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Jul 24 2015
Cruise Ship Passenger Makes Unexpected Return to Kodiak - Via Medevac PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015
MV Statendam. Photo by Jerzystrzelecki via Wikimedia Commons 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevac'd an 83 year-old man experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack from a cruise ship about 70 miles east of Kodiak Island, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man, along with a nurse from the cruise ship Statendam, and transferred them to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak. The Holland-America Lines ship had left Kodiak just a few hours before.

The weather at the time of the medevac was mild, with 15 mph winds with 5-foot seas. 
Jul 24 2015
Hiking and Yoga: Two Activities, One Good Attitude PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015
yoga_hikers.jpgAn example of yoga during a university hiking trip in Colorado. Zach Dischner/flickr

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

What better way to hike than with a little yoga? The Kodiak Audubon Society enlists community members to lead hikes along local trails from moderate walks through Abercrombie to more challenging mountains like Barometer.

One leader is Veronica Costa-Bolton, who’s a yoga teacher in town and says both hiking and yoga encourage you to embrace the complete experience over the temporary hurdles.

“It lets you sort of get to know that that sensation, that burning in your thighs, it’s not a permanent feeling, it’s just sensation,” says Costa-Bolton. “It’s gonna come in there, you’re gonna feel it, experience it for what it is. The hardest part is that sometimes the mind grabs hold of a sensation and says ‘this is horrible, you’ve got to stop this immediately, just quit.’ But that’s not your body saying that, it’s your mind.”
Costa-Bolton has been leading groups for the Audobon Society for two years and says each guide brings a part of themselves to the hike. She says she incorporates yoga.

“As we hike, especially a tough hike, we tend to curl forward, pull the body forward, chin down, and we just sort of bowl our way up the mountain, not really taking a lot of time to look around,” says Costa-Bolton. “Yoga hikes are asking you to slow down, to look around, and to occasionally become aware of how you’re holding your body.”

Costa-Bolton says the Audubon Society and its trails are meant for anyone and everyone.

“You’ll get a range of people from ‘I’ve never hiked before, this is my first time on Kodiak’ to people who run the trails. Audobon is great, because we have two representatives from the Audobon Society, and usually one will be in the front, and one will be in the back. So you always have a support system on either side.”

She says Saturday morning they’ll hike Barometer.

“And Barometer of course has quite the reputation. It sort of looms off in the distance as the uber mountain, straight up straight down, but I love Barometer because it teaches confronting things that are intimidating,” says Costa-Bolton. “It allows you to sort of come back home to yourself and say okay, I don’t need to get to the top. I’m gonna go each step one at a time.”

And she says it teaches you grit and that your body can continue even if your mind thinks it can’t. If you want to tackle the hike tomorrow, Costa-Bolton says to meet at 9:30 a.m. in front of the ferry building at the end of Center avenue downtown. You can find a full schedule of Audubon hikes here.
Jul 23 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2015

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Coming up this week, The Great MSC Standoff of 2015 is over; No second opening for Southeast king trollers; and are Kenai's reds just late like everywhere else, or ...? We had help from KCAW's Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KDLL's Jenny Neyman in Kenai, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer and CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau.  

Jul 23 2015
New Dog Park, Sidewalk Repair, and Phillipine Consulate Visit on City Council Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Public property use for a consular outreach program and a code change for a  new dog park are both items on tonight’s agenda for the Kodiak City Council regular meeting.

The Filipino-American Association of Kodiak has filed a request to use the Teen Center between July 31 and August 1 for a visit from the Philippine Consulate General’s representatives from San Francisco.

City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski explains the visit as a public service.

“The Philippine consulate does their traditional outreach program to either residents of the Philippines or people that might have questions about their status or their ability to work toward getting American citizenship,” she says. “It’s a really wonderful program and that happens every year and the Fil-Am Society always sponsors that.”

Also on the agenda is authorization of a bid award for repairs on sidewalks around the city.

“We have a very large network of sidewalks and curbs and whatnot that get damaged or just worn out over time, so we issue that bid each year depending on the amount of funds that we have available, award that bid, and then Public Works works with the successful bidder to identify those areas that might need to be repaired or replaced,” says Kniaziowski.

According to the agenda, the council has previously granted the contract to the lowest “responsible bidder,” which this year is Unitemp Mechanical Insulation.

Kniaziowski says a new piece of business will adjust code to allow for the establishment of a leash-free dog park in town.

“You have to have your animal on a leash in the city limits and there’s a lot of misconception about that,” she says. “They think that perhaps that they can be leash free and there is no leash-free area. But this will create that one section in East Addition Park, and they’re working on getting that prepped.”

She says it’ll take another reading of the ordinance and then 30 days plus some wait time before it becomes effective.

The city council will discuss these three issues among others at tonight’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the assembly chambers.
Jul 22 2015
Preserving Your Memories on Hard Drives PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Have you thought about where your home videos will be in five years? What about 500? Well, museums are concerned about keeping memories too.

The Baranov Museum’s executive director, Tiffany Brunson, says it’s important to make sure the museum’s collection is always going to be accessible into the future, regardless of changing file types and evolving programs.

She says it’s really easy to care for a physical photograph. You just put it in a folder.

“And it won’t go anywhere, it won’t get corrupted. For a digital file, that all has the possibility of happening,” says Brunson. “You could be using a proprietary software that the company then changes and all of sudden you can’t access your files anymore. So, these are equally as valuable as our physical collections. It’s part of caring for the history of Kodiak. In the many ways that we’re accepting objects related to Kodiak history, we need to know how to care for them.”

The museum’s intern from the University of Missouri St. Louis, Hannah Streicher, is helping them to do that.

She’s been writing a digital collections management plan for the Baranov and, Thursday night, will share her techniques with the public. She’ll give a talk about preserving videos, photos, audio files, and documents. Streicher says one of the keys, as Brunson mentioned, is to avoid proprietary file formats. Here’s an example.

“If you are creating something in Microsoft Word and it’s saved as a docx file, then that can only be opened in that version of Microsoft word, and they’ve already gone through several file formats. Before that it was just a doc file,” says Streicher. “So, saving something as an rtf is a better solution than saving something as a docx.”

Backing up your files is a good idea. Streicher says making one copy is a start, but making two copies is better.

“Every time you open a file, you change the data that’s associated with it,” she says. “Every time you’re opening it, you’re risking corruption, you’re risking exposing that file to a virus or all sorts of things, so having those multiple copies helps to mitigate some of that risk, since if you can’t open one copy, then in theory you can open another copy.”

She says a couple of the backup methods you could use are external hard drives or online storage. You can learn more and bring your own questions to the lecture at the Baranov Museum tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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