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Feb 19 2014
Talk of the Rock - Tsunami Preparedness PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Last week a group of folks gathered in Kodiak to learn about emergency preparedness. The two-and-a-half day event brought representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service and Division of Homeland Security to Kodiak to help train emergency planners, responders, and mayors, among other city and borough staff members. Some of those involved with the training stopped by KMXT's studios and recorded this conversation about emergency preparedness, specifically as it relates to tsunamis. 

 
Feb 19 2014
Kid Wrestlers Gear Up For Tournament This Friday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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           While the high school wrestling season wrapped up at the state tournament earlier this month, the Kodiak Kid Wrestling program is in full swing. This Friday dozens of young athletes will take to the mat for a jamboree tournament in the gymnasium at Main Elementary.
           The tournament is the second of three events the club wrestling program puts on. About two weeks ago they hosted a takedown tournament, and next month the final tournament will bring in young wrestlers from the villages to participate.
            KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs recently stopped by a kid wrestling practice and learned more about the program that has been operating in Kodiak for more than three decades.

            Friday's tournament will kick off with the younger kids taking the mat at 6 p.m.and older kids will start matches around 7 p.m.

 
Feb 19 2014
Tsuanmi Experts Talk Safety, Preparedness PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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           Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Alaska’s coastline, including Kodiak. In the half century since that fateful Good Friday, communities across the state have been working to make sure they are prepared for similar emergency situations.
           Last week a handful of emergency management and tsunami specialists hosted a two-and-a-half day training in Kodiak and helped prepare local officials for what to do in the event of any emergency, but specifically for tsunamis.
           Cindi Preller is a tsunami program manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service. She said the training was great for community officials that will have decision making or action responsibilities during an emergency event, but stressed the importance of everyone knowing the warning signs of tsunamis and how to react on their own.
           “And the most important one is if you feel an earthquake and the shaking sustains for longer than 20 seconds and you’re next to the water you really do need to evacuate. And that can be tough in a big earthquake that’s still shaking and quite dangerous. But what we’ve learned in the last few years is you really only might have a couple minutes. I mean we used to think you have 20, and now it’s down to two. So 20 seconds is roughly equivalent to a magnitude 7.0, and that’s strong enough to trigger a landslide.”

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Feb 14 2014
Fisheries Committee Advances Tax Credit Extension PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 February 2014

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    A bill that would continue a tax credit that’s heavily used by seafood processors passed out of the House Fisheries Committee yesterday (Thursday). The intent behind House Bill 204 is to continue the tax credit on new processing equipment beyond its scheduled sunset date of December 31st, 2015. If approved the Alaska Salmon Product Development Tax Credit would be extended another five years. The bill would also expand the tax credit to apply to equipment used to process herring.
    Among those who spoke in support of the bill during yesterday’s hearing was Vince O’Shay of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association.
    “The members of the Pacific Seafood Processors are supportive of this are pleased that you’ve taken it up,” O’Shay said. “It’s been a good bill for the industry, good bill for our members and good bill for fishermen. And I’m hoping this will move on and we’ll get this done this session.”
    The tax credit has been used since 2003 and supporters say it has helped increase the commercial value of Alaska’s salmon. Representative Paul Seaton from Homer, chairman of the House Fisheries Committee made it clear to his colleagues that the bill only applies to state fisheries.
    “These are for salmon and herring, so we’re basically talking state water fisheries,” Seaton said. “We’re not talking about these credits being used in the off-shore fisheries.”
    In response to EPA regulations cutting down on the amount and size of fish waste discharged into near shore waters, House Bill 204 also includes language allowing the tax credit to be used for equipment that would reduce salmon and herring waste. The bill was passed out of the House Fisheries Committee on Thursday without dissent and now heads to the House Finance Committee for consideration.

 
Feb 14 2014
Multigenerational Support Showered Heart For Hospice Ball PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 February 2014

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           Last week’s Heart for Hospice Ball was the best fundraising event Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak has ever hosted. It was the third annual formal event the organization put on, and all total it raised more than $36,000.
           Christy Kamai is the director of the hospice organization and said they mainly operate on donations and grants. Each year they must raise about $96,000 to keep up with the demands for care here in Kodiak, and that’s why they often look to big events like the ball for raising those funds. Kamai said they often rely a lot on sponsors, and many local businesses step up with donations for the event’s silent auction. This year they decided to start a new sustainability program – the society of 1,000. 
            “It hopes that individuals will be willing to contribute $1,000 a year to hospice. You know over the course of the year they can make payments or they can do a one time donation of $1,000. And we list those folks as a group, called society of 1,000.”

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