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Jan 23 2015
Two Bears and An Eagle Walk into a Gym...
Friday, 23 January 2015
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    Varsity Wrestling takes the spotlight at Kodiak High School this weekend, with two Anchorage schools visiting to take on the Bears. Bartlett and West Anchorage will hit the mat against Kodiak starting at 5 o'clock this evening and again at 11:30 tomorrow morning. Saturday is a full day of wrestling action, expected to last until 5:30 p.m.
    Meanwhile on the middle school hardwood, the Kodiak girls and boys C- and JV-teams are playing a collection of games that resemble a round-robin tournament against Lumen Christi Archangels and the ESS Ravens tonight and tomorrow.
    The Ravens are a co-ed team made up of players from Kodiak Island's smaller village schools. Today will see them play their first conference game. Lumen Christi is a private Catholic school in Anchorage.
    We've got a schedule of game times after the jump.
    And after all the athletics are done tomorrow night, head over to the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium to watch some athletic artists take the stage as the Kodiak High School Dance Team and dance class put on a public performance.  
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Jan 22 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 22 January 2015

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Coming up this week, the chairman of the Alaska Board of Fisheries steps down after the governor didn't approve of his methods of selecting a Fish and Game commissioner. Pollock A Season gets underway, and is there a worldwide salmon glut fishermen need to worry about this upcoming season? All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KSTK's Katarina Sostaric in Wrangell, KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington DC, KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham and KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer. 

 
Jan 22 2015
Rep. Stutes Settling In at Capital
Thursday, 22 January 2015
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Jan 22 2015
Johnstone Explains Reasons for Rejecting Maw
Thursday, 22 January 2015
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    Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday after Governor Bill Walker said he wouldn’t submit his name to the legislature for reappointment. 
    Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone’s resignation comes after the board blocked a candidate for Fish and Game commissioner from being interviewed for the position. 
    Governor Walker’s press secretary, Grace Jang, says only one of four candidates was interviewed by the Board of Fisheries and Board of Game. That was acting commissioner Sam Cotten. 
     “Well, Governor Walker was very disappointed that the process wasn’t allowed to play out and that only one name was advanced to him. While he’s very confident that Sam Cotten will make an excellent commissioner and has been doing an excellent job in the past couple of months, he wanted to make sure that the public process was respected.” 
    A candidate rejected by the Board of Fisheries, Roland Maw, may replace Johnstone on the board. Governor Walker nominated Maw to fill the vacancy, but the legislature has to approve the appointment. 
    Johnstone says he voted to reject an interview with Maw because of his history with the Board of Fisheries. He says Maw is part of a lawsuit to put some state-managed salmon fisheries under federal management. 
    “That was a clincher, a deal-killer for me. Because I believe the state should manage its own resources.”
    The Board of Fisheries voted unanimously to not interview Maw. 
    Johnstone says Maw has also been critical of Department of Fish and Game staff and fisheries board members. 
    “And I thought it would be very awkward for him to be involved in a leadership role when he didn’t respect many of the people he was dealing with. And maybe they didn’t respect him as much as they should either. That was my reason. And I gave that reason to the governor.”
    Rather than wait for his term to expire in June, Board Chairman Johnstone says he volunteered to step down this month, to help Governor Walker get a new member on board faster. He says those changes usually happen at the end of a meeting cycle. 
    “This kind of changed things. And it put, I think, the Board of Fisheries in an awkward position where the chairman of the board is not going to be reappointed, and maybe it’s best that the chairman leave pretty quickly to allow a new person to come in and get their feet on the ground, rather than sit in as a lame duck for the next two meetings.”
    Johnstone will officially resign after this week’s board meeting in Wrangell. The board has two more meetings coming up. One is in Sitka next month and the other is in Anchorage in March. 
    Johnstone has served on the Board of Fisheries since 2008. 
 
Jan 21 2015
Two Representatives Call For Sale of Kodiak Launch Complex
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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     An Anchorage and a Fairbanks representative have called for Governor Bill Walker to look into selling off the assets of the Kodiak Launch Complex, which would likely result in the dissolution of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation.
     The AAC is already under orders to freeze any new spending, along with five other large projects around the state that the governor is reviewing. But now, Representative Les Gara of Anchorage and Representative Scott Kawasaki of Fairbanks are asking the governor to look into the feasibility of selling the KLC and eliminating any state spending on it. Gara cited the millions of dollars spent on the KLC and compared it to how little it gets used.
     “At a time when you got a $3.5-4 billion  budget deficit, if you want to protect schools and you want to protect the middle class and working families and job opportunities, you've got to find things to cut that aren't doing the state a lot of good,” Gara said. “And you know maybe a private company can run the rocket launch in a better way than losing $60-million over five years. The state's not doing a good job at it.”
     “Representative Gara has never been a supporter of Alaska Aerospace. He's voted against our budget every year I've been involved with the company, so I guess I'm not surprised with his perspective,” said Alaska Aerospace President Craig Campbell. “I don't think that it's probably well thought out just to go ahead and try to sell the Kodiak launch complex. Normally if you're going to sell something, you need to have a value and prospective buyers to make it worth any money. So I think the thought process is just outright selling KLC just needs more study and thought process before you come to that conclusion – if it's a good conclusion at all.”
     Gara doesn't come right out and say Alaska Aerospace needs to be disbanded, but he comes close.
     “They really wouldn't have very much to do at that point. We would save the money of the salaries as well, right?” Gara said. “I mean if you're going to sell the business, you sell the whole operation.”
     According to Campbell, he and Gara's share an outcome, if not a method to reach it.
     “So if the objective is that Rep Gara and others don't want to continue funding Alaska Aerospace, that is actually Alaska Aerospace's goal as well,” Campbell said. “That's why we have the 8-million, 6-million, 4-, 2-million reductions each year. And we're most of the way through that. And if I can accelerate that plan to reduce the state dependency for Alaska aerospace, I want to do that.”
     Gara and Kawasaki, both Democrats, sit on the House Finance Committee, and said they will urge the leadership to scrutinize Alaska Aerospace's finances in the coming months. 
 
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