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Aug 04 2014
Dead Humpback 'Rare' Research Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014

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           Last week KMXT told you about a collision between a humpback whale and the state ferry Kennicott. The incident sent a team of scientists to Kodiak to perform a necropsy – a full body, internal examination of the carcass.
           Veterinarians determined the mammal died from a massive trauma and had injuries similar to those of whales that have been killed by ship-strikes. However, whether or not it was the Kennicott collision that actually did the killing is still under investigation by NOAA law enforcement. There is a possibility that the whale was killed by something else and the ferry collided with the floating body.
             Still, University of Alaska Marine Mammal Specialist Kate Wynne said whale and boat collisions are an interesting conservation problem worldwide. While rare in small ports like Kodiak, she said places with larger, high-traffic shipping lanes are more prone to these incidents, and research is being done to help prevent them.
               “In other areas, we have collected enough information on how big of a ship, how fast was it going, how big an animal, where did it hit on the animal, to start determining how fast is safe. Is there a safe speed for shipping lanes, for instance.”  
                Even in larger shipping areas, Wynne said whale and ship collisions are few and far between, which makes researching them a slow, difficult process. She said they are just now getting enough data worldwide to understand ship strikes and are still learning about the distribution of whales and where the mammals travel.

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Aug 04 2014
Jayhawks Aid Two in Air Station's Back Yard PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014

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    It was a busy weekend for Air Station Kodiak helicopter rescue crews. On Friday they were called upon to transport a woman from Saltry Cove who was injured in an accident, and on Sunday, they brought an ailing fisherman into town from near Village Islands.
    Midday Friday the Coast Guard received a call from the Kodiak Police Department reporting a 50-year-old woman had been injured in an ATV accident at Saltry and needed a helicopter medevac. According to Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Monk the Coast Guard agreed a helicopter flight would be the safest and most effective way to transport the woman back to town. The unidentified woman was turned over to EMTs in Kodiak. Her current condition was not reported.
    On Sunday, a 69-year-old man from the fishing vessel Sierra Seas was suffering from acute stomach pains and needed assistance. The Jayhawk crew landed on a beach near Village Islands where they met the man and his wife were picked up for transport. The man’s stomach pain was reportedly from a pre-existing medical condition. He was transferred to local EMS, and like the earlier rescue, his identity was not reported by the Coast Guard and his current condition is unknown.

 
Aug 01 2014
Reel History: Fish For Food Banks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014

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           Hi, I’m Marina Cummiskey, an intern here at KMXT as part of the station’s summer archiving project. This week I listened to an Alaska Fisheries Report, produced in November of 1993 by Laine Welch. One of the stories on the reel was about a way to put Alaskan by-catch to good use.
            “It’s no secret that the amount of waste in the nation’s fisheries is raising the ire of an increasingly aware public, but the experimental by-catch food bank program, headed by Terra Marine and participants of the Bering Sea Troll Fleet, has holiday meals of salmon being served to the hungry and homeless in Seattle.”
              A story the new menu at a low-income housing unit in Seattle, written by Leslie Bennett of KUOW, was aired on NPR’s morning edition.
               “St. Martins’ serves three meals a day, seven days a week. Most of its food comes from Food Lifeline, a distribution service for shelters, meal programs, and food banks. James Dale opens the freezer door, and points to the 50 pound boxes of salmon, which have been processed, and frozen. The money for storage, transportation, and processing came from individual donations and contributions.”

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Aug 01 2014
Stephens Walks Out Of Work Session PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014

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           Threats made toward some Borough Assembly members in recent days prompted a small police presence during last night’s borough work session. The presence consisted of a single officer, not dressed in uniform, who only identified themselves as a member of law enforcement when directly asked by Assemblyman  Mel Stephens. Upon learning that an officer was indeed present, Stephens left the meeting.
           “Because I feel the purpose of having that officer here was a false pretext and I find it very offensive and contrary to my view of what government should be about, I am not going to lend my presence to this meeting.”)    
           Stephens was followed by one member of the community who did not identify herself before leaving.
           “Toward that end I’m going to be leaving too.”
           After the meeting, the man who identified himself as the officer said much of his work for the police department is undercover and asked to remain anonymous. However, he also pointed out that he is a borough resident and had just as much right to be there as any other borough citizen.

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Aug 01 2014
Alaska Seafood Remains Free of Radiation from Fukushima PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014

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    More results have come in from on-going studies looking for radiation in different fish from Alaska waters, and they continue to show no evidence of contamination from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released results from samples of four kinds of important food fish, and none had any trace of Fukushima-related radioisotopes, according to Dr. Ali Hamade of the State Division of Epidemiology.
    “None of them have detected any radionuclide that would be associated with any appreciable health risk. Even for those who consume them in huge quantities – we’re talking more than 250 pounds a year – we’re nowhere close to really suspecting any appreciable health risk.”
    Previously, negative results were released from tests of sablefish, pollock and halibut in Alaska waters. The results released Thursday were from testing of cod and three species of salmon: kings, chums and reds.
    “These analyses target several species of fish, the fish that are for most important for Alaskans. If you look at pollock, that’s important nationwide and globally even, because they go into imitation crab and fish nuggets and whatnot. So it’s not only something Alaskans consume.”
    Hamade said the tests FDA scientists use are sensitive enough to be able to tell Fukushima-related radiation, such as iodine-131, cecium-134 or cesium-137, from common background radiation that is naturally present in nature.

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