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 When you go shopping this week you can help the women and children at the Kodiak Women's Resource & Crisis Center. KWRCC has a long wish list of items that would help their families in crisis. You can help by purchasing one or more of the items and dropping them off at KMXT, 620 Egan Way by 5pm on Friday - we'll make sure everything gets to the KWRCC for Valentine's Day. Find a copy of the list here:  kwrcc_wish_list_jan_2016 

Nov 12 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report 12 November
Thursday, 12 November 2015

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Coming up this week – fishery managers are wondering where the Kodiak and Chignik Tanner crab have gone to, the hatchery that burned near Petersburg is back up and running, and selling salmon in the desert. We had help from KRBD's Leila Kiehry in Ketchikan, and both KFSK's Joe Viechnicki and Angela Denning in Petersburg. 

Nov 10 2015
KMXT Sues Kodiak City for Documents in Police Brutality Case
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of public radio station KMXT, has filed suit against the City of Kodiak, seeking the release of public documents related to the detention, handcuffing, pepper-spraying and assault of Nick Pletnikoff, an autistic man, by three Kodiak Police officers in mid September.
The suit is the result of the city denying the station's Freedom of Information Act request citing its own investigation and privacy issues over releasing the names of the officers involved.
Other law enforcement agencies, such as the Alaska State Troopers, release names of officers in 72 hours, even after fatal officer-involved shootings. The station is also asking the court to order the release of all audio and video tape recordings made by the officers, either from their wearable or vehicle dash cameras or voice recorders, as well as all other pertinent documents.
KMXT contends that the release of such information would contribute significantly to the public's understanding of the incident, which occurred September 16th when the 28-year-old Pletnikoff was detained by the three officers just yards from his home while checking his mailbox. No reason for the officers' actions, which left Pletnikoff bloodied and bruised, has ever been officially given, though Pletnikoff's mother Judy Pletnikoff said she was told by an officer at the time that it was because her son wouldn't answer their questions. 
The incident that day is listed in the official police blotter only as “suspicious circumstances.” Nick Pletnikoff was not arrested or charged with any crime.
The case was filed in Kodiak Superior Court. 
Nov 10 2015
TOTR: Marine Workforce Development and Kodiak College & Career Fair
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
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Host Kayla Desroches talks with LA Holmes and Terry Haines about a new class as part of the Marine Workforce Development department at Kodiak College. Then, she speaks with representatives from KANA about the upcoming Kodiak College & Career Fair.
Nov 10 2015
Group to Replace Madsen Bear
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
chervenak_and_bear.jpgChairman of the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, Paul Chervenak, with Madsen Bear. Via Chervenak

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Many parks and museums can boast at least one bronze statue to honor a famous figure. Maybe the monument is a noble steed and its famous rider, his saber raised as if mid-charge or a hand pointed ahead. Or maybe it’s a symbolic figure, like New York’s Statue of Liberty.

As for Kodiak, the city has a statue that honors one of its most famous figures: the Kodiak brown bear. Right now, a life-size fiberglass bear is located outside the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. It’s about sixty-years old, and it looks its age according to Paul Chervenak, the chairman of the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, a nonprofit that works towards Kodiak brown bear conservation.

“Of course, just sunlight would do it, but wind and rain, salt, so the actual statue itself is cracking. There’s been some vandalism and damage, or maybe just accidents, people wanting to have pictures taken with it, so they’re climbing on it and breaking the claws off, etc. And we’ve tried to repair it and keep it up, but it’s sort of [a] losing battle.”

There’s a price tag, but as with a lot of the statues in other communities, this bear is more than a piece of art.

According to the funding page, the statue commemorates Kodiak’s first registered bear guide, Charles Madsen, one of the people to encourage the protection of the Kodiak brown bear after the popularity of hunting in the early 20th century started having an effect.

According to Chervenak, who guides big-game hunters, sport-fishermen and wildlife viewers, he can relate to the significance of the Madsen Bear.

“I am a firm believer in giving back, especially to what I derive my business from. This particular project is special to a lot of us, but it really represents what guides and sportsmen have done for the Kodiak bear.”

Chervenak says the Brown Bear Trust has gotten involved in a project to replace the aging statue, which has moved all around town over the years - from the old Kodiak hotel to the spit, along with other locations.

