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Special ed takes biggest hit under school budget plan
Budget cuts will mean 16 fewer teachers in Kodiak schools next year and seven fewer support staff, but those numbers don’t tell the whole story, said schools superintendent Stuart McDonald. In a three-hour meeting Wednesday night, McDonald and other school administrators told teachers and parents that the district must make its programs fit its new, smaller staff list. “There are so many pieces to this,” McDonald ...
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City council approves one-year, 20 percent increase in rates at Kodiak Shipyard
Rates at the Kodiak Shipyard are on the rise. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council unanimously approved a 20 percent increase in base rates at the city-owned maintenance yard on Near Island. The vote also raises a variety of accessory fees at the yard. The increase is less than suggested by the city's port and harbor advisory board, which presented a series of rate increase options intended to put the shipya...
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Rhythm and blues band makes Kodiak debut at the Rendezvous
The band Salem blends funk, hip-hop, jazz and Caribbean rhythms together to create socially conscious songs with a lively beat. Over the last seven years, Salem has toured Alaska 15 times, but tonight at the Rendezvous is its Kodiak debut. “I’ve been wanting to come over there for a long time,” said Todd Anders Johnson, drummer, singer, and founder of the band. “This time I made a point of it.” Johnson formed Sale...
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New city salary system will cost $504,000 more per year
The Kodiak City Council is considering changing public employees’ pay grades for the first time in 10 years as it takes up debate on a new salary system during tonight’s city council meeting. The new system revises employees’ job descriptions and duties and pegs pay rates to market standards. If accepted, the new system will cost the city an additional $504,000 per year — $389,000 in higher salaries and $115,000 i...
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Kodiak herring season will be a busy one
Sitka’s loss could mean a big gain for Kodiak herring fishermen. After Alaska’s first big herring fishery came in below expectations, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expecting a big turnout when Kodiak’s herring sac roe harvest begins April 15. “It looks like we're going to have a bit more interest this year,” said James Jackson, the top salmon and herring biologist in Fish and Game’s Kodiak office. “Thi...
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Kodiak real estate agents expect normal housing season
As transfer season arrives for the Coast Guard and other professions and “For Sale” signs pop up around town, Kodiak’s real estate agents aren’t predicting anything other than a normal summer. “We should see a regular year in sales, probably the same amount of sales and inventory that we’re accustomed to,” said Grant Shields, owner of Alaska One Realty. There are around 25 houses listed for sale between Kodiak and...
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Kodiak had record low temperature Wednesday
Don’t call winter over yet. Temperatures plunged to 15 degrees Wednesday morning, courtesy of an Arctic storm system that brought deep snow to Anchorage. Wednesday’s mark sets a new record for April 10, beating the previous low of 16 degrees, set in 1968. While the calendar says spring has arrived, Kodiak’s normal April 10 low is 31 degrees, and unseasonably low temperatures have lingered around Kodiak for almost ...
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Capital budget: Austerity, but room for Kodiak projects
Rep. Alan Austerman has called 2014 a “year of austerity,” and the Alaska Senate agrees. On Saturday, the Senate voted 17-3 to approve a $2 billion capital budget, down from $2.9 billion approved last year for 2013. The capital budget must still be approved by the Alaska House and governor Sean Parnell, but even if this budget is an austere one, it still contains plenty for Kodiak residents to cheer about. The bud...
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Court case lets feds protect tribal land from state and borough taxes
A court decision quietly released on Easter Sunday has given the Akiachak Native Community a major victory over the federal and state governments in a case that may have big implications for tribes across Alaska. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled that the federal government can accept land from Alaska Natives and hold it in trust, protecting that land from development and local taxes. Under federal...
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ITN warns Kodiak beachcombers about rat poison canisters
Containers used to store rat poison have washed up on one of Kodiak’s beaches, and Island Trails Network is advising people to avoid contact with the empty canisters if any others show up. The thermos-sized aluminum canisters could contain residual amounts of aluminum phosphide, a toxin used to kill rats and bugs. When aluminum phosphide is exposed to moisture in the air, it produces phosphine, a poisonous gas tha...
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