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May 19 2015
Talk of the Rock: Crab Fest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
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Today on Talk of the Rock, Host Kayla Desroches talks with Stephanie DeLaGarza about Crab Fest. DeLaGarza works with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and has been integral in organizing the famous Kodiak festival. They'll chat about rides, food, and the list of activities on the schedule.
May 18 2015
The Spit is Ready to Go for Crab Fest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015
trident_construction.jpgA picture of Trident's construction next to the Spit. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

With Crab Fest fast approaching, vendors and rides will need all the space they can get by St. Paul Harbor – not only for themselves, but for the people who’ll line up at the booths.

Part of preparing for Crab Fest means clearing the Spit to make room.  

Public Works Director, Mark Kozak, says Trident Seafoods is busy building a processing plant in the location of the old Alaska Fresh Seafoods building next to the Spit, but confirmed Monday that construction won’t get in the way of festivities.

“Right now it looks like everything is supposed to be cleared by the end of the day,” says Kozak.” And, so we are anticipating that won’t be a problem. Most of it’s been cleared off, just a few vehicles left to move, and then we’re gonna do a final clean-up early tomorrow morning and it should be ready to go for the festival.”

Executive Director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, Trevor Brown, says a section of the land will be fenced off, but says it’s justified since it’s part of Trident’s investment in the community itself.

“The fenced area is I believe about a 300 foot by 40 foot section and that section had to be dug up to replace the city water and sewer and Trident basically paid for that out of their own pocket to replace thatm," says Brown. "So, we’re losing a little bit on the Spit. I think we can get most of that out of the way anyway, for what’s coming.”

Brown says there’ll be rides in the Spit.

“Tons of Fun will be out there will thirteen of their inflatables and we also have the ejection seat which will start going up today. That shoots you up in the air quite a ways.”
You can try those rides and some of the edible offerings at Crab Fest beginning Thursday and continuing until Monday, May 25. To read more about the schedule and activities, check out the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce website.
May 18 2015
Comment Collection: Jackson Park Statements at Borough Assembly Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
Thursday night, Jackson Mobile Home Park residents filled the Borough Assembly work session. Many say they just found out the park would be closing. Here are some of the comments from citizens who stepped up to speak.

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“I went to the mailboxes the other day to check my mail and I counted every single mail box that there was. There’s 113 mailboxes. If each trailer only has one person residing in it, there are 113 people that are now replaced. We have no place to go.”


“We don’t find out this matter to yesterday in the newspaper, we have 360 days to move it out. How can we move it? How can we afford to move that? I hope with your help, you’ll step in if possible.”


“Basically I’m gonna be homeless in a year. I’m gonna rip everything I can salvage out of my trailer, load it in the back of my truck and, I don’t know, go out to Gibson Cove and put up a shack. Because there are houses to rent, 1,500 dollars a month. I mean, a lot of people can’t afford that.”


“What concerned me is I read the list that the buyer said the reason why he was not keeping it a trailer park. Every item on there is a result of mismanagement. It has nothing to do with the hard-working owners of that trailer park – the ones of us that pay our rent when it’s due, those of us that are decent citizens and don’t do drugs and throw garbage out in our yard. That try to be good neighbors to each other. We’re the ones being punished for all those years of mismanagement that they say they can’t afford to keep it a trailer park.”


“You’re talking about whole units of families. Where are they gonna go? It’s gonna land on the borough and it’s gonna land on the city. Brother Francis Shelter has no room. The Salvation Army has already too many people. They can’t help any more people.  What is the city and borough going to do?”


“I just want to voice my opinion in asking you guys for help, whatever it is that you guys can do because of the fact that our community - I love Kodiak with my heart. It’s an awesome community. And I just don’t want to walk around and see all of these faces, all of these people and their mothers and fathers and kids being homeless. Jobs here are already hard to find. And homes, to add onto that, homes. That’s insane.”


