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Mar 04 2015
Hear the Stories Behind the Objects
Wednesday, 04 March 2015

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Tonight fans of Kodiak Island history get the chance to delve into the stories behind some select items in the Baranov Museum's extensive collection. Visitors will be guided by Anjuli Grantham, the museum's curator. She was interviewed on today's KMXT Morning News with Jay Barrett. 

 
Mar 03 2015
Young Kodiak Fisherman Found Dead in Bunk
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
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    Though Troopers are still awaiting autopsy results from the state medical examiner, their investigation revealed nothing suspicious aboard a Kodiak fishing vessel where a crewman was found dead Saturday morning.
    A little after 11 a.m. On Saturday, Troopers were notified by the skipper of the fishing vessel Alaskan Dream that 29-year-old Sean O'Callahan was found dead in his bunk.
    The Alaskan Dream was headed to fishing grounds near the south end of Kodiak Island, but turned around to meet Troopers back in Kodiak and turn over O'Callahan's body. It was then sent to Anchorage for an autopsy. 
    The Troopers conducted an investigation on board the Alaskan Dream and in their report say nothing suspicious was observed. It appears O'Callahan passed away in his sleep sometimes during the night.
    O'Callahan's mother posted to her son's Facebook page that she would be scattering some of his ashes in Kodiak waters and more in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, with dates to be announced.
 
Mar 02 2015
Downtown Utility Master Plan Approved
Monday, 02 March 2015
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     The Kodiak City Council took another step toward updating its aging utility infrastructure at Thursday night's meeting with the adoption of the downtown water and sewer master plan. 
     The current water, sewer and storm drain network under the streets of downtown were put in as downtown was rebuilt after the 1964 earthquake and tsunami, as Councilman Charlie Davidson noted.
     "And the have a life span of approximately 30 years. Well, we've almost doubled that. They're asbestos-cement pipes, so you can see we're skating on pretty thin ice on some of these. And with the present Alaska Municipal Matching Grant Program probably being reduced substantially, we've go to start realizing we've got to start saving for these programs. And these people who say cut and cut and cut, if you don't plan your future for your municipality, you won't have one."
     City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the passage of the master plan would pave the way for the city to be able to seek the funding for such large infrastructure projects.
     "That will give us a guidance and the community some guidance on what the plan will be. Of course it's very expensive to replace that infrastructure, and we have to wait until there's money available through these traditional programs. We do not fund this straight out of the General Fund. We couldn't afford to do so."
     Councilman John Whiddon, no stranger to Cannery Row, said the upgrades were important to the city's industry.
     "But the critical infrastructure services, primarily services the seafood industry, with a couple of pumping stations that deliver water along Shelikof Street and Marine Way. I'm glad we've broke these out in phases and hopefully we can at some point we can secure the funding ... it's a very well written plan, so thank you."
     The measure passed the council unanimously. 
 
Feb 27 2015
City Council Implores More Citizens to Attend Meetings
Friday, 27 February 2015
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    At last night's meeting, the Kodiak City Council was visited by a couple of citizens concerned over the level of spending being considered by the city.
    Also, the council spent about an hour and a half in executive session discussing claims made by the contractor that is rebuilding Pier III, the cargo dock. No action was taken after the council gaveled back in. 
 
Feb 26 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Coming up this week, the board of fisheries is underway in Sitka, expect more drama from the Central Kenai Peninsula this summer, and has the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission outlived its usefulness? All that and more coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KCAW's Robert Woolsey in Sitka, KDLL's Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, KUCB's Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KFSK's Angela Denning in Petersburg and KRBD's Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan.  

 
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