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Nov 14 2014
Sea Lions Cause Year-Long Delay on Pier I PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

          Construction on Pier I has come to a complete halt, and isn’t expected to continue for a year. During last night’s City Council regular meeting, City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski shared news from the State Department of Transportation, which is leading the pier replacement project.
          “They had to halt it while they seek a permit modification. With the presence of sea lions – who are endangered sea mammals – they can’t be within 350 meters of the construction site and they literally are always there. They measured one period of time when it was four hours in the middle of the night when there were no detectable sea lions there.”   
           Kniaziowski said the delay will definitely increase costs for the project, but the DOT has said the city will not be responsible for those overruns. She said a new permit, or even a revised permit, could take anywhere from 6 to 18 months before it’s issued from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
           Kniaziowski said DOT couldn’t answer why this oversight occurred, but said they will work to return the dock to operating condition so it can be utilized by the State Ferry Tustumena and fishing vessels, as needed.

Nov 13 2014
Cummiskey Featured in Statewide Radio PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014

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     One local student is getting some statewide recognition for her work in radio. KMXT’s intern Marina Cummiskey has been volunteering at the station for almost two years, and was recently featured in a Spirit of Youth radio spot.
            Spirit of Youth is a statewide award for young adults making positive influences in their communities. Early this fall a representative from Spirit of Youth flew to Kodiak to interview her for one of the organizations radio spots. The piece will be distributed to and featured on radio stations across the state.
             Cummiskey was nominated for a Spirit of Youth award but won’t find out until later this year if she received it.


Nov 13 2014
New Book Documents 'Horrific' Denali Expedition PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014

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Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

             A former Kodiak resident will return to his stomping grounds Friday and talk about his new book. Andy Hall worked at the Kodiak Daily Mirror in the late 1980s and early 90s and published his first book, Denali’s Howl, in June.
             The book documents the true story of the worst climbing accident to ever occur on Mt. McKinley.
             “It happened in 1967. And it was a 12 man expedition and seven of them died in a pretty horrific storm that rolled in without a lot of warning. It’s also a personal story because my dad was the superintendent of the park at the time. In those days it was Mount McKinley National Park.”    
              Hall said he decided to write the book years later, after his father passed away.
              “There were a lot of unanswered questions. So I started on this, really in earnest, about 3.5 years ago – maybe four – and just started digging into the records and interviewing survivors and rescuers and that’s really the gist of it. I wanted to tell my dad’s story. Because I knew there were a lot of things – a lot of elements – to the incident that had never been reported on.”

Nov 13 2014
Volleyball Travel Delayed, Forces Forfeit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014

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            Kodiak’s recent rain streak has kept many folks from flying to and from the island, including some of the community’s young athletes. The Kodiak High School Volleyball Team was scheduled to fly out Wednesday morning for the 4A State Volleyball Tournament, but when the flight was cancelled, coaches and school administrators had to look at other options.
             The team ended up catching the State Ferry Tustumena and arrived in Homer Thursday morning. However, with a match scheduled at 1 p.m. in Anchorage, the team was on a tight timeline to make their first round of tournament play against South Anchorage. It takes about four hours to get to Anchorage from Homer. When it started to look like they weren’t going to make the 1 p.m. play time, JV Coach Merissa Koller said South’s coaches lobbied to push the match until 3 p.m. She said they were very generous with Kodiak, and even offered to pay some of the team’s travel expenses.
                Unfortunately, the match wasn’t postponed and Kodiak ended up having to forfeit when they couldn’t make it in time. This pushed them down to the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament, before they even touched a volleyball.
                The team made it to Anchorage early this evening, so they will be able to play Friday against Fairbanks’ West Valley at 1 p.m. West Valley lost to Colony in an upset today.
                 Koller said the girls are bummed they missed their opening round, but happy they didn’t miss the tournament all together. She said they know they’ll need to fight their way out of the loser’s bracket and come back from the travel hiccups.

Nov 13 2014
Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014

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Coming up this week, reaction to the ballot initiative to protect Bristol Bay salmon that passed last week, the Canadian acknowledgment that mines on rivers that cross from the border into Alaska is of little comfort to some Alaskans, and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, Coast Alaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau, KFSK's Angela Denning in Petersburg and KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer.  

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