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Kodiak has best commute in United States
A new analysis of data collected during a 2011 U.S. Census Bureau survey has found Kodiak has the best commute of any city in the United States. G. Scott Thomas, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based blogger for bizjournals.com, broke down the data collected by the Census Bureau and found 73.5 percent of Kodiak residents have a commute of 14 minutes or less between work and home. Pierre, S.D. was the No. 2 city on the census list...
Jan 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man accused of stealing gun
A Kodiak man accused of stealing a handgun was arrested after he allegedly posted photos of himself with the gun on Facebook. Johnny Ray Cortez Jr., 26, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Wednesday on one charge of second-degree theft, a class C felony. According to court documents, the gun’s owner was out of town in Anchorage from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, and he found his handgun missing when he returned. The...
Jan 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Woman sentenced in Trident embezzlement scheme
A Kodiak woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her role in a scheme that embezzled almost $500,000 from Trident Seafoods. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced that Jaime Fathke, 29, was sentenced for two counts of wire fraud. Fathke cashed three fraudulent Trident checks totaling $30,000. Fathke was one of five people facing charges. Isairis Wolfe, Jeremy Smith, both from Kodiak, Va...
Jan 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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City council asks businesses for more sales tax information
The Kodiak City Council unanimously approved a change to Kodiak's sales tax forms as it seeks to gather additional data to judge the effectiveness of the city's sales tax cap. The vote was the highlight of a light Thursday night meeting for the city council. The measure adds a section to the quarterly sales tax forms filled out by every Kodiak business. That section requires businesses to list the number of transa...
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Fishing boat suffers minor damage in grounding
A 56-foot Cordova-based fishing boat was towed to Kodiak on Thursday after running aground and puncturing its hull on Raspberry Island. According to the Coast Guard, the Neptune, homeported in Cordova and owned by China B Fisheries Inc., sent a distress call about 1:30 a.m. Thursday reporting it had grounded on the southern side of Raspberry Island and was taking on water. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helic...
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Lightly attended Kulluk community meeting no 'Exxon Valdez' sequel
It was nothing like the Exxon Valdez. Fewer than 50 Kodiakans turned out to the Kodiak High School Commons Wednesday night for a remarkably quiet community meeting about the Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig Kulluk, now moored in Kiliuda Bay after being pulled from Sitkalidak Island. Since the Kulluk ran aground on New Year's Eve after slipping its tow lines, the rig has been remarkable more for what it hasn't br...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Safeway remains open to nonprofits
Kodiak’s Safeway grocery store will not be closing its doors to nonprofits after all. In an internal memo earlier this month, Safeway announced a policy shift that prohibits most nonprofit organizations from using Safeway as a place to hold bake sales or sell raffle tickets. On Wednesday, Sara Osborne, the director of public affairs and governmental relations for Safeway’s northwest region, clarified that the poli...
Jan 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Where is all the snow?
Last winter, Kodiak was buried in snow. This winter, flakes are few and far between at sea level. According to the National Weather Service office in Kodiak, there is more than a 67-inch difference in the snowfall when comparing last year’s piles to this year’s flakes. “This year we haven’t broken any records or come close to any type of record,” said Cameron Betts of the weather service. Kodiak had 27.7 inches of...
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School bus pulled from ditch
The First Student school bus that rolled into a ditch on Chiniak Highway on Monday has been recovered, and the cause of the incident is under investigation. When the bus rolled around 4:30 p.m., the only person on board was the driver, who was wearing his seatbelt and only suffered from a minor cut on his head. The driver had completely finished his route and was returning to Kodiak with the bus. “No children were...
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Bidding opens for high school project
Bidding has formally opened for the $80 million Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. In an announcement posted on its website, the Kodiak Island Borough announced that bids will be accepted from contractors until 3 p.m. Feb. 20. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 24 as the borough attempts to find the company that will run the largest single construction project in borough history. “A pa...
Jan 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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