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Chiniak Fire 2015, Release No. 12
Kodiak, Alaska — Friday, August 28 — The shelter at the Kodiak Middle School was inactivated.
People in need of Red Cross services may contact Red Cross volunteers at (907) 942-5059.
The Kodiak emergency operations center is now supporting the State Division of Forestry crews who are on location in the Chiniak area.
We encourage you to continue to listen to KMXT for updated information and also watch for updates on the Kodiak Police Department Facebook page.  
Jan 14 2015
Injured Fisherman Hoisted in Shelikof Strait During Storm
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transfers a patient to Kodiak Fire Department personnel in Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 13, 2015. The patient was reported to be suffering from an abdominal injury while pulling in crab pots and needed to be medevaced from his vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevac'd an ailing fisherman from the fishing vessel Irene H in the Shelikof Strait  Tuesday.
    The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the Irene H, safely hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak for further care.
    The Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the crew of Irene H when the crewman reportedly suffered an abdominal injury while pulling in crab pots and required medical assistance.  The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac and the Jayhawk crew was launched to conduct the rescue.
    Lt. Greg Dahl, pilot of the Jayhawk, said the operation was challenging from the start, with the weather conditions making for a rough ride.
    Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 25 mph winds and 7-foot seas. 
Jan 13 2015
Door-Busting Crowd Let P & Z Know Their Feelings on New Code
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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    The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission resumed its public hearings on the zoning and building code last night with a highly anticipated and highly attended meeting broadcast live on KMXT. 
    Nearly 70 members of the public rose to address the commission, and they were overwhelmingly against what they saw as onerous changes to the code. Many had simple requests, like those made by Judy Kidder.
    "Instead of telling us what we can't do, see if you can work with part of this code to promoting small business which will increase the tax base, which will increase employment, which will help this town to grow,” Kidder said. “That's something that I don't see that in this code. It's all about what you can't do. There's nothing in there about what you can do to make this thing grow. Thank you."
    And some saw the hand of the United Nations trying exert control on our lives, like Jamie Fagan:
    "This code is pure UN Agenda 21. Which stands for United Nations Action Plan for the 21st Century. George H.W. Bush signed the treaty in 1992. and in 1993 President Clinton created the president's council on sustainable development for the sole purpose to get it into every county and state through federal rules, regulations and grants,” Fagan said. “This is a global plan, but is implemented locally."
    But after nearly five hours of public testimony, it may have been commissioner Maria Painter who stole the show.
    "I just wanted to let everyone know  at the appropriate time, I as a commissioner, will make a motion to table indefinitely the proposed code,” Painter said, pausing for applause. “I believe that private property is the most important guarantee of our freedom. So thank you."
    Acting commission chair Alan Schmitt tried to point out that the seven commissioners have a combined 218 years in Kodiak, an average of 31 years each, and want to do what's best for the borough as a whole.
    "You know we've  been doing a lot of work on this for a year and a half if not longer. We are all motivated by what is best for the common good. Not what's good for one person here, one person there, but for the common good. I point this out not because I want you to think we're somehow better equipped than any of you. No. But we are invested in this community as well. It's our home. We want it to continue to thrive, we want it to continue to be a place we want to live,” Schmitt said. “We've been working on this – we've had public hearings beginning in the summer of 2013, the rest of that year and all of 2014. I'm not saying this to fault anybody, but it's about time. We've been wanting to hear from the public. We've made the chances for people to come forward and tell us what to think."
    The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission plans for more public hearings in the future. 
Jan 12 2015
Busy Weekend for Kodiak Athletes
Monday, 12 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak High School Bears basketball girls went 2-and-1 at the 48th Joe Floyd Tourney over the weekend. In fact, three of the four girls teams went 2-and-1. Due to the points scored differential, the East Thunderbirds were named the round-robin tournament champions. The Kodiak boys were 1-and-2.
