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Sep 15 2014
Air Fares Edged Down Around the State PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 September 2014

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    Alaska Airlines began flying smaller, turboprop planes between Anchorage and Fairbanks earlier this year. They also flew summer routes between Anchorage and Kodiak.  
    Alaska Vice President Marilyn Romano says they’re cheaper to operate.
    “It’s a cost savings because you’re not using a jet that’s designed for a longer flight, and running it back and forth on a very short segment. And so by doing that, then you take it to the next level. Our ultimate goal was to bring down our costs. Then we could, at the same time, look at bringing down fares.”
    Romano says some cheaper fares went into place last spring and more are coming. She says they’re separate from steep discounts on summer Seattle-Juneau flights that came after Delta Air Lines began competing on that route.

Sep 15 2014
Vollyball Strong Against Kenai PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 September 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak High School volleyball team continues the strong start to its season. Over the weekend the Bears downed the Kenai Kardinals 3-0 and 3-1 in Northern Lights Conference action.
    On Friday, the Bears won 25-12, 25-22 and 25-23. In that game Kalameli Matautia had eigtht kills, while Isabelle Riina had 25 digs and Kyla Villaroya had 26 assists.
    It took four games on Saturday, but the Bears won 25-20, 25-23, 15-25 and 25-19. A whole different set of players led the match win; Richelle Walker spiked 13 kills while Dannika Catt offered up 10 assists and 17 digs.
    The wins move Kodiak to 4-and-0 on the season.

    On the gridiron, the Bears remain 0-for-life against the Soldotna Stars. Playing in intermittent rain squalls, SoHi rolled to a 48-0 victory at Baranof Park on Saturday. Soldotna rushed for 299 yards and passed for 171, while the Bears offense was limited to 43 yards total offense, with just seven of those in the air.
    The Bears fall to 1-and-2 in the Northern Lights Conference and 1-and-4 overall.

Sep 12 2014
Sullivan Now On for Kodiak Fisheries Debate PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Dan Sullivan has changed his mind about coming to Kodiak to participate in the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce fisheries debate. That word from his campaign staff this morning.
    Spokesman Mike Anderson said his candidate will attend and is looking forward to the debate, scheduled for October 1st. He said that Sullivan recognizes the importance of Alaska's fisheries, and that the campaign has rescheduled a swing through Southwest Alaska to ensure that he could make the Kodiak debate.
    Anderson said that Sullivan “looks forward to a healthy exchange of ideas with Mark Begich on the future of Alaska's fisheries, and is excited to attend the debate in Kodiak.”
    Since Tuesday when it was announced he was skipping the fisheries debate, Sullivan had come under almost continuous attack from his opponent, incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Begich, who described the Kodiak event as a tradition among Alaska statewide candidates.
    Sullivan has been unavailable for comment this week. Today, Anderson said, he is in Marine Corps Reserve training and unavailable to speak to the change of heart.
    The two-hour debate will feature candidates for the U.S. Senate in the first hour, and candidates for the U.S. House in the second. Incumbent Republican Representative Don Young and Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar have both confirmed that they will attend. It will be broadcast on KMXT, and made available statewide through the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Sep 12 2014
Council Increases Pay for Mayor and Future Councils PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2014

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    After the next Kodiak City Council is sworn in, members, and the mayor, will be receiving a monthly stipend double what it is now. The vote was 4-1 in favor of the ordinance which would increase the council’s pay from $200 per month to $400, and the mayor’s from $250 to $500.
    No citizens spoke during the public hearing on the matter. Councilman Charlie Davidson, who has spent most of the last couple decades serving on the council, was one of the sponsors.
    “I feel it’s only fair for what the amount of work this council has been putting in the past year. And if anybody in the public doesn’t think it’s fair, I’ll be happy to show you what we do and why I feel like I do.”
    Councilman Gabriel Saravia, another veteran councilman, laid out several reasons why he thought the raise was warranted.
    “Some people they maybe need the money to live, maybe some people not have a good job, maybe some people not retired yet. And maybe it increases the opportunity to people to serve on the council. We have elections every year, you know they offer opportunities to everybody and I think it’s the right thing to do.”
    Councilman Rich Walker said the doubling of the council and mayor’s pay would only bring them up to about the middle of what their counterparts in similar cities receive.
    “We researched this, and this hasn’t been changed since 1984. We’re the sixth largest city in the state right now? And we went through the list of all the councils working through all the major cities in Alaska and found out we were on the very low end of the totem pole. I don’t even know if we ranked on there it was so low. You know, what we’re asking for here is just an increase up to about the mid range of what other communities are getting for the same type of value of work.”
    Councilman Terry Haines said an increase of workload warrants a raise, and added that it may be the impetus that would bring out more candidates.
    “Well we did have a lot of discussion about this, and we’ve been talking about it for years, frankly. But it’s been an awfully long time since it’s been raised, and the amount of time commitment and effort commitment has frankly increased in the time I’ve been on the council. I think what really convinced me, though, was that in the future I really think there are members of the community who might serve, but yet are unable to because of the time commitment because they have to do something else. And this might allow some members of our community to serve who can’t now.”
    Councilman Randy Bishop was the only member to vote no on the raise:
    “I don’t support the fact that this is used as a marketing tool for people to accept this position. I believe people should accept this position for their dedication, heart and love for the city.”
    And with Councilman John Whiddon absent, that’s how the voting broke down, with the raise passing 4-to-1 and Bishop dissenting. The raises go into effect on November 1st.

Sep 11 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 September 2014

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Coming up this week, Alaskans won’t get to hear the Republican candidate for Senate’s take on fisheries, West Coast fishermen may be required to scare birds off, and more tests for radiation from Fukushima, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KSTK’s Katarina Sostaric in Wrangle and Northwest News Network’s Tom Banse in Olympia.

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