Chervenak says the replacement project is called Rebuild the Bear.

“We started talking about it about a year ago and we started checking into the cost of – potentially bronze would be the nicest and most durable. The cost was pretty high. We happen to have a very wonderful offer from an artist who would help do a lot of it. So, it actually made it a potential reality.”

The Kodiak Brown Bear Trust is in negotiations with the artist, Stan Watts, and the foundry he owns in Utah, Atlas Bronze Casting.

Chervenak says the group has an idea of the steps it takes to make a bronze sculpture.

“They make a clay replica and so, this bear is gonna be life-sized or bigger than life-sized, probably close to ten feet tall. They’ll do it out of clay, they’ll let us view it, make any changes we want so we get a true Kodiak bear, and then after they have the clay sculpture, they then cast it in bronze.”

Chervenak says the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust has turned to social media and corporate donations to cover the $40,000 it will contribute through fundraising.

Chervenak says they launched a social media campaign about ten days ago using IndieGoGo, a crowdfunding website. So far, they’ve raised more than $8,000. However, that only covers a fraction of the overall cost.

“The artist is trying to line up donors through people he knows to cover the rest of it. I mean, the total project will probably be $100,000 to $125,000 by the time you create it, ship it here and install it, and so he’s covering that end of it.”

Chervenak says the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust will probably sign a contract with Watts this week.

Check out the crowdfunding website here.
Nov 09 2015
Bringing Private Letters to a Public Space
Monday, 09 November 2015
paul_stetler_portrait_via_website.jpgPortrait of Letters Aloud founder, Paul Stetler. Photo by Sal Celis

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The editors who compiled the book, “Letters of the Century”, write in the foreword that "Letters are what history sounds like when it is still part of everyday life."

That book is one you’ll find in the home of Letters Aloud organizer, Paul Stetler, who formed a literary act around the concept of reading famous people’s correspondence to an audience. The Kodiak Arts Council will bring the act to town for a one-time showing this week. Actors will read letters with the theme of fame, accompanied by a musician who plays the accordion.

Stetler says when it first occurred to him, the idea of reading correspondence aloud struck him as perfect for theater.

“If you think about it, you go see a play, you sit in the dark, and you’re watching actors pretend to do a scene, and the actors are pretending the audience isn’t there. It’s a very voyeuristic experience. And what’s more voyeuristic than reading someone else’s letters?”
Stetler says something about eavesdropping on other people’s lives can create a profound experience.

And he’s always been fascinated with letters and letter-writing, a connection which he remembers began with his father.

“I have a stack of letters that my dad wrote me throughout my lifem, and he was an English professor, and that’s where I kinda got my love of English and literature. What he would do is he would take a sheet of typewriter paper and he would tear it in two and he would put that half a sheet of paper into his typewriter and he would just write me a note on both sides.”

He says he guesses he has two hundred of those letters about everything from a thought his father wanted to share to a movie they both loved, and Stelter says there’s one he treasures in particular.

“One day I just got a letter from him saying – and he didn’t talk much about this – but he wrote a letter about what it was like to meet my mom and how they met and how they courted and what it was like getting married. It was just a tremendous gift. It harkened back to a time that I never saw, when they were at their best, when they were in love and they had a future ahead of them.”

The intimacy of letters leaves room for insight into people’s lives that the public would never have otherwise. They can be sad, shocking, and funny. Stetler shares one letter addressed to novelist Sinclair Lewis, who was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

“He became a bit of a celebrity and got fan-mail from all over the country, and there was one woman who wrote in asking to be his personal secretary. And in her letter she writes ‘I’ll do everything for you and when I say everything, I mean everything. And Lewis tended to respond to all of his fan-mail himself, but in this particular case, his wife Dorothy replied, and she writes ‘My dear miss, my husband already has a stenographer who handles his work for him. And as for everything, I take care of that myself. And when I say everything, I mean everything. Dorothy Thompson.’”

Other famous writers in Letters Aloud include Marilyn Monroe, Gene Wilder, and Joe Biden. Stetler and his team will be flying up to Kodiak from Seattle as part of their Alaska tour, and you can attend the performance on Thursday, November 12. Check out the Kodiak Arts Council website to find out more.
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