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Sep 18 2015
Net a Mason Jar Saturday
Friday, 18 September 2015
net_and_mason_jar.jpgNetted mason jars. Via Baranov Museum

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

If you’re a Kodiak resident, you probably own at least one mason jar. Curator of education at the Baranov Museum, Jill Lipka, says a lot of people get preserves as gifts or can their food themselves.

“I think that if you went into any random home in Kodiak, you would always find mason jars, empty or full, I think because people don’t want to get rid of them. So they’re always looking for things to put in them, or they’re always finding things to put into them. Be it beach treasures or sea glass, random things in the kitchen, maybe instead of a zip-lock bag, you just put it in a canning jar and put it in the fridge. And there’s even people who use the canning jars as their drinkware.”

You may have also noticed that rope weaving is a popular craft that stores sell in the form of wall hangings or carpets. Well, the Baranov Museum wants to help you combine these two Kodiak Island favorites. Lipka will lead a workshop this weekend in how to knot a net around your mason jar.

“Net-mending in a common thing. If you go down to Pier II on any given day, you’ll see people mending nets. It’s something that has to be done. So, taking those two things and just combining them into a nice decorator item that 8 year olds and up in theory would be able to do. So we’re not using gauges and needles or shuttles or anything like that. You can use yarn, twine, jute, any kind of material that is twineable.”

Lipka says the walk-in event will take place this Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. She suggests you bring a round-shouldered mason jar, although they do have some spare supplies on hand. For more information, call the museum at 486-5920.                
Sep 18 2015
Assembly Discusses Fire Station Consolidation
Friday, 18 September 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s approval of one position’s starting salary means that the Bayside Fire Department is closer to getting a new fire chief. At its regular meeting last night, the assembly reviewed granting the borough manager permission to hire one step above his authority.

Borough assessor Bill Roberts was standing in for borough manager and said the Service District Fire Board is in favor of granting the candidate a higher level of salary.   

“The man that they’re looking to hire is very qualified. He has a lot of work to do and they are hoping to get him here to do the work, to put forth all the plans that he has to make this a good working volunteer fire department.”

Assemblyman Aaron Griffin brought up consolidation.

“One of the things that I consistently hear from constituency is not just the borough consolidating, but even individual portions of the borough consolidating, and why in the world do we have four fire departments between thirty miles of road system? And quite honestly, I look at this – [it] was a great opportunity. The old fire chief is retiring and here we go, we can start looking at consolidation efforts, and it’s barely been breathed.”

Assemblyman Larry LeDoux said he would vote in favor of the authorization, but echoed Griffin’s thoughts on consolidation.

“I would be more prone to say no if it wasn’t so dangerous not to have a chief. I just think we need to get on. I do believe though, and I’ve been approached by several saying that we need to consolidate our fire departments and I agree. It’s just ridiculous, we spend a lot of money, and I’m also one of those people that believes in consolidated government, but that’s not the topic here tonight. So, I will support it.”                          

He commented that the resolution on the table was the hiring salary rather than consolidation. On that matter, the amendment carried 5 to 1 with Griffin going against.

The assembly’s next work session is scheduled for September 24 and its next regular meeting for October 1.

Sep 18 2015
10 Years Given to Heroin and Meth Dealer
Friday, 18 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A sizable drug bust in Kodiak from April 2014 has resulted in a Washington State man being sentenced Thursday to federal prison.

Forty-five-year-old Eric McDaniel pleaded guilty in December to one count of trafficking narcotics, according to U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler. 

Though he had numerous prior felony drug convictions from out of state, McDaniel was sentenced to only 10 years by US District Court Judge Ralph Beistline.

According to a press release at the time of the arrest, the Kodiak Police Department had watched McDaniel for four months as he established his drug distribution business in Kodiak. He was finally busted in room 110 of the Russian Heritage Inn, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder, was found with 1.3-pounds of meth and 46 grams of heroin. 
Sep 17 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 17 September 2015

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Coming up this week, the state's commercial fisheries director is retiring, what happens when scientists let a journalist run the sonar, and that is one big fish. We had help from KDLG's Hannah Colton in Dillingham, KDLL's Jenny Neyman in Kenai, and KTOO's Matt Miller in Juneau. 

Sep 17 2015
Tsunami from Chilean Quake Measured in Inches in Alaska
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The magnitude 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon did create two tsunami waves over five feet, one of them over 16 feet, both of which hit the South American country. 

Tsunami watches were put into effect in parts of Southern California and parts of Hawaii. No watch, warning or advisory was made for any part of Alaska.

However, very slight increases in wave height were recorded by the National Tsunami Center in several coastal Alaska communities. The highest were seen in Nikolski and King Cove at six-tenths of a foot, or 7.2 inches.

Port Alexander, in Southeast, along with Sand Point and Seward experienced a three-tenths of a foot tsunami, or 3.6-inches. Unalaska, Atka and Yakutat saw a wave height increase of two-tenths of a foot, or 2.4-inches.

All were measured in Alaska after 9:45 this (Thursday) morning.

The National Tsunami Center said the tsunamis at each location were measured as the observed height of the water level above the tide level at the time of arrival. 
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