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Feb 20 2015
Maw Withraws Name from Fish Board Consideration
Friday, 20 February 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state official says a controversial Board of Fisheries appointee has indicated he no longer wants to be considered for a seat on the board.

Karen Gillis, director of boards and commissions, said she was told Friday to prepare a letter to the Legislature, informing lawmakers Roland Maw was withdrawing his name from consideration. Maw didn't immediately return a call to The Associated Press seeking confirmation.

Gov. Bill Walker appointed Maw in January after former board chair Karl Johnstone resigned.

Maw had been expected to serve on the board as an interim member at a meeting in Sitka that begins Feb. 23. Gillis says the seat will likely go unfilled at that meeting.

Walker will now have two seats on the Board of Fisheries to fill by April 1.

Feb 20 2015
Conrad Named Borough's Top Employee for 2014
Friday, 20 February 2015
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    Scores of Kodiak Island residents are employed by the borough government, but every year, one stands out. This year, as announced by Manager Bud Cassidy last night, the Employee of the Year Award went to Dave Conrad, the borough's construction inspector and engineer, and given the work that's been going on around town, he's been busy.
    "Dave works closely on two very busy projects: the Kodiak High School addition and renovation and more closely on the Kodiak Island Borough lateral landfill expansion and closure project."
    Cassidy informed the assembly on Conrad's range of duties.
    "As Construction Inspector/Engineer, it's Dave's responsibility to make decisions concerning preliminary concepts, design, approaches, equipment selections and construction methods associated with a number of our construction projects. Working under the supervision of the project supervision manager and inspector this position monitors projects from conception, including planning, design and construction through close out, including fiscal and quality control. He also performs on-site inspections of all borough construction."
    Cassidy also lauded Conrad for stepping up when his department was shorthanded in the past year:
    "Dave was recently recognized this past year for his handling of additional responsibilities during absences of key employees in the department. He willingly stepped up and embraced those additional duties, performing them with professionalism and trustworthiness. Dave's knowledge of the department and the project office coupled with his expertise of facilities maintenance proved invaluable during this time. Supervisors and coworkers appreciate Dave's impeccable work ethic, his positive attitude and his ability to handle sometimes demanding circumstances. So it's for these and other contributions to the borough that the Kodiak Island Borough is please to congratulate Dave Conrad Kodiak Island Borough Employee of the year."
    Also at last night's meeting, the assembly voted unanimously to endorse a resolution supporting Alaska Senate Bill Number 1, which would prohibit smoking in all workplaces in Alaska. We'll have more on that story Monday. 
Feb 19 2015
Kodiak Singer Looking to Make Impact with New EP
Thursday, 19 February 2015
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Come Alive by Krimson: 
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    An 18-year-old Kodiak Island woman has been going back and forth from here to Los Angeles since before high school graduation last year, laying the groundwork for her music career. 
    Folks here know her as Stephanie Blondin. On iTunes, she's Krimson. Her first single, "Come Alive," was co-written with L.A. pianist Davy Nathan.*
    "We just started writing these songs together. We wrote a few, and then we wrote a few more. And I ended up picking the later versions just because they were a little more fitting to me. After working with him (we did) nine songs total."
    Krimson describes her music as Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, which requires a high level of collaboration between writing the lyrics, scoring the melody, and then what she calls "the computer stuff."
    "Well it's actually pretty cool, because we  go in there and we'll sit down with just a piano and basically pencil and paper and just kind of write the song out from nowhere. It's a lot of fun. So just kind of on a friend basis, just sit down and write a song together, and then I go home to Alaska typically," she said. "You know they change the music for it and then I come back down, I rerecord it and then we mix it and master it."
    Her a four-song EP, titled "Stay," just went live a week ago, joining "Come Alive" on the iTunes store. So far her first single has been getting a nearly all five-star ratings and positive reviews. 
    "I would say what is successful isn't what sells, but what makes an impact to people, what people like. It's not always about how many downloads your getting, but if people are listening to your song," she said. "Me, actually as an artist, I would say that a lot of it to me is more the music than the singing. But a lot of people don't really technically do what I do because I kind of mix the DJ world with the artist world. You know most people are either DJs or singers, and I'm kind of a combination of both."
    As for her stage name "Krimson," she explains... "I was looking for ways to incorporate my red hair into my name, something that inspired me. And I was looking and researching and I couldn't find anything for months. I didn't know what to do. And then I came along with Crimson. So it kind of caught on to me and I didn't like it with a C and I kept doing this and doing that and I laid off of it for a few weeks and all of a sudden I was just doodling and I ran into it with a K, and that was pretty much it."

    If you'd like to hear more of Stephanie Blondin's music, search for her stage name on iTunes - it's Krimson, with a K.
*An earlier version of this story misidentified Davy Nathan. 
Feb 19 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Coming up this week, a pot cod boat runs hard aground during heavy weather in Kodiak, though as of press time there's been no oil pollution; the State Senate is taking a lot of testimony on Roland Maw's appointment to the Board of Fish, and a fisheries pioneer is set to get honored this weekend in Anchorage. All that, and a new study looks at the graying of the fleet and where the next generation of fishermen will come from. We had help from KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer. 

Feb 18 2015
Rep. Stutes Talks Fishing on 360North
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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First year State Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak was featured on the KTOO-produced Capital View television show with Mike Bradner on 360-North this week. Much of the conversation was about fisheries in Kodiak and Alaska. 

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