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Kodiak's candidates for local government positions will face off on September 23 at 6pm in the Borough Assembly Chambers. Candidates include those running for the City Council, School Board and Borough Assembly. The event is sponsored by Chamber of Commerce and KMXT and will be broadcast live on KMXT 100.1FM

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Our annual marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race will be held October 11, 2014! You may now register and find more information at www.kmxt.org/run_the_rock. 
Mar 19 2014
Oregon Men Take Indoor Championship
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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    You can add another trophy to the mantle of Kodiak’s most famous runner. Trevor Dunbar’s Oregon Ducks won the NCAA indoor national track and field championship over the weekend.
    The University of Oregon senior placed in two events to help the Ducks clinch the title in Albuquerque, scoring 62 points, eight more than runner-up Arkansas.
    Dunbar was fifth in the men’s 3,000 meters with a time of 8-minutes 14.13-seconds on Saturday. The day before, in the men’s distance medley relay, Dunbar had a late surge in his 1,600-meter leg to help the Ducks to a second-place finish.
    Oregon swept the team titles, the first time that’s happened since 2008, with the Lady Ducks winning their fifth straight championship.

Mar 18 2014
After Reality TV Stardom, Quality Marine Douses Torch
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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    Though in business for over 20 years in Seward and lately in Kodiak, Quality Marine of Alaska, which does all manner of industrial welding, was known mostly only by fishermen and others who needed to keep their vessels and machinery in working order. Wider fame came last year when the shop, owned by Theresa and Dennis Butts, made a splash on reality television with the Discovery Channel show “Alaskan Steel Men.”
    “I think that it made our services more known to some of the larger corporations in the state – the Alyeska pipeline and things like that – who didn’t realize the qualifications that we had and the abilities we had to come in and solve problems right away without the bureaucracy and red tape that goes along with the oil field and the big corporate problems,” Theresa Butts said. “So we were traveling a lot. The business has been swelling since we came to Kodiak, but has really peaked in the last eight to 10 months.”
    But, all that traveling and business expansion has come at a price.
    “So we were looking at our time commitment becoming larger with no end in sight. So we’re kind of right at our peak right now and seemed like a really good time to transition to something else and make this opportunity available for someone else.”
    To that end, the Butts’ decided to close Quality Marine’s doors and lay off their dozen employees last week – at least until they can find someone to operate their business for them:
    “It really boils down to is the business is getting bigger and bigger and we’re working more and more every day at a time in our lives when we want to work less and less. We’ve spent 20 years assembling a network of really amazing welders and helpers, but finding somebody you can trust with your life’s work to start taking over for you is a whole other story.”
    She said the company’s lead welders shouldn’t have any difficulty finding work, given the demand. As for herself, Theresa Butts says she’s going to go commercial fishing. She says both she and Dennis plan to stay in Kodiak.

Mar 18 2014
Unalaska Coast Guardsman Dies After Medevac
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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    A member of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Unalaska has passed away in Anchorage.
    Petty Officer Michal Marciniak died at Alaska Regional Hospital Tuesday morning while receiving treatment for a serious illness. Marciniak had fallen ill Monday morning and was medevacked to Cold Bay on a Coast Guard helicopter. A commercial medevac brought him to Alaska Regional's emergency room in critical condition.
    Petty officer Shawn Eggert says the Coast Guard is investigating what happened, but at this point, he says it's clear Marciniak's illness wasn't linked to his job.
    Marciniak was a Marine Science Technician -- one of five at the Unalaska MSD. He was 30 years old.

Mar 18 2014
KHS Tower Behind Construction Schedule
Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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           A portion of the Kodiak High School renovation and addition project is slightly behind schedule these days. That’s the word from construction manager Bruce Walter of Wilson Engineering. Walter presented an update on the high school project during the borough assembly’s work session on Thursday. He said the four-story classroom tower is running behind schedule and will not be ready by the August 1 deadline.
            That phase of the project now enters what Walter calls “Plan B.” He said the goal of Plan B will be to ensure that students and teachers can resume classes like normal next fall. 
            “And the only way to accomplish that is to not give the contractor a portion of what’s called Area B, which is the second floor above the existing cafeteria and library.”
            Walter said that whole section of the building was supposed to be handed over to the contractor on June 1, but now they will hold that area back to keep those classrooms functioning and buy time for the completion of the tower.
            “So the new revised date to move in to the tower is October 1.”

Mar 17 2014
Younger Austerman Seeks Dad's Office
Monday, 17 March 2014

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    Though Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman has not announced his plans for this summer and fall’s elections, it appears there will be an Austerman on the ballot one way or another. This (Monday) morning, Carol Austerman, the 45-year-old daughter of Kodiak’s current representative, announced her candidacy for the Alaska State House.
    “You know he’s been talking about retiring now for several years, and I’m finally starting to take him seriously. I think he might just do it this year, so I’m preparing for a run.”
    The newly formed District 32 will encompass Kodiak Island, the west side of the Shelikof Strait and Cook Inlet, up to Tyonek, Seldovia and Nanwalek on the Kenai Peninsula and over to Chenega, Whittier, Tatitlek, Cordova and Yakutat.
    “I’m really looking forward to getting to know that extended area outside of Kodia better. I have obviously spent a lot of time working with the Kodiak Borough, but I’m definitely looking forward to have an expanded area beyond that.”
    Austerman’s father, Kodiak’s current House Representative, previously served as the fisheries czar for then-Governor Frank Murkowski, and before that was Kodiak’s State Senator and Representative, so has a long family history in government service. She is currently in her fourth year on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. She says fiscal responsible is her top priority.
    “It’s something that I’ve been very active in at many different levels with the borough assembly. We have a lot of expenditures that we’ve been doing that we really haven’t taken the time to figure out how that money is being spent after we determine to give it to someone. And I think the state does that a lot too. And so that accountability for how governmental money is spent is really important to me.”
    She says full education funding is another important plank in her platform, but she wants to bring the same accountability to it as she wants for other government spending. She said she is not in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment to allow public money to be used to send students at religious and private schools.
    “I’m very concerned how that voucher program could impact the existing public schools and their funding. Because obviously from that would bmean, from a voucher perspective there would be a lot more children who are being paid for under the BSA, and that would cut, essentially the money that was available statewide, plus it would potentially cut money from the public schools budget.”
    Though Austerman says her plans are known to her parents, she has not yet received word from her dad on what his plans may be for this year’s election.

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