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Jun 17 2010
Malutin Recaps Rural Providers Conference
Thursday, 17 June 2010

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            Rural residents from all over the state gathered in Kodiak last week to share ideas and learn from each other.

            Kodiak elder Iver Malutin said one of the key aspects of the Rural Providers Conference is to share ideas and experiences. Many events focused on the elements of prevention and recovery of alcoholism or drug use. But many were geared more toward sharing what works in one area and how those results can be transferred to another area of the state.

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Jun 17 2010
Assembly to Address Economic Development Tonight
Thursday, 17 June 2010

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            When the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meets tonight members will consider two contracts that relate to economic development.

The first deals with the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, the other has to do with the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The borough provides a large portion of funding for both non-profits. In return the chamber provides economic planning and project development within the borough. The visitors bureau markets Kodiak as a destination and provides tourism development services inside the borough.

In other business, assembly members will act as a board of adjustment in an appeal of a planning and zoning decision in the Pasagshak Subdivision.

Richard and Nancy Diemer are appealing a neighbor's operation of a full service lodge.*

The borough assembly meets in the assembly chambers at 7:30 this evening. As always, the meeting will be broadcast live here on KMXT.

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Jun 16 2010
Three in Kodiak Sickened by PSP
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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            One person was hospitalized and two others treated and released this past weekend because they ate local clams tainted with Paralytic Shellfish Poison harvested from local beaches.

            Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Mike Hyre said that the butter clams were gathered at Chiniak and Middle bays and Mayflower Beach.

PSP, as it is known, is highly dangerous and can lead to death if the level of toxin consumed is great enough.

            Symptoms include tingling fingers and other body parts, dizziness, numbness, and shortness of breath. In extreme cases breathing is labored as muscles needed to work the lungs shut down--eventually leading to death.

            DEC warns that people on Kodiak Island should not eat locally caught clams, as there are no beaches certified as safe for shellfish collection.

            DEC notes that the clams and shellfish you eat in a restaurant have been carefully tested and certified as safe from PSP.

            In an unrelated incident, one person in Juneau is hospitalized in stable condition after eating tainted shellfish from Auke Bay.

 
Jun 16 2010
Sitkinak Cattle Ranch Recieves Grant for Value-Added Processing
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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            A local ranching family, which grazes their herd on an island south of Kodiak, recently received a second federal grant for the cutting edge work they do on creating value-added products from their cattle. Bob and Nathan Mudd previously received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to build a portable slaughterhouse and processing facility, which is set up on Sitkinak Island. Now, the USDA has given them another grant in the amount of nearly $132,000 to create more products onsite.

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Jun 16 2010
Afognak Reds Running Strong
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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            Some good news for fishermen of all stripes is unfolding in the waters in and around Afognak Island this summer. The sockeye salmon return is already well above the minimum end of the escapement range, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is concerned the upper end of the goal will be exceeded.

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