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Apr 17 2015
SCA Will Hold a Fence and Feast Fest this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 April 2015
sca_picture_travis_abe_thomas.jpgSCA fencers. Photo by Travis Abe Thomas

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

If you've ever wanted to fence or feast like a character from “ye olden days”, now's your chance.

Jonathon Clary is the local branch president of Kodiak's Society for Creative Anarchonism, or SCA, which is an international organization that focuses on the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.

Clary says the group will have a series of lessons and demonstrations on Saturday including fencing, his own specialty. He says he's been been studying one particular style for eight years.

When he started, he says there wasn't a lot of information avaliable.

“What I did find, though,” says Clary. “Was a SCA fencer whose wife had earned a doctorate translating a spanish manuscript on fencing from our period and based off of that translation, I started to develop the spanish destreza fencing style for myself.”

Clary says he's reached out to different masters of the art both in and outside the SCA.

You can see some of Clary's fencing on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 at the Saint James Parish on Thorsheim Street. You can also attend two classes: leatherworking from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and handspinning, a technique for creating yarn, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

SCA will hold a period potluck at 11:30 a.m, and encourages you to cook some pre-17th-century dishes of your own to bring with you.
Apr 16 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2015

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Coming up this week, the big salmon packers announce they want to rejoin the Marine Stewardship Council's sustainability certification program, the North Pacific Council hands down some steep cuts on Chinook bycatch and sablefishermen in the Gulf will have a smaller catch this season. All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal reporting from Anchorage, and KCHU's Marcia Lynn in Valdez. 

Apr 16 2015
Senior Citizens of Kodiak Conducts Annual Survey PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2015
senior-center-bldg.jpgThe SCOK building. Via Senior Citizens of Kodiak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Clients are happy with the programs at a local senior center according to an annual survey from the organization.

Senior Citizens of Kodiak Inc. is a nationally accredited senior center and provides a variety of programs to achieve its mission statement: “To enhance the lives of older adults.” One of those is the Nutrition, Transportation, and Supports Service. A press release from SCOK states that 100% of respondents would recommend it and 85% say their living environment has improved since coming to the center.

SCOK's services range from providing games, exercise, and arts and crafts to in-home cleaning services that help enhance clients' quality of life and decrease home injury. SCOK Executive Director Pat Branson says the majority of responses were positive. And if there's something missing, staff is open to hearing that feedback.

“How we find out what people want is through the surveys that we do,” says Branson. “We have a suggestion box. We have an open door policy that people come tell us what they might or need.”

Branson says the staff will review the surveys next week and send them to the board as well as to funders like the city and state.
Apr 15 2015
UAF Study Researches the "Graying" of Alaska's Fisheries PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Danielle Ringer, researcher on the Next Generation of Fisherman Study. Via Alaska Sea Grant

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The aging of the fishing industry is a source of concern to coastal communities and some employers who wonder where they'll get new workers when their current ones retire. A research project that focuses on Bristol Bay and the Kodiak Archipelago hopes to analyze this issue in an ongoing study, and a researcher from the study will share its progress at a lecture tonight at the Baranov Museum.

University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student, Danielle Ringer, is the research assistant on the Kodiak portion of the Next Generation of Fishermen Study, which began in May 2014. Among the project's objectives is to collect data on young people's views of fishery careers and to analyze factors in attracting newcomers.

One of the methods of doing that is to talk to a whole range of people involved in the fishing industry.

“Yes, the project is looking at the next generation of fishermen and that means youth and new entrants, but I think to understand that issue, you need to talk to the experienced folks," says Ringer. "You need to learn about what fishing was like many years ago when they first got in and to be able to make comparisons to how that is now.”

Ringer says she's done interviews with fifty-one people so far, at least one from every gear group and fishery in Kodiak. She says she'll be visiting Old Harbor and Ouzinkie to conduct more interviews and bring a student survey to the schools there.

The research team is currently working on preparations to talk with students around Kodiak and discuss their views of the fishing industry.

Ringer says one of the study's objectives is to make policy recommendations, which may come from community members and experienced fishermen or existing models abroad.

“There's a lot of different fisheries policies and things like that that have been sort of created to address the graying of the fleet internationally," says Ringer. "And so if we can look at those, figure out what is our set of possible tools that we can use and what would work in these communities perhaps.”

Ringer will give an update on the project at a lecture tonight at the Baranov Museum. It will begin at 7 p.m.
Apr 14 2015
New Name for Kodiak's Rocket Launching Facility PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
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The Kodiak Launch Complex logo will soon be changing. 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
With a new focus for the services the Alaska Aerospace Corporation hopes to provide from its launch facility in Kodiak, comes a new name. Goodbye Kodiak Launch Complex, hello Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska.

“It's the same spot, doing the same business, but the business of space launch is really about access to the Pacific from the Kodiak Launch site.”

Mark Greby, the corporation's vice president and chief operating officer.

“It's an Alaskan business; but the customer base is not necessarily Alaskan, and we want to make sure that as we reach out to future customers that we are defining that we service the Pacific region.”

Greby said the decision was made to make the announcement today at the 31st International Space Symposium in Colorado Springs because of the number of industry players in attendance.

“It is the big space symposium of the year that has both national and international attendees there. It is the big kahuna of the business conferences associated with launch providers and launch operators. We have had a regular presence there where we see a lot of our customers and potential customers all at once.”

The name change is effective immediately. 
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