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KODK is back on the air. Thanks to Steve and John at APBI in Anchorage who helped us get a loaner transmitter and to Joe Stevens and Willy who ran up the mountain in this nasty wind after running a bunch of tests to get it ready to do it's thing...90.7 FM is back bringing you spectacular alternative public radio programming in Kodiak.
May 08 2015
This Saturday: Color, Sound, and Dance
Friday, 08 May 2015
fire_dance.jpgPhoto of the fire dance from rehearsal of The Secret Garden. Photo by Mary Beth Loewen

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

If you like ballet, dancing in general, or at least cute children running around on stage, you’re in for a treat this weekend. The Little School of Dance will put on their version of The Secret Garden, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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The school has been working since January to prepare for its spring recital. Director and owner, Molly Brodie, says the play is about two cousins from difficult family situations who find themselves through nature. And she says about 180 of their students will be involved, from 3-years-old and up.
“The kids have been learning dances and we’ve been putting it together now for five months,” says Brodie. “And that’s a lot of work, a lot of stage time, a lot of different roles, and I have 6 teachers that help me and we put it all together. It’s a huge job.”

Askar Alimbetov plays the male lead and flew up from California for the part. He says he met Brodie through friends and has traveled to Kodiak to perform with the school since 2005. Although now he lives near San Diego and teaches at a local school, he originally trained in Kazakhstan. He says a government sponsored ballet program recruited him at age ten.

“Two teachers came to my regular school and they had auditions,” says Alimbetov. “They picked me from 36 kids in my class and probably fifteen kids from entire school. And they were stretching us… to see who could do left split, middle split, to see who is more flexible.”

The performance’s female lead is Brodie’s daughter, Tessa Heiberg. Brodie says seniors get preference for special roles.

“Tessa’s a senior and I’m her mother and she’s an excellent dancer and actress on stage, so I chose her to do the lead role because I thought she could do it well,” says Brodie.

And it’s kind of fitting, because Brodie is in the performance too. Here’s Heiberg.

“I think we’re doing a little piece together. We’re gonna dance. She’s my mom in the show,” says Heiberg.

Heiberg says this is a bittersweet performance, because it’s her last one in town.

“Once I go off to college, I’ll still be doing the same thing, but I’ll really miss doing the community performances with all my friends, and everyone that’s been watching me my entire life, so it’s kinda sad,” says Heiberg.”

You can watch Heiberg dance an eclectic selection of pieces, from contemporary to ballet, at the performance this Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets will be on sale for fifteen dollars at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m.
May 07 2015
Afognak Subsidiary Cyber-Swindled Out of $3.8-Million
Thursday, 07 May 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
It was revealed Wednesday that an Alaska Native village corporation in Kodiak was the victim of a multi-million-dollar cyber-swindle last month.

According to a statement by the corporation's attorney, Alutiiq LLC, an Afognak Native Corporation subsidiary, lost $3.8-million through an unauthorized transfer to a fraudulent account in Hong Kong.

According to Peter Boskofsky's statement, a fake e-mail account was set up in Europe under the name of company CEO Greg Hambright, which was then used to perpetrate the fraud. The scam artist sent an e-mail, and then phoned, a controller at a corporate bank Afognak uses requesting an urgent transfer of the money to the HSBC Bank account of a fictitious third party in Hong Kong.

The transaction was not discovered for two days, but when it was, Boskofsky said a freeze was requested on the foreign account, the FBI was contacted and stricter money transfer protocols have been put into place. He added that Afognak's company computers were not breached and their customer and shareholder information remained secure.

Afognak Native Corporation, headquartered in Kodiak, is a village corporation created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act for the descendants of people from Afognak Island. It has about 900 shareholders.
May 07 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 07 May 2015

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Coming up this week, there's a new CEO for Icicle Seafoods, but is he there just to oversee its break up or sale? Don Young says he wants to keep legal beagles out of fisheries, and it's blessing of the fleet time in Juneau. All that, and they used to blow up fish in the name of science! We had help from APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C., KUCB's Annie Ropeike in Unalaska and KTOO's Casey Kelly in Juneau. 

May 07 2015
Tustumena Return Delayed - Again
Thursday, 07 May 2015
Annie Ropeik/KUCB
The state ferry Tustumena has already missed its first sailings in May as it undergoes repairs in shipyard. Now, it’s delayed again -- but its first trip to the Aleutians isn’t set to change.

The ferry will spend five extra days off the water, making its first trip between Homer, Seldovia and Kodiak on May 17. It will still set out from Homer for the Aleutian Chain on May 19, as planned.

Department of Transportation spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says the Tustumena needs more repairs to one of its firefighting water pipes to meet Coast Guard standards.

