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City Asks For Water Conservation
Received from the Kodiak City Manager's Office on September 25, 2015
The City of Kodiak is asking commercial and residential customers to conserve water usage 
The water level at the Monashka reservoir, the City’s primary water containment system, is just under 50% full. We must rely on rainfall to fill the reservoir. Persistent weather patterns have limited rainfall and changes aren’t expected for some time.
Please think of ways to conserve water usage in your daily routines. You might opt to take a quick shower and not a bath, turn the water off when brushing teeth, postpone washing your car, or make sure your taps aren’t dripping or open and running unattended.
Conservation efforts must continue until we receive substantial rainfall and this situation is reversed.
Mar 27 2015
Alaska's Fishiest Artist Coming to Kodiak
Friday, 27 March 2015
Jay Barrett and Kayla Desroches/KMXT
If the name Ray Troll doesn't sound familiar, you're likely brand new to Alaska, though you've probably still seen his artwork on t-shirts, sweatshirts, calendars, posters, postcards, art galleries, in books, and elsewhere. 
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The Ketchikan artist, who will be conducting workshops in Kodiak next month, is known for his luminescent scenes of fish, science and humor. 

“Let's see, how to describe my art style, Well, there's a lot of fish. That's pretty much the first thing a lot of people notice," Troll said. "But themes. The great themes. … And then also silly humor. It really goes from the sublime to the ridiculous or from the slime to the ridiculous. And all kinds of puns throughout, wordplay and that kind of stuff, lotta what I do.”

The Kodiak Public Library, the Kodiak Public Library Association and the Kodiak Reading Council have banded together to fly Troll into town. Library Director Katie Baxter says Troll's illustrated books are a great jumping off point to engage young readers.

“They're so engaging and playful and that's why I'm so excited to invite Ray to come and just be playful with all things fish and just stir up the imagination with language and art techniques,” Baxter said

While here in early April, Troll will have a busy schedule with students, public presentations and workshops.

“So I'm going to be doing a  presentation there, a public talk and slide show and all the crazy things I do," Troll said. "And that's going to be Friday evening, and then Friday during the day – that's in a couple weeks here, I'll be at a couple different schools, the junior high school and the high school, and likewise doing kind of a slideshow, one about sharks to the middle school and one about my career to the high school kids and a thing to the general public on Friday night. And then on Saturday I'm doing a bunch of drawing workshops.”

The first class will be for ages 7 to 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. The second class will be for ages 14 and up from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a $25 fee for materials.
Mar 27 2015
Kids Set to Walk and Roll
Friday, 27 March 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Getting kids up and about is becoming a little harder every year as smart phones, video games and social media tend to root them in place. But a program by the Island Trails Network for middle school and elementary students is aimed at getting them on their walking OR rolling to or from school, or, as Tom Pogson tells us, really anywhere.
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Pogson says there will be gatherings at the schools for the classes with the top walkers and that teachers will help keep track of the kids' activity.

Island Trails organized a Walk and Roll to School last fall when school was getting underway, and it proved successful enough that it was brought back by popular demand.

The Spring Walk and Roll to School begins on April 2nd, and ends on the 17th. Parents can get more information from their kids' teachers, or at IslandTrails.org. 
Mar 26 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Coming up this week, Sitka Sound herring wraps with more of a whimper than bang, you can now print your own fishing license in the privacy of your own home, Copper River driftnetters vote to continue their support of marketing efforts, and is that an environmental watchdog I see nominated to the Board of Fish? We had help from KCAW's Robert Woolsey and Rachel Waldholz in Sitka and KFSK's Angela Denning in Petersburg. 

Mar 26 2015
Port Lions Man Dies in Fire
Thursday, 26 March 2015

Via AP News


Alaska State Troopers say a person has died in a residential fire in Port Lions.

Troopers say a deputy fire marshal Monday recovered the remains of what is believed to have been 72-year-old Nicholas Nelson Sr. of Port Lions. Troopers in Kodiak were notified of the fire shortly after midnight Monday.

The single-family home was heavily damaged. According to troopers, the house had smoke detectors installed, but they did not appear to be functioning. Troopers say the remains have been sent to the state medical examiner's office for positive identification and an autopsy.

According to troopers, the fire originated in the crawl space of the home, but the circumstances have not been determined.

Mar 25 2015
State May End School Bond Reimbursement
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Kayla Desroches/KMXT


School districts across Alaska may see their state reimbursement for new projects and construction drop for the next five years. The Senate Finance Committee advanced legislation Monday to put a hold on the state's assistance in voter-approved bonds between January 1st, 2015 and 2020. On Wednesday, the senate voted 17 to 4 in favor of the bill.


Katie Oliver is the president of the Kodiak school board. She says that bonds made before this period will not be affected. This includes bonds for construction and maintenance made in the Kodiak school district.

“The new high school project was approved by the voters several years ago," says Oliver. "I think 2010. that project and the reimbursment of that project which is at the 70% rate is not in jeopardy or would not be impacted by senate bill 64.”

Oliver adds that after the five year period, state reimbursement will most likely drop.

“If the state chooses to reinstate the reimbursement program in 2020, the reimbursement rates will be reduced," Oliver says. "So, new school construction will go from a reimbursement rate of 70% to 50% and maintenance projects will go from 60% to 40%, but that will only impact new bonds, not existing bonds.”


The bill will continue from the Senate to the House for further review.

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