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Jun 26 2014
No Eco Challenge This Year
Thursday, 26 June 2014

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           Athletic enthusiasts will be disappointed to know the annual “race against the rock” has been cancelled this year. For 12 years the Eco Challenge pinned teams of four against Kodiak’s terrain in a day-long race that often included biking, hiking, running, rafting and navigating.
            Petty Officer Diana Honings handles public affairs for the Kodiak Coast Guard, which puts on race.
            “It was cancelled due to lack of personnel in the MWR. There’s not enough staff to maintain the safety during the event.”   
            The MWR is the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division of the Coast Guard. Honings said its currently without an athletic director and they didn’t have the funds to hire interns this year.
            This is the first year since the race’s creation that it has been cancelled, but Honings said there is hope that it might return in the future.
           “But right now we just don’t have enough staff to maintain the safety of the people who participate in the event.”
           The race was typically held in August each year and often drew more than a 100 participants competing on more than a dozen teams.

Jun 25 2014
Dock, Not Ferry, Raises Concerns in Tustumena Replacement
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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           While a new ferry is still a solid five or seven years out, plans are already well underway to replace the aging vessel Tustumena. The replacement was one of many topics of conversation for members of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, or MTAB, who were in Kodiak for a quarterly meeting on Tuesday.
           The proposed new ferry is expected to be about 34 feet longer, 11 feet wider and almost 2 feet deeper with the capacity to carry about 76 more passengers and 16 additional vehicles.
           A handful of Kodiak residents were present at Tuesday’s meeting, and few took issue with the actual proposed ferry design. However, many questioned whether a larger ferry could fit at Pier I, where the Tustumena traditionally docks. Kodiak Harbormaster Lon White said he didn’t believe could.
           “The dock will handle that load capacity, but the oversized vessel, which is roughly 50 foot longer than the Tustumena, will severely impact the adjacent properties.”  
           Trident Seafoods is one of those adjacent properties and Plant Manager Paul Lumsden said they already have space conflicts when the Tustumena is in port. 
            “And having fishing vessels dock with the ferry there is already extremely difficult and dangerous. And if a larger vessel is docked there, you know an additional 25 split on either end of the dock, or 50 feet, would cause major, major, major conflicts to my operation.”

Jun 25 2014
Community Teacher, Advocate, Elder, Dies at 82
Wednesday, 25 June 2014


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 Iver Malutin, Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak Chairman, holds a plaque of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR during a dinner with the U.S. Coast Guard and Sun'aq Tribe members June 24, 2012 in Kodiak, Alaska. The Sun'aq Tribe made the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR a honorary ship of the tribe for it efforts in honoring the tribes members who lost their lives on Dec. 17, 1942, aboard the Kodiak mail boat Phyllis S. Photo by U.S. Army Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth


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           A Kodiak elder and long time community leader passed away Wednesday. Iver Malutin died at 8:15 a.m. in Anchorage, where he had been hospitalized following a valve replacement operation for his heart earlier this month. His daughter, Christie Malutin, said his death didn’t seem to be a complication of the surgery, but rather due to natural causes and old age.
           Iver Malutin was born in Kodiak on June 30, 1931. He would have turned 83 next Monday.
           Malutin spent much of his life advocating for community issues, both on a local and statewide scale. As such, Malutin was a frequent voice on KMXT, be it in a news story related to a topic he was passionate about or on the station’s public affairs program, Talk of the Rock.
           During one of his most recent visits to KMXT, Malutin shared his memories from March 27, 1964 – when the Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami hit Kodiak.
           “Good afternoon and my name is Iver Malutin and I was born and raised in Kodiak. I was born in 1931. And I’ve been here all my life, so this is really my town.”  
          April Laktonen Counceller said she and Malutin have family ties and always considered him a cousin. She said his death is one that will be felt beyond her own family and by many in the community. 
          “I’ve pretty much known him all my life and his personality was so big and he always had a good story to share and people would actually laugh, ‘oh that Iver, he always has something to say.’ But I think people are going to feel like it’s a bit quiet around town without him calling into the radio or sharing stories at Dig Afognak or coming to my class here at Kodiak College to teach students about subsistence. He was just everywhere and so active in our community that it’s going to leave a big hole.”
           Malutin’s daughter said there will be a memorial for him in Anchorage at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Innocent's Cathedral on Turpin Road. Malutin’s funeral will be held at the Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the burial  immediately after. Following that there will be a repast at the Afognak Building on Near Island.

Jun 25 2014
Reel History: Tall Tales, Peterson Kids and Backwards Music
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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           Hello, my name is Yasent Oliver, a summer intern at KMXT as part of the station’s summer archiving project. This week I listened to many tapes of the show “More Tall Tales for Short People,” all but one of which were produced and hosted by Jaime Rodriguez. One thing that particularly stood out to me was what happened after the first part of the 1985 recording of “Storm Boy” was over.
           The story that the Peterson students told was titled “Supper with the Queen.” While I listened to the story, one of the characters does something particularly odd.
           So, just to recap what happened, upon eating soup made of onions, bananas, and pigs’ feet, one of the characters whips out some chocolate cake from their pocket and adds it to the soup, stating that, “anything tastes better with chocolate cake.”
Something else I listened to was an Alaska Fisheries Report from 1993, that happened to be backwards. While I was listening to the nonsense that is English being spoken backwards, I heard something very cool; the transition music sounds amazing backwards.
            Now isn’t that amazing; it still sounds like music when it’s backwards. Ultimately we were able to edit the audio so it played the right way, like this:

           Fun fact -- the "new technology" Welch refers to is actually email. Remember, this is from 1993.

           Thanks for listening to this recap of the most interesting things I found this week. This is Yasent Oliver, wishing you a good rest of your day.

Jun 25 2014
Questions Remain as Storis Sale Anniversary Arrives
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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    Friday will mark one year since the auction for the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Storis ended. At the closing bell, there was only one bid, which briefly gave hope to advocates who wanted the ship to be turned into a museum. But that optimism did not last long.
    “You can imagine our horror and shock that the ship was essentially awarded to the only bidder the following morning for a sum that was substantially less than what we now know was the reserve price of $100,000, with the ship having been sold essentially for $70,100,” said Jon Ottman, a maritime history preservationist in Michigan.
    Ottman had been working with groups trying to save the Storis from the scrap yard. After a summer of fruitless wrangling with the former Queen of the Fleet’s new owner, the Storis was towed in October from California to Ensenada, Mexico, where it was to be dismantled.
    Ottman and others had tried reaching out to the U.S. government to try and block the transfer based on ecologic grounds, saying the Storis contained too many contaminants to legally be allowed out of the country, but to no avail. Ship-breaking began around December.
    “I would expect that there was probably not much left if anything," Ottman said. "There may be some scraps around the scrap yard, but in terms of anything recognizable as what we remember as Storis, there’s nothing left.”
    Despite the ship’s destruction, Ottman continues to seek answers for how and why it was disposed of. He has requested numerous government documents through the Freedom of Information Act, and expects them to be released this month.
    “I, personally, would like to see I would like to see some accountability for what has been allowed to happen here," he said. "You essentially have a national crime against the United States Coast Guard and U.S. maritime history that has been committed here, and there are several agencies that are complicent in this situation.”
    Given all of his research, Ottman says he has been urged to write a book about the Storis and its fate, but don’t expect a happy ending.
    “You have this history of this magnificent ship, and you get to the end, and she’s destroyed.”
    You can follow Ottman’s research at his blog and on Facebook .

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