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Sep 11 2013
Everything Must Go At Now Closed Blockbuster PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

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            Kodiak’s only video rental store, Blockbuster, will be closing its doors in the near future, but not before selling everything in stock. Today kicked off the franchise’s closing sale, sending viewers home with videos, TV shows and video games for $15 or less.
            Lyle Phillips manages Kodiak’s Blockbuster and said the closing is nobody’s fault, it’s simply a changing of the times and how people view their films. He said the internet has made watching movies or television immediate and easy, and Kodiak’s Blockbuster franchise is no longer profitable.
            “We did the best we could to stay alive as long as we could,” he said.
            Safeway and AC Express in Bells Flats will now be the only places available to Kodiak community members for video rentals, though on a much smaller scale. Phillips said some folks have expressed an interest in starting a new video rental store, but he’s not sure how well they would do. Blockbuster buys hundreds of thousands of movies for its franchises around the country, meaning it gets a substantial discount on those films.
            “Basically they buy in bulk and still couldn’t make it work (in Kodiak),” Phillips said.
            Sunday was the last day for people to rent videos at the store, and Phillips said anything not returned by Friday will be late. He said people need to be sure to get rented videos back to the store and pay late fees as soon as possible.
            As for the sale, folks can stop by the store between noon and 8 p.m. in the next few days to score what Phillips calls “movies priced to sell.”
            GCI is expected to move into the building that Blockbuster currently resides in, though it’s not clear when that move will occur.
 

 
Sep 11 2013
Fire Damages Pacific Seafoods Shop PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

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    Shelikof Street in downtown Kodiak was closed for a time yesterday evening as the Kodiak Fire Department responded to a fire in a workshop owned by Pacific Seafoods. The building, at 330 Shelikof, is across the street from the small seafood processing plant.
    The fire department says the call came in just after 5:30 p.m. Firemen were still at the scene examining the interior of the building at 9 o’clock. Smoke damage could be seen outside the front and garage doors, though total damage estimates were not immediately available.

 
Sep 11 2013
TOTR: Film Fest Highlights International Works PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

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    Kodiak will get a glimpse of different cultures Saturday during the Media Action Film Festival, which will showcase the best documentaries from workshops over the past three years. KMXT News student intern Marina Cummiskey spoke with Media Action co-founder Marie Acemah for this week’s the Rock.

 
Sep 10 2013
Alaska Aerospace Seeks Barge Landing Site in Pasagshak PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 September 2013

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             The Kodiak Launch Complex isn’t located in the most accessible part of the island. It’s more than 35 miles of winding, two-lane highway from the nearest shipping port in Women’s Bay, and another five miles from the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport. When equipment comes in, especially large equipment for a launch, the road is often completely shut down for many hours to allow safe transport. This is why Alaska Aerospace Corporation, which operates the state-owned launch complex, is looking to build a barge landing site at the head of Ugak Bay in Pasagshak.
             The launch complex has been operating for about 16 years and Alaska Aerospace’s Chief Operating Officer, Mark Greby, said they expect to do more launches in the future. He said the plan to build a barge landing will make operations much simpler, and safer for both AAC and the general public.
            “It helps us offload and transfer large equipment from the Kodiak port and harbor, including the equipment and the launch vehicles themselves. By making the move simpler we block the road less, we expose fewer people to the transportation risk caused by blocking the roadway during the long transit to Kodiak Launch Complex. We actually fill the road, you can’t even get off on the shoulder some of the transporters are so big.”
            Greby said it’s also a significant cost reduction for AAC and its customers. 
            “And whenever we can reduce cost, the more attractive we are to our customers, the more business you get. The cost of a move today, from the port all the way to Kodiak, per trip, is about $100,000 with all equipment, permits, notifications, closings, road guards, etc.”
            He said the proposed landing, which is currently being reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers, would cater to standard barges, so goods could be delivered right to the head of the bay, less than four miles from the complex. It wouldn’t be a dock, which Greby said is significantly more difficult to build.
            “It’s a rock pier with a roadway put on top of it. That’s all we’re talking about here.”

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Sep 10 2013
Protected Harbor Seal Found Dead from Gunshot PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 September 2013

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    Federal officials are looking into the suspicious death of a protected marine mammal, which washed up on the Pasagshak beach late last week.
    NOAA Fisheries investigator Michael Killary said a 300-pound female harbor seal was found dead with a wound to its head.
    “It looked like a bullet wound. But we picked it up and took it back into town and had Kate Wynn, who’s a local biologist here in town do a necropsy on the seal. And it was determined it was killed from a gunshot wound to the head," he said. "At this point we’re just trying to find out more information about it.”
    Killary suspects the seal was shot over the Labor Day weekend and said the shooting could have been a failed subsistence harvest effort, or it could have been malicious in nature. He said about three marine mammals are illegally shot a year in Kodiak Island waters.
     He’s asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the Pasagshak area give him a call at 486-3298. He said messages can be left anonymously.

 
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