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Our annual marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race will be held October 11, 2014! You may now register and find more information at www.kmxt.org/run_the_rock. 
 
Jul 08 2014
OuzinkieTo Get Additional Tusty Stops
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

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           As summer sailings continue, the Alaska Marine Highway System is already looking toward the next season. The winter ferry schedule was recently released, covering sailings between October 1 and April 30.
          Marine Highway System Spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the schedule for Kodiak and its surrounding villages is fairly similar to previous years, with additional Tustumena stops added in Ouzinkie.
          “Every other Friday, and that’s part of the public input that was expressed during the public comment period and so that’s really the major change that’s coming to the Kodiak island area – is that extra stop.” 

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Jul 07 2014
CommSta Killer to be Sentenced Tuesday
Monday, 07 July 2014

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    Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. the convicted killer in the 2012 Kodiak Coast Guard murders will be sentenced.
    James “Jim” Wells was convicted 10 weeks ago of killing two of his co-workers, Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, at the Kodiak Coast Guard Base communications station.
    Prosecutors contended Wells, also a retired Coast Guardsman, resented the growing influence of Belisle and Hopkins in the shop where he had been a nationally recognized antenna expert, and shot them both to death on April 12th, 2012.
    The federal prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for Wells, but the 62-year-old will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

 
Jul 07 2014
School Board Seeks Interim Member
Monday, 07 July 2014

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    The Kodiak Island Borough School Board is seeking a new member. Todd Hailey, the board’s treasurer, has resigned and moved out of town.
    The board is taking applications from interested borough citizens until next Monday, and plan interviews and an appointment in two weeks, on July 21st. Interested applicants can submit a letter of interest to the school district’s central office.
    The new appointed member will serve until the October municipal elections, when the seat will come open for a three-year term.
    Hailey was himself appointed to the board because of a vacancy, and his term would’ve expired this October.

 
Jul 07 2014
Kodiak Electricity Averages 99.6-Percent Renewable
Monday, 07 July 2014

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    If you’ve noticed a slight decline in your electric bill this year, it’s because very little diesel fuel is used to generate power, according to KEA boss Darron Scott:
    “Just got some recent numbers, so for the first half of this year, we’re at 99.6 percent renewable. Which has just been great. The third turbine has been a big part of that, at Terror Lake, and it’s been able to perform really well and take care of all of our peak load situations during that heavy fish processing time, you know that March-February timeframes we have really high loads. Very useful there, plus allowed to do some maintenance on our older units as well later in the spring. The wind turbines have been doing good too, and kinda combine all around.”
    On a Kodiak Electric bill, there’s a line item called the “Cost of Power Adjustment,” or COPA, which represents the cost of using diesel fuel in electricity generation. The reduction in that is what’s driving the decline in electric bills. Scott says electric rates today are actually lower than they were at the turn of the century.
    “If you went and used the average amount of electricity, which is around 600 KWH, I believe, your bill would have been in January of 2001 about $105 give or take a few cents. And now, this January of 2014, it was about a hundred dollars. Just over a hundred dollars. So about a 4.5 percent drop January 2001 to January 2014. And that’s no inflation numbers or anything. That’s just the real hard dollars that we see.”
    And because of Kodiak’s legendary weather, Scott predicts steady electric rates in the future.

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Jul 07 2014
1 in 10 Kodiak Families in Danger of Becoming Homeless
Monday, 07 July 2014

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    Kodiak’s Brother Francis Shelter for the homeless is receiving a $231,126 grant from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Director Monte Hawver says the shelter has been receiving this yearly grant since the mid-90s.
    “And it’s an over-umbrella grant that basically oversees the entire structure of the shelter. It pays for everything from food to staffing to our homeless prevention program, which is a really important part of what we do here in Kodiak to keep families from becoming homeless.”
    Hawver says the individual homeless rate is fairly stable in Kodiak, but the Brother Francis Shelter also operates a homelessness prevention program, and that a large number of families are at risk.
    “Basically about 1 out of 10 families are struggling here in Kodiak and in danger of becoming homeless.”
    He said the family homelessness problem is growing faster than ever.
    “We started out a number of years ago with out homeless prevention program, which was one of the first in the country. And through the years, I can remember when we helped 50 families. I can remember when we helped 100 families a year, and I thought, ‘My gosh, that’s gotten – it’s crazy.’ Last we helped 243 families. And unfortunately as the economy changes so much, and the fisheries change so much, more and more people get left behind. And it’s just become a terrible situation for quite a few families here in Kodiak.”
    Though grants like the one from the AHFC are vital, Hawver wants the community to remember that their help is important, too.
    “The homeless assistance program grant takes care of the basic needs of the shelter, and the basic programs. But we do rely on individual and organizational local grants in order to take care of all the needs of the families of Kodiak and the individuals.”
    The Brother Francis Shelter is just one of 28 organizations in 13 Alaskan communities to benefit from the AHFC’s grant award, which totals more than $5.9 million.

 
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