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Galley Tables

KODK is back on the air. Thanks to Steve and John at APBI in Anchorage who helped us get a loaner transmitter and to Joe Stevens and Willy who ran up the mountain in this nasty wind after running a bunch of tests to get it ready to do it's thing...90.7 FM is back bringing you spectacular alternative public radio programming in Kodiak.
Sep 08 2015
Busy Weekend for KHS Athletes
Tuesday, 08 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak High School Bears were victorious on the Fort Abercrombie trails Friday against East Anchorage and Homer. Keith Osowski led the pack with a winning time of 16-minutes 37-seconds. The Bears’ Michael Parnell was just seven seconds back, and Jack Hannah was third in 17-minutes 20-seconds to secure all three podium spots for the Kodiak boys.

The Bears were first with 23 points. Homer had 48 in second and East was third with 69.

Kodiak’s Zoe Bigley led eight Bears to top-20 finishes with her second-place time of 20-minutes 54-seconds. Melissa De Guzman was less than a minute behind in sixth. Homer’s Megan Pitzman won in 20-minutes 28-seconds, leading the Mariners to the team title with 23 points. Kodiak had 48 and East had 92.
Full cross country results are after the jump. 

On the gridiron, the Bears remain perfect, insofar as they still haven’t been victorious against the Soldotna Stars, losing on the road 49-14. Andreas Carros threw one touchdown pass in the second and ran for another in the fourth to account for Kodiak’s scoring.

At the net, the Bears started the volleyball season, sweeping the Colony Knights at home.

In the pool, the Kodiak swim team dropped the team title on Friday to Colony, but tied the Knights on Saturday. 
Sep 04 2015
Pink Harvest Slowing, Exceeds 31-Million
Friday, 04 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak area pink salmon catch is definitely on the downswing. 

Sunday, 800,000 pinks were harvested, putting the season catch over the 30-million mark, while over a half-million were taken on Monday.

But the deliveries are clearly tapering off. Tuesday, about 115,000 humpies were brought in, followed by almost 36,000 Wednesday, and nearly 90,000 yesterday. 

According to Fish and Game figures released this morning, the pink harvest stands at 31,195,303. That far out-strips the pre-season estimate range of 9.8–million to 19.5-million for the Kodiak Management Area.

The all-species harvest is 34,894,748 as of yesterday's harvest reports. That includes about 2.7-million reds, 735,000 chum, 301,000 silvers and 7,600 kings. 
Sep 04 2015
Assembly Reviews Tax Exemption Case, Amends Mobile Home Park Code
Friday, 04 September 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

At its regular meeting last night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed an ongoing court case and heard a coding ordinance passed on from the Planning and Zoning Commission. As community development director Bob Pederson explained, the ordinance updates the mobile home park chapter of the borough code and lessens some of the regulatory requirements on construction or expansion of those parks.

“The key change is adding mobile home parks as a conditional use in the R2 zoning district, and some of the details include eliminating the requirements for the mobile home park owner to provide storage areas for the tenants’ personal property. It either reduces or eliminates the requirements for play areas within mobile home parks. The analogy - when we looked at the code, we don’t require that in another other districts or development types.”

Pederson said this is one in a series of ordinances that the Planning and Zoning Commission has initiated after the announcement of the Jackson Mobile Home Park closure, and three or four more are still to come. The assembly passed the ordinance to amend the code.

It also held a conversation with its attorney, Joe Levesque, about a long-term court case. As Levesque explained, Jerry Markham has brought three different cases to court challenging the Kodiak Island Borough Board of Equalization’s denial of his senior citizen tax exemption.

“In each of those cases, Mr. Markham was asked or will be asked to provide two things. Either proof that he received the permanent fund dividend or proof that, if he had applied to the permanent fund dividend, he would have been eligible. And Mr. Markham is especially challenging the need to have to prove his eligibility for the senior tax exemption.”

Levesque said the case is bigger than this one individual’s claim.

“Mr. Markham is not only suggesting that he deserves this senior tax exemption. He’s also suggesting that everybody else that’s similarly situated also falls in the same category.”

Levesque said the burden is on the tax-payer to prove eligibility.

“And if the borough doesn’t have a way to make the tax-payer prove the eligibility, then nobody has to prove it, and anybody that is 65 or a disabled veteran, whether or not they live in the home and don’t get the PFD, would all be entitled to that senior citizen tax or disabled veteran tax exemption.”

The assembly discussed issuing a non-participation notice at the Supreme Court level. Assemblyman Dan Rohrer said if they lose, it just means they need to reevaluate their procedures and policies.

“To make sure we tighten up any holes that may have existed and make sure we don’t lose it next time. For me, I’m ready to say right now for the Supreme Court, that I don’t want to see us participate at all in that and just let them rule on it, decide what they want to decide, and go from there.”

The assembly directed Levesque to file a notice of nonparticipation in the 2013 case.

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s next work session is scheduled for September 10 and its next regular meeting for the 17th.
Sep 03 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 03 September 2015

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Coming up this week, our President is visited the home of sockeye – and of your host - this week; a water problem hampered coho processing in Unalakleet, and we meet another unsung cannery worker in Petersburg, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help this week from KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KNOM's Emily Russell in Nome, KFSK's Joe Sykes in Petersburg and KSTK's Katarina Sostaric in Wrangell.  

Sep 03 2015
'Human-Caused' Wildfire Could Mean Many Things
Thursday, 03 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Dispatch News is reporting that the Twin Creeks Fire in Chiniak was “human-caused,” but the facts are more nuanced than that, according to a Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman.

The ADN quotes from a daily situation report that the cause of the fire was “ignited by humans,” but Jim Schwarber clarified to KMXT that “human-caused” does not imply intent. 

He said the classification can include anything that is human-made that ignites a fire, including an escaped vehicle fire. It would also include a downed powerline or an electrical transformer damaged in a high wind storm, much like the one last Thursday night when the fire started.

Schwarber said the cause of the Chiniak Fire is under active investigation, and the official release of the specific cause may not take place for awhile. 
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