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February second-wettest on record
Did February feel wetter than normal? It was. According to Luis Ingram, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, last month was the second-wettest February since records began in 1914. Kodiak received 12.88 inches of rain in February, more than half the normal rainfall of 6.14 inches. Last month, Kodiak received a mere one inch of snow, a drastic drop from the average snowfall in February of 15.1 inches....
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Keep some change Saturday
Kodiak customers have the chance Saturday to make purchase without paying sales tax. The first Saturday in March of every year is designated sales tax-free day by the city of Kodiak, which otherwise charges 7 percent tax on most retail purchases within the city limits up to a cap. Sales tax free day started in 2009 after a retail committee the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce had back then came up with the idea. “It cam...
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New trash cans pop up downtown
Now people in downtown Kodiak can enjoy a bit of eye-grabbing local history while discarding a candy wrapper or paper cup. Colorful new trashcans covered in vintage salmon labels were installed last week, thanks to Bruce Schactler, who got the idea after seeing similar cans in Oregon. He presented the idea to the city of Kodiak, which jumped on board. On Friday, city workers installed the cans in the mall area. “I...
Mar 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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School board explains midwinter budget revisions
Members of the Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education presented years of budget information to explain a massive midwinter revision at a borough special session Thursday as KIB Assembly members begin the process of creating a fiscal year 2017 budget. School board members requested the meeting after assembly member Mel Stephens, the Assembly liaison to the BOE, expressed concern in a January meeting regarding the...
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Polling day for Kodiak Republicans
Kodiak Republicans will decide today which candidate they believe should be the party’s nominee in the race to the White House. The Presidential Preference Poll will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. in Fisherman’s Hall in the Harbormaster’s office. Five names will appear on the ballot: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. All registered Republicans are welcome to vote in the PPP. Residents wish...
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Chiniak residents tell assembly not to log
Chiniak residents and the Kodiak Island Borough assembly met for two and a half hours Saturday to talk about last August’s Twin Creeks Fire. The Chiniak library and tsunami shelter was destroyed in the fire, but insurance will cover replacing it. Chiniak residents will compile a list of what they want in a new building to give borough staff and the assembly ideas to look into for the replacement. Joe Staley of Nor...
Feb 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Broader choice for birthing
Pregnancy comes with a lot of decisions, including what type of birth to have and who should be part of that special moment. One option available is having a doula. Doulas provide physical and emotional support for the mom and the birth partner. While no training is necessary to act as a doula, training and certificates are available, Zoya Saltonstall said. Saltonstall has taught childbirth classes for 10 years an...
Feb 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough, city revising analyst contract
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council want to move ahead on a contract with their fisheries analyst and directed their managers to update the contract. On Wednesday, the two bodies sat down together for the first time since disagreements arose over a contract with Heather McCarty, the analyst for the joint city and borough Fisheries Work Group. McCarty has held the job for two years and the co...
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Assembly heads to Chiniak this weekend
The Chiniak community and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will meet Saturday to talk about burned trees in the area, a new library, and service districts. First on the agenda is an update on the Chiniak Library, which also served as an evacuation shelter in case of a tsunami. The library was destroyed in the late August Twin Creeks Fire, but insurance will cover the cost to rebuild it. According to a memo inclu...
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Coast Guard looking for new recruits
The United States Coast Guard is beefing up recruitment, including in Alaska. “Looking at the challenges we’re facing in the world today, ladies and gentlemen, you’re going to need a bigger Coast Guard,” Admiral Paul Zukunft said in his second State of the Coast Guard address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Chief Petty Officer George Hoelzel, recruiter in charge at the Coast Guard’s Anchorage recruitment office, s...
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