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Jun 25 2015
Sun'aq Tribe and Native Village of Afognak Meet with Navy Representatives
Thursday, 25 June 2015
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The Sun’aq Tribe and the Native Village of Afognak met with military representatives the day after a forum where the Navy assured the public it would not use all the weaponry and technology approved in its environmental impact statement for the training between June 15 and 26.

Tom Lance, the Sun’aq Tribe’s Natural Resources Director, says at that meeting he expressed concern that the Navy is legally able to perform the exercises listed in the EIS.

“My comment to them was ‘Well, hey, you got the license to drive 55, but yet you’re telling us you’re only gonna drive 25. Why should we believe you that you’re gonna drive 25?’” says Lance. “So, they responded that they will send a letter from the Alaska command who is in charge of Northern Edge 15 describing in detail what they would do. And we did receive that letter.”

Lance says he wonders what future training might include.

“The Navy went ahead and did what they planned to do at this reduced level, but next year will bring a whole new round,” says Lance. “So, [the] Sun’aq Tribe and [the] Native Village of Afognak did not agree to any level of Navy use for the Gulf of Alaska for anything that would cause destruction of the resource or impact on the resource, pollution of the resource.”

Lance says they discussed establishing a more open line of dialogue with the Department of Defense at the formal consultation between Native and military representatives.

“The result was that the DOD will do a better job of communicating with tribes and all residents of Kodiak Archipelago, and the Gulf of Alaska for that matter, on future training exercises.”

But Lance says the Sun’aq Tribe won’t be satisfied until the Navy can prove it's not harming or affecting the oceans or their animal life.
Jun 25 2015
Dig Afognak's Harvesting Camp Starts Friday
Thursday, 25 June 2015
afognak_coastline.jpgAfognak Island coastline. Via Wikipedia

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A cultural education camp for youth starts up on Afognak Island this Friday. Dig Afognak gives Native Alaskan children from ages 9 to 14 the chance to participate in four themes over four weeks.

Melissa Borton is the tribal administrator for the Native Village of Afognak and says this coming week is harvesting / earth camp.

“We teach kids how to harvest our local resources – fish, seal – we have a cultural education permit to take deer out of season, we harvest plants, we go tide pooling for octopus,” says Borton. “And then we also teach not over-harvesting resources, taking care of the land so that it continues to produce those types of things.”

She says the second week is survivor camp.

“To us it’s important to have that one because of where we live,” says Borton. “It’s a reality that our kids could grow up, or even as kids, be put in a situation where some wilderness survival or ocean survival techniques are a necessity. So, we started the survivor camp several years ago and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s also good lessons and things that we want our kids to learn.”

Following that are the Afognak Native Corporation Shareholder Camp for youth and adults and the language immersion camp combined with music learning. Borton says the camp used to be six weeks and 100 percent tent-based.

“We’re actually in the process of building our final building, which is the largest, and it’s the mess hall, and the kitchen and all of that. So, while we’ve been doing construction and the funding that is involved with doing the construction, we’ve reduced our camps to four weeks. Once all construction is done, we’re hoping if we can keep it funded at the same level we’ll increase back to six weeks of camp,” says Borton.

There is a $100 fee for tribal members and $200 for non-members.

Nina Gronn is 22 and works for the Native Village of Afognak. She says she’s been involved with the camp for a few years and, besides the community and the connection with Native culture, she says it’s an escape and an experience.

“You’re away from reality, you’re away from that technology, that always constantly having that cell phone or turning on the TV. You’re just out there, enjoying nature,” says Gronn. “Everybody gets up and comes in for breakfast, and you’re happy and enjoying the view out there whether it’s raining or sunshining.”

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Jun 25 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 25 June 2015

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Coming up this week, salmon fishermen have their nets in the waters on the Nushagak, but in Southeast the summer chinook troll season is in doubt, and we meet the new voice of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. All that, and Haines fishermen don't care if you paint dolphins on it, they just want a bigger harbor. We had help from KDLG's Molly Dischner in Dillingham, KCAW's Rachel Waldholz in Sitka and KHNS' Emily Files in Haines. 

