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Gov. Parnell signs budget without vetoing Kodiak projects
Gov. Sean Parnell signed state budgets totaling $12.1 billion Monday after making $66.6 million in vetoes, the smallest cuts of his term and a figure he attributed to lawmakers sticking to a spending limit he had set. None of the vetoes came from projects designated for House District 36, which encompasses the Kodiak archipelago. The district will receive $132.4 million for dozens of projects, ranging from the Kod...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak College honors 62 at Friday commencement
When Tristina Chya dropped out of high school at age 16 to have her second child and get married, attaining a GED seemed impossible. On May 11, nearly four years later, Chya received her GED in front of around 250 people at the Kodiak College graduation. “I feel like I actually accomplished something because my life has been on hold for so long, and I finally got something done,” Chya said. Chya was one of 15 Kodi...
May 14, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mother Nature delivers a snowy present on Mother's Day
On Mother’s Day, it was Mother Nature who had the surprise party as a storm threw a snowball for Kodiak. Late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, 4.4 inches of snow were reported by the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport, setting snowfall records for May 12 and May 13. “Some places around town may have gotten closer to 6 (inches),” reported forecaster Neil Murakami with the National Weath...
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After van hits home, a guilty plea
A Kodiak man pleaded guilty to one charge of reckless driving, a misdemeanor, in Kodiak District Court on May 10. He will be on probation for two years. Timothy Matson, 44, was found guilty of running a van into Craig Drafall’s Spruce Court Trailer Park home on Dec. 29. Matson was driving a van from a neighboring home in the park when the van’s brakes failed and it rolled into Drafall’s home. The van’s rear end hi...
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Kodiak's legislators recount term in capitol
Kodiak’s delegation to the Alaska Legislature has returned to the Emerald Isle, and while Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Alan Austerman accomplished a great deal in Juneau, both said they wanted more progress on oil tax reform. “I think in the end we will have a bill,” Stevens said, “but this was not the time to do a $1.2 billion decrease. If you can stop foolish things from happening, that’s half the job.” Austerman ...
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Rezanof Drive intersection reopens after weekend work
A weekend headache for Kodiak drivers was scheduled to disappear at 5 a.m. today, but more is on the way. Crews from Brechan Enterprises have finished replacing a roadway culvert at the intersection of Cut-off Road and Rezanof Drive as the first step in repaving Rezanof Drive this summer. The work required the closure of Rezanof all weekend, sending drivers down Sharatin or Mill Bay roads in search of a detour. “W...
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East Elementary fifth graders return to Woody Island for another year-ending field trip
The rain fell, but no one complained — all eyes were on the sea star. For more than an hour Thursday morning, Kathy Swiney of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service held the attention of more than 50 East Elementary fifth-graders. They weren't in the classroom or even at Near Island's touch tank. Instead, they stood on the beach at Woody Island, learning hands-on lessons in the open air. For almost two decades, ...
May 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Postal service shakes up rural offices on Kodiak
Four of Kodiak Island’s rural communities will have U.S. Postal Service hours cut by fall 2014. On Wednesday, the Postal Service unveiled a plan to change operating hours at rural locations to save money. The alternative, the postal service said, was completely closing some locations. In Alaska, about 90 offices will see decreased hours of operation. Fewer offices will see increased hours as they assume administra...
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Texas laboratory helps plan new Kodiak pier
On Wednesday, the sun beat down on College Station, Texas, sending temperatures to 83 degrees in brilliant sunlight. In Kodiak, the thermometer barely topped 40 as rain squalls and wind washed over the island. And while the home of Texas A&M University is degrees apart from Kodiak, work will soon begin there on a project critical to Kodiak’s future. Within the Haynes Coastal Engineering Laboratory, engineers will ...
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City council officially delays sales tax hike decision
The Kodiak City Council officially voted Thursday night to postpone its decision on a proposed sales tax increase, but that didn’t keep plenty of Kodiak residents from testifying against any increase in taxes. “Kodiak is not a cheap place to live, and fewer and fewer of us are paying for your frivolous spending,” said Kodiak resident Jack Mann. City staff has repeatedly stated that the city has already eliminated ...
May 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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