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Week in Words: Politicos don’t necessarily accede to access
Access” just might be the word of the week. As I’m writing, the news feeds are swarming with reports that major donors to the Clinton Foundation sought inordinate access to Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state. Granted, there’s no evidence that this access resulted in any favors from the State Department, but many are concerned that these requests made it as far as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. And ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Court rejects retaliation charge in Jackson eviction
The Alaska state court has ruled in favor of Jackson Mobile Home Park in two eviction proceedings and repudiated allegations that park management retaliated against tenants. Jackson initiated eviction proceedings against Judi Kidder and David Masinter on May 23, citing a change in land use. The court’s findings issued on Thursday follow two legal proceedings — a June 8 eviction hearing and a July 13 evidentiary he...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Woman who lost home in Chiniak fire doing well
The woman who lost her home one year ago in the Twin Creeks Fire still lives on her Chiniak property and is doing well, thanks to the kindness of the community. “I was just thinking this morning how glad I was that I wasn’t going to be in that camper again all winter,” said Mary Brown. The camper she overwintered in was cramped, and the whole thing could fit in her current bedroom. Brown’s home and all her possess...
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Assembly agrees to review building inspection change
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council directed city and borough managers to work together to amend their memorandum of agreement for building inspection services. The assembly will hold additional talks on building code requirements for borough residents. The council and assembly met Tuesday in a joint work session and discussed the memorandum of agreement under which the city provides bui...
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Trusty Tusty, Part 2: Design modifications
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a four-part series about the health of the ferry Tustumena and the need to replace the 52-year-old ship. The ferry Tustumena is cracked and is showing its age. The Alaska Marine Highway System knows this. It knows something else, too. “The ship is safe. I have no concerns about operating this ship in the North Pacific Ocean,” said Mike Neussl, head of AMHS, in July. The U....
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Byler asks for new trial
Through his attorney, the man convicted of illegal dumping of waste last year has requested a new trial. Darren Byler, owner of the crabber Wild Alaskan that was converted into a floating bar and grill and strip club, was convicted by a jury in December 2015 of illegally discharging sewage from the vessel and making false statements. Byler was originally scheduled to be sentenced in March of this year, but it was ...
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Healthy Kodiak: Ulcers, gastritis: abdomenal arsonists
Gastritis and its associate, ulcers, are common causes of upper abdominal pain. In their early incarnations, they are frequently the culprits causing what is often described as “heartburn.” In more serious and advanced stages of both these diseases, severe illness and even death can occur. The conditions are different, but in many ways related. They are related enough to review in the same discussion. Gastritis an...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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College touts new offerings
From apocalyptic comics to saving the world, the Kodiak College catalog boasts some new classes this fall, broadening the offerings at the local University of Alaska Anchorage site. “There’s a lot of energy on campus right now,” assistant director of academic affairs Jared Griffin said. During an open house Monday, staff and instructors pitched the range of opportunities and facilities, while students filled out t...
Aug 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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One year later: Training up; people, equipment still wanted
One year after the Twin Creeks Fire in Chiniak prompted local emergency responders to stand up Kodiak’s Emergency Operations Center, staff holds regular training, but some recommended changes have been difficult to implement. An after action report/improvement plan signed by Kodiak Area Emergency Services Director and city of Kodiak manager Aimée Kniaziowski called for acquiring better technological equipment, cre...
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Kodiak’s transport lifeline faces ageing deadline
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a series about the health of the ferry Tustumena and the need to replace the 52-year-old ship. It was first published in the Juneau Empire and has been serialized for your convenience. In mid-January, everyone aboard the ferry Tustumena was miserable. Each year, the Alaska Marine Highway System takes the Tustumena out of regular service and sails it across the Gulf of Alask...
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