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Sep 10 2014
Diesel Sheen Traced to NOAA Ship
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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    An oily sheen in Women’s Bay has been traced to a NOAA research vessel docked at the Coast Guard base.
    A Sector Anchorage spokesman said yesterday evening that the exact composition of the rainbow sheen had not been identified, but its volume has been estimated to be about 20 gallons. He said steps have been taken to contain the spill and that NOAA will be responsible for clean up.
    According to the NOAA website, both research ships Rainier and the Fairweather are indicated to be tied up at Nyman Peninsula, but a NOAA officer at the ships' homeport in Newport, Ore., says the web-based ship tracker is innacurate. The 231-foot Rainier is currently in Kodiak; the Fairweather is in Seattle.

    The spill was first reported Monday to the Coast Guard, and again at noon yesterday. Comments from locals on Friends of Kodiak reported the smell of diesel fuel coming from the area for several days.

Sep 09 2014
Junior Achievement Looking for Volunteers to Teach in Villages
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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    Junior Achievement, an organization that teaches workplace readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy has scheduled six one-day lessons in village schools on Kodiak Island, but they’re looking for volunteers to help out.
    “It can be anyone. You have to love kids of course,” said Amarin Ellis is the Community Program Manager for J-A of Alaska in Anchorage. “So you’d go into the classroom – you don’t need to be a teacher or a professional. We’re just looking for businesspeople in the community that can go and share and relate their work experience to the program.”
    Even though real J-A experience is necessary, Ellis says volunteers will be prepped:
    “I’m in Anchorage, but I do provide an over-the-phone training and we have some videos online that will help also. But we provide all the program materials (and) this year we’re providing flights as well through a few grants that we were able to get,” she said. “So everything is paid for and provided. Just go out for the day and then go back to Kodiak.”
    Ellis says the program helps prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, and how to create jobs in their communities.
    She said students put the lessons into action through the day-long courses.
    “We really focus on empowering students to own their economic success and each of our programs aligns with curriculum for each grade level in order to provide students with that information.”
    The one-day courses are on Sept. 23rd through 26th and October 3rd in the various communities. Ellis says Junior Achievement is looking for three volunteers for the workshops in Akhiok and Old Harbor, two in Chiniak, Karluk and Port Lions and one in Ouzinkie.
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Sep 09 2014
Republican Senatorial Candidate Skipping Kodiak Fisheries Debate
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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    Alaska Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan has told organizers that he is skipping the senatorial fisheries debate scheduled for October 1st here in Kodiak. It’s the second time Sullivan has dodged the fisheries debate – it had to be rescheduled from around ComFish time to October because he couldn’t make it then.
    Fish Radio’s Laine Welch, who the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce contracts with to organize the event, reported in her Fish Factor column Monday that Sullivan was not coming. She wrote that Sullivan campaign manager Ben Sparks told debate organizers that his candidate does not have any prior commitments, but that he’s just too busy.
    Democratic Senator Mark Begich said he was surprised and disappointed upon hearing of Sullivan’s exit, saying the fisheries debate is a “must-do” for statewide candidates.
    During the rural debate produced by KYUK public radio in Bethel, Sullivan did not seem familiar with the federal fisheries questions asked. He has also refused to participate on a debate in Southeast on Native issues.
    The fisheries debate will go on, said Trevor Brown, executive director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. He said Begich will be here, and hopefully, other third party U.S. Senate candidates. He said he is also trying to line up U.S. House candidates Don Young and Forrest Dunbar.

Sep 09 2014
School Performance Rankings Released
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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    The State of Alaska has released its school rankings for the last academic year. The Alaska School Performance Index, or ASPI, grades schools from one to five stars on several criteria, including academic achievement, attendance rate, and for high schools, graduation rate and college career readiness. Improvement year-over-year is also graded.
    Only two schools in the Kodiak Island Borough district were awarded five stars. They are North Star and Peterson elementary schools. North Star had an ASPI score of 94.18 and Peterson had 97.04.
    North Star had a proficiency ranking of 93.94 percent in reading, 88 percent in writing and 84 percent in math. Peterson had scores of 96.34 in reading, 96.34 in writing and 92.68 in math.
    On the other end of the spectrum were four village schools, which were only awarded three stars. All had students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
    Larsen Bay School had an overall score of 75.44, which is a combination of the 66.67 which was measured in kindergarten to 8th grade, and the 97.38 from 9th through 12th grade.
    Ouzinkie School’s overall performance score was 74.1. It’s K-through-8 score was 75.86 and its high school score of 65.64.
    Akhiok School had an ASPI score of 72.57 overall, composed of the K-to-8 score of 72.92 and the high school’s 72.12.
    The school with the lowest ASPI score was in Old Harbor. It’s grade- and middle- school score was 85.45, while its high school score was 45.98.
    All the other schools in the district received four stars, with ASPI scores ranging from 85.62 at Chiniak School to 93.17 at Karluk.
    All one-, two-, and three-star schools are required to implement improvement plans. The plans also are required for four-star and five-star schools that have not had at least 95 percent student participation in state assessments; or whose graduation rate has declined from the previous year; or which have not met their Annual Measureable Objectives for two consecutive years.
    This is the second year for the Alaska-developed ASPI accountability and support system, which replaced the federal Adequate Yearly Progress system under No Child Left Behind.
    Kodiak Superintendent Stuart McDonald was scheduled to give an update to the school board at a work session last night via remote link because he’s in Juneau at the moment. We’ll be talking with him about the Alaska School Performance Index later this week.

Sep 08 2014
USCG's Newest Cutter Larger, Faster, Better Armed
Monday, 08 September 2014

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    The United States Coast Guard’s newest cutter called on Kodiak recently. The 418-foot Stratton, the fourth of eight planned Legend Class National Security Cutters, was passing through on its way from its homeport of Alameda, California, to the Arctic Ocean. The commanding officer is Captain Andrew Sugimoto.

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