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Chiniak replant vote up in the air
The decision on purchasing trees to plant on burned and logged borough-owned land drew more discussion Thursday in advance of the decision on a contract for tree saplings at the next meeting. At the work session, several assembly members suggested the contract be coupled with one for the planting. “I would presume that whoever we hire to put the trees in the ground, that part of their contract would include … that...
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Wallace: Video could victimize innocents
Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace cited privacy concerns and equipment functionality as reasons for her decision to terminate use of police body cameras, Thursday in an address to the Kodiak City Council. Wallace spoke during the city manager comments portion of the council regular meeting. She began by listing the pros of police body cameras. When Kodiak police officers began wearing the cameras in February 2015,...
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Assembly incumbent files to run again
A recently-appointed Kodiak Island Borough Assembly member has filed to run again for his seat. Scott Smiley, appointed to fill a vacancy in early June, filed Thursday to run for one of the two three-year assembly member terms up for grabs in the Oct. 4 election, according to the borough clerk’s office. The deadline to file is Monday, and Smiley is the only candidate to file so far for the assembly. No one has yet...
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Assembly rejects lighting district plan
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously failed an ordinance to place the creation of a street lighting district for Otmeloi Way on the fall ballot. Assembly members cited concerns over a lack of communication and clarity with residents. Two residents of the area spoke at the Thursday night special meeting. One said he hadn’t seen design plans and the other said he had unanswered questions about future costs...
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Tunes warm up August night
The Kodiak Lions’ annual music festival comes back, Saturday at the Kodiak Island Fairgrounds, for its 21st year. With bands including Good Lieutenants, Joey Houck Band, White Twang and Ellamy Tiller, and Bev Cole, the Warm August Nights lineup will stretch until shortly after midnight. “We’ve had more people raise their hand to want to sing then we actually had time scheduled for,” said Lions member Jerimiah Myer...
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School break-ins suspect arrested in Ninilchik
A Kodiak man who had been released from jail to a drug treatment facility was arrested last week in Ninilchik after failing to appear in court. Richard Knagin, 26, had been staying at the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge Alaska Campus, a Wasilla facility offering alcohol and drug addiction recovery services, prior to his failure to appear, according to court documents. Those documents indicate the court ...
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MOUNTAIN VIEWS: Father, daughter take different view of games
This week’s column almost didn’t get written in the midst of Olympic mania. Enthusiasm for Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team is going strong in our house. When the Olympics started last week, I let the kids know they could watch as much Olympics as they like. I’m going to ride this wave of Olympic television coverage in these final weeks of summer. Fully surrendering to this large ...
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Kodiakan tops in Marine officer class
General Robert B. Neller, 37th commandant of the Marine Corps, spoke to the Corp’s newest officers during the largest OCS Graduation Ceremony since 2009 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on Aug. 6, according to a Marine release. “If you take that commission, and wear the gold bar of a second lieutenant, there are Marines that are going to wait for you to walk out in front of them,” said Neller. For Sgt....
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City votes on $25K to ‘influence election’
The Kodiak City Council will vote tonight on a $25,000 appropriation for public information campaigns concerning city employee unionization and borough and city government consolidation. The ordinance up for vote says the campaigns can include “without limitation information that may influence the outcome of the election.” Discussion of the allocation ordinance was not listed on Tuesday’s work session agenda, but ...
Aug 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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KPD chief to explain terminating body cams
Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace will give a statement to the city council today on the decision to stop using police body cameras. Wallace confirmed to KMXT last week that the Kodiak Police Department no longer requires officers to wear the cameras on their uniforms. Within the past year, KPD body camera footage has been at the center of two lawsuits against the city. In November, Kodiak Public Broadcasting file...
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