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Sep 15 2015
Common Murres Washing Up on Kodiak Beaches
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
common_murre_photo.jpgA common murre in water. Photo by Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith / Flickr

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Kodiak Island residents have been reporting a large number of common murres washing up on local beaches.

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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge bird biologist, Robin Corcoran, says that the common murre is a small, black and white seabird and that its breeding colonies are more common in the Alaska Peninsula and in the Aleutians.           

“They do spend some time here in the winter and then there’s a handful of small breeding colonies primarily along the east of Kodiak Island - we’re talking less than 200 birds - but we do have a population of sort of non-breeders. Birds that… [it] takes several years for these birds to reach maturity and return to the colonies to breed and we seem to have quite a few that just hang out.”

She says the Refuge first started getting reports in April and May of a handful of murre die-offs.

“They were showing up in places where people don’t normally see them. These are birds that are usually pretty far off shore. So, we were getting all these reports of them being seen close to shore, foraging, trying to find forage fish to feed on in the near-shore, and then we were getting an occasional report of a dead bird, but starting in late August, we were getting to see more and more dead birds.”

She says some beaches have a large number of carcasses. She says there are over 100 in Pasgashack.  

“I went out to Pasagshack last week and visited a couple of other beaches – fossil beach and then another beach closer to berry lagoon – and found a couple of dozen birds on each one kilometer stretch of beach I visited. And fossil beach had several dead murres even though it’s a very small beach.”

She says it’s unclear what could have caused the deaths, but it could be related to the birds’ inability to catch forage fish.

“Right now they’re going through a wing feather molt, so they’re losing their flight feathers. Their primaries and secondaries, so it’s long wing feathers. And they spend about 70 days where they can’t fly, and so the die-off seems to coincide with this flight feather molt where they’re flightless and it might be that they don’t have the mobility to move to locations where they can find the forage fish. And they’re already in these unusual locations to begin with.”

And why they went to those places? That’s also unknown.

“There have been some colony abandonment in other areas, so there’s a possibility that they came from these colonies. There’s certainly a tremendous number more than we had when we surveyed Afognak in 2012. This is not an exaggeration: In August of 2012, on Afognak on the transect that we surveyed. This year, same transect, we saw over 5,000 murres.”

Corcoran says 2012 was also the last year they saw a major bird die-off, that time of both murres and grebes in January through March. They collected carcasses and sent them to the National Wildlife Health center in Madison, Wisconsin, where they ruled that starvation was the cause of death.

“The birds that we’ve sent this year, they’ve just been able to do a preliminary analysis, but it does look like the birds are emaciated, which means they don’t have any fat on their bodies, and they don’t have any food in their digestive systems, which indicates that they starved. They’re going to run additional tests, so the final analysis isn’t in, but right now it does look like it’s related to the forage fish situation.”

She says it could be connected to the whale die-offs, and they’ll be considering environmental factors.  

“They’re looking into the possibility of harmful algal blooms. I know they’re going to test for the toxins that are related to parasitic shellfish poisoning, like domoic acid and saxitoxin. I know those tests will be run. It could be related to the warm ocean temperatures having an impact on forage fish populations. On the types of forage fish or the quality of the forage fish, or even the locations – where they can find the forage fish.”

Corcoran says the Refuge’s survey data has also indicated that several other bird species’ numbers have declined, like the pigeon guillemot and the marbled murrelet. And she says she’s read about the die-off reaching Homer, as well as along the Alaskan Peninsula and into the Aleutians.
Sep 14 2015
Kodiak Salmon Harvest Update
Monday, 14 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
While the Kodiak Management Area pink salmon catch has been steadily declining into the four-figure range, the daily catch of sockeye salmon has stayed in the five figures.

The Sunday harvest of reds totalled 19,376, with Saturday's deliveries amounting to 16,177, and Friday's 27,224. According to Fish and Game's latest figures, the total sockeye harvest is 2.9-million.

There were 1,957 humpies caught Sunday, 2,336 on Saturday, and 8,422 on Friday. Those just add to the already record season harvest, which is now at 31,379,428.

Coho catches remain in the thousands, with 3,378 brought in Sunday, 3,156 on Saturday and 5,338 on Friday. The chum catches have slacked off almost the most, with under 800 delivered over the weekend. Also delivered have been a single king salmon on each of the last two days.

The latest figure for the all-species harvest in the Kodiak area is 35,369,189. 
Sep 14 2015
KHS Volleyball Still Undefeated; Football Drops Third Straight
Monday, 14 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
It was quite a shootout in Fairbanks Friday night when the Kodiak High School Bears faced off against the North Pole Patriots on the gridiron. Nearly 1,200 yards of offense were racked up between the two teams, with the home team accounting for 676 of those in their 52-48 victory. Kodiak's Andreas Carros put up 340 of Kodiak's 519-yards of offense through the air. The Bears were at midfield with under a minute left and a chance to win the game, but the Patriots' defense came alive and stopped the drive short. The Bears, which started 2-and-0, are now 2-and-3.

In the pool, the Kodiak boys took the team title at the Homer Invitational with 123 points. Soldotna was second with 75 points, followed by Colony, Palmer, Homer and Kenai Central. The Kodiak girls were second, with 69 points, behind Colony's 83. Soldotna, Palmer, Kenai, Homer and Unalaska rounded out the field.

