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Jul 01 2014
Filmmaker Captures History of Kaguyak
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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           This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami, which wiped out the entire village of Kaguyak, and forced many of its residents to relocate. The story of Kaguyak, and its people, is the topic of a documentary film being put together by independent producer Paul Gray. Gray is in Kodiak this summer filming, researching and interviewing people for the film, which he expects to be completed some time next spring.
            For more than 15 years Gray has produced the show Exploring Alaska Native Voices, which broadcasts statewide on ABC. Gray stopped by KMXT last week and spoke with Brianna Gibbs about his current film.
            Gray said he is still looking for interview subjects, photos and information related to Kaguyak, and anyone who might want to contribute to the film can call KMXT to get in touch with him.
            The film will likely air on Gray’s weekly show, Exploring Alaska Native Voices, which is broadcast statewide on ABC.

 
Jul 01 2014
Talk of the Rock - Bed Bugs a Growing Problem in Kodiak
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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    On this week's Talk of the Rock, host Jay Barrett chats with BJ Johnson of American Pest, about the growing scourge of bed bugs in Kodiak, and what can be done to prevent or cure an infestation.

 
Jul 01 2014
New Western Aleutian Fishing Draft Released
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is opening public comment on a plan to relax Steller sea lion protections and allow more commercial fishing in the western Aleutian Islands.
    The agency released a draft of its new regulations on Tuesday. They would pave the way for the first commercial harvests of Atka mackerel and Pacific cod since 2011.
    That's when federal managers banned fishing on those species in the western Aleutians. It was intended to help an endangered population of sea lions. But commercial fishing interests and the state of Alaska argued that the science behind the fishing bans were faulty.
    After years of litigation -- and a comprehensive, court-ordered reassessment of the protection plan -- NOAA ruled that commercial fishing wouldn’t jeopardize the sea lions if it was done under the right conditions.
    Members of the public will have 45 days to weigh in on a draft of the new fishing regulations. The comment period will close on August 15. NOAA’s aiming to finalize the new rules by January 2015.

 
Jul 01 2014
Member of Last Year's Eco Challenge-winning Team Recalls the Demanding Race
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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    As KMXT told you on Thursday, Kodiak’s annual Eco Challenge race been cancelled for the first time in its 12-year history. The Eco Challenge was a 40-mile race across Kodiak’s wilderness that required biking, hiking, running, rafting and orienteering skills to complete.
    Kodiak Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Diana Honings said the Eco Challenge was cancelled due to a lack of personnel at the base’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation office, and there are no funds to hire interns to help out.
    The MWR office is closing the Bear Valley Golf Course after this year also because of budget reasons.
    Shanna Moeder, who competed on two winning teams, including last year’s had mixed emotions about the Eco Challenge ending.
     “It’s a little sad. And I know when I was talking with some friends who told me the news to start with – they didn’t seem too happy. Everybody is pretty bummed about. But then I think that some people who done well in the past, we felt a little relieved about it.”
    She said that was because of not only the pressure of defending the title, but also because of the sheer difficulty of the six-hour race.
    “Because we don’t have to go out and try to get that first place again, or chase that team that is in first place. It’s a tough race. You have to be prepared for it. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot of work. And, I don’t know, maybe I’m feeling a little lazy this year.”

    Moeder said the single toughest challenge she’s run up against in her two races was fording the American River carrying her bicycle, but a climb last year was also daunting.
    “One of the things last year which I will never forget, is we had to run out on that geo-block out to Summit Lake. And when we got there, we felt pretty beat, like ‘ugh, that was a lot of work.’ And they look at us, and we’re like, ‘Okay, now what do we do.’ And they’re like, ‘You run around the lake.’ And I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It’s pretty exhausting. But you carry your fuel and you’ve got three other teammates that just cheer you along when you need those moments when you hit your wall and they’ve got their second wind. It’s all about teamwork, the entire time.”
    On a side-note relating to outdoor race challenges, Moeder wasn’t able to compete in KMXT’s Kodiak Bear Crawl over the weekend, but at the Dig Afognak camp Saturday, she did set up a miniature obstacle course for the kids there.

 
Jul 01 2014
Charter Vessel with Exotic Dancing gets Mixed Reception
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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    Though the first two days and nights of operation were reportedly very successful for the floating bar and grill “Wild Alaskan” anchored off Kodiak’s water front, the weekend was a bust. Literally. According to owner and operator Darren Byler, persons unknown contacted the Coast Guard and soon Kodiak’s newest entertainment venue had to shut down for the weekend. It reopened Monday.
    “They took a picture of 10 people on a six-pack vessel. What they didn’t know is six were passengers and four was part of our crew. They contacted the Coast Guard in Anchorage. Came down with state troopers, local city police, the Coast Guard and shut us down.”
    Byler called that kind of show of force by local law enforcement excessive.
    The Wild Alaskan is the former 120-foot fishing vessel “The Shaman,” a long-time high-lining crabber owned by the late Chuck Wells. Byler bought The Shaman seven years ago.
    “We’ve been in business with this boat in other ventures. We’ve been big game hunting guides for years. We’ve done long-range extended trips for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, we’ve been all over the gamut with long-range charters with it since we bought it.”
    For the downtime between those long-term charters, Byler and his wife decided to try something new and offer lunch and dinner on board, and after 8 p.m., grown-up entertainment. As in exotic dancers, which Byler is aware might be a lightening rod for those that don’t approve.
    “You know I just want to apologize in advance to certain people in the community that might be offended. I’ve had overwhelming support from the community so far, but of course there‘s going to be a few in opposition out there. People who don’t care for it, but like I said before, I apologize in advance to those people.”

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