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Mar 12 2015
New Field Guide Commemorates 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake
Thursday, 12 March 2015
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Last year the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake drew a lot of interest to the Gulf of Alaska's coastal geology, and the mechanisms that caused the second largest quake ever recorded. In fact, the milestone attracted the membership of the Seismological Society of America to Alaska for the group's annual meeting.

Rich Koehler is an earthquake geologist with the state's Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys in Fairbanks.  He says the new guidebook can be used to educate planners, land mangers, engineers and scientists working in this seismically-active region.

"The abstracts in the volume were contributed by researchers around th3e world that came for the Seismological Society of America Conference in Anchorage last spring, and the field trip was sponsored by the International Geo-science Program. So they run a field trip every year, and we were lucky enough to have it in Alaska last year."

Though filled with scientific abstracts, Koehler says it should be accessible for the non-scientist.

"Though we go into the detail of the science, but each field locality describes sort of what happened in 1964, so the layperson can get a grasp of what the effects were in certain areas. People can learn by flipping through it there's lots of illustrations and photographs and things like that as well."

And since it was produced during a seven-day field conference, Koehler says it's a perfect companion for a field trip.

"So we have a guidebook series we produce here at GGS that we produce every time we do these big field trips. So this one was kind of special because we had a large group of international scientists all experts in their fields. It's a great little guide to take on a tour. You can drive from Anchorage and go down to Seward and Whittier and take the ferry and go over to Cordova. So if you're in any of those areas, this guidebook would provide you with figures and illustrations and texts to describe what you're seeing."

The book describes the work done to detect the evidence of prehistoric earthquakes on the scale of 1964. So, yes, the Big One has happened before, and it very likely will happen again in the future.

"Well, with the current state of the science, we have a recurrence interval of 300 to 800- or 900-years or so. So for an exact repeat of the 1964 earthquake we probably have some time, but that's not to say you can't have smaller earthquakes in the magnitude eight range or eight-plus that can rupture in that same patch, at any time."

The guidebook is available for free download from the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys website, or you can order a hard copy for $16. 
Mar 12 2015
KEA Incumbents Assured of Another Term
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT
    At its annual membership meeting in April, the Kodiak Electric Association will announce the winners of the board of directors election. However, since only incumbents have filed, all three will be familiar faces.
    The three candidates, Stosh Anderson, Michael C. Brechan, and Cliff Davidson each have 14 or more years of experience on the KEA board. And since all three are incumbents, there will not be a KEA Candidates Forum this year.
    The election itself is conducted by mail, with ballots being sent out March 26th. 
    The deadline for voting is noon on Friday, April 17th. 
    The 73rd Annual Membership Meeting will be on April 20th at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. Also at the meeting voters have the opportunity to win a pair of $250 certificates for electricity. While winners do not have to be present to receive the prizes, members do have to vote. 
    To email the candidates personally and find out more about where they stand on the future of Kodiak Electric, visit the KEA website at kodiakelectric.com. 
Mar 12 2015
Bear Paw Quilters Help Girls and Women in Africa
Thursday, 12 March 2015
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 The contents of a typical feminine hygiene kit collected by the Kodiak Bear Paw Quilters for girls in Africa. Kayla Desroches/KMXT photo

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Days for Girls International is an organization that provides feminine hygiene kits and sex education to girls and women mainly in Kenya, Uganda, and the Congo. Kodiak Middle School teacher Jennifer Eubank reached out to the Kodiak Bear Paw Quilters and now they’re compiling their own kits to send to the non-profit. They held an All-Day-Sew on February 28th.
The kit Jennifer Eubank brings in is full of colorful pads: one with psychedelic purple and pink tie-dye, another with big red and yellow flowers. She says she and the other quilters made the kit bags, the pads, and the shields that hold the pads.
“The organization is very specific about the fabric that they would like you to use. No people, no animals, no bugs," she said. "Geometric designs, flowers, those were great for this.”
Eubank says that she heard about the organization from another quilter.
“As an educator, it worried me that girls couldn’t go to school because they were having their period and so it limited their education for three to five days a month or if they had to work that they would not be able to work because of that.”
Lora Moren is the Days for Girls office manager in Washington.
“They would just sit in their room for the week on a piece of cardboard if they have cardboard," Moren said.
She says that many girls use the objects they find around them.
“They use rocks as we would use a tampon. They smoosh up leaves and just use them like we would try to use a pad. Same with corn husks, scraps of fabric.”
The pads in the Days for Girls kits are washable and should last two to three years. 
Moren says that the volunteers who deliver the kits also educate women and men about sex, menstrual cycles, and healthy attitudes. 
To donate supplies or your crafting skills, you can This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the Kodiak Bear Paw Quitlers Facebook page for more information.
Mar 12 2015
St. Mary's Science Fair Experiments Cover Traditional and New Subjects
Thursday, 12 March 2015
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St. Mary's fifth-grader Gage Lorring displays his award-winning results on paper airplane design from the school's science fair this week. Kayla Desroches/KMXT photo 
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    “My project is how to make a volcano,” said young scientist Janey Eufemil to the sound of fizzing from the volcano she made for St. Mary's School Science Fair.
    Students in grades 4 to 8 exhibited their experiments at the St. Mary’s science fair Tuesday. Teacher Tia Leber says the children come up with a hypothesis, run experiments with a control, and cite sources.
    “It helps them kinda solidify their curiosity. You know, what are you curious about? What’s one of your hobbies? Because they spend so much time – they spend about six weeks on this project,” she said. “We want them to do something that they enjoy doing.”
    Judges from the community walked around with clipboards and scoring papers. Many were from Fish and Game, and at least one, Dan Urban, was from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He says picking a winner was a tough decision.
    “They’re all really, really good and the kids put a lot of time into it and poured their hearts into it,” he said. “And that’s kinda the hardest part, is seeing who’s the best.”
    Joycie Garchitorena is in 7th grade and won the grand prize by finding out if siblings have similar fingerprints.
    “There was 57.2% of the kids (that) had matches within the left hand within family members,” she said. “So there’s a strong family resemblance in fingerprints.”
    Other experiments tested whether a paper airplane’s style and weight affected its performance and whether people could taste the difference between red and silver salmon. 
Mar 10 2015
KPLA Membership Updated at Annual Meeting
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
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Kayla Desroches/KMXT
    The Kodiak Public Library Association said goodbye to its current chair at its annual meeting last Saturday. Kaia Henrickson finished her second year as chair after an involvement of more than six years with the association. 
    “I feel really proud and honored to have been a part of this process and while it’s definitely time for me to step down, I do feel kind of sad about it, because it’s been a great journey,” she said. “I’ve learned so much.”
    Henrickson was the membership and donations coordinator during the capital campaign, during which the association raised over 750,000 dollars of funding for the new library building. They handed the remaining of the funds to the city last month. That money will go back into the library.
    “So now that the librarians have been in the building for a year, there are some needs that they’ve identified. For  instance, that the window screens in the multi-purpose rooms aren’t dark enough for them to be able to play a movie during the day,” Henrickson said. “So that money can be used for those kinds of improvements.”
    Athenia Large was elected as Henrickson's successor as association chair.
    Barbara Anthony has been a board member for the last year and says that the developments at the library have been exciting. 
    “Now we have this wonderful children’s room with wonderful art and I just love watching the children in the library enjoying everything here,” Anthony said.
    If you want to follow Library Association activity, their website is  www.kodiakpubliclibrary.org. 
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