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Aug 30 2013
Local Welders Featured in Latest Reality Show Premiering Tonight PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013

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alaskan-steel-dennis-teresa.jpgDennis and Teresa Butts are the stars of the new Alaska-based reality TV show 'Alaskan Steel Men." Discovery Channel photo

 

   Alaska is fertile ground for so-called reality television shows. There have been shows following Bering Sea crabbers, the Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard. Now you can add “Alaskan Steel Men” – about industrial welders based in Kodiak – to the list starting tonight (Friday) on the Discovery Channel.

 
Aug 29 2013
Kodiak Junior Shares Stage With Rock Band Foreigner PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 August 2013

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            Last week a group of Alaska high school students had the experience of a lifetime. The teens took the stage to sing with the rock band Foreigner at the Alaska State Fair. It didn’t matter that most of Foreigners hits came out well before the students were born. The 25 young vocalists littered the stage and belted out lyrics to a crowd of almost 4,000.
            The two dozen students were actually winners of a contest sponsored by Foreigner and the GRAMMY Foundation. The foundation helps fund music education programs in high schools across the country. Foreigner donated 100 percent of its proceeds from CD sales at the event to the foundation.
            Kodiak’s own Shannon Woods was one of the talented participants that took the stage. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with the high school junior to learn about her shared act with one of the most well-known rock bands in the world. 

 
Aug 29 2013
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 August 2013

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Coming up this week Mark Begich stares down Sodexo and Walmart and they both blink first. Have we mentioned pink salmon yet this summer? Because it seems they’re running pretty good. And ASMI promotes from within for its new director of international marketing. All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had great stories from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, and KTNA’s Phillip Manning in Talkeetna.

 
Aug 29 2013
Reduced Ferry Service Puts Strain On Kodiak Athletics PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 August 2013

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            For almost a year the ferry Tustumena has been out of service for repairs, leaving much of Southwest Alaska accessible only by air. The Kennicott picked up additional sailings between Kodiak and Homer, but the impacts from reduced ferry service were still felt throughout the island. Now, as summer quickly fades into fall, classes are resuming at Kodiak High School and young athletes are starting to feel the impact as well. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs has more.
           Unlike high school sports teams on the mainland, Kodiak athletes can’t just hop on a bus to see competition. Instead, they must either take the ferry or fly. For years the Alaska Marine Highway System has cut the district a deal and made ferry-going a financially feasible and preferred method of travel. But with fewer regular sailings, teams now have to look to the sky if they hope to compete off island.
           Air travel means less athletes can go, not to mention it’s more expensive. A lot more expensive.
           Take for instance the football team. There are eight weeks in Kodiak’s regular season, and seven of those were slated for ferry travel. But the Kennicott’s schedule doesn’t match all of those dates, so now three weeks will have to be flown. That may not sound like a huge difference, until you look at the price tag. Sixty players could ride the ferry for about $4,000, but flying will now run the program more than $13,000. That’s a $9,000 difference just for one team, on one trip.

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Aug 29 2013
Tustumena May Return in October PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 August 2013

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            The ferry Tustumena is set to come back into service in October. That’s the latest word, via email, from Department of Transportation Commissioner Patrick Kemp. He said welding should be done on the vessel by the end of this week and painting, weather permitting, will happen over the weekend. From there, Kemp said the ferry will undergo three weeks stability testing and sea trials before it gets the green light to sail.
            The Alaska Marine Highway System seems optimistic about the Tustumena’s return to service, at least enough to include it in its proposed ferry schedule for 2014. AMHS released the proposed schedule this week and opened it up for public comment and review.
            The Tustumena is set to begin sailing in October, with a month-long overhaul for maintenance in April. Every ship in the highway’s fleet is required to have annual maintenance inspections. The Tusty’s return in October aligns with the plan to layup the Kennicott for capital project improvements between October and mid January. However, Kemp said the Kennicott will not be pulled from service until the Tustumena is operational.
             In general, the proposed schedule allows for two Aleutian chain trips per month by the Tustumena and the Kennicott will return its focus to Gulf crossings between Bellingham and Southwest Alaska.
             Written comments on the plan are due to the Department of Transportation by September 10. A statewide teleconference to accept public comments is scheduled for September 11. You can find a link to the full proposed schedule, and how to submit a comment, by clicking here .

 
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