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Jun 24 2014
Talk of the Rock: Dr. Bob Johnson's New Book PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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           Today on Talk of the Rock, we'll talk with a former Kodiak doctor who recently dabbled in the art of book writing while documenting his own family history in Alaska.
           Dr. Bob Johnson’s new book, “Alaska Frontier Surgeon,” captures the life story of his father, the late Dr. Arthur Holmes Johnson, who was the first physician to call Kodiak home. Johnson said his dad first stopped in Kodiak in the late 1930s, on his way back to Oregon after working as a doctor in Nak Nek for the summer. He said his dad fell in love with the island and its small community. It's the "Alaska Frontier Surgeon" with Dr. Bob Johnson on KMXT's Talk of the Rock. 

Jun 24 2014
UFA Elections Bring New Faces to Executive Committee PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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    There are six new folks on the executive committee of the United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors. And, re-elected as president was Jerry McCune of Cordova. When reached on the Copper River fishing grounds, he said he was looking forward to working with the new committee
     “The board is well-rounded,” he said, “so I’m looking forward to working with that in the future.”
    UFA Executive Director Julianne Curry said there are both young, recent additions to the UFA and some seasoned veterans on the executive committee:
    The new executive committee members include Chip Treinen of the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance as Vice President, Chad See of the Freezer Longline Coalition as Secretary-Treasurer, Ian Pitzman of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association as the at-large executive committee member, Bob Kehoe of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as co-Administration chair, Dale Kelley of the Alaska Trollers Association as Fish Farm & Environmental committee chair, and Steve Reifenstuhl of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, who will serve as the new Subsistence chair.
    The executive committee also includes Duncan Fields of Kodiak, Gary Fandrei of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, salmon and herring fisherman Bruce Schactler of Kodiak, Stephanie Madsen of the At-Sea Processors Association and Mark Gleason of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers.
    Curry said in addition to elections, the UFA board has a number of familiar items on their radar such as Alaska Board of Fisheries appointments, Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization and a whole slew of state and federal elections.
    The UFA board held a lengthy meeting Monday morning and discussed potential endorsements for candidates in this fall’s elections. 

Jun 24 2014
Study Looks At Climate Change in Kodiak PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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           Kodiak has long been a hub for research, but this summer it has become a part of what’s called the Global Ethnohydrology Study. Meg du Bray is a graduate student at Arizona University and is working through the University of Alaska Fairbanks to talk with people in Kodiak about climate change, which is the topic of this year’s study.
            “This year we’re really interested in talking to people about issues of climate change and if its affecting them and how its affecting them and especially if its affecting their ability to make a living.”
             For about three weeks, du Bray has been conducting surveys and interviews with residents to learn more about their views on climate change.

Jun 23 2014
No Tsunami Associated with Sizable Aleutian Earthquake PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014

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Annie Ropeik/KUCB
    A powerful underwater earthquake in the Western Aleutians triggered tsunami alerts for the Aleutian and Pribilof islands Monday afternoon.
    No damages were reported after the magnitude 8.0 quake, recorded just before 1 p.m. on Monday. It happened about 30 miles northwest of Amchitka, about 60 miles underwater.
    Residents in the Western Aleutians reported feeling shaking during the quake, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. And the quake has set off a series of aftershocks, some as strong as a magnitude 6.
    The earthquake also generated a tsunami warning from Attu to Nikolski and in the Pribilof Islands for about two hours Monday. It was then downgraded to an advisory.
    The Unalaska area, from Nikolski to Unimak Pass, was also under an advisory for part of Monday afternoon. It ended around 4 p.m.
    The tsunami alerts stemmed from the force of the quake. But the Earthquake Center’s Natasha Ruppert says tremors at such a depth don’t often create tsunamis.
     “Well, based on its magnitude, there is definitely potential for tsunami in the Aleutian Islands. But based on its depth, I do not expect that there will be a significant tsunami from this earthquake.”
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observed tsunami waves about a foot in height or less in Unalaska, Adak and other islands in the region. Those waves are measured at the highest water level above the tide level. They weren’t high enough to do any damage.
    Unalaska’s Department of Public Safety told residents to avoid beaches and harbors during the advisory, but there was no full-scale evacuation to high ground.
    Monday’s earthquake was near an active volcanic island in the Western Aleutians. Semisopochnoi Island has been undergoing a series of small quakes – most around magnitude 2.0 – for the past couple of weeks. But the AEIC's Ruppert says the activity isn’t connected.
    "All earthquakes that are related to volcanoes, they are very shallow, right beneath the surface, and this one is about 100 kilometers deep.”
    It was a busy day for earthquakes in the Pacific, though -- another one with a magnitude 7.2 was recorded in the South Pacific, off New Zealand, about an hour and half before the quake in the Aleutians. Ruppert says it’s possible that one triggered the other – but they don’t know for sure.

Jun 23 2014
Reel History: Portrait of a Lady, 79' Fundraising Pitches PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 June 2014

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Marina Cummisky/KMXT

           Hi, I'm Marina Cummiskey, an intern at KMXT as part of the station's summer archiving project. This week I listened to Fisherman/Fisherwoman: A Portrait of a Lady, produced by Jaime Rodriguez in May of 1983.
           "Good evening, I'm Jaime Rodriquez. Recently, a volunteer here at KMXT expressed intrest in a program about women in the fishing industry, specifically as deckhands or skippers. What you are about to hear is a profile of a local lady fisherman as she discusses her career and her struggles to suceed in a field traditionally held by men."
           The fisherwoman, who chose to remain anonymous on the tape, discussed in detail the discrimination she faced while looking for a job. Multiple times she was turned down because she was a woman, and nobody thought she could handle the workload. She expressed her anger toward these people, but ultimately her disappointment with not finding a job.

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