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Jan 21 2014
Kodiak's Younger Volleyball Players Fare Well at Tournament
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

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           A group of Kodiak’s younger volleyball players recently brought home a win from the mainland. Merissa Koller-Williams coached the team of talented 14-year-olds for the past two months and brought them to the C-team Midnight Sun Competition in Anchorage last weekend. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with Koller-Williams and talked about this new crop of athletes and what makes Kodiak’s volleyball program so unique. The team went 5-1 for the weekend and won the tournament.  

Jan 21 2014
Education Committee Taking Up Pair of Stevens' Bills
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

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    Tomorrow morning, Kodiak’s Gary Stevens, the Senate Education Committee chairman, will be holding the first hearing on doing away with the Alaska high school qualifying exam. That’s a test students must pass to be given a diploma, no matter their grades:
    “It doesn’t really prove too much; it hasn’t worked too well. We’ve had three days, and sometimes six days in a full year to do that testing. And all it really does in the end is to tell a child and a parent if they’ve reached a certain level so they can go out in the world, and really that level’s not very high. And what many high school students do is once they pass that exit exam they pretty much think they’re through with school, and that can happen quite early in your high school career.”
    Stevens said that with a new standardized testing system expected in 2015, it only makes sense to eliminate the current exam.
    “It’s a test that really no longer accomplishes what it should, and what we wanted it to accomplish when it passed I think in about 98 or so. So it’s time to look at it. And we’ll hear testimony from everyone that is interested and that there are better tests out there to really tell us what a child needs before they graduate, how we can help our kids be ready to go into the world with a job or college.”
    The exit exam bill is one of two Stevens has introduced this session. His other, SB 107, will encourage early reading efforts by establishing a reading program for kindergarten through third grade students.

Jan 20 2014
Still Time to Pick.Click.Give.
Monday, 20 January 2014

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    Though the filing period for the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend started at the beginning of the year, there’s still plenty of time to get your application in – and to select your favorite non-profit organization to help out through Pick Click Give.
    “We have an even larger number of options for you to choose from when you Pick Click Give. There are 512 non profit organizations on the list,” says Heather Beatty, program manager for Pick Click Give in Anchorage. She says there are a number of categories that often receive the most support from Alaskans.
    “In addition to people who want to support public radio, a number of other causes are popular with Alaksans. They like to support organizations that are there for people when they need them at times of their lives that might be difficult. Organizations that provide food or shelter, organizations that assist victims of crime, or organizations that are there for people who have been affected by disaster. Alaskans are also very passionate about helping organizations that are there for kids. So whether it’s to enhance education, or provide summer camps or after-school care, we see a lot of Alaskans supporting those causes. And finally Alaskans love animals, and those non-profits that are out there that performing animal rescue and adoption services are often in the top 10 as well.”
    Last year, only about 26,000 of the roughly half-million Alaskans who received a PFD check donated a portion to a charity through Pick Click Give.
    “We would love for more Alaskans to take advantage of this opportunity. Pick click Give is a safe, easy way to make a contribution directly from your PFD to something that you care about. And 100 percent of the money that you donate goes directly to the non-profits that you choose.”
    Beatty says that the size of the PFD check this year is expected to be larger than last year due to the ongoing economic recovery.
    And even if you have already filed for your Dividend, you can still go back to the website and Pick Click Give for your favorite cause.

Jan 20 2014
Bolson to Leave Kodiak College in May
Monday, 20 January 2014

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           Kodiak College will see some changes in 2014. Long-time Director Barbara Bolson made the decision to retire this year and move closer to family in Washington.
           Bolson leaves the college after more than 27 years in education, eight of those working here in Kodiak. When Bolson first moved to the island it was originally to take a job as an administrator at Kodiak High School, but after one year moved over to the college where she has served as director for seven years.
            “I originally came to Kodiak for just a one year contract. But as many of us do, fell in love with the place, and one year led to another and this will be, I’m just finishing up my eighth year. So I stayed here a little bit longer than intended, but I have had a wonderful, wonderful experience. But it is time to get a little bit closer to family. I’m having a grand baby in May that I’m real excited about and so I want to be a part of that grand baby’s life. I had a real close relationship with my grandmother and she really had a huge impact on my life and I want to be that kind of grandmother to my grandchildren too.”
             During Bolson’s time with the college, she and the staff helped the educational institution expand in many ways, including tripling the student enrollment and almost doubling the faculty.

Jan 17 2014
Traffic Resumes After Landslides Close Roadways
Friday, 17 January 2014


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 landslide_photo.jpgWater flows over reminants of one of today's many landslides near the bunkhouse on Fulp Way. Deb Marlar Photo


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    Two lane traffic has been restored on Rezanof Drive West between the Coast Guard Base and Bells Flats. Five slides from Old Woman’s Mountain blocked traffic for several hours this morning.
    Meanwhile in town, a small slide off of Pillar Mountain blocked Rezanof on the town side of Pier 2, causing traffic to be diverted to Shelikof Street.
    Deb Marlar, the Kodiak City Clerk, is the spokesperson for Kodiak Area Emergency Services. She says a number of areas in town are being restricted to local resident traffic only, and other streets are having problems as well.
    “Problem areas are Fulp Drive, Cope Street, Alder-Natalia, High Street and Lightfoot Avenue areas, Hillside Drive, Selief Lane, Mozart Circle.”
    A landslide washed several yards of mud and gravel down Alder Lane from above Hillside Drive at about 3 a.m. Some of it washed into the intersection with Rezanof Drive at the traffic signal.
    “There was some concern bout the homes there. The residents were contacted and urged to evacuate. I think they chose to stay in place. At 0530, Bob Green with the Department of Transportation reported six slides between Lash Dock and Pier 2.”
    Cope Street is another of the steep and crowded areas overlooking the Kodiak waterfront that is having slide issues, according to Marlar.
    “There is a report of some sliding on Cope Street that is affecting one of the houses there. Crews are working to control the flooding and divert the flowing water. They’re clearing debris as fast as they can. They are working to minimize the traffic in the problem areas. Police officers and perhaps fire officers are going door-to-door to inform folks and encourage them to evacuate.”
    Marlar says the Red Cross and school district have been put on alert in the event that emergency shelters are needed.
    Earlier, the school district reported that two buses full of students were stranded in Bell’s Flats until State DOT opened the road back to town. Eider House Bed and Breakfast offered on Facebook to open its doors to any students who were stranded because their parents had made it into town before the landslides closed the road.
    Stay tuned to KMXT – we’ll have updates as they come in, and we are updating out website and Facebook page, regularly.


Earlier Updates can be found after the jump.



A landslide on Alder Way at the intersection with Rezanof hampered traffic overnight. Kodiak Public Works is advising people to avoid the area. Photo by Shane Rupe

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