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Mar 26 2009
Legislative Pay Raise Law Deadline Nears
Thursday, 26 March 2009

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            The Alaska State Legislature has until Saturday to reject the pay raise an independent commission has recommended for them, or it will go into effect automatically on January 1st next year. 

            The five member Alaska State Officers Compensation Commission was created during last year's legislative session. It includes a couple former legislators. They were charged with reviewing the salaries and benefits for the legislature, the governor, lieutenant governor and department heads. The commission announced earlier this year that it felt raises were needed across the board, and that legislators should be paid a flat 50,400-dollars per year.

            Currently, legislators are given a fixed annual salary of just over 24-thousand dollars, and an additional 27-thousand for per diem during the legislative session. They are also allowed to collect per diem during the nine months the legislature is not in session, too. During the interim, a legislator can collect 150-dollars a day if he or she works at least four hours on constituent matters, or attends a meeting on legislative or public business. Travel time is included.

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Mar 26 2009
The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Thursday, 26 March 2009

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          On this week's show: The Sitka Sac Roe Herring season opened in the past week; we have part two of Big Fish, Little Fish; and who's your Fish Master? That, and Trident says no to Wrangell Seafoods, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help this week from KRBD 's Jay Marble on Prince of Wales Island, KSTK 's Tony Gorman in Wrangell and KDLG 's Adam Kane in Dillingham.

 
Mar 25 2009
Unprecedented Weather Challenges Responders
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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            Two feet of snow followed by a couple inches of rain is, at the very least, a recipe for inconvenience. But for the city, borough and state crews responding to the consecutive storms and ensuing problems, it's a lot of extra work.

            Jay Barrett spoke with Kodiak City Manager Linda Freed Wednesday evening about the situation.

 
Mar 25 2009
Rain-Saturated Snow Causing Some Flooding
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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            The two-feet of snow we received this week is now being saturated and melted by rain, and the National Weather Service has a flood advisory in effect for Kodiak. Several areas of deep standing water are already gathering on roads from Women's Bay to Mill Bay. The concern is the saturated snow will clog storm drains and culverts, causing them to back up. The word from the city manager is the conditions will get worst before they get better.

            City schools started an hour later today in an attempt to give kids who walk more daylight, since sidewalks are clogged with snow. The busses picked up kids in Bell's Flats at the AC Express because the roads inside the neighborhood were not plowed wide enough.

            Saint Paul morning preschool was canceled, but the daycare and afternoon preschool will go on as scheduled.

            Heavy rain, up to an inch and a half, is expected as a large and warm Pacific low sweeps over the island. The same storm is also causing a blizzard warning for Seward, Portage and the Turnagain Arm. The flood advisory went into effect at 10 this morning, and will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

            Stay tuned to KMXT for regular weather updates throughout the day.

 
Mar 24 2009
Kodiak Tries to Dig Out
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

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           Much of Kodiak is essentially shut down today after one of the biggest winter storms on record hit the island. A foot of snow has fallen since midnight, according to the National Weather Service in Kodiak, with 20 inches total since early Monday. The all-time total for this date is 17-point-8 inches in 1956.
           The State Department of Transportation reported an avalanche blocking the Chiniak Highway just past the Coast Guard Base. One lane was opened by 7:30, and it was cleared a couple hours later.
           Deputy Harbormaster Lon White said one small boat sank at Saint Paul Harbor because of the snow load, and several others are in peril of going under as well. He urged boat owners to check their vessels as soon as they can. The snow was so bad during the height of the storm overnight that White said it was impossible for the four-by-four harbor trucks to make it to Saint Herman Harbor on Near Island. He said the harbor crew is “digging out, like everyone else,” today.
           Airport operations have been suspended, and crews were still plowing the runway at noon. A spokesperson at Era Aviation said they expect that to be done by 2 p.m.
           School in Kodiak was canceled. Parents got the word from an automated phone message sent to them at 11 o’clock last night.
           Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai said his department has not seen many accidents, but has mostly been dealing with vehicles stuck on or beside the roadways. He said even a couple of his department’s Ford Expedition SUVs got stuck, something he said he never thought he’d see happen.
           As for road conditions, the chief says they are marginal. He said they are drivable, but slippery. Roads in the city’s residential areas are narrow to begin with, and with snow removal crews plowing, they’re even harder to navigate. He recommends people stay home if they absolutely don’t need to go out.
           Debra Marlar, the city clerk, e-mailed saying the city offices were closed and that tonight’s council work session has been rescheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. The city is operating on a skeleton crew. The Kodiak Island Borough offices are closed, as well.
           Also closed: the city’s A. Holmes Johnson Public Library, the Saint Paul Preschool Daycare, Kodiak Christian School, the Kodiak Baptist Mission school programs, the KANA offices, as well as the WIC and Infant Learning programs, State Job Service Center, Kodiak Island Housing Authority, Kodiak College and the Kodiak Senior Citizens’ Center. The senior center will not be making home delivery of meals, and its Island Cove is closed as well. The Community Health Center at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is closed, and specialty clinics have been cancelled. The emergency room is open.
           But it’s not just offices and schools that have been shut down due to the storm. Many residents find themselves trapped at home by the snow, which was whipped into five- six- or even seven-foot drifts in some places, making driveways impassible. Commercial snowplow drivers are being stretched thin, and some are reportedly assisting the city and borough.
           White’s advice to those who absolutely don’t need to leave their homes: Hunker down and enjoy the weather. The forecast is calling for five more inches of snow today and tonight, with mixed rain and snow Wednesday.

 
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