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Kodiak projects fare well
Kodiak’s capital projects survived Gov. Sean Parnell’s veto pen mostly unscathed, with $41.44 million approved for 42 projects throughout House District 36 including aquaculture, power generation, a new library and an artificial turf sports field on the approved list made public Wednesday. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Rich Walker about the state’s $2 million contribution toward installation of a multipurpose art...
Jun 30, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak author updates Exodus
Kodiak resident and filmmaker Dave Kaplan has published a warm-hearted, modern-day Exodus story that can be read in one day, but may leave you still pondering its themes weeks later. It asks, after all, what life may be waiting out there if you made just one inspired change. In “The Burning Bush of Hoboken,” the main character Leo Brodsky is “pondering his thoughts” as well, as his life has been radically altered ...
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Council, assembly seek ways past cuts
Through a wide range of agenda items, the phrase “If we can’t afford a dog catcher …” kept coming back like the refrain of a familiar song. Fiscal constraints, revenues and ways around budget cuts hung over the Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly joint work session Tuesday as elected officials considered affordable housing, the annual seafood reception in Juneau, health insurance and other topic...
Jun 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough sales tax idea worries city
Kodiak City Council members expressed concern about borough government adopting a sales tax of its own, questioning how it would affect one of the biggest revenue sources for city coffers and how the sales tax collection would be implemented between the two government entities. At Tuesday’s joint work session of the city council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, city representatives also asked how a borough sale...
Jun 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Daily Mirror website switches to paywall starting Friday
As of Friday, access to the Kodiak Daily Mirror’s new website will be limited to paid subscribers. The comprehensive online version of the Mirror debuted a month ago offering free access. It includes all the local content of the paper version, plus features available only online. Subscribers to the paper version get access to the website with their subscription. Readers may also purchase online-only subscriptions ...
Jun 29, 2011 | 28 28 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Junk car program set to expire
A borough program that paid for the towing and disposal of junk vehicles on private property for borough residents is set to expire in a few days. The program is one of the public services to be cut by the end of fiscal year 2011 due to a budget crunch for borough government. Eliminating the program will save the borough $50,000 over the next fiscal year. “It’s been a great program,” borough community development ...
Jun 28, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Exhibit brings to life 1964 tsunami
As the new 1964 earthquake and tsunami multimedia kiosk and exhibit went up at the Baranov Museum last week, it was already being put to the test when a curious boy, maybe 10 years old, wandered up. “(He) smiled and he was looking at it — and we said go ahead,” said Walter Dudley, one of the founders of the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hawaii who was in Kodiak to help assist in the installation. “Well, he was here fo...
Jun 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Legislators meet to save coastal management
JUNEAU (AP) — With another special session beginning today, legislative leadership will be working to rally the votes needed for a compromise to keep Alaska’s coastal management program alive. A majority vote from each branch is needed to pass the bill, but a two-thirds’ vote is needed for the effective dates. A spokeswoman for the Senate’s bipartisan majority bloc said Saturday that leaders were working to secure...
Jun 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Animal control service cut in KIB
The Kodiak City Council eliminated two services Thursday in approving the city budget for the next fiscal year. The city provided the services in cooperation with the Kodiak Island Borough, but the borough assembly cut its side of the deal when formulating their budget earlier in June. First, the city council withdrew $84,125 from a line item providing animal control services in the Kodiak Island Borough. “Well, I...
Jun 24, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pasagshak River gets weir
This summer, fish biologists have a different way to monitor sockeye salmon on the Pasagshak River. A weir was set up for the first time there on June 9 and will stay until Aug. 15, giving biologists real-time numbers. They previously relied on an aerial survey done after the season. The concern for a weir arose because of increased subsistence fishing, caused by poor red runs on the Buskin and Afognak rivers the ...
Jun 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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