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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 06 2015
Results in for Kodiak Island Borough and Kodiak City Municipal Elections
Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Results are in for the Kodiak Island Borough and Kodiak City 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. For the assembly seat of one year, Mel Stephens won with 811 votes. The Kodiak Island Borough has posted the full results on its website.
Oct 06 2015
Vote for Your Borough and City Representatives Today
Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Today is the City of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough Municipal Elections. Kyle Crow, Chris Lynch, and Dennis Symmons are each running for one of two three-year seats on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, and Mel Stephens, Jonathan Strong, and Sara Alison Sundsten are running for a seat of a one-year term on the assembly. For the Kodiak Island School Borough District Board of Education, Tracy Chandler and Robert Foy are both running uncontested for three-year terms.

As for the city elections, Pat Branson is running for reelection to the two-year mayoral seat without any competitors. For council seats, Laura Arboleda is running uncontested for a two-year-term in a seat formerly held by Terry Haines, and Gabriel Saravia and Richard Walker are running for two seats of three-year-terms.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight.
Oct 06 2015
TOTR: Kodiak Youth Court Fall 2015
Tuesday, 06 October 2015
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Andrew Ott is the coordinator of Kodiak's Youth Court and sat down with host Kayla Desroches to talk about the program and upcoming recruitment. He also brought along two sisters who are involved in this year's Youth Court activities. 
Oct 06 2015
Walk/Bike Initiative Starting Up for Fall
Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Have you been walking your kids to school or sending them off on bikes in the morning? Starting the day off actively is part of the national Walk and Roll initiative to encourage kids to be healthy.

Island Trail Network’s Tom Pogson is the Safe Routes to School Coordinator and says between October 6 and 19, he hopes kids will get outside a total of ten times. That means they can bike to school or take a hike - whatever gets your elementary and middle school students out and about.

Pogson says the habit of walking and biking to school which was so strong in the 60s and 70s has declined and many residents live too far away from their classrooms to get to them that way.

“There’s been a real change in the way kids take in information and a real way kids spend their time and what we know is that this lack of activity or some level of daily activity seems to be contributing to obesity and secondarily, the development of diabetes in these young children that don’t have an active lifestyle as they become adults.”

Pogson says if kids record when they bike or walk to school and build up to ten separate outdoor adventures, they have the chance to win prizes – from pencils to bike pins. Pogson says there may also be an apple party with a date and location to be announced after October 19. Check out the Walk Bike to School website for more information.
Oct 05 2015
Studebaker Releases Second Children's Book in Series
Monday, 05 October 2015
smushouthouse-book-cover-copy-e1443405696143.jpgCover of Studebaker’s new book. Via Sense of Place Press

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Songs and stories go together like outhouses and… well… octopuses? Stacy Studebaker says she’s just published a second children’s book called “Octopus in the Outhouse,” based on lyrics she wrote twenty years ago when she was part of a band in Kodiak.

“We produced three music CDs with our own original music and one was called Alaska Animal Tales and Tunes for which I wrote most of the material… most of the songs, and one of the songs was Hey Bear, Ho Bear, so people over the years said, you know, you should turn the lyrics of that song into a children’s book.”

Which she did. “Hey Bear, Ho Bear,” follows a young green-haired character and her weasel, as does this most recent release. She says “Octopus in the Outhouse” was based on a real experience she had when she and her husband stumbled upon a cabin during a kayak trip. They decided to camp there for the night and at some point, she ventured outside to use the facilities.

“And as I was walking to the outhouse, I heard a lot of strange sounds coming from within, so I very carefully opened up the door and ran face to face with a porcupine that was sitting on the seat, that was about three quarters chewed through by the way, and it turned out that a whole family of porcupines had moved into that outhouse.”

Studebaker says her heroine travels to different iconic Alaskan places.

“Wherever she goes, she goes to use an outhouse and in each place, she goes to use the outhouse and some appropriate wildlife has moved into the outhouse. For instance, in Barrow, of course it’s the polar bears that have moved into the outhouse.”

Studebaker says she worked closely with her illustrator, Kay Underwood, who was a Kodiak resident for many years and now lives in Anchorage. Underwood draws her illustrations with colored pencils and they are vivid and full of movement. She says the book reflects an Alaskan way of life that both author and illustrator have experienced.   

“We both lived these lives been to all these places and we have a cabin in Talkeetna, so when I was doing a sunrise in Talkeetna, it was the view that I would look at, and the pictures that I’ve taken, I know that the sunrise is right here because I’ve been there.”

Studebaker published “Octopus in the Outhouse” through her company, Sense of Place Press. You can find out more about this book and others by Studebaker on the press’s website.

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