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Kodiak National Guardsmen homebound
Kodiak National Guardsmen deployed to Afghanistan have returned to the U.S. and are expected in Kodiak later this week. The soldiers set foot on U.S. soil, in Indiana on Thursday. Sen. Mark Begich greeted the soldiers as they arrived at Camp Atterbury in Indianapolis, Ind. where they were being in-processed before returning to Alaska. "It was great to be able to see them, greet them, and see their eyes as they wal...
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School district feels federal budget woes
School attendance is up, but federal budget woes are taking a bite out of the Kodiak school budgets, the school district announced Thursday night. The announcement came during a joint work session between the school board and the borough assembly, a meeting intended to ease the two bodies toward a budgeting process smoother than the rough-and-tumble negotiations of the past two years. In July, the borough assembly...
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Kodiak man charged with felony after wrecking hotel room
A 32-year-old Kodiak man is accused of kicking in a hotel door and ripping a clothing rack off the wall while intoxicated. Johndaniel Steele faces one charge of third-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail. The incident allegedly occurred around 5:30 a.m. Nov. 1 when the Kodiak Police Department received a 911 call from the manager of the Shelikof Lodge, reporting a fight...
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Borough assembly talks contracting regulations
Tighter rules on borough contracts could be implemented as soon as January, according to a new schedule set down by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. On Thursday night, the assembly took its first look at revised regulations drafted by assemblyman Tuck Bonney and assemblywoman Carol Austerman. The assembly received the suggestions positively, but members of the assembly asked for clarification on several parts, ...
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Rep. Alan Austerman misses out on House Majority Leader title
Rep. Alan Austerman is returning to the Alaska House of Representatives in January, but he’ll be doing so in a less prominent position. On Thursday, the House Majority Caucus announced that Austerman has been replaced as majority leader by Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage. Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, will remain Speaker of the House for a third term. Austerman will be co-chairman of the House Finance Committee, b...
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Harborside parking system will stay despite complaints
Despite the complaints from users, the current parking permit system at the downtown harbor will stay in place. The Kodiak ports and harbor advisory board discussed the issue during the Nov. 8 meeting. Shipyard operations manager Lon White was not present at the meeting, but submitted an email with a suggestion to do away with the current permit system for harbor parking. "One thing Lon is suggesting is that the p...
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Students explore the world
Students at East Elementary had the opportunity to walk across the country on Thursday as they explored one of the National Geographic's floor-sized traveling maps. The giant map of North America is currently on an Alaska tour, and some Kodiak students were able to take part in map learning activities. The 35x26 map was spread across the gym floor at East on Thursday as students crowded around it to learn from Kat...
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Residents balk at city's plan for composting waste
Opposition to the city's plan for composting waste continued to grow Thursday night as more city and borough residents asked the city council to pick an alternative. "I would just plead with you to reconsider what you're doing," said Middle Bay rancher Marilyn Guilmet, who raises sheep near the property that will soon house a plant processing the leavings of the city's water treatment plant. Other neighbors added ...
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Sen. Stevens joins new Senate Republican majority
Sen. Gary Stevens has joined the new Alaska Senate Republican majority. On Thursday afternoon, the coalition announced in a press release that Stevens will serve as chairman of the Senate education committee after becoming the 12th member of the Republican majority. A few hours later, the majority added Sitka Republican Bert Stedman for its 13th member. In Tuesday’s election, Alaska voters picked 13 Republicans — ...
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Alyeska's Vessel of Opportunity program recognized in Kodiak
Fishermen involved in Alyeska's Vessel of Opportunity program were recognized for their commitment to safety during a reception in Kodiak on Monday night. The Vessel of Opportunity program, run by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, provides oil spill training to fishermen in different coastal cities so they can respond if a large oil spill occurs. The entire program received Alyeska's President’s Safety Award for t...
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