But once it’s cleared, he says he doesn’t expect the ferry’s abbreviated summer schedule to be impacted any more by state budget cuts.

“The Tustumena is unique -- it’s the only ferry that calls on numerous communities,” Woodrow said. “Changing the Tustumena’s schedule would affect many communities that are serviced by that one vessel. Therefore, we almost necessarily need to keep that vessel intact and its service unaltered.”

The state is contacting this month’s affected passengers to help them rebook their trips. 
May 07 2015
Crafters Carve Kodiak History
Thursday, 07 May 2015
christiansen_and_mitch.jpgCJ Christiansen (right) and Mitch Keplinger discuss what to do next on their angyaq. (Photo by Kayla Desroches)

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

A group in Kodiak recently completed an Alutiiq boat that was commonly used on the island in the 19th century, but hasn’t been built on the island for many years. Alutiiq people once used the angyaq to travel over long distances and through rough seas. It’s an open boat, like a dory, with a flat bottom and bulbous bow.
The artist leading the effort says the boat builders aren’t just recreating the past. They’re reviving a piece of history for use now and in the future.

The boat’s 21-inch frame sits on supports in the back room of a former grocery store that’s now mostly used for storage.

CJ Christiansen, who has carved everything from masks to harpoons, says his interest in building the angyaq came from his desire to recover a piece of Alutiiq culture. He says angyaqs were a big part of Kodiak life.

“Anybody should be able to do this. It’s not that hard,” says Christiansen. “It just takes a lot of dedication and pride in what you’re doing. Making sure everything fits. It’s really just taking art to the next level, going from one small art form to something bigger.”

Christiansen says kayaks were the everyman boat, but angyaq were special to Alutiiq people.  

The flat bottom and rounded bow would have helped it float up strong waves.

“They had winter and summer habitations here,” says Christiansen. “So in the summer when they went to put up all their fish and all their food for winter supply, they would pack up the village in one of these boats and move it down to their summer habitation and then be able to bring back all the fish they put up and everything.”
Christiansen says villages took the boat hundreds of miles, from the mainland to Southeast, all around Kodiak and the Aleutians.

He says there are only a few sources that prove the angyaq’s existence, which makes building it a challenge. The group partially used the Yup’ik boat, the umiak, as a guide.

“Cause our people are related to the Yupik, we’d looked at their boat designs and had a book on how they were building their boats, and we kinda took their designs and modified them to what our boats looked like,” says Christiansen.
But they also used one of the last remnants of the angyaq – wooden models Russian settlers took back home with them.

The models not only provide physical representations of the boat, but also reveal who might have owned them. Christiansen believes one family may have been responsible for the boat.

“Let’s see, there’s this picture of the boat, so you got the guy up there with the drum, the guy steering, and these guys all paddling, and then you see this guy here, see his hat?” says Christiansen. “Each one of these little rings is how many potlucks he gave. So, you know, three potlucks, he was a rich man, so he probably owned the boat.”

Christiansen says he and the other crafters put about 300 hours into the frame, but he says he was reluctant to track their progress from beginning to end. He didn’t want to fail.

But he says trial and error is the key to building a boat that hasn’t been in circulation for so many years.

“We might not got it 100 percent right right now, but if more people start building ‘em and we start putting these in the water and taking them out and trying them, we’re gonna refine the design back to Russian time, pre-contact. They were probably still   refining it when they had contact,” says Christiansen.

Christiansen says he wants to make this a boat for Alutiiq people now, not just recreate a relic from the past.

“To be building one, it’s just an amazing journey for me to see this thing come to life. You know, I don’t want to be the only one who makes one of these. Ten years down the road, I want to see everyone building them,” says Christiansen.

He says he hopes people will even race angyaqs.

But first, they need to find a place for this one.  Alisha Drabek was the Executive Director at the Alutiiq Museum until her recent resignation. She says the museum will exhibit the boat in front of the Afognak Native Corporation building for its 20th anniversary, which will be on May 13 between 5 and 9 p.m. They'll then look for a permanent space. Drabek says she’s proud to be able to showcase the boat.

“They’re living the culture,” says Drabek. “They’re not doing this as part of a museum project. They’re doing it out of their hearts.”

Christiansen and his team are excited to see their work on display later this month. And eventually they hope to test out an anyaq in the waves around Kodiak.


Since this first aired on AK last Friday, May 1st, it has been brought to our attention that there have been several other angyaqs built in other areas, such as Prince William Sound. Professor Sven Haakanson from the Burke Museum in Seattle says this is the first full-sized model to be built by Alutiiq people on Kodiak Island.
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