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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.  

 
Feb 05 2014
Refuge Allows More Time to Comment on 'Invasive' Cattle
Wednesday, 05 February 2014

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    Southwest Alaska residents will have a few extra weeks to weigh in on invasive cattle near Kodiak and Sand Point.
    The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge was supposed to stop taking suggestions on how to handle wild cow herds on Wosnesenski and Chirikof islands last week.
    Refuge manager Steve Delehanty says they've already gotten about 100 comments. But they decided to keep the door open for a few reasons:
    “Partly, it just gives people more time to put their thoughts together and give us their ideas. But partly, it is procedural. We have to publish a notice in an official government publication called the Federal Register.
    Legally, the refuge has to take comments for a full 30 days after the notice goes up. So Delehanty says they’ll be accepting emails, faxes, letters, and phone calls from residents through February 20.
    The refuge started this process because they're worried about how the cattle are affecting ecosystems. Wosnesenski and Chirikof islands are uninhabited. But scientists have found eroded salmon streams and trampled archaeological sites there. And they’ve traced that damage back to the cows.
    Both islands are publicly owned. In the last few months, the refuge has hosted meetings in Sand Point, Homer and Kodiak to gauge public opinion.

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Feb 05 2014
Ferry Chief Hints at Tustumena Replacement Specs
Wednesday, 05 February 2014

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    State officials are hoping the ferry Tustumena’s replacement will be bigger, faster and more efficient -- but they also say the current ferry doesn’t need to be retired just yet. Tuesday, the ferry system updated the House Transportation Committee.
    Captain John Falvey is the general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System. He was on hand to talk about preliminary designs for the ferry that will replace the aging Tustumena.
    But he emphasized that he believes the Tustumena will keep running for a few more years. That’s after long delays and complaints about the quality of work done in drydock in 2012.
    [“We actually got a lot done during that project. We accomplished everything that we needed to accomplish, it just took a little longer. Okay? So what I’d like everyone in the room to know is we’ve still got some life left in the Tustumena, and reliable life.”
    For when that life runs out, they’re starting to design a new, larger ferry to replace the Tustumena. The ferry travels in the summer from Homer, out the Alaska Peninsula and along the Aleutian Chain, culminating in Unalaska.
    Many of the harbors where the 296-foot Tustumena stops are small and shallow, and that can be a challenge for a big boat. Falvey says the 382-foot Kennicott ferry couldn’t access five of ports in the Aleutians when it filled in on the Tustumena’s route.
    “Our first task as we began looking at the design of the ship and the size was, we’ve got to be able to service every single port that the Tustumena goes to, okay, and was there some way to do that and build a little bigger ship?”
    The answer, he says, is yes -- with a 325-foot vessel. It’ll also be wider, which Falvey says should give passengers a smoother ride. Other specifications: The new ferry will hold 250 passengers, as opposed to 174. It’ll offer more berths to stay in. It’ll carry 52 vehicles as opposed to 36, with longer lanes and better loading abilities. And it’ll cruise at 15 knots as opposed to 13-point-8.

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