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Feb 06 2014
Study Shows Salmon Born Knowing North from South
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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    It’s well known that Pacific salmon return to the stream they were born when it’s time for them to spawn and die. When they get close, they might be able to smell their home stream, but how do they know which way to go in the first place? It’s been suspected since the 1960s that salmon migrate successfully in part through detecting the earth’s magnetic field.
    Nathan Putman is a professor at Oregon State University. The work he and his colleagues have done in recent years showed that sea turtles, sockeye salmon, and now in a new study, king salmon, all basically have built in compasses.
    “In this most recent study of ours we’re actually able to show this does occur. That the fish are able to figure out where they are based on the magnetic field they’re in.”
    Putman said his team used very weak magnetic fields in their laboratory studies, but they were strong enough to influence the salmon’s migratory behavior:
    “We changed the magnetic field around the fish to simulate one that exists sort of north of their oceanic range, and even though they’re sitting in rural Oregon, they act like they’ve been displaced somewhere up near Alaska. And they swim to the south. Give them a magnetic field that exists in the southern end of their range, and they act like they’re there – they swim to the north.”
    Putman says the ability to navigate is based not just on magnetic intensity, but the angle of the field as well.

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Feb 06 2014
KTUU, GCI Reach Agreement
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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    Fans of TV weather forecaster Jackie Purcell on KTUU will be pleased to know that she, along with other news and programming, has been returned to GCI cable customers in rural Alaska after a three-month blackout.
    The KTUU programming returned Thursday morning, just in time for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. NBC is the exclusive American broadcaster for the winter games, and an extended delay would have left many without coverage.
    The announcement came at 11 a.m. that the two media giants had ended their dispute, which started on November 7th when GCI blacked out KTUU in much of rural Alaska. In addition to Kodiak, the communities with service restored include Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Kuparuk, Nome, Deadhorse and Valdez.
    Paul Landes, GCI general manager, thanked customers in rural Alaska for their patience, while KTUU’s GM, Andy MacLeod, said he was glad Alaskans will be able to see coverage of the Olympics including in-depth coverage of Alaskan athletes.

 
Feb 06 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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Coming up this week: The Fish Board reverses itself on Kenai River Kings, Kodiak may have found its new fisheries consultant, and the plague of injuries in the fishing fleet gets some scrutiny. All that, and who would’ve thought you could make money fishing for jellyfish. We had help from KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak, and KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska.

 
Feb 06 2014
Teachers, Families Cope With New Grading System
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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            Wednesday KMXT told you about common core and the new Alaska standards for learning, and what those look like in Kodiak classrooms. The new curriculum has changed the way information is presented, but more than that, it’s also changed how students’ understanding is measured.    
             Superintendent Stewart McDonald said students are now being asked to apply things they learn, rather than simply study and pass a test.
           “Think of a spelling test. I made 100 percent spelling the words right, the next logical question to ask is can I use those words correctly in my writing. But the new content standards we’re dealing with don’t stop there. They say, no, can you use those words in a meaningful way and apply it and actually get work done. Did you use those words to persuade, did you use those words to do something more engaging and applied. And that’s the difference.”

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Feb 06 2014
Young Readers Delight in Battle of the Books
Thursday, 06 February 2014

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Kodiak middle School students discuss their answer during a Battle of the Books competition on Thursday. From left to right: Kaia Hendrickson, Kylie Cobban, Nia Pristas and Solomon Himelbloom. Brianna Gibbs Photo

 

 

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          It’s a big week for Kodiak’s young reading enthusiasts. The Battle of the Books competition kicked off yesterday at the Kodiak Public Library and KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs was there to capture some of the literary excitement.  

 
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