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Apr 27 2015
Legislature May Be Winding Up, but Stutes Predicts Special Session
Monday, 27 April 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Legislature enters its second week of overtime today with a vote pending on a spending plan in the Senate today. It advanced from the conference committee Saturday night.

Saturday afternoon, Kodiak Rep. Louise Stutes was still unsure if progress would be made.

"We're still trying to work things out and give a little and get a little,” she said. “But it's … Like I said, I wish I had a crystal ball."

Senator Gary Stevens was wary over giving in too much to minority demands that less money be removed from education funding.

"As you know, as always happens this time of year, the minority in the house is saying, 'What are we going to get out of this?' And so what they're trying to do is increase the budget. To put money back in the budget. Which is really problematic,” Stevens said. “We'll see how it works. Undoubtedly a compromise always takes place at some point But I think there's a real disinterest in putting all the money back in the budget because that just means it speeds up the time when we run out of savings."

But even if the House and the Senate agree on an operating budget today, Stutes isn't packing her bags just yet.

"I feel quite confident in saying that if we don't have some kind of determination on medicaid expansion, the governor will call us back immediately,” Stutes said. “He's not going to let us out of here without addressing Medicaid Expansion."

The legislature was due to adjourn after 90 days two Sundays ago, but constitutionally, can stay in session 121 days. When a special session is called, the legislature can only address those issues the governor lists in his order. 
 
Apr 24 2015
New Isle Bells Composition Honors Father, Benefactor
Friday, 24 April 2015
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Marina Cummiskey/KMXT
Kodiak’s handbell choir will be ringing in the spring with a unique performance this weekend. Isle Bells has been preparing for 2015’s Spring Ring concert for close to two years.
 
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Isle Bells director Ella Saltonstall participated in a 2013 workshop with David Harris, the current director of the Raleigh Ringers, and ever since, she has been working for an opportunity to bring Harris back to Kodiak. 

“He is, in the handbell world, a world-renowned conductor, for our instrument. He has taken community handbell playing to a new level and is someone who is just able to take our music to different places, just because of his musical background and many years with our instrument.”

With Harris conducting, Isle Bells will be performing an original song, one that has a special meaning to Saltonstall and the Kodiak community.

“So, this concert, we’re premiering a song I had commissioned in memory of my dad, who died twenty-three years ago. The bells, which the choir plays on, were purchased with money that my dad left, so I felt like it was time to write something that honored that legacy. The bells in itself are a legacy where we are able to share music with people, but this song has been on my mind for a while.”

In the fall of 2014, Saltonstall contacted a composer about the possibility of him writing a song for Isle Bells. About six weeks later, Saltonstall received “Kodiak”, an arrangement for handbells describing the island throughout various melodies. 

“I had just given him a brief description of my dad, and emailed him about four links to blogs, and websites that had pictures of Kodiak. He was able to create this entire song just from having all these beautiful images that everyone, that’s been to Kodiak, or visited Kodiak, everyone has collectively put on the internet. It’s been able to benefit his ability to envision what life on Kodiak is.”

With sections of the song like “going out to sea”, and “snow-capped  mountains’, the melody  tells a story about  Kodiak life, and the sights residents see every day. 

The handbell choir’s Spring Ring is taking  place at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium on Sunday, April 26th, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the Arts Council office prior to the performance.  
 
Apr 24 2015
Invasive Animals on Remote, Unpopulated Island Topic of Monday Talk
Friday, 24 April 2015
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Cattle on Chirikof Island, about 80 miles southwest of Kodiak Island. Alaska Marine NWR photo 
 
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
You may have heard of Chirikof Island’s roaming cattle. On Monday, staff members from the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge will give a talk in Kodiak about the island. 
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Steve Delehanty is the Refuge Manager and is located in Homer. He says Chirikof birds and plants will both be topics of conversation, and Refuge employees are still working on the cattle issue.

“Maybe the most important new piece of information we have is an actual count of the cattle on Chirikof Island done from the air last fall. It is a little over 2000.”

He says they will also address plans for 2015 regarding the arctic fox population, which is not native to the island.
“We are undergoing an eradication effort like we’ve done on many islands across Alaska Maritime Refuge out through the Aleutians, for example, to try and restore bird habitat and make it a healthier place for wildlife and the native species of the island.”
You can hear about that and more at the meeting on Monday, April 27, which will be at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge's downtown visitor center.
 
Apr 23 2015
Light Agenda for Kodiak Council
Thursday, 23 April 2015
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The Kodiak City Council will talk public property permits and restaurant designation at its regular meeting tonight (Thursday). Both the Kodiak Garden Club and Kodiak’s Filipino-American Youth Basketball Association have requested use of public property for community events. 

The Garden Club will host its annual plant sale and would like to reserve the covered area at Baranof Park. Here’s City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski speaking about the Club.
 
“What I like about this group is that they provide not just the plants, but educational information and then they use the money that’s raised in a really nice way to help augment the small grant that they get for helping the city plant some of those areas.”

The Garden Club does work at the Baranof Museum, the harbor area, and several other plots around the city. 

The Filipino-American Youth Basketball Association requests space at the Teen Center to hold a dance. The proceeds would fund a trip for student athletes to fly to Wasilla for a May 2015 tournament. 

The City Council will also discuss the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center’s transfer of ownership to Island Hotels and its Designation Application with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. If approved, the designation would allow younger patrons to eat at the location and allow servers to be between 16- and 20-years-old. 

The city council’s regular meeting with begin at 7:30 p.m. 
 
Apr 23 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 23 April 2015

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Coming up this week, will fisheries be affected if the humpback whale is removed from the endangered species list? There's a big forecast for Togiak herring, but with the world glut and low prices, will anybody show up to catch them? All that, and quit complaining, that's the smell of money! We had help from KMXT's Kayla Desroches in Kodiak, and KDLG's Hannah Colton and Matt Martin in Dillingham. 

 
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