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Power projects miss the cutoff for state grants
There’s a downside to success. Last week, the Alaska Energy Authority named the best new renewable energy projects in Alaska. None were from Kodiak. AEA’s ratings are important because the Alaska Legislature uses them to prioritize state grants: The higher you are on AEA’s list, the better your chance to get state money. Without state money, local ratepayers shoulder more costs. Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed spen...
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Kodiak schools face $2.5 million shortfall
Kodiak schools face another big budget shortfall. This year, the Kodiak Island Borough School District will be asked to balance a $2,458,000 gap between revenue and expenses. “It’s where we are right now,” schools finance director Lisa Pearce said Tuesday night. “We don’t know what we don’t know — there’s so many things that may come down the pike in terms of legislation.” At the start of 2013, the school district...
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For men’s hair, new shop offers a Twist
Jennifer Smith’s husband laughed when she came up with the name for her new barber shop. A twisted whisker, as it turns out, is something he’s all too familiar with. “He said anyone who has a beard or moustache knows all about it when they wake up in the morning,” Smith said. Smith, who has been in Kodiak since 1986, has operated the Coast Guard Base Kodiak barbershop and worked at Vizhunz salon, but Twisted Whisk...
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Falling tree knocks out power
An errant tree trimmer caused a brief power outage Sunday in east Kodiak. According to the Kodiak Electric Association, a Lake View Drive homeowner was cutting down a tree when it fell on power lines. The homeowner, who has not been identified, immediately called KEA to report the accident. The falling tree knocked out power to much of east Kodiak, including Woodland Drive and Rasmussen’s Trailer Park, KEA spokesw...
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Halibut quotas fall for 10th straight year
SEATTLE — Halibut fishermen will see another year of cuts under catch limits adopted Jan. 17 at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s annual meeting. Alaska’s portion of the 2014 catch is about 19.7 million pounds, out of a coastwide catch of 27.5 million pounds. The coastwide catch is about 10 percent less than 2013, marking 10 consecutive years of cuts. The 2013 limit was about 31.02 million pounds coas...
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Town bear gets a taste for fishing gear
Most of Kodiak’s bears have settled down for the winter, but one is still causing trouble near Lake View Drive. The young bear, which is active on the northern shore of Island Lake, has an unusual taste for fishing gear, residents say. Dany Stihl, who lives in a quiet home on Pruitt Lane, discovered the bear’s taste late last week when he noticed a cork line from a purse seine strung about 50 yards along the swamp...
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GCI to offer free streaming of Olympics
More than 210 million Americans will watch the winter Olympics when they begin Feb. 6. Kodiak TV viewers will not be among them. Cable company GCI and NBC affiliate KTUU-TV are unlikely to end their feud before the Sochi games begin, which means Kodiak residents will have to turn to the Internet or old-fashioned rabbit-ear antennae. “Is there a chance that things could get back on TV? Yes, but because we don't kno...
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Wal-Mart will keep buying Alaska salmon
JUNEAU (AP) — Wal-Mart announced Friday that it will continue purchasing Alaskan wild salmon after a four-month review of the state's Responsible Fisheries Management program. Company officials toured Alaska earlier this month to see firsthand how the state handles its salmon industry, as part of Wal-Mart's public policy of keeping fisheries sustainable around the world. Wal-Mart brought in The Sustainability Cons...
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Coast Guard turns fishing vessel back to port for faulty life raft
The US Coast Guard turned a fishing vessel back to Kodiak after discovering six safety violations during an at-sea boarding. According to an email from the Coast Guard, inspectors from the cutter SPAR boarded the fishing vessel Arctic Storm on Thursday. During their inspection, the Coast Guardsmen found the vessel’s life raft had expired in 2006 and that the hydrostatic release — which activates the life raft auto...
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Kodiak enduring one of the wettest Januaries on record
Look out for arks. With one week to go in the month, Kodiak has already had one of its rainiest Januaries in more than a century of recordkeeping. As of Sunday, Kodiak has started the year with 12.62 inches of rain, the most of any January since 2003. If the month ended today, January would finish as the ninth-wettest on record. The all-time record is 17.18 inches, set in 2003. This month’s exceptional weather is ...
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