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Apr 01 2014
CommSta Murder Trial Underway PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An attorney for the Kodiak man charged with killing two co-workers at Coast Guard Base Kodiak's Communication Station says his client was elsewhere when the fatal gunshots were fired — a Kodiak airport bathroom.
    Federal defender Rich Curtner says James Wells suffered from intestinal issues after gallbladder surgery.
    Curtner says Wells on April 12, 2012, detected a problem with his truck tire but spent 20 minutes in the restroom of a Kodiak air service with chronic diarrhea before going home to change the tire.
    The timing is crucial.
    Federal prosecutors say Wells had a 34-minute time period to commit the murders between times when security cameras recorded him driving toward and away from the facility.
    Wells is charged with killing two of his coworkers at the CommSta, retired Coast Guardsman Richard Belisle and Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins.

Apr 01 2014
Kodiak's Most Famous Madam Remembered PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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    If you lived in Kodiak during the 1960s and 1970s, you might remember a woman named Dee Barbero. Mrs. Barbero, or “Madam Dee,” as she was known, passed away in December – closing a chapter in Kodiak’s boomtown history.
    After Madam Dee left Kodiak, she moved to Florida with her husband, Martin Barbero.
    Mr. Barbero said his wife passed away from complications of diabetes after deciding to stop dialysis early last year. She died in her home in Florida on Christmas Day.
    In lieu of flowers, Mr. Barbero asked that folks take a loved one to dinner and appreciate the time they have with them.
    Click the play button to hear Mr. Barbaro and other local's memories of Madam Dee.

Apr 01 2014
No Foolin': Kodiak Among Healthiest Towns in Alaska PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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    Despite the today’s date, this next story is not a joke: Kodiak is the third healthiest community in Alaska. The only two towns that ranked higher share our approximate latitude, number one Juneau and number two Sitka. So maybe there’s something to be said for temperate coastal rainforest living.
    Jayne Andreen is the Community Health Improvement Director for the State of Alaska.
    “We know that where you live, and different demographics about a populations really have an impact on the overall quality of health for an area," she said. "So we know that communities that have a higher standard of living, have a higher education level, are going to be, overall, have a higher quality of health.”
    She said the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation began issuing the county-by-county – or in Alaska’s case, by census area or borough – health report.
    “What they have been doing is compiling data on the standard health elements, indicators, and breaking it down to the county level. With the idea being it would help support local efforts in improving your health status," Andreen said. "One of the problems that communities have across the country is, we’re really good at generating statewide data and national data, but sometimes it can be very challenging to get more localized data. And we know that the best opportunities we have to improving people’s health is when it’s happening at the local level.”
    Andreen said the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation creates the reports using data compiled by the states.
    “A lot of it is the behavior risk factor surveillance data, and that’s collected in Juneau for the state of Alaska and then it’s submitted for the CDC in Atlanta, and they then compile it publish it on a statewide and national level. So that’s where a lot of the data is coming from," she said. "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is actually working with the University of Wisconsin. That’s where the county health rankings is actually coming out of. But they take these leading health indicators and then they develop rankings based on county.”
    The final rankings are based on two scores, Health Outcomes and Health Factors. The first measures how long people in a community live, and how healthy they feel while alive. The second measures what influences the health of a community, and estimates the residents’ future health. The Health Factors ranks health-related behaviors, access to clinical care, socio-economic status and environmental factors.
    Click here to view the Alaska results and delve a little deeper into what makes Kodiak so healthy.

Apr 01 2014
Changes Possibly in Store for Court Followers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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    The names of everyone who’s ever been charged with a crime in Alaska is documented in an online database called "Court View" that anyone can check. Landlords use it. Employers use it. Some people even use it use it while dating to see if their romantic partner has a criminal history.
    But soon, those searches could be limited to only cases where a guilty verdict has been reached.

Mar 28 2014
Earthquake Week Spotlight - How the Tsunami Alert System Works PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014

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All this week KMXT will devote the 12:30 half hour to the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami. Today, KMXT's Brianna Gibbs brings you an encore Talk of the Rock with earthquake, tsunami and weather warning experts who held a workshop in Kodiak last month.

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