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Jun 17 2014
Kodiak PANDA Participants Request City Resolution PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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           Thursday’s City Council meeting didn’t include an agenda item related to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, but that didn’t stop a handful of folks from making public comment on it.
           Almost a dozen people turned out to support those who spoke against the authorization act, also known as NDAA. The attendees are part of a recently formed group here in Kodiak known as PANDA, which stands for people against the NDAA. PANDA is a national, non-partisan, grass roots organization that was founded in 2012 by Dan Johnson, who actually presented here in Kodiak last month.
           Kodiak resident Betty MacTavish spoke during the public comment portion of the city’s regular meeting and said PANDA specifically takes issue with sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA. According to MacTavish, those provisions violate civil liberties in a number of ways.    

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Jun 16 2014
Kodiak Keeps 'Real People' For Weather Forecasts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2014

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           As recorded weather forecasts around the state and nation switch to automated voices, Kodiak remains one of the only places in the country that still uses the voices of real people.
           The forecasts, put out by NOAA Weather Radio, are beamed on radios and VHFs around the state, and are likely familiar sounds in Kodiak homes, where many folks rely on weather and marine updates for fishing and recreational activities.
            Last week, Nome made the switch to an automated system, one that replaces the voices of federal employees at the weather service with "Tom."

            Tom is one of at least two voices available for the automated weather system that, after being installed at nearly every other weather outpost in the nation, is now coming to radios across Western Alaska. Tom isn’t actually replacing the employees, just their voices. Weather Service staff will still be there to make sure Tom has the right information to broadcast.
            The change in Nome leaves Kodiak one of the last remaining weather stations to use real people for its radio forecasting. Five different people read the weather at the Kodiak station and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.
             A spokesperson from the National Weather Service said Kodiak will probably switch to automated voices at some point, but there’s no timeline for the transition, which would require equipment changes, too.

 

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Jun 16 2014
Abel Takes Helm of Coast Guard's 17th District PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2014

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           The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska has a new commanding officer. Rear Adm. Dan Abel took over from Rear Adm. Tom Ostebo at a change of command ceremony Thursday in Juneau.
        Ostebo is known for his work in the Arctic, and Abel says he’s ready to continue what his predecessor started. KTOO’s Casey Kelly reports.

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Jun 16 2014
Kodiak Athletes Bring Home the Golds PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2014

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           Last weekend Kodiak’s Special Olympics athletes put Kodiak on the competitive map when they brought home a combined 12 gold medals. Five athletes made up Kodiak’s powerlifting team, and three of them brought home gold medals in bench press, squat, dead lift and combination. Those athletes were Amy Canavan, Brittany Tregarthen and Chris Kavanaugh. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs recently caught up with Kavanaugh, and asked him about the competition in Anchorage.  Two other teammates picked up an additional 7 medals. Ben Stalhut earned a silver medal in dead lift, bronze in the squat and combination. Aharon Dolph brought back a bronze in bench, squat, dead lift and combination. All total Kodiak’s team came home with 19 medals.

 
Jun 13 2014
City Approves DEC Grants PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 June 2014

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           It was a packed agenda for the City Council’s regular meeting last night, but the governing body managed to get down to business and pass a number of resolutions.
           First up on the agenda was the city’s FY 2015 budget. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski gave a run down of the financial figures for the upcoming fiscal year, which totaled more than $46 million.
    The budget includes the funding of law enforcement, fire and emergency services – which Kniaziowski said expands into the whole Kodiak road system, animal control, public works, engineering, the port and harbor, parks and recreation, administration and the new public library.    
             “And we really did a through assessment of the city’s needs and we believe that we’ve met your goals and we think that we can continue to deliver those services in a high quality manner as we have in the past to the community. And I really, once again, want to thank the management team. They take this seriously every year, every day. And they more than took seriously the budget direction that they were given so what you see is that final product.” 

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