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Next year’s borough budget projects $958K deficit
At a Tuesday special work session, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly got an early look at the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2017, with a projected deficit of about $958,000. The budget does not include using fund balance to make up the deficit, although the assembly could choose to do that, according to a memo from finance director Karl Short. The assembly did use fund balance last year. 2017 revenues are ex...
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New committee learns land not ‘sale-ready’
The recently formed Kodiak Island Borough Lands Committee held its first meeting Wednesday for training and an overview, starting work toward selling and using borough-owned land. Committee members took an oath of office before getting down to business. After the members learned how to use online borough maps, resource management officer Duane Dvorak asked where they see themselves going. Dvorak said of the lands ...
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Week in Words: The etymology is strong with this one
There should be little question about the word(s) of the week this week: “Star Wars.” The much-anticipated follow-up to the original saga is finally, after what seems like years of hype, coming to theaters. So let’s break these words down. Granted, this probably won’t lend us any insight into the world of nerds, but the pairing of these words is so ubiquitous in our culture, we might as well understand where they ...
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Troopers seek car strippers
Alaska State Troopers are seeking suspects who allegedly were in the process of taking out the interior of a vehicle in a lot at Mill Bay Auto last weekend, according to a trooper report. Someone reported to the troopers Sunday at 6:42 a.m. that the two occupants of a suspicious vehicle on Melnitsa Lane were going in and out of Mill Bay Auto’s fenced lot. Responding troopers found that materials were being taken o...
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Stage and Screen: Caught between Ireland, Brooklyn
Ellis Lacey (Saroirse Ronan) feels trapped living in a small village in Ireland in the 1950s. The war is over, life on the home front has returned to normal. There is a palpable sense of new post-war opportunities that lie outside of the previous understanding of what lies beyond. Ellis yearns to explore these options and to escape the limited social and career prospects imposed by life in a socially, economically...
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City: ‘Ethical screen’ between KPD lieutenant, investigator
A Tuesday letter from the office of Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace to the Daily Mirror tells about the city’s decision to hire a former Kotzebue police chief to conduct an independent probe into an incident involving Kodiak officers. On Sept. 16, officers responding to a 911 call allegedly caused injury to Nick Pletnikoff, who was picking up mail outside his home on Steller Way, when they restrained and pepper ...
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New education bill to affect standards
With the new Every Student Succeeds Act replacing No Child Left Behind, Kodiak Island Borough School District superintendent Stewart McDonald hopes Kodiak will lead the way in creating standards for Alaska. He told the KIBSD Board of Education on Monday about some of the changes with the new ESSA, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 10. McDonald said the ESSA eliminates various provisions that requir...
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KIB manager moves up departure
Kodiak Island Borough manager Bud Cassidy will leave his job in March rather than in June, he announced at Thursday’s borough assembly meeting. During the work session, Cassidy gave a brief explanation for invoking his 90-day notice. “I think it’s probably the wise thing to do for you and for me and for the borough,” he said. On Tuesday, Cassidy told the Mirror he is looking in new directions and explained there h...
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City responds to some questions about Sept. 16
Editor’s note: The Daily Mirror received the following letter from Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace on Tuesday afternoon. Most of the questions referred to in the first sentence were asked by the Mirror several times before Nov. 25 in person, in writing and by email. The letter is also posted on the city’s Nixle website, local.nixle.com/county/ak/kodiak-island/. INVESTIGATION UPDATE TO THE SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 INCI...
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District short of substitute teachers
During November, only one day saw Kodiak public school classrooms fully staffed, and so far this year, about one out of five requests for substitute teachers went unfilled. Director of student services Ron Bryant reported the staffing figures at Monday’s Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education meeting, and talked about ways the district has met the gap. Temporary solutions include calling on admin...
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