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Ground broken on new library
People of all ages brought out their shovels and broke ground at the library’s new site on Signal Hill Saturday. More than 100 people turned out to show support for Kodiak’s library project. “The new library will be a wonderful place and focal point for young and old in our community,” city Mayor Pat Branson said. “It’s going to be something that will never go out of style.” The new library project has been in the...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interest conflict alleged on zoning board
Communications towers were on the agenda, but last week’s meeting of the Kodiak Planning and Zoning Commission was dominated by an accusation of miscommunication within the commission itself. Before the council addressed the zoning of a water well in Bell’s Flats, acting commission chairman Brent Watkins unexpectedly ordered commissioner Rick Vahl out of the commission meeting, citing a conflict of interest. “This...
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Feathered visitor teaches on bird day
A great horned owl named Artemis flew in just for the event. Artemis and her bird handler Randi Perlman traveled to Kodiak to observe International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday. More than 150 people showed up to the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to see the owl and participate in other bird-related activities. “It’s really special to have a bird, and somebody handling it flying in just for this,”...
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Where are Kodiak's electric cars?
On paper, it seems like a perfect match. Kodiak has some of the highest gasoline prices in the country. Its electric prices are comparably low. It has few highways, and the island’s entire road system could fit into a Los Angeles pocket. Hybrid automobiles are common on Kodiak streets, but as mainstream automakers like Ford, Nissan and GM roll out wholly electric automobiles, Kodiak hasn’t taken up the electrical ...
May 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough Assembly holds its ground on school funding
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly held its line on school funding Thursday night despite significant public testimony encouraging assembly members to raise the borough’s contribution to the school district. In February, the assembly stated in a formal message to the school district that it was willing to provide $9.9 million from the borough. The district requested $10.3 million, the maximum allowable under state...
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Construction begins on new Baranof Park track and field
Baranof Park is officially closed for construction. The $3 million first phase of the Baranof Park improvements project includes excavating the park’s playing field and installing an artificial turf sports field and running track. Ohno Construction started working on Phase 1 of the project Tuesday and sealed field entrances with chain link fences and yellow caution tape Wednesday. “We have to have exclusive access...
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Alaska Aerospace board of directors sets spending plan for Launch Pad 3
On Thursday, the Alaska Aerospace Corporation board of directors approved spending a $25 million state appropriation that Gov. Parnell approved for a new launch pad at Kodiak Launch Complex. Of the $25 million, $3 million will be used for engineering costs and environmental assessments. The next $10 million will be used for initial groundwork: putting in the foundation, utilities and a flame trench. “That could ch...
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Karluk tribal council sues Koniag in connection with 28-year-old case
A lawsuit filed by the Karluk tribal government against Koniag has revived one of the darkest periods in the history of Kodiak’s regional Native corporation. In the early 1980s, as Kodiak-area Native corporations struggled with their finances, Koniag circulated a proposal to merge all of Kodiak’s village corporations into Koniag. The proposal was approved in a vote of corporation shareholders, but other shareholde...
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Kodiak Middle School students honor deployed soldiers
Teri Schneider's sixth-grade Kodiak Middle School social studies class put up yellow ribbons Wednesday outside the National Guard armory to honor Kodiak's nine National Guardsmen in Afghanistan. Each ribbon bears the handwritten name of a local soldier.
May 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salmon season still on course for average year despite bitter winter
As fishermen repair nets and repaint boats in preparation for salmon season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is also getting ready for a summer of fish. In Fish and Game’s annual preseason meeting Wednesday night, Kodiak area management biologist James Jackson provided new details of this summer’s forecast and insight into how this winter’s extremely cold temperatures may affect salmon runs. In short: Not m...
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