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An EXTRA Talk of Alaska this week
It's getting closer and closer and schedules are getting tighter and tighter so this week the folks at APRN are adding an additional episode of Talk of Alaska so we can all be a little bit more knowledgeable when it's time to fill in the dots. The Governor makes his appearance Tuesday morning and the challenger, Bill Walker, makes his appearance Wednesday morning. Both live at 10am Tuesday and Wednesday this week (and both being repeated the same evening at 9pm on HD3)
Early Pledge Drive


It's that time of year when we ask for your support to help us continue to bring you the bits of radio that help you stay an informed citizen (like the debates and election updates), an entertained listener (did you hear This American Life's new spinoff, called Serial?), and apprised of community events (the community calendar is always full this time of year).


Not only will you be supporting all of that goodness, but you'll also be entered into a drawing for a set of cross country skis OR a snowboard from Orion's Mountain Sports if you pledge by midnight on October 29! If you're a new member, you'll be entered into a special drawing for a photography package from Simply Lovette Photograpy -- just in time for the holidays.


Lots of great stuff this Fall for our pledge drive, including an entire day of retro radio on October 30 (and great food). Stop by, tune in, and pledge right here via the Donate Now button or by calling 486-3181. Thanks! 

Apr 04 2014
Kulluk Grounding Report Released
Friday, 04 April 2014

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    The U.S. Coast Guard yesterday released its report on Royal Dutch Shell’s arctic drilling efforts in 2012, which led to the grounding of the mobile drilling rig Kulluk on New Year’s Eve.
    The 152-page report was released 10-months after a hearing in Anchorage in the aftermath of the grounding. The investigation was done by Commander Joshua McTaggart of the Coast Guard’s national investigations center.
    The report states that in an effort to avoid state property taxes, Shell did indeed set sail from Dutch Harbor in late December so to be out of Alaska waters on January 1st, when the taxes would have been levied. The report also criticizes Shell for “numerous deficiencies” in planning the voyage, having an inadequate towing plan, and the “questionable decision” to sail from Dutch Harbor to Seattle in December in the face of worsening weather.
    The critical report did not erode arctic drilling support among Alaska’s U.S. senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski.
    In a written statement Begich said he remains a “strong supporter” of reasonable arctic resource development. He said the Coast Guard report and recommendations gives him greater confidence about resource extraction in the arctic.
    Murkowski agreed that the recommendations from the Coast Guard will improve the safety of maritime activities during energy resource development in the arctic.
    Environmental watchdogs were not as upbeat. Michael Levine is the Pacific senior counsel for Oceana in Juneau.
    “This Coast Guard report is thorough, and it points to substantial and important problems, not only with the way Shell operated, but with the manner in which the government allowed them to do so.”
    He said more oversight of corporations and the government is needed:
    “We need two fundamental things. First, government stewardship, and second, corporate accountability. Good corporate governance should lead to good decisions about whether to undertake risky activities like these that Shell proposes. And good government stewardship should lead to decisions that are in the interest of Alaskans and all Americans about whether and under what conditions to allow them.”
    The mobile drill rig Kulluk, a nearly spherical vessel close to 300-feet across, broke free from its tow line in high seas and went aground on Sitkalidak Island on December 31st, 2012. There were no injuries during the incident and little environmental impact. Damage to the Kulluk, while extensive did not prevent its tow back to Unalaska during calmer weather after it had been recovered and inspected.

Apr 03 2014
Community Elder Bob Hatcher Succumbs to Cancer
Thursday, 03 April 2014


Robert Hatcher at a Pioneers of Alaska Halloween Party in 2012. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo


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    Kodiak lost a longtime community leader on Wednesday. Robert “Bob” Hatcher died of cancer. He was 87.
    Mr. Hatcher originally came to Kodiak during World War II. During patriotic holidays, or during visits to classrooms to speak to children, he enjoyed wearing his U.S. Army uniform – which still fit him perfectly over 60 years after the war.
    He served on the Kodiak Electric Association board of directors for over 30 years, during a time when renewable energy became a focus of the member-owned co-op. He was also an active member of the Pioneers of Alaska Kodiak Igloo, the Rotary Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Mr. Hatcher did not let his long battle with cancer slow him down too much. An avid dancer, he was out into the wee hours dancing just this last New Years Eve.

Apr 03 2014
Former Medical Examiner Testifies in CommSta Murder Trial
Thursday, 03 April 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former state medical examiner says the two men killed in 2012 at the Coast Guard's Kodiak Island Communication Station each suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
    Dr. Meredith Lann testified Thursday in the trial of 62-year-old James Wells, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Petty Officer James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle.
    Lann testified that Hopkins had been shot twice, and that Belisle was shot three times.
    Out of respect for family and friends of the victims, KMXT will not publish the graphic details from Lann's testimony, though they can be found elsewhere online.

Apr 03 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 03 April 2014

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Coming up this week: herring, herring, herring. And, No Fish Tax For You! All that and more this week, on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help this week from KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, and KUAC’s Dan Bross in Fairbanks.

Apr 03 2014
Bear Valley's Last Tee Time May Be This Summer
Thursday, 03 April 2014

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    Because of federal budget concerns, two military amenities in Alaska that are also widely enjoyed by civilians are facing an uncertain future. Both are golf courses – the one at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, and Bear Valley here in Kodiak.
    The courses will open this summer, but unless something changes, it will be their last season of operation. But members of the Kodiak Golfers Association are hoping that they can effect some change before the gates are locked for good. Al Shaw is the association’s president:
    “They generate most of their funds now under the congress passed years ago that (they) have to operate under profits that they generate. They don’t get a whole lot of money any more. It used to be deep pockets from the government – used to be just ‘here, let the troops have some fun,’” Shaw said. “It does cost a lot of money to operate both golf courses. The governments really aren’t set up to run the golf courses as a business, so it does tend to lose funds.”
    Shaw, who is a retired Army soldier and Coast Guard civilian employee, has been using the course since it was built in the 1980s.
    “I think it’s a very, very important function out there that does share with the Kodiak community and the Coast Guard. It keeps us close ties and everything else. But you know we’ve got a slate of options how we can run it,” he said. “I haven’t had a meeting yet with MWR people yet how we can keep the golf course open, and our Representative Alan Austerman suggested we set it as a concession to the Coast Guard, where we set up a board and the community will run the operation for the Coast Guard.”
    Steve O’Brien is an avid golfer and was the first course marshal at Bear Valley when he was the athletic director for the Coast Guard back in the 80s. He says the loss of the course would be widely felt through the community.

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