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Oct 31 2013
Long-Time Resident Brings Kodiak to YouTube
Thursday, 31 October 2013

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    Everyone who lives on Kodiak Island knows what a varied and interesting place it is. Untouched wilderness, majestic animals on the land, in the air or under the sea, and of course the interesting people and the things they do. No wonder so many TV shows want to film here.
    But now there’s a long-time local behind the video camera calling the shots, and putting her creations on line with “Kodiak Video Magazine.”
    “Hello, I’m Ann Barker, a 44-year resident of Kodiak Island, who was drawn here by a vision of adventure and wilderness. This video magazine is my way of sharing unique lifestyles, peoples, animals and geography of my Alaskan home.”
    That’s the introduction of Barker’s first video, which was just put online last week.
    “Last Spring my husband bought me a little Go Pro camera, and that thing is the most fun! So I started videoing this summer and this fall I was kind of looking for something to focus on. So I thought, ‘why not do a Kodiak Video Magazine and target people who are interested in the island or those who are moving here?’”
    Barker agrees that there are a lot of possible subjects and topics around Kodiak just waiting for her to tackle:
    “And there’s just a million subjects out there. But I thought the schools, the museums, our arts council, individual people, and of course I have an interest in cooking, so I thought I’d do a few cooking videos on our foods: halibut, salmon, crab, octopus, and of course caviar.”
    Making salmon caviar is the subject of her third video, complete with guest chef Ron Doubt:

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Oct 31 2013
Survey Sheds Light on Community Health
Thursday, 31 October 2013

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           Earlier this summer a number of Kodiak health professionals attempted to take the pulse of the community by conducting an online health survey. It asked a number of questions about participants’ current health and experiences with local services. Karen Leatherman, the communications and public relations coordinator for Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, told KMXT in June that the goal was to determine where gaps in health services may be and how to fill them.
           The results of that survey came in this week and listed lack of insurance and substance abuse as issues that need to be prioritized in the Kodiak community. About 28 percent of survey respondents were uninsured and over half of those said it was because it is too expensive. Twenty-six of those uninsured did not receive health care in the last 12 months.
           For substance abuse, 23 percent of respondents admitted to binge drinking at least once within the past month, a figure that is up 20 percent from previous data gathered in 2008. About 37 percent of survey takers said it is acceptable to use marijuana recreationally and 23 percent said the same for prescription drugs.
           Other survey results included a drop in mammography screening rates from 57 percent in 2011 to 51 percent now. Lack of certain health services was another concern in survey results. Almost 24 percent of respondents said they have had to leave the island for healthcare reasons and 22 percent left two or more times. More than 47 percent of survey respondents listed more specialists as a top health care need for Kodiak.

 
Oct 31 2013
D.C. Staff Changes Include One Born in Kodiak
Thursday, 31 October 2013

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             There have been some staff shuffles in Alaska’s D.C. delegation recently. After three years as Senator Lisa Murkowski’s press secretary, Matthew Shuckerow will join now join Congressman Don Young’s team in the same capacity. Shuckerow was born in Kodiak, raised in Anchorage and graduated from Dimond High School. He replaces Mike Anderson, who will be joining the Dan Sullivan for Senate campaign here in Alaska.
              In Murkowski’s office, Taylor Thompson will replace Shuckerow. Thompson, a graduate of West High School in Anchorage, has already been working in Murkowski’s office for a year and a half.

 

 
Oct 30 2013
NOAA Fisheries Release Landing Figures
Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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    U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood in 2012, valued at $5.1 billion. That averages out across all fisheries to about 53-cents per pound. Those figures were released by NOAA Fisheries today (Wednesday).
    The figures for 2012 represent a 2.3-percent decrease in poundage and a 3.2-percent decrease in value over 2011, which saw the highest figures ever. However, poundage and value continue to remain higher than the 10-year average.
    Alaska led all states in volume of seafood landings, with 5.3-billion pounds, and in dockside value at $1.7-billion.
    Louisiana, Virginia, Washington State and California followed in volume, while Massachusetts, Maine, Louisiana and Washington State followed in value.
    For the 16th year in a row, Dutch Harbor led the nation in seafood volume, at 752-million pounds landed, with pollock making up 86-percent of that poundage.
    Kodiak’s seafood landings, at 393-million pounds, ranked fourth in the nation, behind Dutch Harbor, Empire-Venice, Louisiana, and all of the Aleutian Islands combined.
    New Bedford, Massachusetts’ $411-million led the nation in seafood value at the dock, followed by Dutch Harbor’s $214-million and Kodiak’s $170-million.
    Other figures in the report show Americans consumed 4.5-billion pounds of seafood in 2012, which averages 14.4-pounds per person. Despite catching twice as much seafood as Americans eat, over 90-percent of the seafood Americans consume is imported.

 
Oct 30 2013
Chiniak Residents Pack Meeting, Say 'Hell No' To Logging
Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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             It was probably a quiet night in Chiniak last night as most of the community’s residents were packed into the borough assembly chambers, voicing concerns over a logging proposal close to their hearts and homes. On a stormy evening with less than ideal driving conditions, more than four dozen people made the trek into town, flooded the borough conference room and nearby hallway, forcing the entire meeting to be moved upstairs into the spacious assembly chambers. Still, it was standing room only as representatives from A-1 Timber Consultants, Inc., made a case for purchasing 800 acres of forested borough land in Chiniak.
            “We would like to urge the assembly to make a motion to pursue a timber sale.”

            That’s A-1 Timber Resource Manager David Nesheim, who was joined by other A-1 representatives last night, including President Tom Loushin, Operations Manager Kent Cross and Forestry Consultant Neal Hart. The foursome detailed the company’s intent to clear cut the purchased land, bringing $2 million in revenue to the Kodiak Island Borough. The plans included buffer zones around residential areas and streams, and the intent to replant seedlings following the harvest.
              But even those seemingly good intentions met intense opposition from the Chiniak residents, who were brimming with anguish, fresh from the past three years of logging on Leisnoi, Inc., lands surrounding the community. Roughly 2,000 acres of Chiniak have already been logged, and Chiniak resident Peter Hanley said he didn’t think the community or the environment could handle much more.  
              “So far I’ve heard two things totally omitted from this equation. The impact on the residents of Chiniak and the impacts on the eco system, the environment of this beautiful forest that’s been decimated by logging the last three years.”
              Hanley said the 800 acres of borough land is the only remaining substantial acreage of public forested land in the area. He added that the recent logging of Leisnoi lands have taken a huge toll on the community.

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