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City walks back harbor fee hike by two thirds
The Kodiak City Council rolled back plans to implement an 18.5 percent increase in harbor rates and fees in July, opting instead for a more palatable 6 percent increase. The change comes in response to council concern that the larger increase — after just one week between the vote and bills being mailed — would catch some boat owners with too little notice. Under the new proposal, moorage and other harbor rates wo...
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CG Exchanges drop some weapons after Orlando
All Coast Guard Exchange stores in the U.S., including Kodiak and Ketchikan, that sell firearms have stopped selling “assault-style” weapons. John Riley, chief operating officer for exchanges for the Coast Guard, said the recent Orlando, Florida, shooting on June 12, in which 49 were killed and more than that were injured, prompted the exchanges to stop carrying the weapons. “It was the tipping point,” Riley said ...
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Week in Words: Sun sets annual record with late sunset
This week we celebrated yet another glorious summer solstice. The sky was clear, the breeze was light, and the sunlight lasted forever. Or so it seemed, at least. The word “solstice” comes from the 13th century Old French word of the same spelling, though, of course, pronounced a little differently from how we say it today. Before the Norman Invasion, however, the English used the word “sunstead,” which I kind of ...
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Stutes, Stevens differ on special session issue
The work of Kodiak’s elected state officials is not yet complete. Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Louise Stutes are back in town following the special session adjournment over the weekend, but not for long. A proclamation from Gov. Bill Walker Sunday called legislators back to Juneau for another special session to begin July 11. The agenda calls for consideration of state use of a portion of Alaska Permanent Fund earni...
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BACK IN THE STATES: Thomet to run at Junior Outdoor Championships
Levi Thomet isn’t wasting any time in jumping back into the state’s running circuit. The former Kodiak High School standout, fresh off a 10-month foreign exchange program in Germany, is competing Friday at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, California. Thomet is part of a 23-runner field in the 10,000-meter run at 7:25 p.m. Alaska Standard Time. The top two finishers earn a trip to the...
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City flushing water system; discolored water still safe
Between June 27 and July 15 the city of Kodiak Public Works Department will flush water mains, according to a city announcement. Flushing activities will encompass the entire water system. This activity is designed to remove the sediment from the water mains, which accumulates over time. Customers may experience discolored water. All water used in the flushing program and all water in the mains is treated, disinfe...
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KIBSD head to leave next year
Kodiak Island Borough School District’s superintendent will leave the position at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Stewart McDonald, who has held the job for eight years, said at Monday night’s school board meeting that he would not seek to renew his contract when it expires next summer. He believes that upon his exit, he’ll have spent one of the longest stints as superintendent of the Kodiak. Yet, “I don’t thi...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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New ID system for CG base visitors coming on line Sept. 1
Civilians doing business at Coast Guard Base Kodiak will soon feel the impact of the new RAPIDGate security system from Sure ID Inc. The change aims to beef up security at the sprawling military installation. In promotional materials, the Sure ID says the program will make entry to the base “faster and more secure.” The change will impact all vendors and contractors, as well as anyone seeking a day pass. It will n...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Taking a break from alligators
This past Thursday’s borough assembly meeting was more casual and less focused than most. The weather outside was glorious, there were only a few members in the audience, and the meeting ended after only about an hour and a half — as opposed to its usual going full tilt for four hours until the mandatory 10:30 p.m. cutoff. And this coming Thursday is dark, with no assembly meeting scheduled. There were several eng...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Career diplomat: Foreign Service wants you
The U.S. Foreign Service needs all types of people from all walks of life. Former U.S. diplomat Eva Groening made a stop in Kodiak last weekend to deliver that message in a speech at Kodiak College about careers in diplomacy. “I think all too often the image people have of being a diplomat is somehow exotic and elite, and that keeps them from even attempting to do it,” she said. “I really would like to encourage p...
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