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May 12 2015
Talk of the Rock - West Side Stories PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

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On Talk of the Rock today, the Baranof Museum's Anjuli Grantham tells us about the multi-media project she's spearheading about the history of Kodiak Island's West Side. She's joined by her collaborators, Toby Sullivan, Brianna Petersen, and Tiffany Brunson.

May 12 2015
Discovering Kodiak - The Island and The Plane PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
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The "Discover Kodiak" slogan used by Quest Aircraft. via the web 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
What you find when you type in “Discover Kodiak” into a web browser are links to the the Kodiak organization that promotes the island to visitors. And that's the way the folks at the Kodiak Convention and Visitors Bureau – better known as Discover Kodiak – like it.

But in the last couple of weeks, people have been pointing out to them a new Kodiak discovery – an ad campaign by Quest Aircraft of Sand Point, Idaho, which uses the very same tag line to sell its lone product, the Kodiak aircraft.

Chastity McCarthy, Discover Kodiak's executive director, said she didn't think it was a “huge ordeal” that Quest was also using the phrase.

“But several people brought it to my attention and so it seemed like an issue to address,” McCarthy said. “I contacted their public relations department and a lady named Julie was very helpful, and basically just said, 'We're sorry, we didn't mean to steal your tag line. We'll change it.'”

McCarthy said the phrase is trademarked by the KICVB, and that the folks at Quest Aircraft will likely change their tag line to “Discover THE Kodiak” to differentiate from the Kodiak visitor industry champions.

And while some things get named Kodiak because of the brown bears, McCarthy said she was told the airplane makers were thinking of the island.

“And they actually named their airplane the Kodiak after Kodiak Island,” McCarthy said. “It turns out their organization comes up to Kodiak pretty often to check out the scenery, and the media lady Julie was like, 'I'm the only one in the company who hasn't been up there, and hopefully I get to come soon.”

McCarthy said Quest Aircraft will contact her once the board of directors has finalized the slogan change, expected in a couple weeks.

The Kodiak aircraft is a relatively new design. It is a 10-passenger single turboprop plane meant to serve the same roles as such aging craft as the de Haviland Beaver. Designed for bush flying on short and unimproved runways the Kodiak can also be used on floats.
May 12 2015
Berns Takes Place on PWSRCAC Board PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A Kodiak Island woman was elected to the executive committee of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council at its annual board meeting in Valdez last week.

Melissa Berns of Old Harbor represents the Kodiak Island Mayors Association. She's new to the RCAC, replacing Emil Christiansen, according to RCAC spokesman Steve Rothchild. 

Berns holds one of three seats designated for the Kodiak area on the advisory council. Fish and Game biologist Wayne Donaldson replaced Jane Eiseman in January as the City of Kodiak representative, and Al Burch remains the long-time Kodiak Island Borough representative.

The newly elected executive committee includes; Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez, as president, Thane Miller of the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation as vice president, Orson Smith, from the City of Seward, as treasurer and Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition, as secretary.

Old Harbor's Berns is one of three at-large members, which also includes Robert Archibald from Homer and Patience Andersen-Faulkner representing Cordova District Fisherman United.

The Prince William Sound RCAC was formed after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill to promote environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and the oil tankers that transit the area. Kodiak is also a member of the Cook Inlet RCAC, which has the same mission regarding the oil and gas industry there. 
May 12 2015
First Time in 30-Years State Population Declines PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An aging baby boomer population and a stagnate birthrate have caused Alaska's population to fall for the first time since the 1980s recession.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://bit.ly/1G1r5ZR ) that the population dropped by 61 people between July 2013 and July 2014. The last time the population dropped was in 1987 to 1988. Additionally, more people left Alaska than arrived during the studied time period.

Data from the state Department of Labor shows Alaska lost 7,488 people from mid-2013 to mid-2014. It was the second straight year that more people left the state than arrived

State demographer and report author Eddie Hunsinger says while the size of the drop is small, it is remarkable because Alaska's growth has been steady for so long. He attributes the drop to more deaths while birth numbers remain the same. 

May 12 2015
Governor Using Fuel Savings to Help Keep Ferries Running PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
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Gov. Bill Walker has a plan to keep most ferries running during the busy tourist season.

Alaska Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the governor is shifting $5.5 million in unused money from this year’s fuel fund to next year’s operating budget.

“That will allow the marine highway system to operate its summer schedule without any major changes, except for one change, which would be to the Taku,” Woodrow said.

That ferry will be out of service from July to September. 

The Taku cancellation will cut sailings to and from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, from four to two a week. Those sailings also stop in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Kake and Juneau. 

Woodrow says reservations staffers are contacting those who booked travel on the Taku beginning in July.

Officials have said the Legislature’s full budget cuts would cancel travel already booked by about 10,000 people. That number is now much lower.

“What we’re trying to do, especially with these funds, is restore service that we’re already made a commitment to existing travelers on,” Woodrow said. “And that’s something the governor has been very vocal about, is to honor that service.”

The Taku is filling in this month for other ferries that are under repair. In July, it will be tied up for an overhaul.

Other reductions could come in October, the start of the winter schedule.

Walker Budget Director Pat Pitney says the fuel-fund transfer is in the spending plan already passed by lawmakers. 
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