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Kodiak Launch Complex may go hypersonic
While expansion plans for the Kodiak Launch Complex are slowing down, the Alaska spaceport's current business may be going hypersonic. In a presentation to the Alaska Aerospace Corporation board of directors on Thursday, company CEO Craig Campbell said two hypersonic aircraft research projects are looking at Kodiak as their next launch site. In late September, a site survey team from the U.S. Army's Space and Miss...
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Brennan Smith joins Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center
The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is welcoming a new expert devoted to the science of fish proteins. Brennan Smith, an assistant professor, is the newest faculty member for the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. He arrived in Kodiak Sept. 10. Smith comes to Kodiak from Manhattan, Kan. where he worked as a protein chemist while earning his doctoral degree in food scien...
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Borough assembly debates conflict of interest ordinance tonight
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly takes up a conflict of interest issue tonight as it decides whether borough staff and assemblywoman Chris Lynch misstepped when Lynch was hired as a contractor on a handful of borough projects. The assembly was never informed about the Lynch contract because it failed to reach the $25,000 hurdle that requires assembly approval. Two ordinances addressing the Lynch contracts will c...
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To connect Flats with White Sands by bike, $66 million price tag
As the Kodiak City Council prepares to address a proposed bike and hike path to Deadman’s Curve, cycling proponents may move one step closer to completing a grand plan that would link White Sands Beach and Bells Flats with pedestrian routes. “We just go step by step; everything we get is awesome,” said Sandra West, a member of the borough’s parks and recreation advisory board who has suggested a trail to Coast Gua...
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North Pacific Fishery meeting begins in Anchorage
An upcoming shift in regulations is pushing Kodiak’s pollock trawl fleet dangerously toward a shutdown, experts testified Monday during the opening day of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage. The first day of the seven-day meeting is typically set aside for reports and minor matters, but Julie Bonney of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank and Bob Krueger of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers A...
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School district asks for public's help in planning effort
The Kodiak Island Borough School District wants to know what parents and community members believe should be priorities for the next school year. On Wednesday night, the district held the first of three strategic education planning meetings to discuss community priorities for education in the 2013-2014 school year. The district has been holding strategic planning sessions since the early ‘90s, using them to form l...
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Voters elect new faces Walker and Griffin as turnout plunges to 9.1 percent
New faces will appear on the Kodiak Island Borough assembly and the Kodiak City Council after Aaron Griffin and Richard Walker were elected to the leading bodies of the borough and city. In addition to the newcomers, incumbent assemblywoman Chris Lynch was re-elected with the most ballots cast in the borough race. In the city, incumbent Gabriel Saravia was re-elected, while incumbent Mark Anthony Vizcocho was defe...
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Port Lions' new dock project still on schedule
Port Lions is right on schedule with a long-awaited dock replacement project. The replacement of the ferry terminal and community dock has been on Port Lions’ to-do list for years. The community began pursuing financing for the project five years ago after an engineering study revealed structural and safety issues with its current dock, which sways in the 80 to 90 mph winds of Kodiak’s frequent storms. In the asse...
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Police chief: No ticket quotas for officers
Kodiak drivers might not like speeding tickets, but at least they’re not being targeted. Drivers in another Alaska city can’t say the same. On Tuesday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner revealed that police in that Interior city are now required to make at least eight traffic stops per week. In an internal memo, Fairbanks police chief Laren Zager said the quota its based on the idea that traffic stops can reduce “ris...
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Marine Highway System unveils summer 2013 schedule
Old Harbor isn’t on next summer’s ferry schedule, but residents don’t need to be alarmed — the Alaska Marine Highway System hasn’t forgotten them. “They aren’t on the schedule, even though they will see service,” said marine highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow. “They were left off because … we’re still working on the details on that.” The marine highway on Tuesday released the details of next summer’s schedules, and ...
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