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Sep 30 2014
Akutan, False Pass Without VPSO PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
    As of today, two Aleutian communities are lacking local law enforcement. The village public safety officer in Akutan has resigned for personal reasons. And False Pass lost its VPSO two months ago, when the officer moved back to the East Coast to be near family.
    Both were employed by the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, or APIA. They get funding from the state of Alaska to put officers in five communities.
    But keeping them is a challenge. APIA’s public safety coordinator Michael Nemeth says most VPSOs don’t stay in the Aleutians and Pribilofs for more than a few years. Hiring from within the region might help with that, but Nemeth says it's tough to pull off.
    Without an officer on the ground, Akutan and False Pass will be relying on the Alaska State Troopers. And Nemeth says he could always quote-”saddle up” himself. He’s a certified VPSO with experience in Nelson Lagoon and St. George.

 
Sep 30 2014
City Hires Familiar Face for Parks and Rec Director PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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           Kodiak has a new parks and recreation director. Corey Gronn took the helm of the department on Monday, after helping fill the role since former director Charlie Powers left the island in May.
           During the City Council’s regular meeting on Thursday, City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said Gronn has been the go-to-guy for the department for the past five months and she’s pleased to see his official hire.
           “He’s had a lot on his plate. He manages the pool and the pool staff and helps facilitate everything else during this interim – he’s done that. Corey’s worked for the city since 2011 and he’s definitely proven to me that he’s motivated and he’s hardworking and he’s very smart. So I look forward to having him on board as one of our management team members and I hope you will help me welcome him to his brand new role.”   
            Gronn is a Kodiak High School graduate and served four years in the U.S. Navy before returning to the island with his family. He was hired as the manager of the new city pool in 2011. Gronn said taking on that role jump started his passion for parks and recreation.

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Sep 29 2014
Kodiak Woman Arrested in Anchorage for Drug Smuggling PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A 42-year-old Kodiak woman was arrested at the Anchorage airport Saturday by Alaska State Troopers after a long-term narcotics investigation indicated she may be smuggling drugs into Kodiak.
    The Troopers report that a search warrant was obtained and Tamra M. Jones underwent a full-body scan at an Anchorage hospital, which revealed a balloon concealed inside her.
    After its discovery in the scan, Jones voluntarily gave up the balloon, and it was found to contain 24.3 grams of heroin and 8.3 grams of methamphetamine.
    Troopers estimate the value of the drugs at over $25,000. Jones was arrested and housed in the Anchorage jail on $25,000 bail. She was charged with two counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and a count each of second- and third-degree misconduct.

 
Sep 29 2014
XC Boys Take 13th Region Title PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014

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Kodiak's Levi Thomet takes the lead early in the 2014 Region III cross country race Saturday at Bear Valley Golf Course. Thomet won the race with a time of 16:03. Brianna Gibbs/Photo

 

 

 

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           For the 13th straight year, the Kodiak High School boys cross country team are Region III champions.
          The last time Kodiak hosted regions was in 2005, when on a sunny fall day, both the girls and guys claimed team victories in the 4A cross country race. This time around, weather conditions were far from perfect, but the boys squad managed to maintain their spot at the top of the podium, and the girls will be sending two runners to state – twice the number that qualified last year. As a whole the girls team took 4th during Saturday’s competition.
           It was no surprise that Kodiak’s Levi Thomet took the top spot in the boys 4A race. With a time of time of 16:03, he outran the field of runners by more than 45 seconds and claimed his third consecutive region title. Kenai brothers Jonah and Jordan Theisen captured second and third, respectively.

 

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Sep 29 2014
'STORIS' Act Would Fund Maritime Heritage Preservation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014

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    After the retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis was sold for scrap last year and dismantled for scrap in Mexico, Alaska Senator Mark Begich introduced a bill in congress to ensure that American vessels are recycled in America. But the act goes further than that – it requires a portion of the proceeds from the sale of federally-owned ships to be distributed to maritime museums and other such organizations – something that is already required, but is not adhered to by the operators of the nation’s mothballed fleet.
    Denise Krepp is a lobbyist in Washington D.C. who works on behalf of American ship recyclers. The STORIS Act would help her clients, but it would also benefit the thousand or more maritime heritage organizations in the United States.
    “The money that ship recyclers give to the government, and to date, that’s about $70-million, will go to the maritime heritage organizations. Under law, a quarter of that money is supposed to be going to museums and light houses and others that promote maritime history. And unfortunately they haven’t seen any money since 1998.”
    She said maritime heritage organizations run the gamut from small museums up to the organization that cares for the U.S.S. Constitution, better known as Old Ironsides.
    “I’m talking about incredible museums. There’S one that’s up in seattle that’s involved with the gold rush. And not only did it work with the gold rush a hundred years ago, but it was the last vessel out of Wake Island, right after Pearl Harbor was attacked. So there’s some pretty fhistoric vesse3ls around the country. In Virginia the mariner’s museum has the Monitor, like the Monitor versus the Merimak. That’s our history.”
    Krepp said the money that’s not getting to maritime heritage organizations could be put to good use:
    “When you think about these maritime heritage organizations, everything from museums to the lighthouses to the tall ships, to other organizations that are affiliated with maritime heritage, it’s an immense group. And you know, not all of them are going to receive the full funding, but they should be given the opportunity to apply for the grant money. And then this grant money should be used, and will be used, to education people about our maritime history.”
    The act is called “The Storis” Act for the Coast Guard Cutter Storis, which spent 50 years patrolling Alaska waters after serving in World War II, but the name is an acronym for ‘‘Ships to be Recycled in the States” Act.
    The act also requires a report to Congress each year of what happened to vessels not worth preserving.

 
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