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May 06 2014
Special Olympics Torch Run Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 May 2014

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Later this month folks will have a chance to participate in a tradition that has been running, quite literally, for more than three decades. Dan Canavan is the community director for Special Olympics here in Kodiak and said this year’s Torch Run will be May 17.
“And it’s led by the law enforcement throughout the nation and I forget the statistics on it but there are about 32,000 communities around the United States that participate.”
Here in Alaska, Canavan said about a dozen communities around the state will begin the race at the same time on the 17th.
“So if you can imagine we’ll have an entire state basically participating in a torch run all at the same time. And locally, again this year, Kodiak Police Department has taken lead and really has charge of the torch run.”
Lieutenant DJ Chumpner is with KPD and said law enforcement started partnering with Special Olympics for the torch run back in 1981.
“The police chief came up with the idea for his officers to interact with the community and support the local athletes. And it took off from there. And as you said it’s grown across the country, it’s actually worldwide now. There’s runs in the Caribbean, Canada, all over the place – Central America. So it’s become quite a phenomenon.”
You can hear more about the Torch Run and other Special Olympics events happening this month by tuning in to KMXT’s Talk of the Rock today at 12:30 p.m. We’ll hear more from Canavan and Chumpner, as well as talk with some local athletes and unified partners.

 
May 05 2014
Fish and Game Closing Eastside Black Rockfish Monday Night PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2014

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    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the closure of the black rockfish season in the eastside district of the Kodiak area for mechanical jig and hand troll gear. The closure will be 11:59 p.m. Monday night.
    In an emergency order, the department said the guideline harvest level for the district, at 30,000 pounds, will likely be met by that time.
    Following the closure, all gear types may retain black rockfish in the Eastside District as bycatch, up to five percent by weight of the target species onboard. Jig vessel operators must contact ADF&G in Kodiak by phone or in person to change district registration.
    The Kodiak, Chignik and South Alaska Peninsula Black Rockfish season opened on January 1st with a total GHL of 300,000 pounds.

 
May 05 2014
Deputy Harbormaster Named to Top Job PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2014

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    Kodiak has a new harbormaster, but he’ll be a very familiar face. Lon White, who started with the Harbormaster’s office 32 years ago, was named today (Monday) to the post by City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski. White will assume his official duties on Wednesday.
    White joined the city in 1982 as a harbor officer. He was promoted to Deputy Harbormaster 19 years ago; at about the same time his soon-to-be predecessor Marty Owen was hired.
    White is the current president of the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters & Port Managers and is a 20-year member of the Alaska Association of Harbormaster & Port Administrators.
    In a release, the city manager said White will be a valued asset to the city.

 
May 05 2014
Wildfire Danger High Until Green Up PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2014

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    Though rain is in Kodiak’s forecast for much of this week, fire officials are projecting "above normal" early summer wildfire danger in much of Alaska.
    Several small wildfires had to be put out along the Kodiak road system over the weekend, including on Spruce Cape and in Pasagshak. In several instances, illegal use of fireworks is suspected to be the culprit. Officials say May fires are largely preventable, unlike mid-summer when most blazes on the Alaska mainland are caused by lightning strikes.
    A warm April and thin snowpack are contributing to the higher-than-normal risk. There's also early melt-off in many areas. Those two factors boost fire danger in May.

 
May 05 2014
Middle School Repair Contract Approved PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2014

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    The Kodiak Middle School will see some upgrades in the near future. During Thursday’s borough assembly meeting the assembly voted in favor of a contract for phase 2 of a concrete repair project at the school. Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said the repairs will be made to the side walks and walls.
    “They are in desperate need of repair, just go over there and take a look.”
    Cassidy said money for the work was approved in 2004 with an approval by voters.
    “It’s really the last 2004 bond project left. It was previously bid and the bids came in over budget.”
    He said the scope was changed and the project was re advertised. Two bidders came forward for the contract.   
    “We’re recommending awarding the contract to S&S Enterprise Kodiak Lawn Care  in the amount of $403,263.”
    The assembly voted unanimously in favor of awarding the contract. Cassidy didn’t specify when the repair work might begin. 

 
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