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Jan 16 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Coming up this week, the Board of Fish breezes through its Kodiak area meeting, Walmart gets charmed by the state, and take your best shot. No, really, I mean it – with your camera. All that, and we wish we could think of something witty to say about buying crab at nail salons. We had help from KUCB’s Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KYUK’s Ben Matheson in Bethel and KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.

 
Jan 16 2014
USCG Inspections Focus on Safety
Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Houvener, a marine science technician at the Marine Safety Detachment in Kodiak, Alaska, inspects survival suits with the captain of the 100-foot fishing vessel Pacific Storm during a commercial fishing vessel safety examination in Kodiak, Jan. 9, 2014. Survival or immersion suits are inspected thoroughly as they are a very important piece of equipment in the event of abandoning ship in the frigid waters of Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg)

 
Jan 16 2014
City Narrows Down Snow Storage Options
Thursday, 16 January 2014

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           Kodiak hasn’t had too much snowfall this winter, which is probably good considering the city has no place to put it. Last year the city learned that its age-old method of dumping snow removed from city streets into the harbor would no longer fly with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. This prompted the city to hire Dowl HKM engineers to help identify spots that snow could be stockpiled during the winter months.
            In August, Dowl’s project manager, Aaron Christie, identified a list of potential snow storage spots and presented three options to the city council. Christie returned on Tuesday and narrowed that list down to one.
           “Site 12 is city owned, the entire parcel is 143 acres, much of that is hillside and sloped. There is an anadromous stream, meaning there’s fish there. And there are potential wetlands, it’s not officially mapped, but you can walk out there and tell there are wetlands. There’s good access from the corner of Maple and right where it transitions to Pillar.”
            The site is at the base of Pillar Mountain, behind the water treatment plant. He said its location near the wetlands and stream means there will probably have to be some sort of filter or treatment system for the snow melt, but that won’t be known until the permitting process is complete.

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Jan 15 2014
Kodiak Delegation Gears Up For Session
Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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    The Alaska State Legislature kicks off the new session next week, and Kodiak’s delegation of Senator Gary Stevens and Representative Alan Austerman are busy packing up for the trip to Juneau.
    KMXT spoke with both earlier this week.
    Stevens indicated money will be tight because of the lower revenue projections coming out of the governor’s office.
    “It’s way too early to say what’s going to be in the capital project budget, but we’re going to fight hard, Rep. Austerman and myself to make sure Kodiak gets its fair share, and so we’re looking at that carefully and well as for our other communities. A lot of things to consider, but in the end the capital budget will be smaller than it has been in the past only because revenues are down so low. But the governor has left us room in the budget to add local projects, and that’s the way it should be.”
    Austerman, however, wasn’t sure there was a lot of room for local capital budgets.
    “He has left what he considers to be headroom for legislators to add more money to the current budget that he has placed out there. That again is part of the discussion that we’ll have to have how much we increase the budget, because every time we increase the budget it has to come out of savings accounts. We’re going to have to have that kind of conversation about whether we like the current governor’s budget or whether it’s too big or two small, or whether we want to continue to spend down our savings, and at what rate.”

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Jan 15 2014
New Education Standards Pose Challenges For All
Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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           This year educators across the nation are facing new classroom standards, and Kodiak teachers are no exception. Common Core is a new educational program adopted by 45 states that seeks to increase the rigor of math and reading curriculum. Alaska didn’t adopt the standards, and instead drafted its own version of Common Core, adding some areas that weren’t addressed by the national program.
           Christy Lyle is the math coordinator for the Kodiak Island Borough School District and said the new Alaska standards cover everything Common Core does, in addition to English and language arts. For math, Lyle said the new standards mean curriculum that was expected at a certain grade level has now been pushed to a lower grade level.   
            “So for example things that second graders were expected to do, they now are expected to have mastered by the end of first grade. Not everything, but a lot of things. So that’s changed. Also the new Alaska standards followed the Common Core by having the standards for mathematical practice which are eight statements that indicate how students should learn mathematics. Not any longer are we trying to have students simply memorize algorithms, memorize steps, memorize lists of equations. The intent is that the students will understand the concepts behind the mathematics, the patterns that the algorithms represent and the reasons for those patterns and the reasons that the algorithms match up with the patterns that we see in real life.”
            She said the program has also shifted the ways in which educators go about teaching mathematics. Basically, traditional math classrooms require a teacher to be a guide or director of sorts, showing how a problem is done and having students practice repeatedly.

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