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Feb 27 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Coming up this week, Alaska gets $21-million for 2012’s king salmon disaster, Senator Murkowski wonders if something more than public health might be behind China’s geoduck ban, and how might this warm winter affect baby salmon all snug in their streams?  We had help from APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington, DC, KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KTOO’s Casey Kelly in Juneau, and KRBD’s Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan.

 
Feb 27 2014
Turning the Tide Against Marine Debris: Part Two PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Even from 500 feet above, multicolored marine debris is visible from beaches on Shuyak Island. Kodiak Island Trails Network Director Andy Schroeder uses aerial surveys like this to help plan upcoming clean ups. Brianna Gibbs Photo

 

 

 

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Today we bring you part two of our series examining marine debris, and where places in Alaska, specifically Kodiak, stand in clean up efforts.
            When the Japanese Tsuanmi washed away entire towns three years ago, it left much of the West Coast of the United States wondering if and when debris would start showing up on American shorelines. Less than eight months later, it did, and has continued to wash up since.            

            Clean up efforts have been well underway, but funding those operations is a huge part of the battle. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs has more on the financial side of marine debris. 

 

 
Feb 26 2014
As Deadline Looms, Afognak Speaks Out on Malmberg Homestead PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Grace and Tom Malmberg with their first four children in front of their growing homestead in 1985. Photos courtesy Mieke Malmberg

 

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    On Saturday, a long time Kodiak family will no longer be allowed into the home they built over 30 years ago. Nor will they be allowed to step on the land the home occupies. That’s because when Tom and Grace Malmberg placed their small cabin on the shores of Dry Spruce Bay, it was a few dozen yards over their property line.
    After being sued in 2012 by the property owner, Afognak Native Corporation, and facing a huge clean-up bill if they lost in court, the Malmbergs agreed to accept a $10,000 buy-out offer from the corporation one year ago. And one year was the amount of time they were given to remove all their belongings and structures that they wanted to keep. After Friday, Afognak can do what they wish with whatever is left on site. With only the matriarch of the family still living in Kodiak, very little was rescued, and the home and outbuildings remain where they have been for three decades.
    When KMXT first brought you the story of the Malmbergs, we were unable to reach a spokesman for the Afognak Native Corporation for comment. While the story did quote Afognak lawyers and officials extensively from court documents, we felt compelled to follow up with the corporation.

 

    Below is our first story in this series, followed by Tom Malmberg's letter to Afognak Native Corporation, the corporation's response to KMXT's first story, and Mieke Malmberg's response to the Afognak letter.

Family Hopes to Save Homestead of 30 Years  

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 The Malmberg Homestead on the shores of Dry Spruce Bay.

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Feb 26 2014
ASMI Announces Photo Contest Winners PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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           The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced the winners of its Alaska fishing families photo contest last week. More than 700 entries were submitted to the contest, which ran from January 1 to February 2. Winners were chosen for various categories, including Facebook favorite, best humor photo, best boat photo and best throwback photo, among others. The winners include submissions from all around the state, including Kodiak, and are featured online at photocontest.alaskaseafood.org.
           In a press release from ASMI, the organization said the photo entries might be used for future marketing purposes worldwide, both online and in print. 
 

 
Feb 26 2014
KHS Alumna Recognized for Environmental Work PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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           A recent Kodiak High School graduate will be recognized statewide later this year as a Spirit of Youth Award recipient. Leila Pyle graduated from KHS in 2013, and will be honored during an awards dinner on April 5 in Anchorage.
           Karen Zeman is the executive director of Spirit of Youth and said the group began in 1996 as a way to recognize positive ways students are contributing to their local communities. She said it is kind of like a year-long recognition 

           “We receive nominations for over 150 teens every year. These are youth that some community member took the time to nominate for recognition. And every young person is recognized through a ceremony put on by their local school board and they’re also featured on the Spirit of Youth radio series which is aired on virtually every public radio station across Alaska. But the year culminates with the Spirit of Youth award which is given to 22 teens, two teens in each of our 11 award categories.”
            Pyle is one of two award winners statewide in the science and environment category. She said she didn’t know she was even nominated until she got the call that she won, but found out the recognition was related to the work she did for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
            “I worked there last summer as part of the Youth Conservation Core crew. We spent part of the time in town working at the visitor center and we would lead kids activities and environmental education programs and we had trainings on climate change and recycling in Kodiak. And we cleaned up a beach as part of the Island Trails Network marine debris clean up project. And then we spent three weeks of the summer out in the field on the refuge at remote sites doing maintenance at refuge public use cabins and helping with ongoing refuge field projects.”

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