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Apr 02 2014
Stutes Announces State House Run PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

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    The field is starting to get crowded in the race for House District 32. In an announcement posted online Friday, former Kodiak Island Borough Assemblywoman Louise Stutes stated her intentions to seek the seat currently held by Representative Alan Austerman.
    While HE has not declared his plans for re-election, Austerman’s daughter Carol announced last month her plans to run for his office, too.
    Stutes and Carol Austerman served on the assembly together for several years, and both describe themselves as fiscal conservatives, though Stutes says they weren’t always in agreement:
    “Just suffice it to say that we did not always vote in the same manner, fiscally, when we were both on the assembly at the same time.”
    Stutes left the assembly just over a year ago, and said the time seemed right to run for state house.
    “I had some discussion with Stormy, and it’s an opportune time. I have no children, no job, no children, nothing to hold me back, I can dedicate my full attention to that job. Stormy’s going to retire, and he said, ‘absolutely, I’m on board.’”
    As for her platform, she says it revolves around the sea, the same as the communities in District 32.
    “On thing that comes to mind immediately is the replacement of the Tusty. That’s a huge issue for southwest Alaska. That’s our highway, and we need to make sure that stays on track. That’s one of the many issues. Another issue is protecting our fisheries. That’s huge. Most all the communities of District 32 are affected by the fishing, or are fishing communities.
    The deadline for candidates to file for this year’s elections is June 2nd, and the primary will be held on August 19th.

 

*Editor's Note: Stutes intended to say she had no children at home.


 

 
Apr 02 2014
Kodiak High School Basketball Champs Get Key to City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

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    At the last Kodiak City Council meeting the coach and many of the players from the state championship-winning Kodiak High School Bears girls basketball team were in attendance, where they received the key to the city. Mayor Pat Branson praised the team, which went 27-0 while sweeping through the state tournament last month:
    “We are going to look for another decal to go on the street sweeper," Branson said. "We’re very proud of you. So thank you again for coming tonight.”
    Head Coach Amy Fogle thanked the mayor and the city for its support during the season:
    “One of the things I was most excited about going to the state tournament this year was that I don’t think the girls understood what kind of support they were going to get from the community,” Fogle said.
    Fogle pointed out that eight of the teams players were seniors, making their accomplishments that much more important to them:
    “It was just a great weekend. Just total domination by these girls, and their focus and what they wanted to accomplish when they stepped on the court," she said.

    "And it was a great game, and what a wonderful season you had," Branson added. "Thank you again for coming this evening – we’re very proud of you.”
    With a second perfect season and state championship on her resume’, Fogle becomes the first coach in Alaska history to accomplish the feat with both a girls team and a boys team. She was the coach of the Kodiak boys, who were perfect in 2001. Her current assistant coach, Nick Billings was the senior star of that team.

 
Apr 01 2014
CommSta Murder Trial Underway PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An attorney for the Kodiak man charged with killing two co-workers at Coast Guard Base Kodiak's Communication Station says his client was elsewhere when the fatal gunshots were fired — a Kodiak airport bathroom.
    Federal defender Rich Curtner says James Wells suffered from intestinal issues after gallbladder surgery.
    Curtner says Wells on April 12, 2012, detected a problem with his truck tire but spent 20 minutes in the restroom of a Kodiak air service with chronic diarrhea before going home to change the tire.
    The timing is crucial.
    Federal prosecutors say Wells had a 34-minute time period to commit the murders between times when security cameras recorded him driving toward and away from the facility.
    Wells is charged with killing two of his coworkers at the CommSta, retired Coast Guardsman Richard Belisle and Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins.

 
Apr 01 2014
Kodiak's Most Famous Madam Remembered PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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    If you lived in Kodiak during the 1960s and 1970s, you might remember a woman named Dee Barbero. Mrs. Barbero, or “Madam Dee,” as she was known, passed away in December – closing a chapter in Kodiak’s boomtown history.
    After Madam Dee left Kodiak, she moved to Florida with her husband, Martin Barbero.
    Mr. Barbero said his wife passed away from complications of diabetes after deciding to stop dialysis early last year. She died in her home in Florida on Christmas Day.
    In lieu of flowers, Mr. Barbero asked that folks take a loved one to dinner and appreciate the time they have with them.
    Click the play button to hear Mr. Barbaro and other local's memories of Madam Dee.

 
Apr 01 2014
No Foolin': Kodiak Among Healthiest Towns in Alaska PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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    Despite the today’s date, this next story is not a joke: Kodiak is the third healthiest community in Alaska. The only two towns that ranked higher share our approximate latitude, number one Juneau and number two Sitka. So maybe there’s something to be said for temperate coastal rainforest living.
    Jayne Andreen is the Community Health Improvement Director for the State of Alaska.
    “We know that where you live, and different demographics about a populations really have an impact on the overall quality of health for an area," she said. "So we know that communities that have a higher standard of living, have a higher education level, are going to be, overall, have a higher quality of health.”
    She said the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation began issuing the county-by-county – or in Alaska’s case, by census area or borough – health report.
    “What they have been doing is compiling data on the standard health elements, indicators, and breaking it down to the county level. With the idea being it would help support local efforts in improving your health status," Andreen said. "One of the problems that communities have across the country is, we’re really good at generating statewide data and national data, but sometimes it can be very challenging to get more localized data. And we know that the best opportunities we have to improving people’s health is when it’s happening at the local level.”
    Andreen said the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation creates the reports using data compiled by the states.
    “A lot of it is the behavior risk factor surveillance data, and that’s collected in Juneau for the state of Alaska and then it’s submitted for the CDC in Atlanta, and they then compile it publish it on a statewide and national level. So that’s where a lot of the data is coming from," she said. "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is actually working with the University of Wisconsin. That’s where the county health rankings is actually coming out of. But they take these leading health indicators and then they develop rankings based on county.”
    The final rankings are based on two scores, Health Outcomes and Health Factors. The first measures how long people in a community live, and how healthy they feel while alive. The second measures what influences the health of a community, and estimates the residents’ future health. The Health Factors ranks health-related behaviors, access to clinical care, socio-economic status and environmental factors.
    Click here to view the Alaska results and delve a little deeper into what makes Kodiak so healthy.

 
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