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KODK is back on the air. Thanks to Steve and John at APBI in Anchorage who helped us get a loaner transmitter and to Joe Stevens and Willy who ran up the mountain in this nasty wind after running a bunch of tests to get it ready to do it's thing...90.7 FM is back bringing you spectacular alternative public radio programming in Kodiak.
Oct 23 2015
City Manager Reads Statement on Pletnikoff Case
Friday, 23 October 2015
Jay Barrett and Kayla Desroches/KMXT

At the Kodiak City Council work session a couple of days ago, City Mayor Pat Branson made a statement about the case of Nick Pletnikoff, an autistic 28-year-old Kodiak man who was beaten and pepper sprayed by three Kodiak police officers over a month ago. Last night, at the Kodiak City Council regular meeting, City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski took the opportunity to read a prepared statement of her own. She couched the city's silence in the aftermath of the incident as a personnel issue.

"I recognize and understand people’s concerns and the perceptions circulating about what happened. Some members of the community believe that the city is hiding something by refusing to release information to the public. Despite what we continue to hear, the city has not said no to the release of the information that’s been requested, and we have had several of those requests come through. But what I ask the people to remember is that we cannot release information at this time because our job is to do the right and reasonable thing for everyone involved, to find out the truth and the truth in its proper context. That means that we determined after an internal review that the incident would be turned over to an independent third party investigator.

“The investigator is working now and will issue the report and findings as well as recommendations. And when that report is issued, we’ll be able to release information to the community members. The city and the police department will take whatever steps are necessary if the report calls for specific actions. I really want to stress that. The retention of a third party investigator exemplifies the department’s dedication to protecting the public and taking the steps necessary to guarantee an objective review.

“In the meantime, I would ask the community to remember that we city employees continue to work to serve this community because we care about what we do, and we’re committed to doing it and doing it honorably. Despite current public criticism, we keep fixing roads, we provide safe water, respond to fires, provide emergency medical services throughout the road system, we provide library and information services and run our ports and harbors, and we hold elections. And, most importantly, the Kodiak police department continues to respond to emergencies, help people in need, deal with drugs and crime and violence and homelessness. They continue to do their jobs despite this criticism.

“I ask that you help us keep on serving you while we wait for the outcome of this investigation. Once it’s complete, we’ll take the actions necessary, and we will release information as soon as we can. In the meantime, we’re your neighbors, your friends and public servants. I ask you to remember that and help us as we work for you.

“You’ve probably heard me say this before, but I have faith in what we do. That includes faith in our police department. I support them and the work that they’ve been sworn to do, and I respect the risks that they take. Know that we are doing the reasonable and responsible thing at this time. Also, what we are doing and how we are handling this incident is how you’d want your employer to handle something if you’d ever been involved in an incident at your work or in the community.

“So I will ask the community’s patience and understanding as we work through this. It is difficult and we do understand people’s concerns, and we’re doing what we feel is prudent and right and fair and protecting everyone’s interests.”
That was Kodiak City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski reading from a prepared statement at last night's council meeting. To date, the attorney representing Nick Pletnikoff has attempted unsuccessfully to obtain copies of the audio and video recordings of the incident from the City of Kodiak several times. KMXT has also submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, which the city denied. The response KMXT received from the city’s attorney was consistent with Kniaziowski’s statement that the city is not disclosing information due to the pending investigation.
Oct 22 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report Oct. 22
Thursday, 22 October 2015

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Coming up this week, there are even more options on the table regarding Gulf of Alaska bycatch after the North Pacific Council met; we have a new director of the commercial fisheries division, and once again proof that you shouldn't mess with the Lacey Act. We had help from KSKA's Ellen Lockyer AND Monica Gokey in Anchorage, and KDLG's Molly Dischner in Dillingham. 

Oct 22 2015
Random Website Ranking May Not Be Best Way to Judge Kodiak's Safety
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
You may have seen this, along with a little debate on Facebook, or on the front page in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, but either way, folks have been talking this week about a survey that showed the City of Kodiak is the second most dangerous city in Alaska.

The website “Road Snacks dot net” of Durham, North Carolina, says they only used one source for the listing – three years of data mined from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. According to that data, a Kodiak resident has a 1-in-75 chance of being a victim of violence and a 1-in-23 chance of being a victim of a property crime.

Road Snacks dot net's methodology did not sit well with Chastity McCarthy, who, as the executive director of Discover Kodiak, is paid to be the community's top cheerleader.

“If you go on to Road Snacks 'About Me' section, it literally says the mission is to '... try to paint a picture of what’s happening in a region based on 'Friday Night Science' — how’d you argue at a bar,'” she said.

The survey, done with figures found online by the Road Snacks crew, has also recently had posts titled, “The 10 Dumbest Cities in Ohio,” “The 10 Most Ghetto Cities in California,” and “The 10 Fattest Cities in Wisconsin.”

The study included Alaska cities of 2,500 people or more, but they only list Kodiak City's population of about 6,500, not including the road system's equal number of residents, which likely would have lowered the community's danger score. 

McCarthy thinks that's only one example of how incomplete their data is.

