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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!


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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
Dock, Not Ferry, Raises Concerns in Tustumena Replacement
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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           While a new ferry is still a solid five or seven years out, plans are already well underway to replace the aging vessel Tustumena. The replacement was one of many topics of conversation for members of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, or MTAB, who were in Kodiak for a quarterly meeting on Tuesday.
           The proposed new ferry is expected to be about 34 feet longer, 11 feet wider and almost 2 feet deeper with the capacity to carry about 76 more passengers and 16 additional vehicles.
           A handful of Kodiak residents were present at Tuesday’s meeting, and few took issue with the actual proposed ferry design. However, many questioned whether a larger ferry could fit at Pier I, where the Tustumena traditionally docks. Kodiak Harbormaster Lon White said he didn’t believe could.
           “The dock will handle that load capacity, but the oversized vessel, which is roughly 50 foot longer than the Tustumena, will severely impact the adjacent properties.”  
           Trident Seafoods is one of those adjacent properties and Plant Manager Paul Lumsden said they already have space conflicts when the Tustumena is in port. 
            “And having fishing vessels dock with the ferry there is already extremely difficult and dangerous. And if a larger vessel is docked there, you know an additional 25 split on either end of the dock, or 50 feet, would cause major, major, major conflicts to my operation.”

Jun 25 2014
Community Teacher, Advocate, Elder, Dies at 82
Wednesday, 25 June 2014


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 Iver Malutin, Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak Chairman, holds a plaque of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR during a dinner with the U.S. Coast Guard and Sun'aq Tribe members June 24, 2012 in Kodiak, Alaska. The Sun'aq Tribe made the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR a honorary ship of the tribe for it efforts in honoring the tribes members who lost their lives on Dec. 17, 1942, aboard the Kodiak mail boat Phyllis S. Photo by U.S. Army Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth


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           A Kodiak elder and long time community leader passed away Wednesday. Iver Malutin died at 8:15 a.m. in Anchorage, where he had been hospitalized following a valve replacement operation for his heart earlier this month. His daughter, Christie Malutin, said his death didn’t seem to be a complication of the surgery, but rather due to natural causes and old age.
           Iver Malutin was born in Kodiak on June 30, 1931. He would have turned 83 next Monday.
           Malutin spent much of his life advocating for community issues, both on a local and statewide scale. As such, Malutin was a frequent voice on KMXT, be it in a news story related to a topic he was passionate about or on the station’s public affairs program, Talk of the Rock.
           During one of his most recent visits to KMXT, Malutin shared his memories from March 27, 1964 – when the Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami hit Kodiak.
           “Good afternoon and my name is Iver Malutin and I was born and raised in Kodiak. I was born in 1931. And I’ve been here all my life, so this is really my town.”  
          April Laktonen Counceller said she and Malutin have family ties and always considered him a cousin. She said his death is one that will be felt beyond her own family and by many in the community. 
          “I’ve pretty much known him all my life and his personality was so big and he always had a good story to share and people would actually laugh, ‘oh that Iver, he always has something to say.’ But I think people are going to feel like it’s a bit quiet around town without him calling into the radio or sharing stories at Dig Afognak or coming to my class here at Kodiak College to teach students about subsistence. He was just everywhere and so active in our community that it’s going to leave a big hole.”
           Malutin’s daughter said there will be a memorial for him in Anchorage at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Innocent's Cathedral on Turpin Road. Malutin’s funeral will be held at the Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the burial  immediately after. Following that there will be a repast at the Afognak Building on Near Island.

Jun 25 2014
Reel History: Tall Tales, Peterson Kids and Backwards Music
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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           Hello, my name is Yasent Oliver, a summer intern at KMXT as part of the station’s summer archiving project. This week I listened to many tapes of the show “More Tall Tales for Short People,” all but one of which were produced and hosted by Jaime Rodriguez. One thing that particularly stood out to me was what happened after the first part of the 1985 recording of “Storm Boy” was over.
           The story that the Peterson students told was titled “Supper with the Queen.” While I listened to the story, one of the characters does something particularly odd.
           So, just to recap what happened, upon eating soup made of onions, bananas, and pigs’ feet, one of the characters whips out some chocolate cake from their pocket and adds it to the soup, stating that, “anything tastes better with chocolate cake.”
Something else I listened to was an Alaska Fisheries Report from 1993, that happened to be backwards. While I was listening to the nonsense that is English being spoken backwards, I heard something very cool; the transition music sounds amazing backwards.
            Now isn’t that amazing; it still sounds like music when it’s backwards. Ultimately we were able to edit the audio so it played the right way, like this:

           Fun fact -- the "new technology" Welch refers to is actually email. Remember, this is from 1993.

           Thanks for listening to this recap of the most interesting things I found this week. This is Yasent Oliver, wishing you a good rest of your day.

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.

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