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Oct 08 2015
Walk Brings Attention to Domestic Violence's Warning Signs
Thursday, 08 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and part of that awareness is being alert to the warning signs of an abusive relationship, which can range from threats to invasive behavior. Lauren Humphrey is Outreach Coordinator with the Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center and says the group’s Paws for Peace walk Saturday aims to draw attention to one red flag: using pets for intimidation.

“A lot of times that power and control that the abuser is putting onto the family starts with the family pets, starts with the dog or the cat and threatening to hurt the dog or the cat and threatening or hurting the pet and saying they’re gonna kill them or whatnot, especially if the person dearly loves that animal.”

She says there are other warning signs.

“Controlling finances, having complete control over all the money. That’s a huge one. That’s the beginning process of isolation. If you’re not having the same contact with your family and friends because of your partner. Your partner is saying ‘I don’t want you around so and so.’ It really doesn’t matter if they’re your friend, you’re allowed to see them. Controlling your job and your activities, controlling what you wear.”

The walk this weekend hopes to draw attention to these issues and more.

Humphrey says it begins at 11 a.m. and starts at the St. James Fisherman Church at 421 Thorsheim Street. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and you should bring a dog. If you don’t have one on hand, the Center is partnering with the Humane Society of Kodiak and you can sign up to walk one of the dogs from their animal shelter.
Oct 08 2015
Terror Lake Hydro Expansion Pushed in Senate Committee
Thursday, 08 October 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Thursday morning in Washington D.C., the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took testimony on a bill that would allow Kodiak's hydroelectric water reservoir to be expanded. Chaired by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, the committee spent most of its session discussing ways to deal with the drought in the Western Lower 48, but she did make a few comments about Terror Lake in her opening comments.

“Right now, the area around Terror Lake is powered solely by clean, renewable hydro power and a small wind turbine,” Murkowski said. “So we’re in kind of an interesting situation. If we can’t allow for the expansion, what we do then is we turn back to expensive diesel fuel instead.”

The bill amends the special-use permit for the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project to authorize Kodiak Electric Association to construct a tunnel and associated facilities for the Upper Hidden Basin Diversion. It will allow more snow melt and runoff to reach Terror Lake and be made available for power generation. Electrical capacity was increased last year, when a third hydro turbine was installed there.

“The news across the country that was highlighted when President Obama was up in the state was that we’re making some remarkable headway with our microgrid systems and Kodiak is always pointed out as the second largest island in the United States of America getting to the point where they can be 100 percent on renewables,” Murkowski said. “But we’re going to have to go back to diesel if we can’t get an expansion around Terror Lake.”

The Terror Lake project displaces the need for Kodiak Electric to burn about 2-million gallons of diesel fuel a year. Murkowski pointed out that hydro power supplies 24 percent of Alaska’s electricity needs and the state has identified more than 200 promising sites for further hydro power development. 
Oct 08 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 08 October 2015

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Coming up this week, we hear what the TAC is going to be for crab in the Bering Sea when three seasons open next week, we find out exactly how Southeast crabbers did with Dungies this summer, and the forecast for next spring's Togiak Herring run looks mighty … average. All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KFSK's Angel Denning in Petersburg, APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C., and KDLG's Hannah Colton in Dillingham. 

Oct 08 2015
Alutiiq Museum Releases a Series of Short Films on Archaeological Sites and Protecting Artifacts
Thursday, 08 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

You may be familiar with the way security guards in museums eye you if you get too close to a painting or sculpture. There aren’t any security guards for archaeological sites on Kodiak, but artifacts deserve the same reverence.

Patrick Saltonstall, Curator of Archaeology at the Alutiiq Museum, says the museum has produced a series of three five-minute videos called “Stewards of Heritage” that will explain the value of archaeological sites as a resource, what happens to sites and how they can be protected, and laws related to them.

“What laws protect graves? What laws protect sites? What can you do when you see these things? For the most part, sites are protected and I’m very happy about that, but that still doesn’t mean you can’t look at sites, and we try to hopefully in these videos teach people what they can do legally and how these sites can tell them something.”

Satonstall says in the videos he speaks about what these sites mean to him as an archaeologist, but the short films include a lot of different voices. The Alutiiq Museum collaborates with people throughout the island in its stewardship program, which works with volunteers who look at sites in a noninvasive way and report their observations.

“We interview various people who are involved with site stewardship or the whole process. We talk to Alutiiq elders, Alutiiq people who no longer even live in the state, but they’ve come back, and how these sites have helped them learn about themselves.”

Saltonstall says they also talk about the ways that sites can be destroyed.

“One of the biggest ones is probably erosion, especially with rising sea levels, with global warming. Another way the sites are damaged is animals digging ‘em. Bears dig for roots or dig beds for when they watch fish. We have puffins burrowing into sites, deers making trails. And the one we try to prevent is humans digging in sites.”

He says people may be interested in taking home souvenirs, for example. Amy Steffian, Director of Research & Publication, was involved in the films’ development and says that’s something they talk about in the third video in the series.

“What are artifacts, what do you do when you find an artifact? Why is it important to leave them where you find them? What happens to artifacts when they enter a museum versus what happens if someone takes them home? And Natalie Wadley and Marnie Leist, our collection people, talk about artifacts, and how we treat them and why they’re important.”

She says the videos, which the US Fish & Wildlife Service funded, will be distributed across the state. You can pick up a free DVD at the Alutiiq Museum’s upcoming screening tonight at 7 p.m.  
Oct 07 2015
Crow, Symmons, Stephens Win Seats on KIB Assembly
Wednesday, 07 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Election results are in for the Kodiak Island Borough 2015 Municipal Elections. For the two Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seats of three years, Kyle Crow won with 976 votes and Dennis Symmons with 897 votes and, for the assembly seat of one year, Mel Stephens won with 811 votes.

Dennis Symmons said he is elated about the results.

“In Kodiak, a person running for office never knows what that turnout’s going to be, never knows where they stand. I know the input was like no other election that I’ve been involved with before. The input from my friends, the supporters, has been perfect. I’m really content with what we put into this campaign.”

He said his last few months serving as an assemblyman has been a learning process, and Kyle Crow says that learning his new role is what he wants to tackle first.

“It looks like a lot of work ahead. It’s almost a little daunting. I’m grateful for the confidence of the voters and I’ll just try to do the best I can. I’m sure I’ll fall short at times, but this is a new experience to me, and I look forward to giving it my best shot.”

Mel Stephens could not be reached for comment.

In addition to the assembly seats, Tracy Chandler and Robert Foy won two seats of three years on the Kodiak Island School District Board of Education.

And, in the Kodiak City Municipal Elections, Laura Arboleda ran for a Kodiak City Council seat of two years, formerly held by Terry Haines, and Gabriel Saravia and Richard Walker ran for two seats of three-year terms. All three candidates won those positions. Pat Branson also ran for re-election for the mayoral seat and won uncontested. You can find the full results on the Borough's website.
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