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 When you go shopping this week you can help the women and children at the Kodiak Women's Resource & Crisis Center. KWRCC has a long wish list of items that would help their families in crisis. You can help by purchasing one or more of the items and dropping them off at KMXT, 620 Egan Way by 5pm on Friday - we'll make sure everything gets to the KWRCC for Valentine's Day. Find a copy of the list here:  kwrcc_wish_list_jan_2016 

Oct 08 2015
Local History Professional Recieves Recognition
Thursday, 08 October 2015
anjali_pic.jpgAnjuli Grantham. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

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The Baranov Museum’s curator of collections and exhibits just received the President’s Award from the Alaska Historical Society for service in the field of history. Anjuli Grantham says the award is more for her extra-curricular history activities than her time at the Baranov Museum.

When she’s not working full-time in a history museum, she spends her free time on history too.

“I’ve served on the board of the Alaska Historical Society for about four years I think, but mostly the major service that I’ve provided is a lot of advocacy work for history programs. Every year, I go to Juneau and speak with the legislature about the importance of history programs and museum funding, and I do a lot to kind of advance the call to continue these programs around the state.”

Grantham says that was the first factor in receiving the award.

“The other component is that I’ve spearheaded a project called the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative, and we just launched it last week. And it’s a state-wide effort, grass-roots effort to do a better job of documenting and preserving the history of sea-food processing in the state. So, I’ve spent the last couple of years planning for that initiative, and now I’m directing it.”

Grantham grew up in Kodiak and is invested in both the history of Alaska and the history of the seafood industry.

“Really, the fishing industry and the processing industry define coastal Alaska. It’s an intrinsic part of our landscape and our beings and our economies and our cultures, but it hasn’t gotten the attention that other industries in Alaska have. The canaries themselves are architectural wonders. Large industrial sites - many of them that are over 100 years old, but only two of them are listed on the national register of historic places.”

She says it’s time that people pay more attention to the history of the seafood industry to show that this is an important part of culture in Alaska, and Alaskans are dedicated to preserving it.

Oct 08 2015
Documentary Highlights Endangered Languages
Thursday, 08 October 2015
bob_holman.jpgBob Holman. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Kayla Desroches

He’s a professor of poetry performance at Columbia University, he’s a co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, and he’s a spoken word poet. And, as to that last item, I’ll let the man speak for himself…

“I gotta rock’n’roll mythology / I gotta total apocalypse pathology / I got the most PostHysterical Poetry / if it ain't comin' at you then it's breezed on by / I got the heavy-duty political intent / I got the worm farm free-form diamond noodle content / I gotta breezy ways and boppin’ rays / and when the word explodes the motherlode is where I’m at.”

That’s Bob Holman reading two verses from his poem, “Rock’n’Roll Mythology,” which he’s published in multiple journals and which he performed on the HBO TV-show, “Def Poetry Jam,” in 2004.

And now Holman is in Kodiak to share another of his projects, the PBS documentary “Language Matters.” Holman served as the film’s host and says it investigates three places on the planet.

“First we visit Australia. Charlie Mangulda is the last speaker of Amurdak and there’s really nothing that can bring language loss home any clearer than to see a person who carries the whole weight of his lineage, of his culture. When Charlie forgets a word, unless a linguist has already recorded it, it’s gone.”

Holman says they investigate Welsh, the only language to come off the endangered list.

“How did they do that? And you’ll see how they did it - through civil disobedience back in the 60s, when civil rights and the Vietnam demonstrations were going on, in Wales they were demonstrating for Welsh and English to be treated the same way. The little old ladies would not pay their taxes unless the tax form was in Welsh.”

And he also talks about Hawaii, where he says the number of ‎Hawaiian-speakers has grown from 400 in 1960 to 30,000 today, but Holman says that doesn’t save the language.

“Especially because it’s not getting support from the educational system the way that it should truly to revive, but along with that language being revived, a lot of other aspects of Hawaiian culture. And that’s what you see in the film, how the hula, that we think of as a tourist dance actually is a way of carrying both the traditions and the language. Every hula has a mele, a chant, that goes with it.”

The film aired nationally on PBS in January and Holman says he received support from the human welfare organization, the Ford Foundation, to bring the film to language revitalization centers in Alaska and Hawaii.

You can catch a screening of “Language Matters” Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the library. You can also participate in a poetry workshop with Holman Saturday at 1:30 p.m., also at the library.
Oct 08 2015
Walk Brings Attention to Domestic Violence's Warning Signs
Thursday, 08 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and part of that awareness is being alert to the warning signs of an abusive relationship, which can range from threats to invasive behavior. Lauren Humphrey is Outreach Coordinator with the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center and says the group’s Paws for Peace walk Saturday aims to draw attention to one red flag: using pets for intimidation.

“A lot of times that power and control that the abuser is putting onto the family starts with the family pets, starts with the dog or the cat and threatening to hurt the dog or the cat and threatening or hurting the pet and saying they’re gonna kill them or whatnot, especially if the person dearly loves that animal.”

She says there are other warning signs.

“Controlling finances, having complete control over all the money. That’s a huge one. That’s the beginning process of isolation. If you’re not having the same contact with your family and friends because of your partner. Your partner is saying ‘I don’t want you around so and so.’ It really doesn’t matter if they’re your friend, you’re allowed to see them. Controlling your job and your activities, controlling what you wear.”

The walk this weekend hopes to draw attention to these issues and more.

Humphrey says it begins at 11 a.m. and starts at the St. James Fisherman Church at 421 Thorsheim Street. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and you should bring a dog. If you don’t have one on hand, the Center is partnering with the Humane Society of Kodiak and you can sign up to walk one of the dogs from their animal shelter.
Oct 08 2015
Terror Lake Hydro Expansion Pushed in Senate Committee
Thursday, 08 October 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Thursday morning in Washington D.C., the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took testimony on a bill that would allow Kodiak's hydroelectric water reservoir to be expanded. Chaired by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee spent most of its session discussing ways to deal with the drought in the Western Lower 48, but she did make a few comments about Terror Lake in her opening comments.

“Right now, the area around Terror Lake is powered solely by clean, renewable hydro power and a small wind turbine,” Murkowski said. “So we’re in kind of an interesting situation. If we can’t allow for the expansion, what we do then is we turn back to expensive diesel fuel instead.”

The bill amends the special-use permit for the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project to authorize Kodiak Electric Association to construct a tunnel and associated facilities for the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion. It will allow more snow melt and runoff to reach Terror Lake and be made available for power generation. Electrical capacity was increased last year, when a third hydro turbine was installed there.

“The news across the country that was highlighted when President Obama was up in the state was that we’re making some remarkable headway with our microgrid systems and Kodiak is always pointed out as the second largest island in the United States of America getting to the point where they can be 100 percent on renewables,” Murkowski said. “But we’re going to have to go back to diesel if we can’t get an expansion around Terror Lake.”

The Terror Lake project displaces the need for Kodiak Electric to burn about 2-million gallons of diesel fuel a year. Murkowski pointed out that hydro power supplies 24 percent of Alaska’s electricity needs and the state has identified more than 200 promising sites for further hydro power development. 
Oct 08 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 08 October 2015

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Coming up this week, we hear what the TAC is going to be for crab in the Bering Sea when three seasons open next week, we find out exactly how Southeast crabbers did with Dungies this summer, and the forecast for next spring's Togiak Herring run looks mighty … average. All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KFSK's Angel Denning in Petersburg, APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C., and KDLG's Hannah Colton in Dillingham. 

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