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Feb 28 2014
Girls, Boys Basketball Face Wasilla This Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 February 2014

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           KMXT told you earlier this week, today and tomorrow are your last opportunities to watch the Lady Bears basketball team at home. The girls are undefeated this season and currently ranked number 1 among large schools in Alaska.
            Coach Amy Fogle said this weekend the girls will host the Wasilla Warriors, who were last year’s state champs.
            “They had a big senior class last year and they won itso this year we have the senior class and they’re kind of rebuilding but they have a great coach and they’re going to step on the floor ready to play basketball. They’re record certainly doesn’t show how good they are and how much they’ve improved over the season. They got two big wins at the Dimond Tournament in Anchorage a couple weeks ago and they played some real close games against some real good teams so I think they’re gaining some momentum and they’re going to feel good coming in here to Kodiak. People like to come here. They play in front of a big crowd and you know it’s always exciting to play against the number one ranked team in the state.”
            Senior Isabelle Hiner said she’s looking forward to playing the Warriors, who the Lady Bears haven’t faced since last season.
            “I feel like it will be a challenge because we haven’t played against them since last year and they have a really good coach, so we’ll see what happens.”
            The games start today with C-team play at 4 p.m. JV will play tonight at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. On Saturday, C-team will start at noon, with JV at 1:30 p.m. and varsity wrapping up the weekend at 3 p.m. 
            The boys basketball team will also face Warriors this weekend, but they’ll be playing in Wasilla. Coach David Anderson said it should be a good match up for the Bears, and a great weekend of basketball. 
            “Well you know Wasilla hasn’t had a great season but they’ve beaten some of the teams we’ve lost to – Palmer and Soldotna. So we’re going to have our hands full. We’re young, it’s an up and down season and hopefully we can pull two out of these things on the road again.”
             Sophomore Alec Canete-Hall said he’s excited to face the Warriors, which they haven’t seen on the court at all this season.
             “I think they only have two losses too so it should be a good game.”
             Tune in to KMXT next week when we visit with each of the Kodiak High School basketball teams a little more in depth and talk to players from both squads about the season and upcoming region tournament.


Feb 27 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Coming up this week, Alaska gets $21-million for 2012’s king salmon disaster, Senator Murkowski wonders if something more than public health might be behind China’s geoduck ban, and how might this warm winter affect baby salmon all snug in their streams?  We had help from APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington, DC, KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KTOO’s Casey Kelly in Juneau, and KRBD’s Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan.

Feb 27 2014
Turning the Tide Against Marine Debris: Part Two PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Even from 500 feet above, multicolored marine debris is visible from beaches on Shuyak Island. Kodiak Island Trails Network Director Andy Schroeder uses aerial surveys like this to help plan upcoming clean ups. Brianna Gibbs Photo




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Today we bring you part two of our series examining marine debris, and where places in Alaska, specifically Kodiak, stand in clean up efforts.
            When the Japanese Tsuanmi washed away entire towns three years ago, it left much of the West Coast of the United States wondering if and when debris would start showing up on American shorelines. Less than eight months later, it did, and has continued to wash up since.            

            Clean up efforts have been well underway, but funding those operations is a huge part of the battle. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs has more on the financial side of marine debris. 


Feb 26 2014
As Deadline Looms, Afognak Speaks Out on Malmberg Homestead PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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Grace and Tom Malmberg with their first four children in front of their growing homestead in 1985. Photos courtesy Mieke Malmberg


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    On Saturday, a long time Kodiak family will no longer be allowed into the home they built over 30 years ago. Nor will they be allowed to step on the land the home occupies. That’s because when Tom and Grace Malmberg placed their small cabin on the shores of Dry Spruce Bay, it was a few dozen yards over their property line.
    After being sued in 2012 by the property owner, Afognak Native Corporation, and facing a huge clean-up bill if they lost in court, the Malmbergs agreed to accept a $10,000 buy-out offer from the corporation one year ago. And one year was the amount of time they were given to remove all their belongings and structures that they wanted to keep. After Friday, Afognak can do what they wish with whatever is left on site. With only the matriarch of the family still living in Kodiak, very little was rescued, and the home and outbuildings remain where they have been for three decades.
    When KMXT first brought you the story of the Malmbergs, we were unable to reach a spokesman for the Afognak Native Corporation for comment. While the story did quote Afognak lawyers and officials extensively from court documents, we felt compelled to follow up with the corporation.


    Below is our first story in this series, followed by Tom Malmberg's letter to Afognak Native Corporation, the corporation's response to KMXT's first story, and Mieke Malmberg's response to the Afognak letter.

Family Hopes to Save Homestead of 30 Years  

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 The Malmberg Homestead on the shores of Dry Spruce Bay.

Feb 26 2014
ASMI Announces Photo Contest Winners PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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           The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced the winners of its Alaska fishing families photo contest last week. More than 700 entries were submitted to the contest, which ran from January 1 to February 2. Winners were chosen for various categories, including Facebook favorite, best humor photo, best boat photo and best throwback photo, among others. The winners include submissions from all around the state, including Kodiak, and are featured online at photocontest.alaskaseafood.org.
           In a press release from ASMI, the organization said the photo entries might be used for future marketing purposes worldwide, both online and in print. 

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