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Mar 14 2014
KHS Volleyball Player Joins Team Alaska at Arctic Games PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014

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           Kodiak High School Junior Isabelle Riina has made quite a splash in the statewide volleyball community. She starred on Kodiak’s record breaking varsity squad this fall and went on to be named the best defensive player in Alaska.
           After that she was offered a position in Anchorage’s prestigious Midnight Sun Volleyball Club and has been traveling back and forth to the mainland for the past few months to participate in tournaments and games.    

          Now, Riina will compete on an international level this weekend when she takes the court at the Arctic Winter Games as part of Team Alaska. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with the volleyball sensation and asked her how she first heard about competing in the games. 
          Riina joins two other Kodiak athletes heading to Fairbanks for the international competition. Freshman Krystal Fabricante and Junior Joel Valdez will compete in the wrestling portion of the games.
           The Arctic Games start on Saturday and run through March 22. The games are a circumpolar sport competition that brings athletes from northern and arctic nations together to promote athleticism and culture. Wrestling and volleyball are two of of about 18 sports featured during the week-long event, including snowboarding, figure skating and cross country skiing, among others.

Mar 14 2014
Lions Clubs Hopes to Commemorate '64 Earthquake, Tsunami Deaths PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014

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           As the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami nears, the Kodiak Lions Club is hoping to install a commemorative plaque on the spit.
           During those tragic events more than half a century ago the village of Afognak was decimated and many people lost their lives. The surviving villagers were relocated to what is now known as Port Lions, with the help of the United States government and the village’s namesake, the Lions Club.
            Doc Myers is a past president and current member of Kodiak Lions Club and said records show that 22 people from around the archipelago died during the earthquake and tsunami. During Tuesday’s City Council work session, Myers presented the club’s hopes to honor those individuals.
            “And in that period of time we had a lot of drownings and they weren’t really verified there’s some rule about 50 years has to go by and we finally have a list of all the names of people that were in the Kodiak Archipelago. And a lot of the last names you’ll recognize. We have in years past made monuments before. Which if you’ve ever been to Abercrombie you’ve seen our veteran one, which is basically molded bronze – something that time won’t erode. And we’ve been working on this for a couple of months until it was legal to get the names and they were certified.”
             Myers said the club has obtained a 3,000-pound rock from the granite quarry on Afognak Island, and hopes to mount a plaque on it that memorializes the events of March 27, 1964, and lists the names of those who were killed. He said the club had to do a lot of digging to make sure they weren’t leaving any names out. All total, he said around 118 people died across the state of Alaska.
             The club also hopes to hold a commemoration ceremony to go with the placement of the plaque. Myers said last year’s international president of the world will be in Kodiak celebrating the Lions Club’s 50th anniversary around that time, and the hope is to hold a small ceremony on April 5 to dedicate the plaque and read the names it includes.
              The city council was very receptive to the plaque and commemoration idea, and City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said she didn’t think there was a formal process needed for the memorial. She asked that the Lions Club check with the city’s planning and zoning department and harbor office to make sure they find an appropriate location on the spit.

Mar 13 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014

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Coming up this week, the halibut season is underway now, and we get a little refresher on the regulation changes for 2014; the herring GHL in Sitka has been reduced, and what’s a fishing town supposed to do when it’s told to diversify its economy? We had help from KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, and KFSK’s Angela Denning in Petersburg.

Mar 13 2014
KPLA Elects New Board Members PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014

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            Last week the Kodiak Public Library Association held their annual meeting, the first one since the new public library opened in December. Association Chair Kaia Henrickson said the meeting included some changes to the association’s board of directors, including the election of four new members. 
           “Barbara Anthony, Jan Chatto, Michelle Griffin and Chastity Starrett to replace three members who were resigning and then one member, Erin Harrington, who had termed off the board. So she’s been on the board for two consecutive three year terms and according to our by laws you have to take a break before you can be on the board anymore.”
           Henrickson said it’s actually a perfect time for the organization to bring in some new faces. 
           “Because we are changing the focus of the organization to become more of a friends of the library group again and looking for new ideas and new energy to continue some of the things we had been doing like book swaps and events for the new library and coming up with some new ideas. So we’re very excited to have these four great new people joining the board and bringing their experience and new thoughts and some new energy to take things into the next phase of KPLA.”
            Henrickson said this past year was a big one for KPLA, with the biggest moment being the opening of the new Kodiak Public Library. She said the organization also wrapped up its capital campaign for that project, and surpassed its goal of $750,000. All total she said they raised almost $780,000, with some of that being in kind services and art donations.

Mar 13 2014
ABDC Offering Free Tax Prep for All PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014

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    Even though the income tax deadline is over a month from now, it’s never too early to get started on your return. But for those flummoxed by forms, riled by ‘rithmatic or possessed by procrastination, an Anchorage non-profit is here in Kodiak the rest of this week to help.
    “All this is put together by a non-profit corporation, the Alaska Business Development Center. They’ve been in business since 1978. And their primary function is providing business consulting and tax assistance services for businesses in rural Alaska.”
    That’s Tom Howell, who is coordinating the visit to Kodiak Island for two volunteer tax-preparers with him.
    “This is a VIDA program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. We have an agreement with some colleges in the Lower 48: University of Alaska, Montana State University, University of Montana and Ithaca College in Upstate New York.”
    The three were in Old Harbor on Sunday and Monday, and worked in Akhiok on Tuesday.
     “Golly I think we did 45 returns. And we probably produced more than $50,000 in refunds and probably saved the local people $10- or $12,000 in fees.”
    Howell and the tax volunteers are at the Kodiak Senior Center Wednesday, and will be at the Kodiak Baptist Mission through Saturday. As described by Howell, the process is pretty quick.
    “Typically when people come in to have their taxes done I’ll go over and make sure they have all their forms and necessary documents and do a preliminary interviews to make sure we’ve got all the income covered. And we prepare it in such a way that it can be electronically filed, so they can get their tax return – if they’re eligible – expedited. Or if they people prefer we can print it out and people can file it themselves.”
    And the best part is that everyone is welcome and the service is absolutely free.
    “Generally, it’s targeted to rural folks, particularly to accommodate the Natives that are stuck in rural Alaska and don’t have that kind of service. But it’s open to anybody who’d like to have that. We’ve available to do taxes for anybody. Absolutely free. We’re just here to provide services. We do get grants from the federal government and a lot of the Native corporations, as well as some local churches. So they provide the funding for this, and the students are just volunteering their time.”
    Howell can be reached at 907-891-5473, or look him and his team up at the Baptist Mission through Saturday. He said the whole process generally takes less than a half-hour.

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