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Mar 12 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 12 March 2015

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Coming up this week, we have more fishery forecasts for you, the Legislature says no to a sanctuary in the Aleutians, and the Sitka Board of Fisheries meeting is the meeting that just keeps on giving. All that, and what's Wrangell's waterfront going to look like after a few million is spent spiffing it up? We had help from KCAW's Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer and KSTK's Katarina Sostaric in Wrangell. 

Mar 12 2015
FV Alaska Pride Limps Home After Being Lowered Extra Water Pump
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A 35-foot fishing vessel out of Kodiak radioed the Coast Guard early this morning that it was taking on water near Afognak Island and its on-board pumps were not keeping up with the flooding. 

The Alaska Pride, with four crewmen aboard, suffered a puncture to the hull sometime around 4:30 a.m. In the vicinity of Izhut Bay, according to Coast Guard spokesman Kelly Parker.

An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched with a portable de-watering pump, which the crew of the Alaska Pride reported stemmed the flooding.

Parker said the Good Samaritan vessel Rosella was to meet the Alaska Pride and escort it back across Marmot Bay to Kodiak City for repairs.

Conditions were clear with a 10- to 15- mph northerly winds and temperatures in the teens. No injuries were reported.
Mar 12 2015
New Field Guide Commemorates 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake
Thursday, 12 March 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
Last year the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake drew a lot of interest to the Gulf of Alaska's coastal geology, and the mechanisms that caused the second largest quake ever recorded. In fact, the milestone attracted the membership of the Seismological Society of America to Alaska for the group's annual meeting.

Rich Koehler is an earthquake geologist with the state's Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys in Fairbanks.  He says the new guidebook can be used to educate planners, land mangers, engineers and scientists working in this seismically-active region.

"The abstracts in the volume were contributed by researchers around th3e world that came for the Seismological Society of America Conference in Anchorage last spring, and the field trip was sponsored by the International Geo-science Program. So they run a field trip every year, and we were lucky enough to have it in Alaska last year."

Though filled with scientific abstracts, Koehler says it should be accessible for the non-scientist.

"Though we go into the detail of the science, but each field locality describes sort of what happened in 1964, so the layperson can get a grasp of what the effects were in certain areas. People can learn by flipping through it there's lots of illustrations and photographs and things like that as well."

And since it was produced during a seven-day field conference, Koehler says it's a perfect companion for a field trip.

"So we have a guidebook series we produce here at GGS that we produce every time we do these big field trips. So this one was kind of special because we had a large group of international scientists all experts in their fields. It's a great little guide to take on a tour. You can drive from Anchorage and go down to Seward and Whittier and take the ferry and go over to Cordova. So if you're in any of those areas, this guidebook would provide you with figures and illustrations and texts to describe what you're seeing."

The book describes the work done to detect the evidence of prehistoric earthquakes on the scale of 1964. So, yes, the Big One has happened before, and it very likely will happen again in the future.

"Well, with the current state of the science, we have a recurrence interval of 300 to 800- or 900-years or so. So for an exact repeat of the 1964 earthquake we probably have some time, but that's not to say you can't have smaller earthquakes in the magnitude eight range or eight-plus that can rupture in that same patch, at any time."

The guidebook is available for free download from the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys website, or you can order a hard copy for $16. 
Mar 12 2015
KEA Incumbents Assured of Another Term
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
    At its annual membership meeting in April, the Kodiak Electric Association will announce the winners of the board of directors election. However, since only incumbents have filed, all three will be familiar faces.
    The three candidates, Stosh Anderson, Michael C. Brechan, and Cliff Davidson each have 14 or more years of experience on the KEA board. And since all three are incumbents, there will not be a KEA Candidates Forum this year.
    The election itself is conducted by mail, with ballots being sent out March 26th. 
    The deadline for voting is noon on Friday, April 17th. 
    The 73rd Annual Membership Meeting will be on April 20th at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. Also at the meeting voters have the opportunity to win a pair of $250 certificates for electricity. While winners do not have to be present to receive the prizes, members do have to vote. 
    To email the candidates personally and find out more about where they stand on the future of Kodiak Electric, visit the KEA website at kodiakelectric.com. 
Mar 12 2015
Bear Paw Quilters Help Girls and Women in Africa
Thursday, 12 March 2015
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 The contents of a typical feminine hygiene kit collected by the Kodiak Bear Paw Quilters for girls in Africa. Kayla Desroches/KMXT photo

Kayla Desroches/KMXT
Days for Girls International is an organization that provides feminine hygiene kits and sex education to girls and women mainly in Kenya, Uganda, and the Congo. Kodiak Middle School teacher Jennifer Eubank reached out to the Kodiak Bear Paw Quilters and now they’re compiling their own kits to send to the non-profit. They held an All-Day-Sew on February 28th.
The kit Jennifer Eubank brings in is full of colorful pads: one with psychedelic purple and pink tie-dye, another with big red and yellow flowers. She says she and the other quilters made the kit bags, the pads, and the shields that hold the pads.
“The organization is very specific about the fabric that they would like you to use. No people, no animals, no bugs," she said. "Geometric designs, flowers, those were great for this.”
Eubank says that she heard about the organization from another quilter.
“As an educator, it worried me that girls couldn’t go to school because they were having their period and so it limited their education for three to five days a month or if they had to work that they would not be able to work because of that.”
Lora Moren is the Days for Girls office manager in Washington.
“They would just sit in their room for the week on a piece of cardboard if they have cardboard," Moren said.
She says that many girls use the objects they find around them.
“They use rocks as we would use a tampon. They smoosh up leaves and just use them like we would try to use a pad. Same with corn husks, scraps of fabric.”
The pads in the Days for Girls kits are washable and should last two to three years. 
Moren says that the volunteers who deliver the kits also educate women and men about sex, menstrual cycles, and healthy attitudes. 
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