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Jan 21 2015
KWRCC's Shields Awarded Rasmuson Sabbatical
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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Jay Barrett/KMXT
     The executive director of the Kodiak Womens Resource and Crisis Center will be getting some well-deserved time off later this year, thanks to Alaska's largest charitable foundations. Through the Rasmuson Foundation's Sabbatical Program, Rebecca Shields will get some meaningful time away from the job.
     "I am just so excited and so grateful for this opportunity. It's an amazing opportunity the Rasmuson Foundation offers and I'm just incredibly honored and excited and I can't wait."
     One of the stipulations of the Sabbatical Program is that a non-profit executive is expected to step completely away from their organizations.
     "That is going to be an incredible challenge. Because the job has been something I've lived and breathed for 23 years. But it is a requirement of the sabbatical, and I think it is a wise requirement and I think it will be good for me. So I am fortunate to have a fantastic team here at the Womens Recourse Center who are very capable and who have been training for a long time to do just this."
     As for her plans, Shields says some international travel is in her future.
     "My husband I are planning on seeing Europe. I have never seen Europe. It is something I've wanted to do my entire life, so we're going to, well, we'll start in New York and head to London and then Paris and then we're going to travel through Italy. So I'll get to see all kinds of things that have been on my bucket list and I'm really looking forward to that."
     During the history of the Rasmuson Foundation's Sabbatical Program, three other Kodiak nonprofit leaders have taken part: Sven Haakenson, Pat Branson and Monte Hawver.
     "I will be proud to be among them. And I think that this is really, again, just an incredible opportunity that the Rasmuson Foundation offers and it's important for people in this line of work to be able to detach and  come back and work even harder."
     Shields is one of seven non-profit leaders in Alaska who were recipients of the sabbatical award this year. Others hail from Kotzebue, Barrow, Anchorage, and Wasilla.  
Jan 21 2015
Johnstone Resigns Fish Board Chairmanship
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chairman of the Board of Fisheries has resigned after concerns were raised with the board's process for nominating candidates for Fish and Game commissioner.
    Grace Jang, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker, says Walker spoke with Karl Johnstone Tuesday. She said Walker shared concerns with the process the board undertook in evaluating candidates and said he wanted new ideas.
    She said Johnstone resigned when Walker told him he wouldn't keep Johnstone on the board when his term expires in June.
    The boards of fisheries and game last week sent the name of one finalist to Walker for consideration as commissioner, that of acting commissioner Sam Cotten.
    While the Board of Game had voted to interview another candidate, the Board of Fisheries declined, raising questions about their selection process. 
Jan 19 2015
After a Year in Place, New GED Format Running Smoothly
Monday, 19 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A year ago the tests to receive a General Education Diploma changed. After a year of the new format, we asked Kodiak College Adult Basic Education Coordinator Adelia Myrick how things are going.
    “There are four sections instead of five. So there's math, social studies, reasoning through language arts, which is like reading and writing, and science. But the fact that it's on the computer is actually a positive for a lot of students. Some people come in and say 'I don't even know how to type!' And it's fine; they've passed the GED with no problem. You know, older people who are not part of the computer generation. So I really don't want people to be afraid of the fact that it is on the computer.”
    Myrick said positives abound for students and instructors alike with the new test and new format.
    “It's really challenging us, as instructors, to offer higher level of information to our students, so that people who are passing the GED are more prepared to enter college without having to do developmental classes before they start regular classes. So I think it's a positive thing, definitely”
    Help with studying for the GED, and the testing itself, is available at Kodiak College in the Adult Basic Education department. 
Jan 19 2015
DOT Purge Has Some Wondering About Ferry System Stability
Monday, 19 January 2015
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Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska
    Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking. But state officials say there’s not much to worry about. 
    When Gov. Bill Walker removed Department of Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp, he also got rid of two other top officials.
    One was Al Clough, director of the region including Southeast and coastal Southcentral Alaska. The other was Reuben Yost, the deputy commissioner whose duties included overseeing the Alaska Marine Highway System.
    “I think to take those three extremely experienced transportation people out of our DOT system is not good,” said Cathie Roemmich, a member of the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board and a former director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. 
    Speaking as an individual, not for either group, she says Walker’s move could hurt the region’s economy. That includes the ferry system as well as the Juneau Access Road, which the governor put on hold.
    “I think transportation infrastructure (and) our ferry system … are crucial to Southeast Alaska,” she said. “And if everything comes to a standstill, it’ll be devastating.”
Jan 19 2015
Kodiak Girls Continue to Roll
Monday, 19 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT    The defending large school state champion Kodiak Bears were home this weekend against Palmer, and swept the Moose, first 38-23 on Friday and then 43-25 on Saturday. Kristhel Fangonilo had eight points on Friday and 11 on Saturday for the Kodiak girls, while Ila Hughes scored 16 points to lead the Kodiak girls on Saturday.     The West High – Alaska Airlines Classic in Anchorage wasn't too kind to the KHS boys basketball team. The Bears lost to the host team 77-25 on Thursday afternoon while school was still in session, so the gym was reportedly packed with over a thousand cheering students. On Friday, Kodiak faced Cypress Bay High of Florida and came up short 49-34. Those two losses sent the Bears to the 7th place game on Saturday against the Colony Knights, who downed Kodiak 50-26.
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