“You know unless we can figure something out and maybe open up a piece of land and put the trailers that the homeowners have and take it from there and make a profit off of that and we can keep it clean. Because I don’t even see the State Troopers making local runs through there. Regular runs. That’s why it got so infested, because they weren’t patrolling frequently, and that’s their jurisdiction and the only time they come is when they get a call and they come two or three at a pop, and you don’t see them for two or three weeks as far as I know. And there’s a lot of good families and a lot of good people that are living there.”

May 18 2015
At Change of Command Ceremony, Coast Guard Cutter Munro Gets New Commanding Officer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015
munro_cutter_photo.jpg Munro docked at base. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

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A Change of Command Ceremony took place at the Coast Guard base Friday as one captain handed responsibility of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro to his successor. According to Vice Admiral Charles Ray, who spoke at the proceedings, the ceremony is a long-standing tradition in the transfer of leadership.
“And the reason leadership is so important especially, probably no more so than in our coast guard than right here in this area, when you are leading a crew of folks alone and unafraid in the Bering Sea or in the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean where there is no help but what you have on your ship, it is leadership that will make the difference and carry the day,” says Ray.

During the event, Captain Jeff Thomas passed his command of the Munro to Captain Sam Jordan. Both men’s families were present as were the members of the crew, who stood at either side of the room in the base’s Golden Anchor building.

Captain Thomas addressed members of the crew in his speech and later said leaving Munro was bittersweet. He says he spent two years on board the Munro and that it takes around 6 to 8 months to win over a crew.

“You have to be able to articulate your vision and make that part of what they believe and they see the importance of why we’re trying to go a certain way,” says Thomas. “And then you sometimes have some people who don’t want to go along - I guess is the best words - and until you can win their hearts and minds and show them the value of what’s in it for them, what’s in it for the ship, what’s in it for the nation, then it makes it a whole lot easier.”

New Munro commanding officer, Captain Jordan, says the ship is his fourth command and says he’s excited about his new position.
“It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since I left Kodiak in 2010 after working at the base for three years, so I knew what I was getting into,”  says Jordan. “It was where I wanted to go. I was actually on the pier in 2007 when Munro moved up here from Alameda and I can remember standing there going “You know, I would like to be the captain of that ship someday.”

As for Captain Thomas, he says he’s heading to a district staff level position where he’ll be championing six operational commanders and making sure they have the resources they need. He says he’s previously only worked in headquarters level staff, and so it’ll be a new experience. He also says the position will bring him closer to his family in Virginia.
May 15 2015
Police Identify Driver in February Hit-and-Run PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Charges are imminent in a hit and run that severely injured a Kodiak man over three months ago

In a statement the police chief said Kodiak Police seized a truck last weekend matching the description of the vehicle involved. It belongs to 42-year-old Alex Rice. The release went on to say criminal charges will be forthcoming.

On the evening of February 4th, Brent Watkins was crossing Rezanof Avenue East to attend a community meeting in the auditorium when he was struck by a pick up truck, which then sped off. 

It's been a long three months of recovery for Watkins, but he said the news he received from the Kodiak Police this (Friday) morning lifted his mood.

“I got a call this morning from Sgt. Putney in regards to progress on the case, and that they had somebody they were talking to, and it sounded like there might have been a confession involved,” Watkins said.

Watkins said the lead came through a Crime Stoppers tip to the police. Watkins had put up fliers throughout town with details of the accident and the Crime Stoppers phone number.

“A big thank you to all the people who run that program, and the community for stepping up on that one," Watkins said "I really appreciate that.”

Watkins sustained broken ribs and pelvis and leg injuries in the collision. He also suffered what he described as a small stroke on the plane ride back to Kodiak, after about a week in the hospital in Anchorage.

“It's been a humbling amount of support from the community. I've got to thank April and Jeremy (Counceller) for really coordinating that for me, and for having it all dialed in for when I got home," Watkins said. "It's been really a big help in my recovery.”

Watkins said he was told he should stand by to be contacted by the District Attorney's office and be prepared to speak before a grand jury. 
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