    This upcoming weekend, the Kodiak boys will be playing in the Alaska Airlines Classic at West High School, while the defending state champion Kodiak girls will be home against the Palmer Moose. C-team play is at 4 on Friday and 3 Saturday, JV at 5:30 and 4:30, respectively, with the varsity hitting the floor at 7 p.m. Friday night and 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
    The Kodiak Bears wrestling team had three individual champions at the John Tobin Invitational at North Pole High School. Joel Valdez pinned his opponent at 120 pounds in under a minute and a half, Levi Fried outscored his 132 pound challenger from Service 5-to-2, and Nolan Wandersee won his 220-pound class with a 5-4 victory over a grappler from East. Overall, the Bears placed 7th with 88 points. South Anchorage won with 205.5 points.
    The Kodiak wrestlers will be on the road at the Dimond and Service tournaments Friday and Saturday.  
Jan 12 2015
Family of Three Safe After Neighbor Reports Fire
Monday, 12 January 2015
Kodiak Fire Department responds to a fire on Rezanof Sunday night. Jarred Griffin photo 
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    A family of three is safe after their home on 1320 East Rezanof Drive caught fire around 10 o'clock last night. Acting Kodiak Fire Chief Jim Mullican said the two adults, child and their dog were not even aware their home was ablaze when the 11 firefighters responded. The 911 call reporting the fire was made by a neighbor. There were no injuries.
    Mullican says the fire was visible on the roof and was licking the into nearby tree branches when the first firefighters arrived. He said damage was largely contained to the chimney and roof, with only minor damage inside the home. He estimates the damages at $15,000.
    Rezanof Drive was closed for several hours at 13th Avenue to allow firefighters to put out the blaze and clean up. It was reopened at about 1 a.m. 
    In a release, Mullican wanted to remind the public to check your smoke alarms and to replace the batteries twice a year. 
Jan 12 2015
Campbell Wants AAC to Return $22M to State
Monday, 12 January 2015
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    The Alaska Aerospace Corporation has issued the required response to Governor Walker's executive order that it and  other state departments and state-funded organizations cease any new spending on six very large projects due to the ongoing budget crisis.
    Walker in December ordered the time out on the projects and asked the agencies to submit a letter describing their activities and laying out a rational for why they should be allowed to continue at this time. 
    In Alaska Aerospace CEO Craig Campbell's letter, he outlines a plan to actually return millions of dollars to the state.
    “I met with Governor Walker on the 19th of December, and I don't think he was expecting that, because he wanted to talk about the RFP and where we were. And at the end of the meeting I basically told the chief of staff, I said, 'Look, we haven't signed any contract with Lockheed, we're in compliance with what you want.' They hadn't issued the AO at that time, but Jim had asked me, Jim Whitaker had asked me not to do any contracts. And I said, 'Well I'm in compliance.' I think we've got a great solution. An the end 22-million gets returned to the state and we only use 3-million and we go ahead and provide some increased capability.”
    Campbell said he's standing by for the governor's decision on the AAC spending plan. 
    “I've lived in this state a long time. I was actually on the Anchorage Assembly the last time Oil dropped to below $9 a barrel back in the 80s, so I know how difficult it is to balance a government budget when your primary source of funding, basically, is cut in half. I'm here to solve problems with Governor Walker and the Legislature. And I think we can.”
    Campbell says the clean up and rebuilding of the launch tower and assembly building that were damaged when an Army rocket exploded on liftoff in August is on schedule, and that he does not believe it is subject to the spending freeze.
    “Our plan is to have that rebuilt by October of this year, because MilTec, with the customer is preparing for the second launch, the re-launch in 2016 and we have to have the facility ready for them to be able to do that. So we're on track and it's looking good and I like the work that's being done.”
    Governor Walker has not given a timeline for when projects will be reviewed and be allowed to move forward. Others included in the order are roads to Ambler and Juneau, the Susitna Dam, small-diameter gas line and the Knik Arm Bridge. 
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