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Stevens proposes streamlining school testing
Kodiak’s home senator, Gary Stevens, has proposed a pair of bills in the Alaska Legislature to change the way schools across the state conduct standardized testing. SB111 would eliminate Alaska’s high school graduation-qualifying exam, while SB107 would create a new elementary reading program verified by state testing. Stevens, who is about to leave Kodiak for the start of the legislative session next week, said t...
Jan 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Miner plans to seek gold on Sitkinak Island
Fishermen call Kodiak salmon “red gold,” but at least one miner will pursue the real deal on Sitkinak Island this summer. Yoram Palkovitch, a miner from Anchorage, is seeking to develop a small placer gold mine on the state-owned island’s southwest coast. This isn’t Pebble Mine — Palkovitch’s proposal includes a crew of no more than 10 workers who will filter the island’s coast for golden flakes and nuggets. Palko...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Digital dish gives way to print
Digital technology has given way for the printed word. This week, patrons of the Kodiak Public Library are enjoying a better view after the removal of one of two AT&T satellite dishes that formerly obscured the library’s southern windows. “It's expanded the view; we now have a view of Alaska, of Kodiak, instead of the world of airwaves,” said librarian Katie Baxter. The dish had been eyed for removal by library ba...
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KCHC offers free insurance enrollment help
People rushing to sign up for insurance before the March 31 deadline set by the Affordable Care Act can get free enrollment help at the Kodiak Community Health Center. Outreach and enrollment coordinator Cherie Skonberg is in charge of helping those confused by the federal system also known as Obamacare. “She’s available for people by phone, walking in or appointment,” Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center spoke...
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Jailbreak: Old police station demolished after 60 years
Last week, an excavator ripped through the walls of the old Kodiak Police Department station on Mill Bay Road. A few walls of the station still stand, but they too, will soon be torn down and thrown away along with the piles of debris from the demolition. The building represents a part of Kodiak’s history, but most people who spent time in the building are glad to see it go. Darrylynn Ford, assistant to the police...
Jan 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Review finds Pier 3 project on budget
The city’s $33.7 million project to rebuild Pier 3 is on budget, the man in charge of the effort says. Project manager Roe Sturgulewski, hired from management firm ARCADIS, said by phone Monday that an independent financial review of the project found it on budget despite concerns last year that the city might have to scale back its plans in order to stay on course. “We did have a fellow look at the schedule and b...
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International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting starts in Seattle
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has begun its annual quota-setting meeting in Seattle. The joint American-Canadian body is expected to approve 2014 halibut catch limits on Friday, the final day of the meeting. For fishermen, the forecast is grim. IPHC scientists have suggested cutting 2013’s coastwide catch by 21 percent in 2014. During the IPHC’s preliminary meeting in December, fishery scientists re...
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Alutiiq leaders say language decline is slowing
Leaders of the Alutiiq language revitalization effort say their efforts are paying off as the number of Alutiiq language speakers in Kodiak is on the rise. The Alutiiq language was used by Kodiak Natives for centuries before Western contact but declined in use during the modern era. “We’re not growing as many young fluent speakers — babies and elementary students— yet, but we are growing the next teachers,” Alutii...
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Bear continues causing trouble on Selief Lane
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Selief Lane residents and other homeowners on Kodiak’s north side to watch out for bears. While winter is in full drift, at least one bear has clawed away hibernation by pawing through garbage left carelessly next to community trash bins. Nathan Svoboda, a biologist with Fish and Game in Kodiak, wrote in an email that the Selief bear “has been showing a pattern of v...
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough borrows from itself to pay deferred maintenance
Assemblyman Mel Stephens calls it “tantamount to embezzlement.” The borough’s facilities director calls it the best way to keep rain from dripping through the ceilings of borough buildings. On Thursday night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly debated the borough’s long-running practice borrowing money from the protected Facilities Fund (also known as the Shuyak Fund) to pay for maintenance. “Whether this is the r...
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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