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Mallott: Plan needed from current Legislature
In an appearance at a ComFish trade show forum in Kodiak Friday, Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott continued to tout a plan for addressing Alaska’s $4.1 billion budget deficit. Repeating a theme of urgency that administration officials have taken to communities across the state, he said Gov. Bill Walker will call lawmakers back to Juneau if they do not pass a budget in the remaining weeks of the regular session. “It i...
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ComFish finishes strong with great presenters
ComFish 2016 is over and with it ended a run of forums Kodiak Chamber of Commerce director Trevor Brown called some of the best ever. “We had both U.S. senators and the lieutenant governor, (Alaska Department of Fish and Game commissioner) Sam Cotten, (Kodiak state representative) Louise Stutes, and (ADF&G) director of commercial fisheries Scott Kelley and numerous others,” Brown said, also mentioning Gunnar Knapp...
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Yet another soggy month on the isle
March in Kodiak continued a trend of little snow and a lot of rain. According to the National Weather Service, Kodiak officially received 7.34 inches of rain in March, almost two inches more than the 5.53-inch average. The all-time record for March’s rainfall in Kodiak is 12.73 inches, set in 1998, according to the Alaska Climate Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute. Just 3....
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DOT seeks public comment on two road projects
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is holding two public meetings for proposed road projects in Kodiak. DOT&PF is planning to fix erosion along the Chiniak Highway from mile 19 to mile 43. “The project proposes to stabilize various sections of the Chiniak Highway and adjacent embankments where erosion is threatening the safety and structure of the roadway,” according to a public notice f...
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Sullivan: Wait for new icebreaker too long
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said 10 years is too long to wait for a new icebreaker in the Arctic. As melting sea ice has opened up new pathways in the Arctic, many countries have sought to develop new strategies and amp up investments for commerce and national defense. This includes the acquisition of icebreakers, ships used to break ice and create pathways for other vessels. The United States has two active...
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Knapp: New revenue pressures will impact fisheries
As legislators seek to solve the state’s financial troubles, economics professor Gunnar Knapp says fishermen need to keep an eye on what’s happening at the state level. Knapp, director and professor of economics at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, presented at ComFish Friday about the state’s fiscal situation and the implications for fisheries. “There’s definitely pressur...
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Assembly talks Chiniak logging, GSA lease
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly moved forward with hiring a consultant to work out a possible logging contract for burned trees in Chiniak, and discussed a superseding lease with the General Services Administration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's use of the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center on Near Island. At the Thursday work session, the assembly heard from NorthWind Forest Consultant...
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Murkowski campaign responds
Steve Wackowski, campaign manager for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election bid, submitted the following statement in an email to the Kodiak Daily Mirror on Friday (capitalizations as in original): “Let me be crystal clear, I just spoke with the Senator and she stated that regardless of who the nominees are she will not vote for or support a democratic candidate for President.”
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Murkowski not committed to GOP candidate
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she has not settled on a candidate to support in the upcoming presidential election and left open the possibility that she could cast her vote across party lines. “I’m being very ecumenical in all this,” Murkowski said during an interview after she spoke at a ComFish trade show forum, Thursday in Kodiak. Listing a series of issues including military base realignment and federal ...
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Stutes OK with election challenge
Rep. Louise Stutes says a challenge for her position in the Alaska State House of Representatives will be good for Kodiak and for District 32. “That’s good for the community. A choice is good,” Stutes said. “I feel like I’ve worked hard and done a good job ... I’ve tried to be communicative. If I’m not doing a good job, the people will replace me, but I think that it’s always good to give voters a choice.” Duncan ...
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