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Jul 03 2014
Diplomas Available for those Denied Due to Defunct Exit Exam
Thursday, 03 July 2014

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    Around 60 people who attended Kodiak High School in the past dozen years or so that did not receive a diploma at graduation are now eligible for that piece of paper, thanks to the education bill that passed out of the legislature this year. Superintendant Stewart McDonald explains:
    “Because the state had put in place this exit exam component, anybody who completed everything but that, received a certificate of completion, which meant they met the standards for graduation, but didn’t pass all the components of that exam. Those students now that the state has repealed the high school qualifying exit exam are now eligible to receive their high school diploma.”
    McDonald said the school district is actively reaching out to those students:
    “First thing that we did, was locally, we sent out a letter to the last known address to every one of these individuals. And we received a number of them back with return to sender because we don’t have their current address. The state department of education and early development is committed to helping us find those remaining individuals that we were not able to get a hold of. So it’s going to be an effort by both the district and the state to locate everyone and make sure they know they can come and claim their high school diploma.”
    But even if those former students are unable to get back to receive their diploma, McDonald said they can now say they have one.
    “Here’s another way to look at it: If you’ve received a certificate of completion, whether you have your piece of paper or not from us, you can officially declare on any job application that you in fact have a high school diploma. Whether you actually received the actual piece of paper or not, it’s official, you have a diploma.”
    McDonald said he would be happy to do a little more than just toss a diploma in the mail if the former student so desires.
    “Every single one that we’re able to get here in person, if I can have a board member present, we will certainly recognize them with as much pomp and circumstance as we can afford at that moment.”
    Give the Kodiak Island Borough School District central office a call if you didn’t pass the now-defunct state exit exam, because they have a high school diploma waiting for you.

Jul 03 2014
Groundwork Being Laid for New KEA Headquarters
Thursday, 03 July 2014

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    If you noticed some heavy equipment working right up to the sidewalk on Mill Bay Road recently, it’s the new headquarters for Kodiak Electric Association. KEA CEO Darron Scott:
    “The board decided in early May to move forward with the new building design we‘ve got going on. It’s right over there by Ardingers on Mill Bay, and it connects up to our operations facility which is on Chichenoff, right behind on Mill Bay. We started breaking ground a few weeks ago, and looking forward to final construction next summer.”
    The public facing side will be along Mill Bay Road, which Scott says should be more convenient for KEA members than the current spot on Marine Way. He said it would also serve to consolidate the co-op’s operations:
    “Well what we got is it’s not going to be just for this one building here. We’ve got facilities where our power generation folks are at, we’ve got facilities in this downtown headquarters and we’ve also got folks stationed out at our operations building. The oldest building is this building right here – the headquart5ers building. It’s a 1960s tin building. We took a look at that and it needed quite a bit of work to get up to par and putting a lot of money into a 1960s building, it was much more cost-effective to look at a new building. Tehn we also looked at our physical assets, so we’re moving everybody together under one roof. And that’ll be at the Mill Bay site, so we’ll have all groups working together under one roof, which will always add to better communication, those type of things as well and lower our future maintenance costs on building infrastructure and those types of things.”
    The project is expected to cost $10-million, but it shouldn’t affect your electric bill.
    “We’re not projecting any rates due to the building at this time,” he said.

Jul 02 2014
Expert: Some Day You'll Get Bed Bugs
Wednesday, 02 July 2014

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    As we heard on yesterday’s Talk of the Rock, there is a small nuisance in Kodiak that is growing and growing. Not larger, but in number.
    “When they hear ‘bed bugs’ they think it’s only in the bed,” according to B.J. Johnson, a pest control expert in Kodiak. “Well, unfortunately, that’s just not true, because bed bugs will infest your clothing, your linens, your carpet. I’m working on one right now where they will actually travel between the walls. They get through clothing, they’ll climb on books, bed frames, cabinets. Everything.”
    Johnson, who works for American Pest, an Anchorage company with branches in says he saw his first bedbug case eight years ago, and the numbers have just increased.
    “I just feel like it’s just a matter of time – for everybody,” he said. “If you haven’t had them, it’s going to happen. It might not be today or tomorrow, but it will happen. It’s just the nature of the beast right now.”
    The spread of bedbugs is largely connected with travel and staying in an infested hotel somewhere. But Johnson points out you don’t have to travel to New York City to come home with pesky hitchhikers.
    “I have seen people go to an infested home and they throw down their backpack or suitcase or whatever and next thing you know, they go back to their house and – boom, they’ve got bugs,” he said.

Jul 01 2014
Filmmaker Captures History of Kaguyak
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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           This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami, which wiped out the entire village of Kaguyak, and forced many of its residents to relocate. The story of Kaguyak, and its people, is the topic of a documentary film being put together by independent producer Paul Gray. Gray is in Kodiak this summer filming, researching and interviewing people for the film, which he expects to be completed some time next spring.
            For more than 15 years Gray has produced the show Exploring Alaska Native Voices, which broadcasts statewide on ABC. Gray stopped by KMXT last week and spoke with Brianna Gibbs about his current film.
            Gray said he is still looking for interview subjects, photos and information related to Kaguyak, and anyone who might want to contribute to the film can call KMXT to get in touch with him.
            The film will likely air on Gray’s weekly show, Exploring Alaska Native Voices, which is broadcast statewide on ABC.

Jul 01 2014
Talk of the Rock - Bed Bugs a Growing Problem in Kodiak
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

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    On this week's Talk of the Rock, host Jay Barrett chats with BJ Johnson of American Pest, about the growing scourge of bed bugs in Kodiak, and what can be done to prevent or cure an infestation.

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