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City Asks For Water Conservation
Received from the Kodiak City Manager's Office on September 25, 2015
The City of Kodiak is asking commercial and residential customers to conserve water usage 
The water level at the Monashka reservoir, the City’s primary water containment system, is just under 50% full. We must rely on rainfall to fill the reservoir. Persistent weather patterns have limited rainfall and changes aren’t expected for some time.
Please think of ways to conserve water usage in your daily routines. You might opt to take a quick shower and not a bath, turn the water off when brushing teeth, postpone washing your car, or make sure your taps aren’t dripping or open and running unattended.
Conservation efforts must continue until we receive substantial rainfall and this situation is reversed.
Oct 02 2015
KMXT Considers Legal Options After Kodiak City Denies FOIA Request
Friday, 02 October 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
It's taken two weeks, but the City of Kodiak has flatly rejected the Freedom of Information Act request KMXT made for documents associated with allegations of police brutality in mid August when three Kodiak Police Department officers are accused of using excessive force against an autistic and challenged young man.

In a brief letter, the city's attorney, Holly Wells, said the documents were denied on two counts.

The first reason given was that the documents were part of the city's pending investigation. However, a week earlier, the city announced its investigation was over, and it was being turned over to an impartial party.

The second reason given was that releasing the documents could result in an invasion of someone's privacy rights. However, the encounter with 28-year-old Nick Pletnikoff, which left him bloodied and bruised, happened in broad daylight, on a city street, in public, where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

Relief for denied Freedom of Information Act Requests is sought in district court, and KMXT is considering its legal strategy.
Oct 02 2015
Conservation Easement Resolution on Termination Point Postponed
Friday, 02 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly considered two separate resolutions to support negotiations on conservation easements to Termination Point and Long Island, respectively, which the Great Land trust is managing. The sale of the Leisnoi-owned land would prevent development such as timber harvest from happening in the two areas.

Bill Roberts, standing in for the borough manager, explained the vote on the resolution about Termination Point is not an agreement to buy the conservation easement.

“This resolution is merely to tell Great Land Trust that, yes, we have interest, and if you go ahead, we will jump into it later and look at it and decide what the easement contains and what kind of responsibilities the borough will have. Right now, all this does is say, yes, go in and negotiate with Leisnoi.”
Assemblyman Aaron Griffin expressed concern about the permanency of the easement and the idea of it being “forever.” He brought up housing issues and the lack of Kodiak land under private ownership.

“We have a lot of land that is locked up and is unable to use. We sit here on the doorsteps of one of the most pristine and permanently protected wildlife refuges in the world and here we are talking about locking up even more land to, in essence, what is another wildlife refuge.”

Griffin also expressed concern about the absence of four assembly members at the meeting and suggested that they postpone the vote. The assembly agreed and decided it would bring the resolution back up again at the next regular meeting. After which, it moved onto the resolution about Long Island.

Assemblyman Dan Rohrer said he would be voting yes on expressing support for those negotiations. He said there are certain benefits to a local government body holding that easement rather than the state, which had already turned down Great Land Trust’s request to do so.

“Frankly, I like a government that… is closest to where people like yourselves can come sit in this room. And if we’re concerned in the future about how, for example, a conservation easement on Long Island would be managed, the nice part is, by the Kodiak Island Borough holding it, you and I can come and stand at that podium and voice our concerns and our expectations in regard to that.”

Rohrer said he’s also pleased that the time frame which the Great Land Trust presented gives the community the opportunity to give input rather than rushing a decision. The motion supporting Long Island negotiations carried 4 to 0. Tune into KMXT on October 15 to hear the assembly’s continued discussion about supporting the conservation easement to Termination Point.
Oct 02 2015
Kodiak Man Pleads Guilty to Drug, Money Laundering Charges
Friday, 02 October 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A 55-year-old Kodiak resident faces up to 40-years in prison and $5-million fine in connection to a drug dealing conspiracy and money laundering. According to U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler, DuWayne LeDoux pleaded guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to posession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to structure cash deposits to avoid bank scrutiny. 

His co-defendant, Jennifer MacDougal of Sacramento would send the meth and crack cocaine to LeDoux. She pleaded guilty in November 2012 and is currently serving a five-year sentence.

LeDoux is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Troy Nunley on January 7th. Though he faces decades in federal prison, Loeffler points out that the actual sentence LeDoux receives will be at the discretion of the court after taking other factors into account. 
Oct 01 2015
The Alaska Fisheries Report
Thursday, 01 October 2015

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Coming up this week, the new board president of the BBRSDA says their vision will remain the same, how warm summers affect young pollock, and rainy Kodiak apparently isn't rainy enough. Stay tuned for all that and more on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KDLG's Molly Dishner in Dillingham, KMXT's Kayla Desroches in Kodiak, and the Ice Bridge Project's Elizabeth Arnold. 

Sep 30 2015
School Board, Mayor, City Council Give Election Statements
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

At Tuesday’s Kodiak Island Borough municipal election debate, candidates for the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education, Kodiak City Mayor, and the Kodiak City Council ran uncontested. However, some chose to step up and make a statement either themselves or through representatives.

KMXT hosted the debate alongside the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and Lindsay Knight, the president of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, served as moderator. Here are some excerpts from each candidate’s statement.

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The Kodiak Island Borough municipal election will be held Tuesday, October 6. To hear highlights from the debate between the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat candidates, go to KMXT.org and, to find out more about all the candidates, go to the Kodiak Island Borough website or call the borough clerk’s office at (907) 486 9310.
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