At the net, the Bears were perfect on their visit to the Central Peninsula, taking two volleyball matches from the Soldotna Stars and one from the Kenai Kardinals.

In Anchorage at the New Balance X-C Classic, the Kodiak boys took the team title. Jack Hannah won the junior boys 3-kilometer race in 9-minutes 43-seconds. The Kodiak girls were sixth overall. 
Sep 14 2015
Narrow Cape Launch Site Reconstruction Bid Awarded
Monday, 14 September 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Reconstruction of the former Kodiak Launch Complex should commence soon. The Alaska Aerospace Corporation announced that it has awarded a $23-million contract to Davis Constructors and Engineers of Anchorage, according to company COO Mark Grebe.

“Without any kind of magic set-aside or preference, we were pleased to see that we had excellent participation from the Alaska contracting community,” he said. “And are very happy and pleased that an Alaska company flat out won the selection.”

Grebe said that the repairs to what is now called the “Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska” will be paid for out of Alaska Aerospace Corporation's insurance through the state. He described the scope of work.

“There's a few structural members that were damaged that need to be replaced. Our spacecraft assembly and transfer facility essentially needs to be completely rebuilt. The integration and processing and launch service structure, which people think of as the launch pad, they essentially need to be re-skinned,” he said. “And all those services that usually run inside the skin, you know your power conduit, your compressed air lines and all those electrical cabling, all need to be replaced.”

Though it sounds like a good deal of work, Grebe says it all should be completed by late March or early April.

“It wasn't that significant of damage to the facility. We just took our time since we did not have any launches on the book, and did not spend premium dollars to get it done faster than it needed to. So we did the best value approach,” Grebe said. “It was showy damage, but without a lot of structural damage, it's relatively easy to recover from. I worked in Florida for many, many years and I've seen hurricane damage after a hurricane that was actually worst than this damage.”

Davis Contractors and Engineers has previously done work on the Fairbanks International Airport and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport terminals.  
Sep 14 2015
Kodiak Gathers to Celebrate City's 75th Anniversary
Monday, 14 September 2015
filam_dance.jpgFilAm Kodiak performing the tinikling. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

This Saturday, Kodiak celebrated the 75th anniversary of its incorporation as a city. Residents came to sample food from the potluck, see performances from local groups, and to enjoy each other’s company.

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At the anniversary celebration, people enjoy a community pot-luck inside the Baranof Park Ice Rink. It’s not icy right now, of course. Instead, there are tables full of food from stir-fry to muffins with a line of people waiting to get to them. The atmosphere is cheerful and residents have good things to say about the city. Former fisherman and current real estate agent, Grant Shields is at the event with his family and says he’s been a Kodiak resident for longer than they expected.

“I love it. We were on the five year plan for thirty years now. It kinda grows on you. We’ve stayed here - it’s been real good to us.”

“What’s the five year plan?”

“Well, we were gonna be here for five years, make a whole bunch of money and leave, but that was a long time ago.”

He says Kodiak sticks together.

“The community for one thing, we’re all on an island, and that’s kinda turns back on the navy ‘we’re all in the same boat.’ And so this community really rallies together for events like this or for the Chiniak fire. They really stand together and really come out and help each other when there’s a need for it.”

A more recent Kodiak addition, Michelle Faumui, moved from Kenai four years ago, and grew up in Los Angeles. She says it doesn’t take long to immerse yourself in the community here, and that the city is diverse.

“I was brought up in that, and it just brings that whole cultural family feeling and it just immerses everybody. Everyone just blends in. I like that.”

Later, speakers step up to a podium to share the history of Kodiak and their own stories. One person to do that is 77-year resident, Bob Johnson, who says Alaska was a territory when he and his mother first took a steamship into Kodiak. They were sailing north to join his father, who Johnson says was the first surgeon to live and work in town. He describes the scene of their arrival in April of 1938.

“As we approached town, we saw houses on the right, scattered on the shore -  a few, not many – and we approached a narrow passageway and the captain blew two shrill whistles on the boat to notify the town that we were coming and when we got close enough to see, we could see a dock full of people, absolutely crowded with people.”
And as Johnson speaks on one side of the park, on the other side, artist Bonnie Dillard leads a workshop to make marine debris animals for the Capitol Christmas tree project. 15-year-old Chellarae Nugent is crafting a jellyfish.

“We’ll cut off this bottle that was kind of laying here for a round top and then I made a bunch of holes in it with this hole-maker thing. It’s kind hard because it’s plastic, but now I’m hanging legs off of it. I really like jellyfish. I do know this one type can revert back to its polyp stage and then grow up again.”

Back in the skating rink, dancers from the Filipino American Association of Kodiak perform a traditional Filipino dance, the tinikling, named after a bird and styled after the way it walks between reeds of grass and tree branches. Dancers step between a pair of bamboo poles as two people separate them and snap them together again. It appears to take both rhythm and speed not to get your feet trapped.

The performances today demonstrate the diversity that Faumui spoke about earlier. Kodiak is an environment where different cultures can join together at the city’s anniversary celebration and share their culture as a part of that city. 
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