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Jan 21 2015
Johnstone Resigns Fish Board Chairmanship PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chairman of the Board of Fisheries has resigned after concerns were raised with the board's process for nominating candidates for Fish and Game commissioner.
    Grace Jang, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker, says Walker spoke with Karl Johnstone Tuesday. She said Walker shared concerns with the process the board undertook in evaluating candidates and said he wanted new ideas.
    She said Johnstone resigned when Walker told him he wouldn't keep Johnstone on the board when his term expires in June.
    The boards of fisheries and game last week sent the name of one finalist to Walker for consideration as commissioner, that of acting commissioner Sam Cotten.
    While the Board of Game had voted to interview another candidate, the Board of Fisheries declined, raising questions about their selection process. 
Jan 19 2015
After a Year in Place, New GED Format Running Smoothly PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A year ago the tests to receive a General Education Diploma changed. After a year of the new format, we asked Kodiak College Adult Basic Education Coordinator Adelia Myrick how things are going.
    “There are four sections instead of five. So there's math, social studies, reasoning through language arts, which is like reading and writing, and science. But the fact that it's on the computer is actually a positive for a lot of students. Some people come in and say 'I don't even know how to type!' And it's fine; they've passed the GED with no problem. You know, older people who are not part of the computer generation. So I really don't want people to be afraid of the fact that it is on the computer.”
    Myrick said positives abound for students and instructors alike with the new test and new format.
    “It's really challenging us, as instructors, to offer higher level of information to our students, so that people who are passing the GED are more prepared to enter college without having to do developmental classes before they start regular classes. So I think it's a positive thing, definitely”
    Help with studying for the GED, and the testing itself, is available at Kodiak College in the Adult Basic Education department. 
Jan 19 2015
DOT Purge Has Some Wondering About Ferry System Stability PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015
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Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska
    Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking. But state officials say there’s not much to worry about. 
    When Gov. Bill Walker removed Department of Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp, he also got rid of two other top officials.
    One was Al Clough, director of the region including Southeast and coastal Southcentral Alaska. The other was Reuben Yost, the deputy commissioner whose duties included overseeing the Alaska Marine Highway System.
    “I think to take those three extremely experienced transportation people out of our DOT system is not good,” said Cathie Roemmich, a member of the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board and a former director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. 
    Speaking as an individual, not for either group, she says Walker’s move could hurt the region’s economy. That includes the ferry system as well as the Juneau Access Road, which the governor put on hold.
    “I think transportation infrastructure (and) our ferry system … are crucial to Southeast Alaska,” she said. “And if everything comes to a standstill, it’ll be devastating.”
Jan 19 2015
Kodiak Girls Continue to Roll PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT    The defending large school state champion Kodiak Bears were home this weekend against Palmer, and swept the Moose, first 38-23 on Friday and then 43-25 on Saturday. Kristhel Fangonilo had eight points on Friday and 11 on Saturday for the Kodiak girls, while Ila Hughes scored 16 points to lead the Kodiak girls on Saturday.     The West High – Alaska Airlines Classic in Anchorage wasn't too kind to the KHS boys basketball team. The Bears lost to the host team 77-25 on Thursday afternoon while school was still in session, so the gym was reportedly packed with over a thousand cheering students. On Friday, Kodiak faced Cypress Bay High of Florida and came up short 49-34. Those two losses sent the Bears to the 7th place game on Saturday against the Colony Knights, who downed Kodiak 50-26.
Jan 19 2015
Thomet Wins Gatorade Honor X3 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    On the local sports scene, Kodiak runner Levi Thomet has once again been named the Gatorade Alaska Cross country Runner of the Year. It's the third year in a row he's achieved that honor as one of the top runners in the nation. 
    He, along with Kenai's Allie Ostrander, who's wins the award for the fourth year, are finalists for the national Gatorade Runner of the Year award, which will be announced later this month. 
    As you may recall, Thomet is a three-time state champion in cross country while leading the Kodiak High School Bears to a third consecutive team title. He also finished second at the Nike Cross Country Northwest Regionals and 15th at the Foot Locker National Championships.
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