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Run the Rock 2014 Registration Now Open
Our annual marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race will be held October 11, 2014! You may now register and find more information at www.kmxt.org/run_the_rock. 
Feb 26 2014
KHS Alumna Recognized for Environmental Work
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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           A recent Kodiak High School graduate will be recognized statewide later this year as a Spirit of Youth Award recipient. Leila Pyle graduated from KHS in 2013, and will be honored during an awards dinner on April 5 in Anchorage.
           Karen Zeman is the executive director of Spirit of Youth and said the group began in 1996 as a way to recognize positive ways students are contributing to their local communities. She said it is kind of like a year-long recognition 

           “We receive nominations for over 150 teens every year. These are youth that some community member took the time to nominate for recognition. And every young person is recognized through a ceremony put on by their local school board and they’re also featured on the Spirit of Youth radio series which is aired on virtually every public radio station across Alaska. But the year culminates with the Spirit of Youth award which is given to 22 teens, two teens in each of our 11 award categories.”
            Pyle is one of two award winners statewide in the science and environment category. She said she didn’t know she was even nominated until she got the call that she won, but found out the recognition was related to the work she did for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
            “I worked there last summer as part of the Youth Conservation Core crew. We spent part of the time in town working at the visitor center and we would lead kids activities and environmental education programs and we had trainings on climate change and recycling in Kodiak. And we cleaned up a beach as part of the Island Trails Network marine debris clean up project. And then we spent three weeks of the summer out in the field on the refuge at remote sites doing maintenance at refuge public use cabins and helping with ongoing refuge field projects.”

Feb 25 2014
Turning the Tide Against Marine Debris: Part One
Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Derelict fishing nets are seen strewn across a beach on the northeast side of Shuyak Island. Kodiak Island Trails Network Director Andy Schroeder said he hopes to send crews to clean up this portion of the archipelago this summer. Brianna Gibbs Photo 



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Today we begin part one of a three-part series examining marine debris, and where places in Alaska, specifically Kodiak, stand in clean up efforts.
It’s been about three years since the tsunami in Japan washed away entire towns, sending thousands of tons of debris out to sea, subject to the mercy of ocean currents. Less than eight months after the tsunami, items started showing up in Alaska and have continued to do so in the months and years since. 


A plastic float of unknown origin is found on a beach on northeast side of Shuyak Island.Schroeder said debris has been washing up from around the world for decades, so linking any particular piece to the 2011 Japanese Tsunami isn't always easy. Brianna Gibbs Photo









It will still be a few months before clean up crews will take to Kodiak’s beaches, but as KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs recently learned, the planning process for those clean ups is already well under way.


andy.jpgSchroeder holds up one of marine debris' biggest culprits -- plastic water bottles. He said most of what is washing up on beaches is plastic, but more often then not it is the by-product of single-use 21st Century lifestyle, and not from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. Brianna Gibbs Photo

Feb 25 2014
Last Home Games for State's Best Basketball Team
Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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    This weekend will be your last chance to watch the best basketball team in the state play here at home. The Kodiak High School Lady Bears, who are a perfect 20-0 on the season and ranked number 1 among large schools in Alaska, will be hosting the Wasilla Warriors.
    Games will begin Friday afternoon, with the C-team match up at 4, followed by the JVs at 5:30 and the main event at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, C-team starts at noon, with JV at 1:30 and the varsity at 3 p.m.
    The Warriors are 10-and-10 and ranked 11th in the state.

Feb 24 2014
PFD 'Signature Page' a Stumbling Block for Many
Monday, 24 February 2014

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    Time is running out in the filing period for this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, and for at least two Chiniak residents, they’re glad they filed early. That’s because Scott and Theresa Bonney found out last week that their applications were not complete,
    Scott Bonney got an e-mail from the PFD Division saying he was not finished despite, getting confirmation from the state.
    “I call up the Department of Revenue e-mail to me, and it says this: ‘Scott Bonney, you have successfully filed a 2014 adult permanent fund dividend application.’ And I go, ‘What the heck?’ So I call them, and the person, a nice person, says, well, ya, you finished the application, but you did not send the signature page. And I go, why send this e-mail out then? And I think the thing that I saw the second time was there was a whole segue into the Department of Motor Vehicles thing. Now that DMV says you are you, then it  brings you back into the page where you can finally finish doing a real signature.”
    Bonney said his wife did not get a similar e-mail about the new electronic signature page, but they decided to check anyway, and sure enough, she needed to go through the extra step as well.
    “It didn’t seem like when first initial foray, back a month ago or so that we popped into ... I know I didn’t pop into that DMV portion of it. So it could have been me, I made a mistake. Got an e-mail saying I was done. I thought, ‘you know, I wonder if anybody else out there might have fallen into the same trap.’”
    The Bonney’s aren’t the only ones who’ve had issues with the electronic signature portion of the application process. Over 16,000 people had reported to the PFD division they’ve had problems.
    Some had frozen web browsers after getting a confirmation number, and others didn’t go past the Pick Click Give donation section, where the electronic signature page is found.
    If you feel like double-checking your dividend application, you can go and check on the status by logging back on at PFD.Alaska.gov.
    The Permanent Fund Dividend application period end on March 31st.

Feb 24 2014
Media Action Continues to Bring Filmmaking to Village Youth
Monday, 24 February 2014

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           Since its first film screening in October of last year, Media Action has been continuing to put on workshops. The nonprofit organization is based out of Kodiak, and its purpose is to empower youth through film, and help them create short documentaries about conflicts or topics in their communities.
           Media Action’s executive director, Marie Acemah, has recently become an independent consultant, but still plans to put on a three week film workshop with the Baranov Museum this summer that will focus on the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  The organization was very busy with film intensives this past fall, and KMXT’s news intern, Marina Cummiskey, was able to attend a few days of the workshops.

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