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Jan 19 2015
Thomet Wins Gatorade Honor X3 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    On the local sports scene, Kodiak runner Levi Thomet has once again been named the Gatorade Alaska Cross country Runner of the Year. It's the third year in a row he's achieved that honor as one of the top runners in the nation. 
    He, along with Kenai's Allie Ostrander, who's wins the award for the fourth year, are finalists for the national Gatorade Runner of the Year award, which will be announced later this month. 
    As you may recall, Thomet is a three-time state champion in cross country while leading the Kodiak High School Bears to a third consecutive team title. He also finished second at the Nike Cross Country Northwest Regionals and 15th at the Foot Locker National Championships.
Jan 15 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015

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Coming up this week, acting Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton is the only person the joint boards could agree on to interview Wednesday for the permanent position; there are new faces in plenty of fishy jobs, and the winter king troll season is spectacular. We had help from KNOM's Matthew Smith in Nome, KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal and Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KTOO's Lisa Phu in Juneau and KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.

Jan 14 2015
Cotten Unanimous Choice for ADF&G Commissioner PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
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    Acting Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten was the odds on favorite to be hired for as permanent head of the department, but he became a shoe-in (this) Wednesday morning when the joint boards of Fish and Game voted against interviewing three other candidates, Roland Maw, Zachary Hill, and Matt Moore. 
    After an hour-and-a-half interview the boards voted unanimously to forward Cotten's name to Governor Bill Walker for consideration.
    There were several queries about the dual management in Alaska due to a disagreement with the federal government over a rural preference, and Cotten made his position clear that Alaska's constitution does not allow for a rural preference for subsistence like federal law does.
    Another question put the political appointee who runs a biological science-based agency on the spot. He was asked how much influence the administration should have on resource management decisions, and replied, “You'd be naive to say that politics never gets involved in fish and game issues, but it'd be my goal to preserve a science-based process.”
    And given the ongoing “brain-drain” of fish and game's biologists, the joint board wanted to know how Cotten might stem the outflow, especiall now that the state is in a fiscal spiral. He said he couldn't promise to pay employees more, but that as commissioner he'll make sure there's respect and a good work environment.
    Cotten replaces Cora Campbell, who has since taken a job with a CDQ group based out of Nome.
Jan 14 2015
Local Quilter Semi-Finalist in National Competition PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    One of Kodiak's local quilters was notified last week that one of her pieces has been accepted into a prestigious competition back East. Jennifer Eubank's work entitled “I Promise You the Moon, the Stars, the Sun” is a semifinalist in the American Quilter's Society International Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Hers is just one of 200 quilts selected from 36 states and nine other countries to reach the semifinals.
    Eubank's quilt is not quite five-feet to a side, and is made by custom combining elements from three different designs by Judy Neimeyer. One of its unique design elements is a scalloped edge around the entire quilt.
    “That was part of the challenge for me was to grow my skills. I had never done a scalloped edge before and so it was a little bit challenging, but it definitely made me better.”
    The actual quilting of a quilt is the combining of the top with the design, the bottom and batting in between, and like many quilters, Eubank outsourced that to another skilled artist.
    “Peggy Nekiferoff did the actual quilting of the three. You know I pieced the top and she put the three pieces together. And she did a masterful job. Peggy's really got some really great, amazing skills as a quilter onboard as well.”
    Eubank said the American Quilter's Society hosts several shows annually, and she was encouraged to enter while attending one of them:
    “It's an organization that hosts different events around the country and international events. They just had their international market down in Houston and had hundreds beautiful quilts on display. And wghen I went down, my friend Jeanette, said, 'Boy, you should enter in the next one.' And so when the application came up in November, I entered and I just found out on the second.”
    Eubank's quilt will be on display in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from March 11th through 14th, and is in the running for the $10,000 Best of Show prize, as well as 26 other awards. 
Jan 14 2015
Injured Fisherman Hoisted in Shelikof Strait During Storm PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transfers a patient to Kodiak Fire Department personnel in Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 13, 2015. The patient was reported to be suffering from an abdominal injury while pulling in crab pots and needed to be medevaced from his vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevac'd an ailing fisherman from the fishing vessel Irene H in the Shelikof Strait  Tuesday.
    The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the Irene H, safely hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak for further care.
    The Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the crew of Irene H when the crewman reportedly suffered an abdominal injury while pulling in crab pots and required medical assistance.  The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac and the Jayhawk crew was launched to conduct the rescue.
    Lt. Greg Dahl, pilot of the Jayhawk, said the operation was challenging from the start, with the weather conditions making for a rough ride.
    Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 25 mph winds and 7-foot seas. 
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