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Aug 25 2015
Kodiak Pink Harvest Exceeds Forecast; Still Coming Strong
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak area fishermen are still pulling in nets full of pink salmon. ADF-&-G's figures for Monday's harvest again showed over one million humpies landed.

That pushed the Kodiak season harvest well over 25-million, which is far more than Fish and Game's preseason forecast. Fishery managers expected harvests of about 7.4-million hatchery pinks and 6.9-million natural run pinks.

With statewide sockeye salmon returning in smaller numbers than projected, the larger than projected pink runs here and in Prince William Sound have salvaged preseason total salmon harvest projections. The preseason expectation for reds was 58.7-million, but the statewide harvest total is 52.6-million and is not expected to reach projections.

Kodiak area red salmon catches have been around 20,000 per day for the last couple weeks, but took a dive to below 10,000 the last couple of days. The season total is just over 2.5-million.

Silvers and dogs are still being caught in the thousands, with about 6,000 chum and 4,000 coho caught Monday. Season total harvest locally have silvers at over 254,000 and chum around 700,000.

Five tardy king salmon were delivered Monday, bringing the season catch of the big fish to 6,962. 
Aug 24 2015
Sen. Stevens Against Suing Gov. Walker
Monday, 24 August 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Last week when the Alaska Legislative Council voted to file a lawsuit to stop Governor Bill Walker from unilaterally accepting expansion of Medicaid in Alaska, Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens was not present.

Stevens chairs the council, which handles legislative business between sessions.

“I made it clear that I would vote against suing the governor.,” Stevens said. “But, you know it's a committee that's made up of seven house members and seven senate members, so a committee of 14. It takes eight votes to do anything. In this case there were 11 votes in favor of suing the governor. 

“Again, I think it was a mistake, but that was a decision Legislative Council made. It was all primarily the leadership in both the house and the senate that got the votes together to move ahead with that lawsuit.”

Governors of other states – some of them even Republicans - have unilaterally accepted Medicaid expansion funds, and in fact, Alaska has two separate legal decisions saying it's legal for Walker to do so.

“And so the lawsuit really is sort of flying in the face of legal counsel, both our own attorney and the attorney general,” Stevens said. “It just did not make any sense to me.”

But since it is going through, and it is the Alaska Legislature suing the Alaska Governor, Stevens says it'll be done with Alaskan's money.

“It's probably going to cost us up to a million dollars to see this lawsuit move through the courts. It seems to me it's shortsighted at a time when we are cutting the budget as strongly as we can, as seriously as we can,” he said. “If we can avoid a million dollars of unnecessary spending, we should try to do that.”

Though he is the chair of the Legislative Council, Stevens says he has no obligation to oversee the suit for the Legislature. He did not know when it will get its first court date. 
Aug 24 2015
Kodiak Unemployment Rate Among Lowest in State
Monday, 24 August 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaska's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in July. That compares with 6.8 percent a month earlier and 6.9 percent in July 2014. That was much higher than Kodiak's, which was 4.4 last month, 5.8 percent in May and 5.9 percent in July a year ago.

In hard numbers, 300 people were reported out of work here in July, contributing to the 22,285 statewide. May saw 377 Kodiak borough residents seeking work, and 402 a year ago.

The state labor department says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been relatively level the past four months. April and May saw unemployment at 6.7 percent.
Nationally, the unemployment rate last month was 5.3 percent. 
Aug 24 2015
Bears Go 2-0 on Gridiron to Open Season
Monday, 24 August 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak High School Bears football team is a perfect 2-and-oh after shutting out Eagle River 20 to nothing on Saturday. It was Kodiak's home opener for first year coach Bill McGuire and the first game in the Northern Lights Conference for the Eagle River Wolves.

Kodiak completed all of its scoring in the first half on the strength of two touchdown passes and one on the ground by quarterback Andreas Carros. One pass was to Isiah Galindez in the first and one to Jay Miranda in the second. Carros' rushing TD was also in the second.

Saturday's win follows a come-from-behind victory in Nikiski to open the 2015 season. The Bears are now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NLC.

Meanwhile on the cross country trails up in Soldotna, the Kodiak boys placed fifth and the girls 11th at the Tsalteshi Invitational. Keith Osowski was the Kodiak boy's top finisher in fifth, with a time of 16-minutes 24-seconds, while Zoe Bigley was the girls' top in 28th with a time of 20-minutes 37-seconds.

West Valley won the boys title with 62 points, followed by West Anchorage, Service, and South Anchorage. Kodiak had 143 points.

Chugiak took first on the girls side with 71 points. They were followed by Colony, West Valley, Service and Kenai Central. Kodiak had 288 points.

We've got full results after the jump. 
Aug 24 2015
KANA Recieves Affordable Care Act Grant
Monday, 24 August 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Area Native Association just received a portion of a $5,500,000 million dollar grant that will be distributed to communities in Alaska. KANA makes health care available throughout the island, from medical care to early childhood programs, and its new grant of $325,000 falls under the Affordable Care Act.

Andy Teuber is KANA’s CEO and President and says the organization will receive the funds from the United States Department of Health and Human Services through its agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA.

“It’s intended to allow us to deliver services for some medical, dental and behavioral health services out of our new clinic and our existing clinic,” says Teuber. “And HERSA is the agency that’s intended to provide services and access to health care to those underinsured or uninsured, those who don’t have adequate resources of access to healthcare.”

Teuber says KANA conducted a community needs assessment in 2013.

“There were a number of needs that were revealed. The two top ones were access to affordable health care and access to behavioral health services. Through that community needs assessment, there was a determination made that there were a number of folks who were un-served or underserved in Kodiak,” says Teuber.

Part of the outreach KANA is trying to achieve through the HRSA grant is expanding its presence in the city of Kodiak.

“We’re in the finishing stage of completion of our Mill Bay Clinic. It’s Mill Bay and Benny Benson. And we’re very proud of how that project has come together,” says Teuber.

Teuber says that KANA will be opening the clinic’s doors in late August or early September.

According to a KANA press release, the Affordable Care Act has provided around $169 million dollars to various heath care sites throughout underserved communities in Alaska and the lower 48.
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