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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)
 
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Sep 25 2014
City, Boro to Review Bycatch Managment Letter
Thursday, 25 September 2014

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           It’s a busy night of meetings for Kodiak’s governing bodies. The night begins at 6 p.m. with a City Council work session. On that agenda is a presentation from Kodiak Electric Association about the possibility of using a flywheel to store energy generated on the island during peak production periods. The council will also hear a quarterly capital project update and review a letter to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on Gulf of Alaska bycatch management. Tonight’s work session will be held in the borough assembly chambers and will be followed by the council’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.
            The Borough Assembly will also gather tonight for a work session and discuss the possibility of creating a transitional housing facility in Kodiak. The goal would be to provide housing assistance to community members struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
             Like the city council, tonight the assembly will also be reviewing its Gulf trawl bycatch management letter. The assembly will also discuss funding a guard rail for the Bay View Road Service Area and hear an update from the assessing department of the borough.
              Tonight’s work session will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the borough conference room, below the assembly chambers.
 

 
Sep 25 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 25 September 2014

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Coming up this week, a Haines fisherman is safe after is boat sinks out from under him; a mixed decision in an Unalaska murder trial, and Western Alaska Natives ask for increased bycatch reduction. All that, and learning to love salmon caviar, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KHNS’ Margaret Friedenauer in Haines, KTOO’s Matt Miller in Juneau, KUCB’s Annie Ropeike and Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, KYUK’s Daysha Eaton in Bethel and KCAW’s Rich McClear in Sitka.

 
Sep 24 2014
Candidates in Crowded Assembly Race Address the Issues
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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     The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and KMXT, is linked above.Due to technical difficulties, the audio for Assemblyman Tuck Bonney's introduction was not recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

 
Sep 24 2014
City Council Candidates Face Off
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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     The Kodiak City Council Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and KMXT, is linked above.

 
Sep 24 2014
Two of Three School Board Candidates Attend Forum
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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    Last night the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and KMXT sponsored a candidate debate forum for those seeking Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, Board of Education, and Kodiak City Council.
    We’ll hear first from two of the three school board candidates, challenger Duncan Fields and incumbent Katie Oliver. Incumbent Jeff Stewart, who was appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy, did not attend the forum.
    Fields, a prominent figure in fisheries politics, introduced himself first, giving the reasons he was seeking a school district seat.
    “Frankly, I’m running for the school board because I think the Kodiak School District needs a change in direction," he said. "Perhaps that’s why most of us enter public service. We want tot work towards change. If the status quo was fine, why get involved?”
    He added that he believes dissatisfaction with the school district is as high as he’s seen it in his 50-plus years in Kodiak. He cited the borough’s new website and its vision statements.
    “And these are kind of the organizational documents for an organization or entity. And one of the vision statements is the community will take pride in the Kodiak Island Borough School District," he said. "Currently I have a sense that the district is not doing so well actualizing its belief that the community is an integral part of the school. And I just don’t think the district is doing well of meeting its goal of community pride and community support.”
    Oliver, who also graduated from Kodiak Schools, and has two children in the system now, explained why she is interested in remaining on the school board.
    “I was originally drawn to service on the school board because I believe in the idea that all children have the right to a quality education. And I strongly believe that a strong public education system is the cornerstone of a democratic society," she said. "I know that sounds lofty, and maybe a little aloof, but in the end of the day, that is the essence of it.”
    She said challenge for the school board is to nurture students and make teachers feel valued and respected, given the budget situation.
    “I believe our district is doing a good job the first aspect, which is student achievement, which is the primary focus of the school board. We have high-achieving students, we have diverse and strong programs, and every assessment metric I have seen has kodiak kids outperforming their peers statewide, which is a testament of the quality of our schools and staff," she said. "I think it is also fair to say, that with regard to number two, we are struggling with the need to ensure that teachers are supported and feel valued and respected. I hear that.”
    The candidates also took questions about the school district’s role in shaping programs and in retaining experienced, quality teachers. Oliver cited statistics showing Kodiak’s teacher turnover is just slightly more than the statewide average, while Fields said the “brain drain” is probably the primary reason he decided to run for the school board. We have those full responses and the entire school board forum linked above.

 
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