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Aug 04 2014
Filing Period Open Locally, Primary Voting Begins PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014

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    The registration period opened on the first for candidates running for local office.
    As of Friday, only incumbent Dave Kaplan has filed for another three-year term on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. He, along with assemblymen Tuck Bonney and Mel Stevens all have terms expiring this year.
    There is a pair of seats on the Kodiak City Council for three-year terms that will come available. They belong to Randy Bishop and Terry Haines.
    On the Kodiak Island Borough School Board, two terms will expire, those of President Katie Oliver and the seat previously held by Todd Hailey.
    There are also 10 service area board seats available for three-year terms.
    The deadline to toss your hat into the ring for local elections is August 15th, and the Kodiak Municipal Election is on October 7th.
    Meanwhile, even though the August 19th primary is 15 days away, voting opens today [Monday] for early absentee, special needs and electronic transmission voting.
    State Elections Director Gail Fenumiai says the state has already set up polling places across Alaska.
    “They can go to a variety of locations throughout the state and in front of an absentee voting official and cast their ballot.”
    People have until Saturday to apply for a mail-in ballot, and until August 18th to apply for an electronic ballot.
    “Voting will continue through election day and then polls will be open on August 19th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all voters to go vote in person at their polling place on election day,” she said. “Early voting and absentee voting is designed for those voters who know they will not be able to make it to their polling place on election day.”
    In the primary election, voters will decide whether to accept or reject an oil and gas production tax bill, Senate Bill 21, the legislature adopted last session, and they'll pick the candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor and Lt. Governor, and the state Legislature that will move forward into the general election.

 
Aug 04 2014
Kodiak's July Weather Almost Average PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014

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    While communities in much of mainland Alaska are enjoying a record rainy summer, Kodiak is so far largely below average in rainfall and above average in temperature – but not by much, according to National Weather Service records.
    For the month of July, it rained just over two-and-a-half-inches, which is half the norm. It was, however more than twice as much rain as we got last July.
    The average high of 64 last month is four degrees above average, but neither the month’s rainfall nor temperature were anywhere near records.
    July’s high was reached on the 2nd, at 74 degrees officially, eight degrees below the record of 82 set in 2004. July’s low of 45 was also 8 degrees from the record of 37 set in 2007.
    The record rainfall for the month of July came in 1985, with 10-point-21 inches, more than seven inches greater than last month. The driest July was in 1980, when just 84-100ths of an inch fell – about a third of this year’s July.
    For the year, 2014 is proving to be wetter than usual, with 42.82-inches of precipitation since January 1st, which is 15-100ths more than average. Since June 1st however, we’re a solid two-inches less than the average of 9.29-inches.
    The National Weather Service is predicting above average temperatures for Kodiak and Southwest Alaska for the month of August, with rainfall hovering somewhere around average.

 
Aug 04 2014
Dead Humpback 'Rare' Research Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014

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           Last week KMXT told you about a collision between a humpback whale and the state ferry Kennicott. The incident sent a team of scientists to Kodiak to perform a necropsy – a full body, internal examination of the carcass.
           Veterinarians determined the mammal died from a massive trauma and had injuries similar to those of whales that have been killed by ship-strikes. However, whether or not it was the Kennicott collision that actually did the killing is still under investigation by NOAA law enforcement. There is a possibility that the whale was killed by something else and the ferry collided with the floating body.
             Still, University of Alaska Marine Mammal Specialist Kate Wynne said whale and boat collisions are an interesting conservation problem worldwide. While rare in small ports like Kodiak, she said places with larger, high-traffic shipping lanes are more prone to these incidents, and research is being done to help prevent them.
               “In other areas, we have collected enough information on how big of a ship, how fast was it going, how big an animal, where did it hit on the animal, to start determining how fast is safe. Is there a safe speed for shipping lanes, for instance.”  
                Even in larger shipping areas, Wynne said whale and ship collisions are few and far between, which makes researching them a slow, difficult process. She said they are just now getting enough data worldwide to understand ship strikes and are still learning about the distribution of whales and where the mammals travel.

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Aug 04 2014
Jayhawks Aid Two in Air Station's Back Yard PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 August 2014

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    It was a busy weekend for Air Station Kodiak helicopter rescue crews. On Friday they were called upon to transport a woman from Saltry Cove who was injured in an accident, and on Sunday, they brought an ailing fisherman into town from near Village Islands.
    Midday Friday the Coast Guard received a call from the Kodiak Police Department reporting a 50-year-old woman had been injured in an ATV accident at Saltry and needed a helicopter medevac. According to Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Monk the Coast Guard agreed a helicopter flight would be the safest and most effective way to transport the woman back to town. The unidentified woman was turned over to EMTs in Kodiak. Her current condition was not reported.
    On Sunday, a 69-year-old man from the fishing vessel Sierra Seas was suffering from acute stomach pains and needed assistance. The Jayhawk crew landed on a beach near Village Islands where they met the man and his wife were picked up for transport. The man’s stomach pain was reportedly from a pre-existing medical condition. He was transferred to local EMS, and like the earlier rescue, his identity was not reported by the Coast Guard and his current condition is unknown.

 
Aug 01 2014
Reel History: Fish For Food Banks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014

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           Hi, I’m Marina Cummiskey, an intern here at KMXT as part of the station’s summer archiving project. This week I listened to an Alaska Fisheries Report, produced in November of 1993 by Laine Welch. One of the stories on the reel was about a way to put Alaskan by-catch to good use.
            “It’s no secret that the amount of waste in the nation’s fisheries is raising the ire of an increasingly aware public, but the experimental by-catch food bank program, headed by Terra Marine and participants of the Bering Sea Troll Fleet, has holiday meals of salmon being served to the hungry and homeless in Seattle.”
              A story the new menu at a low-income housing unit in Seattle, written by Leslie Bennett of KUOW, was aired on NPR’s morning edition.
               “St. Martins’ serves three meals a day, seven days a week. Most of its food comes from Food Lifeline, a distribution service for shelters, meal programs, and food banks. James Dale opens the freezer door, and points to the 50 pound boxes of salmon, which have been processed, and frozen. The money for storage, transportation, and processing came from individual donations and contributions.”

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