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Nov 17 2014
Parnell Concedes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2014

Jennifer Canfield/KTOO


Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has conceded in the state’s gubernatorial race, issuing a statement a day after independent candidate Bill Walker was declared the winner.

Parnell wrote on Facebook Saturday that he met with Walker Saturday morning, offering him office space to help with the transition.

Walker grabbed a slim lead on election night, but the race was too close to call while absentee and questioned voters were counted this week. Walker won Friday when it became evident that Parnell could not overcome Walker’s lead.

Parnell has served as governor since July 2009, when Sarah Palin resigned. He won election in his own right in 2010.

Walker, an attorney and former mayor of Valdez, is the first candidate unaffiliated with a party to be elected governor since statehood. He is scheduled to be sworn in on Dec. 1.

 
Nov 14 2014
AMCC Boogie Tradition Continues Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014

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          This Saturday is the 8th annual Ocean Boogie – a night of dancing and entertainment that benefits the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. Theresa Peterson is the Kodiak outreach coordinator for AMCC and told KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs what folks can expect during Saturday’s event.
           The night will be smoke free and doors open at Tony’s Bar at 7 p.m. Peterson said there are also $100 raffle tickets for sale, and folks can contact her to get in on drawings for prizes ranging from $250 to $10,000. That drawing will be held at Tony’s during the boogie.
   

 
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.

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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.”

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