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Feb 17 2011
Chiniak Water Tapped Out
Thursday, 17 February 2011

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            Some households in Chiniak are facing a water shortage after the school district shut off a spigot that had been some people's only water source.

            The water was turned off Wednesday after the district had been advised by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that providing public water would require the district to chemically treat the water, said Scott Williams, the school's director of operations. The water is currently filtered and treating it would likely cost the district between $10,000 and $20,000 a year, he said.

            It's not clear how many households were dependent on the water that had run from the school to a spigot outside the community tsunami shelter. Some residents have catchment systems others are said to completely rely on hauling buckets to their homes.

            Chiniak resident John Miller has a catchment system that harnesses rainwater but says recent cold weather had reduced its flow and he'd been among a half-dozen households that regularly drew water from the spigot.

            Williams said the school district hadn't been aware that so many people relied on the system. "We had no indication," he said.

            A videoconference held between officials from the school district, borough and some community members Wednesday ended with all parties saying they're looking for positive solutions. Miller remarked that the meeting "went very well."

            Borough Manager Rick Gifford says the borough is consulting with the DEC to see what legal options are available to provide water in the short-term. Other long-term solutions include drilling a deepwater well for the community and establishing a service area for the community. But all sides agree that won't happen any time soon, especially while the ground is frozen and too hard for digging.

 

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Feb 17 2011
Police: Investigation Into Fatal Pedestrian Accident Continuing
Thursday, 17 February 2011

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            Kodiak Police say are awaiting toxicology test results froma driver who reportedly struck a pedestrian in Saturday's fatal accident on Mill Bay Road.

            64-year-old Angela Cabrera Saculles was walking eastbound on Mill Bay Road when police say she was struck by a car traveling in the same direction. Firefighters treated her at the scene and transported her to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center but doctors were unable to resuscitate her.

            Police have released few details surrounding the collision that occurred around 7:22 p.m. near Ole Johnson Avenue.

            In a release Thursday, police reported that the unidentified driver immediately stopped and remained on scene to wait for emergency responders. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor but police say they've ordered a blood test as is routine in fatal accidents. Results of those tests routinely take several weeks.

            No charges have been filed. Police Chief T.C. Kamai said once the investigation has been concluded the results will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office.

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Feb 17 2011
Rough Seas Hamper Salvage Effort
Thursday, 17 February 2011

110217.midnitesun.jpgAs much as 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel has leaked from the 68-foot F/V Midnite Sun near Tanaak Cape on Afognak Island. Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Francis photo

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            A fishing vessel that grounded on Friday has since spilled as much as 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel in waters west of Afognak Island. The 86-foot Midnite Sun was safely evacuated by the Coast Guard and no injuries were reported. The boat has since remained grounded about 36 miles northwest of Kodiak.

            Now investigators with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation report that survey crews on Tuesday found that four of the six fuel tanks containing fuel are nearly empty with their contents leaching into the sea.

            The area is designated habitat for the endangered Northern sea otter and Steller sea lion as well as waterfowl. But no visible sheen has been detected by survey crews and DEC says commercial fisheries will likely not be affected.

            High winds and rough seas this week have delayed salvage efforts. The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding and a DEC spokesman said Wednesday that no citations or charges have yet been filed against owner or operator of the vessel.

 

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Feb 16 2011
66th Anniversary of Alaska's Civil Rights Law
Wednesday, 16 February 2011

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110216.signing.jpgTerritorial Gov. Ernest Gruening signed the Anti-Discrimination Act on Feb. 16, 1945. The bill had been championed by Elizabeth Peratrovich (left) whose eloquent speech on the floor of the legislature had moved many lawmakers to support it. Amy Lou Blood/Alaska State Library courtesy photo 

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            It was 66 years today that Juneau passed the Anti-Discrimination Act ending Jim Crow in Alaska. This piece of civil rights legislation predated the federal Civil Rights Act by 19 years. Twenty one years ago the state proclaimed February 16th as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, named in honor of the Native woman who championed its passage.

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Feb 16 2011
Celebrations Planned for 70 Years of History at Coast Guard Base
Wednesday, 16 February 2011

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            Everyone loves a good story. And good stories are what an organization celebrating the Kodiak base history is hoping to attract. KMXT's Maggie Wall hosted Tuesday's Talk of the Rock program and has this report on plans to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Kodiak Naval Base.


 

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