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Due to current dry and windy conditions, there is a borough-wide burn ban in effect. No incinerator or open burning is allowed at this time.
 
Jul 23 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 23 July 2015

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Coming up this week, The Great MSC Standoff of 2015 is over; No second opening for Southeast king trollers; and are Kenai's reds just late like everywhere else, or ...? We had help from KCAW's Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KDLL's Jenny Neyman in Kenai, KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer and CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau.  

 
Jul 23 2015
New Dog Park, Sidewalk Repair, and Phillipine Consulate Visit on City Council Agenda
Thursday, 23 July 2015
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Public property use for a consular outreach program and a code change for a  new dog park are both items on tonight’s agenda for the Kodiak City Council regular meeting.

The Filipino-American Association of Kodiak has filed a request to use the Teen Center between July 31 and August 1 for a visit from the Philippine Consulate General’s representatives from San Francisco.

City Manager Aimée Kniaziowski explains the visit as a public service.

“The Philippine consulate does their traditional outreach program to either residents of the Philippines or people that might have questions about their status or their ability to work toward getting American citizenship,” she says. “It’s a really wonderful program and that happens every year and the Fil-Am Society always sponsors that.”

Also on the agenda is authorization of a bid award for repairs on sidewalks around the city.

“We have a very large network of sidewalks and curbs and whatnot that get damaged or just worn out over time, so we issue that bid each year depending on the amount of funds that we have available, award that bid, and then Public Works works with the successful bidder to identify those areas that might need to be repaired or replaced,” says Kniaziowski.

According to the agenda, the council has previously granted the contract to the lowest “responsible bidder,” which this year is Unitemp Mechanical Insulation.

Kniaziowski says a new piece of business will adjust code to allow for the establishment of a leash-free dog park in town.

“You have to have your animal on a leash in the city limits and there’s a lot of misconception about that,” she says. “They think that perhaps that they can be leash free and there is no leash-free area. But this will create that one section in East Addition Park, and they’re working on getting that prepped.”

She says it’ll take another reading of the ordinance and then 30 days plus some wait time before it becomes effective.

The city council will discuss these three issues among others at tonight’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the assembly chambers.
 
Jul 22 2015
Preserving Your Memories on Hard Drives
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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Have you thought about where your home videos will be in five years? What about 500? Well, museums are concerned about keeping memories too.

The Baranov Museum’s executive director, Tiffany Brunson, says it’s important to make sure the museum’s collection is always going to be accessible into the future, regardless of changing file types and evolving programs.

She says it’s really easy to care for a physical photograph. You just put it in a folder.

“And it won’t go anywhere, it won’t get corrupted. For a digital file, that all has the possibility of happening,” says Brunson. “You could be using a proprietary software that the company then changes and all of sudden you can’t access your files anymore. So, these are equally as valuable as our physical collections. It’s part of caring for the history of Kodiak. In the many ways that we’re accepting objects related to Kodiak history, we need to know how to care for them.”

The museum’s intern from the University of Missouri St. Louis, Hannah Streicher, is helping them to do that.

She’s been writing a digital collections management plan for the Baranov and, Thursday night, will share her techniques with the public. She’ll give a talk about preserving videos, photos, audio files, and documents. Streicher says one of the keys, as Brunson mentioned, is to avoid proprietary file formats. Here’s an example.

“If you are creating something in Microsoft Word and it’s saved as a docx file, then that can only be opened in that version of Microsoft word, and they’ve already gone through several file formats. Before that it was just a doc file,” says Streicher. “So, saving something as an rtf is a better solution than saving something as a docx.”

Backing up your files is a good idea. Streicher says making one copy is a start, but making two copies is better.

“Every time you open a file, you change the data that’s associated with it,” she says. “Every time you’re opening it, you’re risking corruption, you’re risking exposing that file to a virus or all sorts of things, so having those multiple copies helps to mitigate some of that risk, since if you can’t open one copy, then in theory you can open another copy.”

She says a couple of the backup methods you could use are external hard drives or online storage. You can learn more and bring your own questions to the lecture at the Baranov Museum tomorrow at 7 p.m.
 
Jul 22 2015
Stephens Withdraws from Assembly Consideration
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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Two candidates applied for the vacant Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat that Carol Austerman left behind after her resignation last month, but one man withdrew his name on Tuesday.

The two hopefuls were former Assemblyman Mel Stephens, and Dennis Symmons, who works in tree service and excavation, but according to Borough Clerk Nova Javier, Stephens has withdrawn.

Neither could be reached for comment.

The Borough Assembly will interview Symmons at a special meeting called for next July 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the borough conference room.

At the time of her resignation, Austerman said she will be moving to Europe for her husband’s job. She left with just over a year remaining in her term, and by borough code, the seat must be filled by appointment until the next election, in October. At that time, the seat will go on the ballot for a one-year term.  
 
Jul 22 2015
Walmart Reports Bomb Threat
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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Walmart reported a bomb threat to the Kodiak Police Department early this morning. Police evacuated the store in order to assess the threat and then turned the space over to the store manager when they did not find any bombs. The police department asks that anyone in the public with more information contact them.
 
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