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Throwback Thursday Contest


Send us your best throwback photos! On the day of our fund drive, October 30, we'll post an album of all throwback photos we've received and the photo with the most "likes" on Facebook will win a special KMXT/KODK prize.

A throwback is considered a photo taken before today. So, you could send us a picture from October 20, 2014 and it will still apply! But, really, the older the better. Email your entries to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or post them on our facebook page. We'll gather them into an album for October 30. Good luck!


Early Pledge Drive


It's that time of year when we ask for your support to help us continue to bring you the bits of radio that help you stay an informed citizen (like the debates and election updates), an entertained listener (did you hear This American Life's new spinoff, called Serial?), and apprised of community events (the community calendar is always full this time of year).


Not only will you be supporting all of that goodness, but you'll also be entered into a drawing for a set of cross country skis OR a snowboard from Orion's Mountain Sports if you pledge by midnight on October 29! If you're a new member, you'll be entered into a special drawing for a photography package from Simply Lovette Photograpy -- just in time for the holidays.


Lots of great stuff this Fall for our pledge drive, including an entire day of retro radio on October 30 (and great food). Stop by, tune in, and pledge right here via the Donate Now button or by calling 486-3181. Thanks! 

Jun 25 2014
Questions Remain as Storis Sale Anniversary Arrives
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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    Friday will mark one year since the auction for the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Storis ended. At the closing bell, there was only one bid, which briefly gave hope to advocates who wanted the ship to be turned into a museum. But that optimism did not last long.
    “You can imagine our horror and shock that the ship was essentially awarded to the only bidder the following morning for a sum that was substantially less than what we now know was the reserve price of $100,000, with the ship having been sold essentially for $70,100,” said Jon Ottman, a maritime history preservationist in Michigan.
    Ottman had been working with groups trying to save the Storis from the scrap yard. After a summer of fruitless wrangling with the former Queen of the Fleet’s new owner, the Storis was towed in October from California to Ensenada, Mexico, where it was to be dismantled.
    Ottman and others had tried reaching out to the U.S. government to try and block the transfer based on ecologic grounds, saying the Storis contained too many contaminants to legally be allowed out of the country, but to no avail. Ship-breaking began around December.
    “I would expect that there was probably not much left if anything," Ottman said. "There may be some scraps around the scrap yard, but in terms of anything recognizable as what we remember as Storis, there’s nothing left.”
    Despite the ship’s destruction, Ottman continues to seek answers for how and why it was disposed of. He has requested numerous government documents through the Freedom of Information Act, and expects them to be released this month.
    “I, personally, would like to see I would like to see some accountability for what has been allowed to happen here," he said. "You essentially have a national crime against the United States Coast Guard and U.S. maritime history that has been committed here, and there are several agencies that are complicent in this situation.”
    Given all of his research, Ottman says he has been urged to write a book about the Storis and its fate, but don’t expect a happy ending.
    “You have this history of this magnificent ship, and you get to the end, and she’s destroyed.”
    You can follow Ottman’s research at his blog and on Facebook .

Jun 24 2014
UFA Sticks with Young and Begich
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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    With elections at every level of government around the state coming up this fall, many trade organizations are preparing their endorsements for candidates that best reflect their views and goals. Julianne Curry, the executive director of the United Fishermen of Alaska announced some of her organization’s endorsements this week.
    “I just got off a three-hour long teleconference where we discussed our first round of endorsements. So the early endorsements prior to the additional endorsements we’ll make at our fall UFA board meeting, which will be coming up at the end of September.”
    She said the board had decided on several races, and at least in the federal elections, is sticking with the tried and true incumbents.
    “The United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors, those that can endorse political candidates, have put our support behind Senator Mark Begich for another term in the United States Senate. And we have also voted endorsed Don Young for another go-around at the U.S. House of Representatives.”
    Curry said the UFA couldn’t reveal publicly who the board is recommending to its member organizations for state elections.
    “According to APOC regulations, we’re only allowed to do the federal races. We can’t do press releases on anyone that we endorse for statewide office. So that makes that part kind of awkward.”
    Most of Alaska’s 60 state legislators are facing re-election this year after a redistricting scheme was finally settled on after several rounds of legal challenges. And in addition to the U.S. House and Senate, there is the statewide election for governor and lieutenant governor. The Alaska primary is in August, with the General Election in November.

Jun 24 2014
Talk of the Rock: Dr. Bob Johnson's New Book
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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           Today on Talk of the Rock, we'll talk with a former Kodiak doctor who recently dabbled in the art of book writing while documenting his own family history in Alaska.
           Dr. Bob Johnson’s new book, “Alaska Frontier Surgeon,” captures the life story of his father, the late Dr. Arthur Holmes Johnson, who was the first physician to call Kodiak home. Johnson said his dad first stopped in Kodiak in the late 1930s, on his way back to Oregon after working as a doctor in Nak Nek for the summer. He said his dad fell in love with the island and its small community. It's the "Alaska Frontier Surgeon" with Dr. Bob Johnson on KMXT's Talk of the Rock. 

Jun 24 2014
UFA Elections Bring New Faces to Executive Committee
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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    There are six new folks on the executive committee of the United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors. And, re-elected as president was Jerry McCune of Cordova. When reached on the Copper River fishing grounds, he said he was looking forward to working with the new committee
     “The board is well-rounded,” he said, “so I’m looking forward to working with that in the future.”
    UFA Executive Director Julianne Curry said there are both young, recent additions to the UFA and some seasoned veterans on the executive committee:
    The new executive committee members include Chip Treinen of the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance as Vice President, Chad See of the Freezer Longline Coalition as Secretary-Treasurer, Ian Pitzman of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association as the at-large executive committee member, Bob Kehoe of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as co-Administration chair, Dale Kelley of the Alaska Trollers Association as Fish Farm & Environmental committee chair, and Steve Reifenstuhl of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, who will serve as the new Subsistence chair.
    The executive committee also includes Duncan Fields of Kodiak, Gary Fandrei of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, salmon and herring fisherman Bruce Schactler of Kodiak, Stephanie Madsen of the At-Sea Processors Association and Mark Gleason of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers.
    Curry said in addition to elections, the UFA board has a number of familiar items on their radar such as Alaska Board of Fisheries appointments, Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization and a whole slew of state and federal elections.
    The UFA board held a lengthy meeting Monday morning and discussed potential endorsements for candidates in this fall’s elections. 

Jun 24 2014
Study Looks At Climate Change in Kodiak
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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           Kodiak has long been a hub for research, but this summer it has become a part of what’s called the Global Ethnohydrology Study. Meg du Bray is a graduate student at Arizona University and is working through the University of Alaska Fairbanks to talk with people in Kodiak about climate change, which is the topic of this year’s study.
            “This year we’re really interested in talking to people about issues of climate change and if its affecting them and how its affecting them and especially if its affecting their ability to make a living.”
             For about three weeks, du Bray has been conducting surveys and interviews with residents to learn more about their views on climate change.

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