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Council passes several compost items
The Kodiak City Council passed a number of items relating to the new facility for dealing with biosolids or treated sewage at Thursday’s meeting, including purchase of a screener and woodchips. The council approved $97,000 for a used screener for the compost facility to separate reusable wood chips from finished compost. The council also post-authorized the $40,302 purchase of 500 cubic yards of wood chips for a b...
Dec 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ferry system to standardize fares
With more budget cuts likely during the upcoming legislative session, the Alaska Marine Highway System has some options for saving money and is gathering more from staff and the public. One option Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner Mike Neussl heard from staff aboard the ferries, is to slow down. “What normally is a six-hour run, we should put on the schedule as a six-and-a-half...
Dec 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Karluk School to stay open despite low enrollment
Except for Karluk School, the small schools in the Kodiak Island Borough School District have stayed above the state minimum enrollment, including the newly re-opened school at Danger Bay. Karluk’s enrollment has fallen under the 10 students required to receive state funding. Despite the shortfall, the school will remain open for the rest of the school year, according to assistant superintendent Marilyn Davidson. ...
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Council OKs Thelma C lease
The Kodiak City Council unanimously approved in the first reading a lease for the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s planned fishing boat display in downtown Kodiak. The lease allows the museum to use a small area on the spit next to Oscar’s Dock to display the restored fishing vessel Thelma C with historical information about fishing and the 1964 earthquake. The lease is for 20 years with two five-year extensions. The muse...
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Senior life: Holiday activities reminders
Lots of holiday activities at the center and elsewhere are going on for people 60 and older and we want to remind people of those. At noon Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Chief Petty Officers Association at Coast Guard Base Kodiak will sponsor a lunch for seniors at the Golden Anchor. This very popular event is wonderful way to have a great meal and socialize with many older adults as well as the members of CPOA. There wi...
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PHAB asks council for shipyard building
The Ports and Harbors Advisory Board wants the City of Kodiak to work toward constructing a large building to house boats that are being worked on at the shipyard on Near Island. Four members of PHAB spoke with the city council at Tuesday’s work session asking the city to set up a separate fund for a building and funding it with a portion of ports-related sales tax to be matched with donations. “This has become on...
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMHS chief: Ferry future looks gloomy
The head of the Alaska Marine Highway System painted a dim picture of next year’s operating budget, saying he expects a $5 million cut on top of the cuts made over the past two fiscal years. Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner Mike Neussl made the statement during a two-hour community engagement meeting, Wednesday in Kodiak. Neussl said the ferry system made an estimated $53.5 mi...
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Mountain Views: The fun of fouling out
The buzzer goes off, reverberating throughout the North Star gym. The sound takes me back to the basketball part of my youth in a way that a Rusted Root song takes me back to my Ithaca college days. My twin sister, Ella, sits next to me and her mere presence is calming; I’m glad she was able to come watch Stuey’s first basketball game with me. My son Stuey’s Little Dribblers coach is Pete Danelski; he is a tall, s...
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Week in Words: Trumping the radicals
The nation has been talking about radicalization a lot this week as we’ve reflected on the act of terror in San Bernardino. “Radical” has a variety of uses. The origin of the word goes back to the Late Latin “radicalis,” which means “of or having roots.” Our word “root” is derived from the similar Latin word “radix.” As you can guess, the word was used to talk about plants. We began to think about “radical” more b...
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City Public Works projects updates
The Kodiak City Council received an update on the four largest projects the city is working on at Tuesday’s work session. Public Works director Mark Kozak said the compost facility project has gone well, except for a delay in electrical work. He said the city would be accepting the first delivery of biosolids at the facility today. Engineer Glenn Melvin gave what he described as an “upbeat” Pier 3 replacement upda...
Dec 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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