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Jun 01 2009
Austerman on Stimulus Dollars and Ross Vote
Monday, 01 June 2009

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            House District 36 Representative Alan Austerman of Kodiak was on KMXT's Talk of the Rock last week, and discussed the many issues that came out of this year's legislative session.

            Federal stimulus money eased the budgetary woes that come with lower crude oil prices, but Governor Sarah Palin's rejection of 28-million dollars for energy assistance and weatherization, was a move Austerman didn't agree with.

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Jun 01 2009
Wind Turbine Work Underway atop Pillar Mountain
Monday, 01 June 2009

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The crane being used by Kodiak Electric to erect the wind turbines atop Pillar Mountain towers over Cannery Row. Photo by Jay Barrett

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            Kodiak residents need only look to the top of Pillar Mountain to see that Kodiak Electric Association's wind power project is on track. A large crane was installed about two weeks ago, and turbines were expected to arrive in Kodiak a day ahead of schedule. KMXT's Erik Wander has more.

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May 29 2009
Assembly Tries to Avoid Mill Rate Increase
Friday, 29 May 2009

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            The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly continued discussion of, and possible adjustments to, the fiscal year 2010 budget at its work session Thursday night. The assembly specifically concerned itself with how to avoid a property tax increase of a quarter-mill. The money from the increase would go to pay down bonds approved by voters for the new swimming pool in 2007.

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May 28 2009
The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Thursday, 28 May 2009

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          On this week's show: The charter industry fights back against the one-fish rule; Processor capacity could be a flashpoint in Bristol Bay again this summer, and a fish even Mary Shelley couldn't imagine. Also, Arctic Fishing, the Univeristy is getting a new research ship, and seafarers' supersitions. We had help from Coast Alaska's Ed Schoenfeld and APRN's Dave Donaldson both in Juneau, KDLL's Ben Stanton in Kenai, and KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham.

 
May 28 2009
Alaska's First Swine Flu Case is in Fairbanks
Thursday, 28 May 2009

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            Alaska has its first case of swine flu. The influenza A-H1N1 virus has been confirmed at the state virology lab in Fairbanks.  State Department of Health and Social Service spokesman Greg Wilkinson says it's unclear how the patient, a middle aged woman from Fairbanks became infected. 

            Wilkinson says the woman has recovered from the flu and is no longer contagious, but he could not say anything about her profession, and how many people she may have come in contact with while she was sick.  He says over 500 samples have been tested at the state virology lab since the swine flu outbreak began, but that it's possible the virus has circulated undetected in Alaska. With today's confirmation of a case, Wilkinson says the state is taking precautions, and has contacted health providers in Fairbanks. 

            Tamaflu has proven affective as a preventative measure against swine flu as well as a treatment for flu symptoms.  Fairbanks Borough Emergency Services Director David Gibbs says area health officials are meeting to discuss the situation, and urged residents to practice good hygiene and not panic.

            The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reports over 7,900 cases of swine flu in the U.S.   Eleven deaths are attributed to the disease nationwide. With Alaska's confirmation of a case, West Virginia is the only U.S. state that has not reported occurrence of the disease.

 
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