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Oct 11 2013
Football and Tennis in Playoffs, Volleyball in Anchorage PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 October 2013

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    There’s a lighter than usual schedule for Kodiak High School athletics this weekend now that cross country is over and swimming and diving has a week free of competition.
Football
    The KHS football team made the small and medium school championship tournament, and are facing the Kenai Kardinals up on the peninsula in the first round tomorrow. The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and can be heard live on KVOK. The Bears are the number-three seed in the medium school bracket and the Kardinals are number-two.
Volleyball
    The volleyball team is playing at the 12-team Grace Christian invite today and tomorrow. The Bears are the outliers in the field, as all the other teams come from smaller schools, such as Anchorage Christian, Barrow, Dillingham, Eielson, Homer, Houston, Monroe, Mt. Edgecumbe, Seward and Valdez. As usual, the Bears are streaming all their games live online; go to the team's U Stream  channel.
Tennis
    The Kodiak tennis team is going to the state tournament in Anchorage – a rare opportunity to play against opponents from other schools. That’s because no other school in the region has a tennis team, and the athletes challenge each other during the “regular season.”
Run the Rock
    Of course, here in Kodiak tomorrow there is the Seventh Annual KMXT Run the Rock, which includes a five-kilometer, 10-kilometer, half-marathon and full marathon, all the way out to the end of Antone Larson Bay Road. The event is rain-or-shine and there will be a tasty barbeque feast for participants afterwards. You can sign up here at the station, or online at race.kmxt.org. The five-k in particular is a family event, and you can sign up tomorrow at the Bear Valley Golf Course club house, the official race day headquarters of Run the Rock. The marathon starts on Near Island at 8 a.m., the 10-k and half-marathon both start at 10 a.m. at Bear Valley, with the 5-k beginning at 12:30 p.m.

 
Oct 11 2013
City Makes Case For Composting, Land Transfer PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 October 2013

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           Things are seemingly moving ahead in a land transfer between the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and City Council. Last night the two governing bodies discussed the matter during the assembly’s work session, specifically as it pertains to compost.
           The city hopes to build a better quality Class A composting facility on 2.36 acres of borough land, south of the landfill. Lesser quality Class B compost is already being made at the landfill. The compost would be made using biosolids, which have gone through the wastewater treatment plant and city staff stressed are very different from raw sewage.
          It’s no secret that composting has come under quite a bit of scrutiny, which is why City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski and other city representatives took a trip to Washington and Idaho and toured four composting facilities. Kniaziowski said the trip provided valuable insight to places that have been composting for decades, and what similar operations could look like in Kodiak. She said a facility in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was the group’s favorite, and best resembled what they wanted Kodiak’s to look like in terms of operations.

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Oct 10 2013
Run the Rock Race Course Gets Certified PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2013

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            KMXT’s 7th annual Run the Rock race is this Saturday, but this year there is a little more incentive for folks. The 10K, half marathon and full marathon courses were recently certified by USA Track and Field, meaning race times can be used as qualifiers for other races around the country.
           KMXT’s Pam Foreman helped get the certification process going, along with volunteer Eric Engvall. Foreman said the idea to certify Run the Rock came as the event garnered more interest outside of Kodiak. 
           “Over the years we’ve attracted some marathoners in particular, and a couple of half marathoners from other areas, actually literally from different places around the world. So those runners are looking for races that they can use to qualify for additional races. In order for them to record a record or to use a race for a qualification race, it has to be certified. So, since we want Run the Rock to be around for a long time, and we think it’s a cool thing to attract runners from not only our own community but from the lower 48, from around the state and around the world, we thought this is the next step.”

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Oct 10 2013
Vessel Energy Audit Meeting Monday Night PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2013

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    Earlier this year the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the University of Alaska Marine Advisory Program launched a project to find places where fishing vessel operators can conserve energy. Mike Gaffney of Alaris Companies is the auditor on the project and is ready to present some of his preliminary findings to fishermen on Monday here in Kodiak.
    Julie Decker of Wrangell is the development director for the AFDF. She says Gaffney has extensive experience in vessel audits, and said the meeting at Fishermen’s Hall would be valuable for all boat owners and operators, not just fishermen.
    “I think one of the most important reasons for a fisherman to come to this meeting is to be able to interact one on one with a vessel energy auditor/engineer with extensive experience on vessels all the way up to 1,000-feet and ask the types of questions that they may never be able to ask that level of engineer.”
    She says Gaffney has consulted with many vessel operators, such as the Coast Guard, and that the savings can be substantial.
    “And their recommendations varied from like 19 to 39 percent savings. Now some of that higher-end savings was due to things that they could change while tied to the dock, not necessarily underway. So there’s some real savings. We’re not talking, you know, a couple percent, we’re talking about potentially some significant savings when you look at energy efficiency as a whole on the entire vessel.”
    She said Gaffney will discuss how different energy-using systems were employed on fishing vessels, including gillnetters, trollers, longliners, seiners, trawlers and tenders, and explain how the results translate into solid recommendations for the different vessel types.
    “Some of it has to do with how you operate the vessel, some of it has to do with particular pieces of equipment. And those are the kinds of things that Mike going to talk to in much more detail during the workshop. And then of course when we have the final results in the manuals that we’ll be handing out to the fleets.”
    Those energy-efficiency management protocols will be gear-type and vessel-size specific recommendations, which Decker expects should be compiled by the end of the year. Next year, the results will be taken around to the different fleets that were audited:
    “That’s the other component of this project, is to do the outreach back to the fleets. So we’ll take around those documents, and hold some workshops, and really try to get the information down to the fleets.”
    The preliminary results presentation and question and answer opportunity will be Monday at Fishermen’s Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. All vessel operators are welcome, not just fishermen.

 
Oct 10 2013
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2013

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Coming up this week, Bering Sea crabbing might be delayed because of the federal government shutdown, clean up continues on the fuel spill caused by that tender sinking in Haines, and the largest longliner built in Alaska gets christened. All that and more coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help this week from KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, KHNS’ Margaret Friedenour in Haines, KRBD’s Sean Carlson in Ketchikan, and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.

 
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