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Borough assembly not finished with manager hunt
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly interviewed its final two borough manager candidates on Saturday, but a final selection will not be made until later this week. The assembly spent almost three hours questioning former Wethersfield, Conn. town manager Bonnie Therrien; and former Steamboat Springs, Colo. City manager Alan Lanning, then entered executive session to debate the merits of each of the final six candida...
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Kodiak biologists, a whale of a summer job
Marine mammal researcher Bree Witteveen has had a busy summer. In the past few months, researchers Witteveen, Kate Wynne and Lei Guo have been tracking and documenting the spread of Kodiak’s whales. The Gulf Apex Predator project started in 1999, and since then has studied the foraging ecology of fin whales and humpback whales around Kodiak Island. “We look at what they’re eating, how their diet overlaps with each...
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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USDA hosts meeting with Kodiak tribal representatives
The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a meeting in Kodiak on Friday to bring information on rural programs and services to Kodiak’s tribal governments. The meeting came from a presidential order that directs federal agencies to engage with tribal officials on a regular basis. The discussions focused on food production, rural housing, rural utilities, rural economic and community development and land management...
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Bikers, skaters and scooter riders get help in push for new skate park
Football players have their advocates and baseball players their supporters. Now, Kodiak’s skaters, bikers and scooter fans are getting some help, too. As the Kodiak City Council prepares to make a decision on $1.9 million remaining after the latest phase of the Baranof Park Improvements Project, Kodiak resident Jeremiah Gardner is leading a push to ensure at least some of that money is used to improve Baranof Par...
Sep 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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With no launches until 2014, Alaska Aerospace posts $6.8 million loss
Thursday’s Alaska Aerospace board meeting revealed the uncomfortable financial facts behind Alaska’s state-owned aerospace corporation, but board members remain positive despite a $6.8 million loss this year. “I for one appreciate the level of effort you all have gone through to reduce expenses during this interim period,” said Pat Gamble, chairman of the aerospace board and president of the University of Alaska. ...
Sep 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak police nab first texter under new state law
The first person in Kodiak has been caught under the state’s new texting and driving law. Texting while driving became illegal in Alaska on May 11 after Gov. Sean Parnell signed the bill into law on May 10. A previous bill covering texting while driving was thrown out by the courts. To date, only one charge for breaking the law has been filed in Kodiak. “We’ve had two instances of texting while driving,” Kodiak Po...
Sep 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak borough assembly signs off on state wish list, but not without some protest
The Kodiak Island Borough officially approved its state wish list Thursday night, sending a slate of 14 projects to Gov. Sean Parnell and the borough’s delegation to the Alaska Legislature. The wish list, formally called the Capital Improvement Projects Priority List, did not pass without a small amount of controversy. Assemblywoman Louise Stutes and Assemblyman Mel Stephens each voted against passage of the list,...
Sep 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Malian begins cultural exchange visit to Kodiak
It took years, but Kodiak resident Heather Preece finally saved enough airline miles to bring an old friend from Mali, west Africa, to Kodiak. On Sept. 11, Mahim Toure and Preece reunited for the first time in 20 years. Toure will stay in Kodiak for one month to share his culture and learn about Kodiak. “I hadn’t seen him for 20 years, but when we saw each other at the airport it was only as if 20 minutes had gone...
Sep 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak fish landings rise; port still No. 3 in the country
Kodiak’s fish last year brought in $40 million more than in 2010, but it wasn’t enough to move the port of Kodiak up from No. 3 in the nationwide list of commercial fishery landings. Across the country, seafood catches hit a 17-year high according to the annual National Marine Fisheries Service report released Wednesday. While Kodiak is bringing in more fish than it has in several years, rising landings at other p...
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Study finds malaria in Alaska birds
A study released Wednesday shows a surprising disease has made its way to Alaska: malaria. Before you start looking around for mosquitoes, take a deep breath. The malaria found by the San Francisco State University study is found only in birds and cannot be transmitted to people. Still, one of the study’s co-authors said the spread of the disease is an example of another way Alaska is changing as the Earth warms. ...
Sep 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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