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Jul 22 2014
Council to Hear Pitch to Reject Federal Defense Act
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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    A presentation about the National Defense Act of two years ago is the first item on the agenda at tonight’s Kodiak City Council work session.
    Jamie Fagan and Dana Carros, local members of People Against the National Defense Authorization Act, will offer the city a resolution entitled “Restoring Constitutional Governance of Kodiak.”
    The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 contains language members of PANDAA interpret as allowing the federal government to detain or kill American citizens without due process. Others disagree, saying the language in the Act only applies to terrorists.
    “This term terrorist is now being applied to anyone the government considers a threat,” says Dan Johnson, founder of the People Against the NDAA. He appeared on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock in May.
     “Let’s say you say I’ll never be a threat. I’ll never speak out politically, I’ll never say anything. How many wrong-door swat raids have we had in the United States? Five-thousand last year. What happens when it’s a wrong-door terrorist raid. What happens when it’s you that’s picked up and sent to Guantanamo Bay instead of the person they were going after?,” he said. “See, at one point each of us is going to want to speak up about something. And free speech is a cornerstone of our society. It’s something American has protected. And something we need to continue to protect. And Kodiak needs to continue to protect.”
    Fagan and Carros were invited to speak before the Kodiak City Council tonight by Councilmen Rich Walker and Randy Bishop.
    The work session starts at 7:30 tonight in the new Kodiak Public Library’s multi-purpose room.

 
Jul 21 2014
Local Handbell Ringers Perform Out of State
Monday, 21 July 2014

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           Members of Kodiak’s local handbell choir are putting Kodiak and Alaska on the map these days. Two members of the Isle Bells recently returned from ringing in a regional all star choir in Oregon.
           Ella Saltonstall is the artistic director for the Isle Bells and attended a national handbell seminar with the group’s treasurer, Theresa Miller, last year. From there, the two auditioned for and were selected to perform with the regional group.
            “So to have two Alaskans be part of this regional all star choir was exciting because it put Alaska on the map. There was only 13 of us and we were a significant chunk of that group.”  
             Saltonstall said she and Miller only had eight hours to practice with the regional group and the experience was overwhelming and intense, but also rewarding.
             “It definitely, like I said, taking us out of our comfort zones. I for instance play some of the bigger bells, I love the base bells. And I learned some things about what those bells are capable of that I probably wouldn’t have experienced for quite a bit longer. So that was valuable. So now I have new things that I can do with our own base bells.”

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Jul 21 2014
Reel History: Weirs on the Alaska Fisheries Report
Monday, 21 July 2014

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           Hello! I’m Al Asuncion, an intern at KMXT as part of the station’s summer archiving project. Over the past few weeks of my internship, I have been listening to myriad stories from Alaska Fisheries Report, and one of the topics that quite fascinated me was the story of an important tool to Alaska fisheries that aired on October of 1993.
            “What’s low tech, low key, low in the water, and one of the most important tools in salmon fisheries management? It’s a weir! ”
             Welch explains why weirs are so useful and vital to Alaska fisheries.
             “The wooden structures have provided the most reliable data on how many fish are making it upstream to spawn. Weir counts help managers determine when fisheries can occur and provide clues to the strength of future salmon run.”
              Larry Nicholson, fish and Game Westward Regional Supervisor, called weirs critical. 
              “It is the only tool we really have to get access to assessment data. Because of that we have, all of our major systems around the island. There are weirs, not only in Kodiak Island, but throughout the westward region. We have experimented and we do have some systems. We tried sonar and it works through varying degrees, but it certainly not a replacement for a weir.”

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Jul 21 2014
Ordinance Repeal May Make Local Ballot
Monday, 21 July 2014

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           Movement is underway to repeal an ordinance passed by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly earlier this month.
           On July 3rd the assembly passed the ordinance with the intent of providing guidelines for appropriate behavior during assembly meetings. Among other things, the ordinance states that community members cannot attack or question the motives of another person. In the weeks following the ordinance’s passage, dozens of community members have expressed concerns about the ordinance and what they feel is an over step in terms of free speech.
             Betty MacTavish spoke during the assembly’s regular meeting on Thursday and said she and other concerned community members are waiting for petition sheets from the borough clerk’s office so they can collect signatures to place a repeal on the borough’s October election ballot. She said that isn’t ideal, and would rather the assembly take action.
              “It’s my understanding that the borough assembly could vote to repeal this ordinance yourself, avoiding the community vote, so as the assembly wishes.”  

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Jul 21 2014
Horizon Crewman Plucked from Ship 160 Miles Offshore
Monday, 21 July 2014

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    An Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew was dispatched Saturday morning to medevac an injured crewman from a Horizon Lines cargo ship in the Gulf of Alaska. According to the Coast Guard, the 39-year-old man - who they did not identify - suffered from a chemical exposure and needed urgent medical attention.
    The cargo vessel “Horizon Kodiak” was about 200 miles from its namesake island when the call for help was made. By the time the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter arrived, the Horizon Kodiak had changed course and they rendezvoused about 160 miles offshore.
    The Coast Guard also deployed an HC-130 Hercules aircraft as a precaution for the long-distance medevac. The helicopter crew transferred the injured man to Kodiak where emergency medical personal were waiting. His condition was not reported, but in video from the helicopter, the man was on his feet when meeting the hoist basket on the stern of the Horizon Kodiak.
    Weather on scene was reported as 23 mph winds and six-foot seas.

 
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