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Ouzinkie man accused of runway joyride
A Ouzinkie man allegedly stole a vehicle, raced it down the Ouzinkie Airport runway, then totaled it after going off a 40-foot drop. Andrew Panamarioff, 21, faces three counts of violating conditions of release (class B misdemeanors), one count of obstructing an airport (an unclassified misdemeanor), one count of reckless driving (an unclassified misdemeanor) and one count of first-degree vehicle theft (a class C ...
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Teacher Spotlight: Mixing music and exercise
It’s Laura Smelser’s job to enliven kids through music and exercise. Smelser works as a teacher at Peterson Elementary School where she has dual roles as the music and physical education teacher. She moved to Kodiak in August 2012, and started out as a long-term substitute for Kodiak High School, but was quickly transferred to Peterson Elementary to become the full-time physical education teacher. Smelser earned h...
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Kodiak October unemployment rate lower than 2012
Kodiak’s October unemployment rate is lower than it was in 2012, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. According to statistics released Friday, Kodiak’s unadjusted October unemployment figures reached 4.8 percent, down from the October 2012 rate of 5.4 percent. Kodiak’s 4.8 percent was the third-lowest number in Alaska, behind Anchorage (4.7 percent) and Juneau (4.3 percent). The N...
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Parties claim progress in GCI-KTUU talks
KTUU-TV is still absent from the televisions of GCI cable customers, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel for those awaiting its return. On Friday, KTUU and GCI each announced “substantial progress” in negotiations to settle their dispute. The announcements also stated that Juneau and Southeast Alaska will avoid having their KTUU signal turned off until Dec. 6. The deadline for Southeast broadcasts of K...
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Troopers seek help finding alleged meth dealer
The Alaska State Troopers are seeking the public’s help as they search for a 23-year-old Kodiak man who is wanted on a $500,000 warrant for weapons misconduct and drugs charges. In a press release, troopers said Brandon Timpke has blond hair and blue eyes, and is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 175 pounds. Troopers believe Timpke is still on Kodiak Island, but there is a chance he may be elsewhere in Alaska. Anyone with...
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Sen. Begich unveils bill aimed at helping Coast Guardsmen
Sen. Mark Begich has proposed new legislation to boost child care and education benefits for Coast Guardsmen and their dependents. The Coast Guard Quality of Life bill (S.1760) calls for increased oversight of child care centers at Coast Guard bases, provides tuition assistance to the spouses of active-duty Coast Guardsmen, and allows the Coast Guard to spend housing money on child care centers. “With over 42,000 ...
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Education: Field trip to the Coast Guard base
A group of 29 girls from Kodiak High School visited Coast Guard Base Kodiak on Tuesday to learn about career opportunities for women through the Women in Engineering program. The Women in Engineering program promotes education in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM). The trip was financed by a nontraditional occupations grant received by the Kodiak Island Borough School District. A nontraditional occup...
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Education: District enrollment drops slightly
The Kodiak Island Borough School District has fewer students than it did last year. This year, enrollment dropped by 45 students. Final numbers don’t typically come out until the middle of November because the district was dealing with boundary exemption requests for the elementary schools and other movement. The 2013-2014 enrollment is 2,506 students, down from 2,551 students in 2012-2013. This year Kodiak High S...
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AAC optimistic about Kodiak launch schedule
The Alaska Aerospace Corporation has one launch on its 2014 schedule and is pursuing three more for future years, AAC chief operations officer Mark Greby said Thursday. The news came during the state-owned corporation’s board meeting in Anchorage. “Things are coming in,” Greby said. He declined to say what companies have expressed interested in launches from Kodiak’s Narrow Cape spaceport, and the board discussed ...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak College director to resign
Kodiak College will be under new leadership next year after director Barbara Bolson announced her resignation. Bolson has been the head of Kodiak College for seven years, but said now is a good time for a transition in leadership because the college is stable. With a handful of grants that have a few years left, the budget is in a good place and the college will have a full faculty as of January. “We’ve had a lot ...
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