“I think that Road Snacks is just incomplete, and they kind of tort the information the way they want it to be torted, basically. So they put population 6,564. Well, source: it states there Wikipedia – not correct," she said. "I just think that they basically tailored the information to sell the headline.”

And while Road Snacks dot net may have been trying to be helpful, McCarthy said a negative post like that could wind up doing the opposite.

“I haven't had anyone contact me yet, but I have a few people in town on my Facebook who've shared it, and then I've seen their relatives from out of state be like, 'Wow, I used to really promote or want to go to Kodiak, and now I don't know about that.' So it's definitely going to have an impact,” she said.

In response, McCarthy has posted to Facebook several updated sources for data on Kodiak's crime statistics and general livability.

“I just posted some factual web sites that actually provide real gathered data. So, the FBI statistical report, Bureau of Justice, Uniform Crime Reporting, the Alaska State Crime Reporting, America's Health United Foundation reporting," she said. "I think that those provide actually gathered statistical data.”

The most dangerous city in Alaska, according to Road Snacks dot net is Kotzebue. After Kodiak comes Homer, Wasilla, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Soldotna, Bethel, Juneau and Kenai.
Oct 22 2015
Altered Books, Turning One Form of Art Into Another
Thursday, 22 October 2015
jacqueline_madsen_book_art.jpgAn example of altered book art by Jacqueline Madsen. Photo by Jacqueline Madsen

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Writers create images between the covers of books that only your mind’s eye can see, but some artists also create literal images in those same pages.  

This weekend, a local artist will lead an altered book workshop sponsored by the Kodiak Public Library Association. Jacqueline Madsen, who works in mixed media, says she’ll introduce student to a number of different techniques.

“Making cut-outs or using old books as art journals, three dimensional design, sort of using a book as your canvas if you will and some easy ways to dissemble a book, so if you just want to use the cover, so you could take the guts out and maybe use them for a different project.”

She says she’s worked with books as a medium in her own art.

“One of the pieces I have, it’s 3-D and I basically used paper like tissue paper, sort of like you would do papier-mâché, and I’ve also done sort of a shadow box piece where I actually made a little three dimensional sculpture inside of the book, one I cut out the pages, and another one I just took the pages out altogether and made a little diorama inside.”

Madsen says students can use books that have seen better days.

“Old dictionaries and encyclopedias are great because nobody has use for them anymore, and they tend to have a lot of really cool illustrations that you can use in the design of your piece. But any hardcover book really lends itself well. Old textbooks, really great old vintage books are fun to use because again they have some great illustrations.”

Madsen says she’s not suggesting students use valuable books. The way she describes the craft makes it seem like a form of recycling for unloved paperbacks and hardcovers.

“I think it’s a great way to repurpose something and turn it into a work of art that is no longer of use to anyone. An outdated textbook from the 70s or even the 60s is likely going to end up in the landfill. Thousands and thousands of books every year get sent to the landfill and shredded.”

Madsen says the workshop will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kodiak Public Library and the entry fee is $75, which includes the tools and materials Madsen will provide.
Oct 21 2015
Four Mobile Home Codes Under Consideration
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Codes to relax limitations around mobile homes and mobile home parks are in motion in light of the Jackson Mobile Home Park closure, and the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission is examining a few new codes it could change.

At the Kodiak City Council work session last night, community development director Bob Pederson went through the code changes P&Z is considering. He said the first code has gone through one P&Z public hearing and is set for a second one.

“The recreational parks, again similar to the mobile home parks, [are]  looking at easing those regulatory standards to make it a little easier for folks to start a recreational vehicle park in the community. [There]… is occasionally some talk about those as another tool in the box to address affordable or work force housing or temporary  housing for construction workers up here in the summer season or so forth.”

He said the second code is one P&Z has yet to discuss. According to Pederson’s memorandum to the city, it would “allow accessory dwelling units on residentially zoned properties.” Examples of this would be an apartment over a garage or a basement apartment.

“Two we’ve got a first work session on. That’s accessory dwelling units. It’s a land use movement that’s sort of been sweeping the country. Mother-in-law apartments created in the flats traditionally called to allow these in residential properties under certain standards being that they’re subordinate to the main dwelling.”

He said P&Z will continue to refine that in its November work session. Pederson also presented the first draft of a code that would create a new zoning district for single-family dwelling units on smaller lots which could accommodate a standard size home, a mobile home, or even a tiny home as part of the movement where people live in compact spaces.

“As drafted, it’s an entirely new zoning category. So, if you had four acres at the end of XYZ street and were interested in pursuing that type of development, you could come in and apply for a rezone of that property and go through that public process and then if it were indeed rezoned, then you could develop it with smaller lots than the current minimum lot size.”

Pederson said lastly, P&Z is talking about the concept of planned unit developments, which would allow more flexibility in development standards not allowed by conventional zoning regulations.

“That’s a planning tool that’s been around for decades and decades. It often involves clustering houses, say on one piece of the property with smaller lot sizes. If you’re trying to avoid wetlands on another piece of property would be just one example that leaps to mind. And you keep the density whole, but you’re not impacting the wetlands. So, that’s another tool that’s not in our code currently.”
Following the P&Z review on the code changes, they will be sent to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly for legislative action. The next P&Z work session is scheduled for November 11 and its next regular meeting for November 18.    
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