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May 13 2014
New License, ID Heading to Alaskans PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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           Alaska’s driver license and identification cards are getting a new look next month. The new design is part of a national effort to limit identity theft and make it harder for IDs to be duplicated. Alaska’s new design will include new security features including a ghost image that is difficult to recreate on a fake card.
           The new licenses and IDs will also be administered in a new way. Instead of picking up new cards the same day at a local Division of Motor Vehicles office, residents will be given a temporary card at the DMV and have their new ID or license mailed to them. The temporary ID will be good for 60 days, and the new cards are expected to take between two and four weeks to reach people by mail.
           According to a press release from the Alaska DMV the new administration process is known as central issuance and there are about 26 other states that use this method for administering licenses and IDs.
           The new cards will be available starting in June, but people can wait until their current ID or license expires before they need to get a new one.

 
May 12 2014
New 'Kodiak' Series Airs This Week PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2014

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           The newest Kodiak-centered reality series will premiere this week. “Kodiak” is a four-part series that will air on the Discovery Channel and focuses on three multi-generational families living around Kodiak’s archipelago. The new series will debut on Wednesday night.
 

 
May 12 2014
Kodiak Among U.S.' Best Islands PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2014

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           Kodiak is in the running for “Best U.S. Island.” The online competition is hosted by USA Today Travel and pins Alaska’s Emerald Isle against 19 other islands in the U.S.
           Kodiak is the only island featured from the 49th state and has some stiff competition with places like Kauai, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico making the top 20 list.
           That top 20 list was chosen by panel of travel experts from USA Today. They based their selections on criteria like beauty, accessibility, variety of terrain, things to do, wildlife, local culture and popularity. Folks can vote for their favorite U.S. Island until June 2. The winners will be revealed on June 4.
 

 
May 09 2014
First Annual ALS Walk4Life This Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 May 2014

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           May is ALS Awareness Month in the United States and one woman is taking it upon herself to educate people about the disease here in Kodiak.
           ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that limits the brain’s ability to control muscles, often times leading to complete movement loss in different parts of the body. 
           “And there is no cause, there is no cure, or treatment.”
           That’s 34-year Kodiak resident Sarah Thayer, who has made it her goal to inform people about the disease, which affects approximately 5,600 in the U.S. each year. Thayer said she became aware of ALS when her own body started exhibiting signs and symptoms of muscular failure.
           “2005 I noticed something weird with my walking, my right leg.”
           Over the course of two years, the weakness in her right leg progressed and she eventually saw a neurologist. He wasn’t sure what the cause could be and a series of referrals to other doctors ultimately led Thayer to an ALS specialist at a hospital in Boston.
           “And I’ve seen him since 2010. He hasn’t given me a diagnosis of ALS, but it’s always been a temporary diagnosis, and what is listed in the three that he has given me for choices, you could say, is PLS – primary lateral sclerosis, which is either the same or a lot like upper motor neuron predominant ALS.”
           While Thayer hasn’t been officially diagnosed with ALS, she said her trials in learning about her own condition led to a greater awareness of the disease.
             “And the monster that it is.”

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May 08 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 May 2014

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Coming up this week, there is still herring quota available in Togiak Bay, the Southeast winter troll season set a record, and there could be more strife out on the Y-K Delta this year. We had help from KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KCAW’s Robert Woolsey in Sitka, KYUK’s Ben Matheson in Bethel, and KTOO’s Casey Kelly in Juneau.

 
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