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Jul 24 2014
Judge Rules in Favor of Setnet Ban Initiative
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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    A superior court judge has ruled in favor of an initiative to ban commercial set netting for salmon in urban areas.
    Earlier this year, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell blocked the initiative sponsors from collecting signatures in an effort to appear on the ballot. The decision was based on a recommendation from the Department of Law that the measure would qualify as an unconstitutional appropriation. The state also argued that such an initiative would count as an allocation to sportfishermen and that it would erode the authority of the Board of Fisheries.
    Superior Court Judge Catherine Easter dismissed those arguments, finding that the initiative does not qualify as a give-away program and that it is a permissible regulatory measure.
    The Department of Law is currently reviewing the decision to see if an appeal is appropriate. The Division of Elections will begin preparing signature booklets in the meantime.
    The initiative is being sponsored by the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, with the aim of getting it on the 2016 ballot. It is backed by key sportfishing interests, including real estate developer and major political funder Bob Penney. The group argues that set net gear should be prohibited to reduce the number of king salmon taken by the commercial sector.
    The measure would shut down the commercial set netters who operate on Cook Inlet, the only region in the state that would be practically affected by the ban. 

 
Jul 24 2014
Eye Specialist Will Provide Free Exams
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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           Folks needing specialized eye care will be able to get it next week. Gary Weiner is an eye specialist and surgeon who came to Kodiak to help volunteer with the Kodiak Baptist Mission. Upon arriving, however, he was asked by the Mission’s director, Trevor Jones, if he would be interested in offering his medical services while on the island.
            “And I said sure. Sure. So I called Jeremiah Myers and he offered us to use his place and see patients and offer medical opinions on eye disease. We won’t be doing any surgery or anything, but we’ll be offering them free services – I mean all the services I’ll be giving will be provided free – seeing people and possibly making diagnosis and helping whoever we can with their eye problems.”

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Jul 23 2014
Kayaking Kodiak: Nature Writer Explores the Archipelago
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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           Kodiak is a well-known hot spot for adventurists and nature enthusiasts, attracting folks from all different walks of life and far corners of the world. One such adventurer traveled from San Francisco this summer to explore parts of the archipelago via kayak.
           California-based writer, explorer and Wilderness Systems sponsored kayaker Daniel Fox is the founder of the Wild Image Project, a website dedicated to inspiring connections with nature using images, video and written narratives. 

            “I consider myself kind of an artist and the wilderness is my studio. And I go out and try to get whatever inspiration from the environment that I explore, and each is usually different. I was for a month in Utah doing photography of bisons or buffalos. So that was one story. And then Alaska last year, and then this one – Kodiak. I wanted to come here and get the sense of it.”   
             Through his photographs and writing, Fox said he tries to bring back teachings from the wilderness.
              “Nature has become this concept – it’s a thing we put on the wall. Everything is cute, everything is wonderful, it’s from the comfort of our office or living room. We watch on TV on the computer and it’s all beautiful. But nature, primarily, is a place that makes you humble. Things are bigger than you. You realize that you are not the master of the world, there are a lot of things that are out of your control and it’s an exercise of humility. And there’s a lot of teachings that you get by spending time in nature. So I try to bring that back through my stories.”
               Fox has been coming to Alaska for two years now, first when he kayaked from Sitka to Hoonah in Southeast and then around Juneau. He said he’s drawn to the state because he feels Alaska has an honest relationship with nature because people live closer to it. This year he came to Kodiak and spent 10 days kayaking to Afognak Island, where he spent time documenting the natural scenery and wildlife.
                Then, Fox spent two weeks kayaking from Pasagshak to Alitak and was able to document old Native villages for the Alutiiq Museum and the Akhiok-Kaguyak Corporation.

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Jul 23 2014
Reel History: Top News From 1982
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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           Hi, I’m Marina Cummiskey, an intern here at KMXT as part of the station’s summer archiving project. This week I digitized a reel containing summaries of the top ten news stories reported from Kodiak in 1982. The top ten list was hosted by John Fifer, and number five was a story about a drug bust in the North Pacific.
            On June 20th, 1982, the US Coast Guard cutter Boutwell seized a sailboat halfway between Hawaii and Adak, carrying 1.5 tons of marijuana. The story was aired on KMXT two days before any newspaper printed it, and was later aired nationally containing more details about the event.

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Jul 23 2014
Art, Chemistry Classroom Occupancy Delayed
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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    Though work is reported to be on schedule for the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project in general, the school board found out Monday night from facilities and operations director Gregg Hacker that two classrooms will not be available for occupancy on time.
    “Our two-hour separation firewall between the old building and the new is fairly critical to occupancy. And the glazing associated with that will not be on-island until October 28th."
    The two classrooms are the chemistry lab and the visual arts studio.
    “Right now we’re opting to keep those folks in place where they’re at, and move in what we can and allow the contractors full access, you know, early winter, to get those new windows and window frames in so we can accept full occupancy.”
    Hacker said once the windows are on-island, it’ll probably take two weeks to install them.
    Recent excavation in front of what will be the school’s new main entrance, near the end of the commons wing, is to accommodate the new, wider entry.
    “We’re looking at three lanes, having a turn lane each way, and of course a center. Much wider, and the corners will sweep. I don’t know how many of you have brought a truck into our parking lot and jumped up over the sidewalk there, but I’ve done it more than once, and this will help a lot. But they had to go quite deep to get some decent fill. So that hole ended up being much deeper than anticipated. In fact some folks were joking about a new pool at one point.”
    Except for the visual arts and chemistry rooms, Hacker reports the contractors are on schedule:
    “Initial start-up occupancy on October 1st, with teacher move-in days on the 9th, 10th and 11th.”
    In addition to the high school project, Hacker said the six-year project for shoring up retaining walls and concrete on the Rezanof side of the Middle School is going well this summer as well.

 
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