Jun 24 2015
City Has Allowed Near Island Quarry Expansion for Five Years Without Permit
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
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Overhead view of quarrying on Near Island from Kodiak Island Borough GIS online. 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
As quarrying continues on Near Island adjacent to St. Herman Harbor, a group of citizens have become concerned at the extent of land being lost, and have discovered the city has not had the right permits to allow the excavation that has been done over the past five years.

“That land is actually zoned conservation,” said Jill Wittenbrader, a local attorney who has circulated a petition asking the city to stop. “When the Near Island Comprehensive Plan came out, they went to the lengths to designate eagle nesting and trees in that specific area. But those trees have all been cut down and mined now.”

Wittenbrader discovered that the city had not obtained a conditional use permit to quarry into the conservation land, something Kodiak City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski admits was a mistake.

“We failed, the city failed to identify and then take that area of encroachment and get a conditional use permit from the borough at that time,” she said. “And we weren't aware of the problem until the public brought it up.”

Kniaziowski said the city will be filing for that conditional use permit to cover both the conservation land that has already been mined and that portion that has not yet been quarried. 

“It would be admitting the error that we made back in '09, and trying to, and getting, the Planning and Zoning Commission to agree to allow it to go back to where it was surveyed,” Kniaziowski said.

But Wittenbrader doesn't think granting a retroactive permit at this point is fair to others in the borough.

“It just seems a little bit insensitive and cavalier to me,” Wittenbrader said. “Because if I was doing that on my land or you were doing that on your land, it just seems like we would be held accountable. And so I just think that we should all be playing by the same rules.”

Kniaziowski said the city council will be discussing the quarry at its July 21st work session, but she doesn't think it would vote to halt excavation short of the boundary it approved in 2009.

“I can't imagine they'd want to stop and limit the economic development opportunity at the harbor, but I don't know,” Kniaziowski said. “We'll be talking about this in July.”

In the meantime, Wittenbrader said she's prepared to file suit over the encroachment on behalf of the ad hoc group of petitioners.

“The borough code allows individuals to go ahead and file their own zoning violation complain in civil court,” Wittenbrader said. “And so I wanted to discuss that with any people who want to discuss that and whether or not we want to take that next step.”

Wittenbrader has also suggested a land swap that would have the city re-designate industrial-zoned land on Near Island as conservation, but said that idea has not yet been discussed with the city. 
There are currently two contractors excavating rock from Near Island, Brechan Enterprises and B&R Fish. 
Jun 24 2015
Invasive Species Awareness Week: Hawkweed Edition
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
kmxt_hawkweed.jpgOrange hawkweed behind the KMXT office. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

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If you’re a gardener or just a fan of plants, you’re probably familiar with some of Kodiak’s weeds.

Sunday marked the beginning of Invasive Species Awareness week in Alaska and the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation Distric t’s Project Coordinator, Blythe Brown, says we planted seeds for a lot of those species ourselves. It’s a bit of a Trojan horse situation.

Orange hawkweed was brought into Kodiak probably in the mid-60s as a garden plant,” says Brown. “Wildflower seed mixes. Wildflower seed mixes are often the route of introduction for invasive species. They are not well-regulated, so even though it says wildflower seed mix, it doesn’t mean that they’re true native wildflowers.”

Kari Millstein is on the District’s summer field crew and says these plants dig in their roots and settle in for the long-run.

“They take over the land,” she says. “They spread out so much and take up so much space that they create a mono-culture and nothing else can survive on that land. So, you’ll just see fields covered with hawkweed and nothing else can grow there anymore, so they push out the native species, which is what we don’t want.”

But it’s not a hopeless battle.

“Something we can do to kind of help contain the hawkweed by spreading at least by seed is to pull the heads off before they go to seed and, when you do that, you gotta make sure not to just throw them on the ground,” says Millstein. “You have to put them in a bag and they will go to seed even if they’re separated from the plant, so you gotta burn them or do something to them.”

You can learn more about invasive species and how to stop them from encroaching on your flower beds at alaskainvasives.org .

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