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Oct 27 2015
TOTR: Terry Haines and the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
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Host Kayla Desroches talks with Terry Haines, a former Kodiak city council member who has been active in the community in different capacities including as a Kodiak City Council representative on the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group. He updates us on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council trawl bycatch management plan. He also talks about a new Facebook group he's working on and a radio play he just completed for KMXT which will be airing Friday, the day before Halloween.
Oct 27 2015
Museum Brings Oral Histoy of the Alutiiq People to the World Wide Web
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
michael_bach.jpgMichael Bach (far left) with two members of the Alutiiq language club. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

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When it comes to learning about the past, there are few sources as direct and unfiltered as the people who lived it. And the Alutiiq Museum has plenty of voices on tape. It’s in its second year of digitizing audio which was formerly stored on cassette tape, reel to reel tapes, and mini-discs, and preparing it for an online database. Next week, that database will be available from any computer with an internet connection.

Michael Bach is the Alutiiq Museum’s Language Program Manager and says he’s been very involved with the project.

“I’m really excited about it. I mean, I think that this community has such a wealth of resources and a lot of them are very difficult to access, and so the museum I feel is so fortunate to have gotten this funding from the National Science Foundation to process the collection in this way and to make it accessible in a way that the majority of people do have access to.”

Bach says one of his favorite stories in the museum’s oral history collection is about a whaler and says he’d encountered several different fuzzy versions of the same tape. He says he couldn’t find better quality copies, and explains they were difficult to listen to.  

“Because you knew that there was pieces that you were missing and as I was going through the collections and reviewing the digitized copies of them, I heard it again, and it was this really crystal-clear recording, and this was the first recording that you could sit down and look at the transcript and correct errors that were made in the past and really hear exactly what he was saying.”

Bach says soon the public will be able to access that audio and others online. The Alutiiq Museum will introduce the database at an event coming up next week. But Bach says while they’re unveiling the archive, it’s still a work in progress.

“That’s part of the joy of opening it up to the public - is obviously, everything won’t be ironed out. There’s no way that I could go through and fix every little issue within that whole database. And so, I’m hoping that this will be an opportunity for community dialogue as well. People who are accessing it can say, hey, why isn’t this working? Can you help me with this?”

If you want to be there for the launch and listening party, it’ll be happening on Tuesday, November 3 starting at 7 p.m. at the Alutiiq Museum.
Oct 26 2015
Ice Rink to Open for Season
Monday, 26 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Rainy weather and dropping temperatures usually mean that more people turn to the gym for exercise – but there’s one outdoor activity that flourishes at this time of year. The Baranof (bear-uh-noff) Park ice-skating rink will open for the season at the beginning of November.

Kodiak Parks & Recreation Department employees have started the week-long process of covering the rink with ice. Corey Gronn is the Parks and Rec Director and says this morning they started the compressors.

“Which get the chilling tubes below the concrete going. They make the concrete cold and then what we’ll do is once it gets to 1 8 degrees, we will start to laden small layers of water onto the concrete, which then start freezing. After about a quarter inch of ice, we will lay our first coat of ice paint down. That’s what gets that nice looking white ice instead of clear ice.”

Gronn says they layer the coats of ice until they reach between an inch and a quarter and an inch and a half of thickness.

He says their first open skating period is tentatively scheduled for November 2 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. And if your skates are a little blunt, while there’s no longer a skate sharpening service on the island since Skater’s Edge closed this spring, Gronn says the Kodiak Hockey League will help out with that once it sets up its schedule. Check out the Kodiak Hockey League Facebook page for updates on that and more information. You can also take a look at the ice rink's schedule here.
Oct 26 2015
Citizens Speak Out on City's Handling of Police Brutality Case
Monday, 26 October 2015
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Family and friends still seek answers in the case of Nick Pletnikoff, who was left bloodied and bruised after being handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by three Kodiak Police officers in September. The 28-year-old is autistic and, according to his mother, still having difficulty dealing with the incident. Kodiak Tags photo
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Last week both Kodiak's mayor and city manager broke their silence in the Nick Pletnikoff police brutality case and read short statements defending the city's lock-down of all information surrounding it. Pletnikoff is the autistic young man handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by three Kodiak Police officers in mid September while he was checking his mail just yards from his home.

At Thursday's council meeting, several citizens took the opportunity to chide the city on its complete lack of transparency in the case. Jone Suleski scolded the city for releasing a statement last month saying that Pletnikoff was subdued by the three KPD officers because he posed a threat to the community of Kodiak.

“Do you hear yourselves when you talk? You know that Nick was not a threat to anyone in this situation. You know that this was excessive force. And you know that,” Suleski said. “You should be ashamed of yourselves for looking the other way on this cover-up.”

Betty MacTavish first thanked Mayor Pat Branson for the statement she read last Tuesday.

“I want to thank you for reading the statement prior to the work session concerning Nick,” she said. “But it did little to address the concerns of our community. Stating that you would continue your silence on this issue gives citizens no answers to their questions.”

MacTavish then called on the city to require special training for officers in dealing with citizens with special needs.

“We have many, many individuals in our community that have varying disabilities, so the training needs to be established there. Just having officers get to know their community, know the individuals with disabilities – everyone knew Nick. He's a part of our community and has been for quite a while. Many officers volunteer for football and etcetera, maybe this is a new-hire rookie mistake, but we don't know. There's total silence,” MacTavish said. “Has there been any type of apology or even a statement of concern by the mayor, council members, city manager or the police chief? Silence does not mean this issue will go away. We are a small, small community. Denial of a Freedom of Information Request is only a delay tactic.”

Brent Watkins, who was instrumental in raising awareness of the assault, pointed out that the city's delay in releasing the audio and video recordings of the incident will not benefit the city, and in fact, further harms Nick Pletnikoff.

“Releasing these tapes not will have no adverse affect on any legitimate investigation. Yet withholding this public information has many adverse affects. The only one of these is time sensitive, just one, of all these issues, that's Nick,” Watkins said. “His doctors need to review this footage so they can develop and administer his effective treatment. They needed it weeks ago when they requested it. This is simply denying medical treatment, and it's wrong. There is no legal, moral, or ethical justification for this. We need a transparent government.”

Art Schultz agreed, and said that if the tables were turned, there would be no delay.

“KPD has, on numerous other occasions, discussed and even proudly displayed evidence of other cases. Is it possible that there's even one person in this town who does not believe that a video incriminating to Nick Pletnikoff would have somehow been made public many weeks ago?” Schultz said. “It really doesn't matter how long the city shops around for a favorable third-party ruling. What ultimately matters is how the people of Kodiak feel when this video is finally released. The city cannot possible aid its case with another Blue Wall of Silence. This is like a festering toothache – ignoring it only makes it worst.”

Despite being initially rejected in pursuit of the documents, KMXT, the Kodiak Daily Mirror and others continue to seek the public information that has so far been denied by Kodiak City Hall.
Oct 26 2015
City Voter Turnout 17.2 Percent This Year
Monday, 26 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A few weeks ago, a canvass board found that 19 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the Kodiak Island Borough municipal elections. In a memorandum to the Kodiak City Council in its regular meeting packet last week, calculations by the city canvass board show that the voter turnout at the city polls was 17.2 percent.

City Clerk Debra Marlar said that is 2.8 percent lower than last year.

Out of the total 3,469 registered city voters, 597 cast ballots this year.
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