. Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission was present to share their thoughts.   

Community Development director, Bob Pederson, introduced the borough staff’s research, which includes exploring relocation options and spreading the word to other park owners. For example, Pederson says they’ve talked with the owner of Rasmussen's Mobile Home Park about making room on his property.

“There is roughly about seven spaces in that smaller piece that may be possible and roughly about 22 in the track U is the sketch and so he’s been evaluating that, he may file an application for the conditional use permit to do that. So that may be another piece – all these are pieces of the puzzle,” says Pederson.

Pederson also discussed an alternative to finding a renting arrangement before the Jackson Park closure.

“Another possibility that was identified about a week or two ago was what about somewhere to maybe store these mobile homes if they have to vacate from Jackson’s by the deadline and potentially a place to put them if they haven’t made another arrangement yet,” says Pederson.

Pederson brought up a few outdoor storage spaces that mobile home owners could arrange for their trailers. The assembly also discussed ways to make the transition out of Jackson Park easier, and several assembly members agreed they should waive the fee for residents to move their homes. Assemblyman Frank Peterson said they should find out that cost.

“I’d like to see staff working with those residents in order to come up with a hard number and almost a guarantee from the assembly that we’re gonna do our best to reduce those fees on our end or eliminate them altogether so that it’s not gonna cost as much money,” says Peterson.

P&Z Commission member, Kathy Drabek, voiced her support on that point.

“We’re Planning and Zoning and we need to do an enormous amount of focus on the planning,” says Drabek. “But we do have an emergency situation right now, so I’m very glad to hear that waivers of fees are being looked at.”

If you’d like to share your thoughts or ideas, you can find assemblymembers’ contact information on the borough website. The Borough Assembly’s next regular session will be on Thursday, June 18.
Jun 12 2015
Workshop Teaches Kids about Film and Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 June 2015
elbren_see_stories.jpgStudents interview subject for climate change documentaries. Suyet in chair, Montuya in blue. Photo by Marie Acemah

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A film workshop is teaching middle school and high school students about the environment and film-making at the same time, and they’re about to present their work. The kids write, narrate, and film their own documentaries on their topics of choice.

The film intensive began on June 1 in partnership with the Baranov Museum and the Kodiak Historical Society, and is free for the students thanks to its sponsors and supporters, which include the Kodiak Island Borough School District and AKTEACH.

Kodiak High School freshman, Jessica Suyet, is one of the students and describes the project as both engaging and educational.

“We’re working on iMovies that are based on climate change and we’re working on films that educate others and can entertain others about our topics. Which we all have individual topics,” says Suyet. “Mine would be ocean acidification, which includes animals, economy, and our ecosystems.”

Suyet and freshman Elbren Montuya say the editing process is a lot of work.

“It usually takes hours, like maybe six hours or more, just to get at least one minute or at least two minutes and if you wanted like a ten minute film, you’d have to work for about three weeks on it. So, it takes a lot of time to edit,” says Suyet.

“This is a really intense intensive,” Montuya adds.

Montuya says his topic connects to Suyet’s and ties into renewable energy.                

“When you talk about renewable energy, you talk about the atmosphere and the ocean and a little bit about how it relates to ocean acidification and how it impacts it greatly ‘cause ocean acidification is a big thing, especially for Alaska, and it affects marine animals and I feel like renewable energy could change that,” says Montuya.

Their instructor, Marie Acemah, says this is the fourth year of the project.

“We looked last year at the Exon Valdez oil spill and before that [the] 1964 earthquake and tsunami, and the first year we studied Filipino community stories. So, every year is different,” says Acemah. “And it’s also almost like an internship because all of that footage goes to the Baranov Museum in their archives for researchers to use.”

The class ends today and the students will screen their films at 7 p.m. Saturday at the public library. The event is open to the public.
Jun 11 2015
Vandal Desecrates Holy Resurrection Church PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Relics of St. Herman that were damaged in Wednesday night's vandalism at the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak. Father Innocent photo
Jay Barrett / KMXT
A 21-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly vandalizing one of Kodiak's most historic buildings, the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and many of its contents. 

In a press release from the Kodiak Police Department, Arkimedes Garcia was arrested around 8 o'clock Wednesday night as he was exiting the church.

This morning, Father Innocent Dresdow, the Dean of the Holy Resurrection Church, said many holy items were damaged.

“It's clear from the pattern of destruction that this dear soul is deeply troubled and his anger and his rage appeared to be directed at, frankly God," he said. "And from the perspective of the Church, he knew exactly which things were holiest. And those were the things that were in absolute disarray.”

He said the most holy items have been removed from the church to an undisclosed location and are being re-blessed.

Father Innocent said Garcia broke several windows and made his way into the church's Sanctuary behind the Nave where he not only did damaged items, but desecrated them as well.

“You can see in the hand crosses if you look carefully – they're bent upward. All of the crosses that he just damaged are bent upward in the same pattern, including St. Herman's Monastic Cross, which is the most priceless damage that was done last night. The tabernacle is where the reserve sacraments, the Holy Mysteries, body, blood of Christ are kept. Well, that was on the floor, with the Holy Mysteries and all the holy items that were on the alter were on the floor on both sides," Father Innocent said. "He bled on the holy table, he bled on the back wall, he bled in the church in different places, and on the alter particularly is a major desecration.”

Father Innocent said that even though the church sustained physical damage in the attack, services will go on as planned.

“Scheduled services for tonight, at 6 p.m., the Akathist to St. Herman, will be held as scheduled. We have a clean up crew coming in at 1 p.m. People are welcome to join us from the community. They don't have to be Orthodox if they want to come and help," he said. "We're essentially trying to go over the floor, chairs, everything to make sure all, the minutest glass shards are out of the floor and items. We have lots of children here and we want to make sure nobody gets hurt.”

According to the Kodiak Police Department press release, Garcia emerged from the church “partially unclothed,” but did not explain further. Police Chief Ronda Wallace was unavailable for comment. Garcia was booked on four felony counts of burglary and criminal mischief.

Jun 11 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015

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Coming up this week, fishermen from all sides of the issue went to Sitka angry but hopeful about halibut bycatch reductions in the Bering Sea and they left angry and disappointed; and, I wonder if anyone will write poetry about Astoria's mechanical killer whale that sank before it was able to scare sea lions on the harbor floats? All coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. A barn-door-size thank you to KCAW's Rachel Waldholz who ruled the airwaves in the past week with her reporting on the Council meeting in Sitka, and KDLG's Hannah Colton in Dillingham.  

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