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Sep 22 2009
State will Fight Cruiseship Head Tax Suit PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 September 2009

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            The state's top lawyer says Alaska has every right to tax cruise-ship passengers.

            The industry filed a lawsuit last week challenging 46-dollars of the 50-dollar head tax.

            Attorney General Dan Sullivan says the Department of Law will fight the suit.

            The state collects about $50 million a year from the tax. Of that, four-dollars per person funds an environmental monitoring program, which the suit does NOT challenge. The rest goes to tourism-related projects and services.

            The industry says some of those projects do not support cruise ships, which breaks the law. Tax initiative authors criticize some of the spending, but say the tax is legal and should survive a court challenge.

            The city of Kodiak has already received 700-thousand dollars from the cruise ship head tax, and will use the money to improve pedestrian access from downtown to Pier Two, where cruise ships dock.

KMXT's Jay Barrett contributed to this story.

 
Sep 21 2009
H1N1 Workshop in Kodiak PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 September 2009

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            The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is conducting an H1N1 pandemic flu workshop in Kodiak today. The meeting will bring together key people and agencies from across the community including medical and public safety workers and leaders in all levels of government and education.

             Sally Abbott will conduct the all-day workshop; she's the director of the public health preparedness program for the state. Abbott explained that we are currently experiencing a pandemic which means that there is a new strain of flu around the world. The good news, she says, is that so far, the cases have been mild ones. She had words of praise for the work that's already been undertaken locally. Abbot says that Kodiak has a plan in place and now is the time to see how it will work. She conducts similar workshops all around the state.

Today's H1N1 flu workshop takes place in the Betty Springhill Hall on the Saint Paul church property at 3077 East Rezanof Drive. Anyone who's interested can attend.

 
Sep 21 2009
Bears Blanked by Kards PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 September 2009

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            In their homecoming game Saturday, the Kodiak High School Bears faced the best team in Alaska, and though the defense shined, the Bears still fell 21-to-nothing against the Kenai Kardinals. Kenai has allowed only one score against them all year, a touchdown last week by the Homer Mariners.

            Saturday's game against Kenai was the last home game of the season. The Bears close out the regular season next week in Homer against the Mariners.

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Sep 19 2009
Jock of The Rock - The Talk Like a Pirate Episode PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 September 2009

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          Nick is back in the saddle along with Jay for this week's Talk Like a Pirate Day episode of Jock of The Rock.

 
Sep 18 2009
Pioneering Wildlife Biologist Returns to Kodiak PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 September 2009

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            Kodiak's brown bears live well on the island, thanks in part to Will Troyer. Troyer was the manager of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in the 1950s. During that time he pioneered the live trapping of brown bears for science. He also flew to remote spots around the state to conduct surveys on many species of Alaska's wildlife. Troyer was awarded the prestigious Olaus Murie Award in 1987 for his life's work in wildlife conservation

 When Troyer arrived in Kodiak in 1955, bears were regarded as a nuisance on the island. Local ranchers lobbied the Alaska Territorial Legislature to declare open season on the brown bear in order to reduce their population. So Troyer, a wildlife biologist, decided to conduct research on live bears in an effort to win support for their protection.

             This week the 83 year old wildlife biologist is back in Kodiak. He spoke with KMXT's Diana Gish about those early attempts to study Kodiak's most famous mammal.

 

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