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School board considers resolution to ask ferry system for Internet
Staying on top of schoolwork is hard for Kodiak students on a ferry with no Internet access. The Kodiak Island Borough school board is considering an approach to fix that problem by asking the Alaska Marine Highway System to install high-speed wireless Internet onboard ferries. On the school board’s agenda for next week is a resolution asking the ferry service to install wireless Internet onboard ferries so studen...
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Obama's plan to merge NMFS and FWS is mixed bag
In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama joked about the state of salmon. "The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater,” he said. “I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked." A year later, that line became more than a joke after the President announced his intention to merge the Nationa...
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Austerman: 2014 will be year of austerity
Fiscal year 2014 will be Alaska’s first year of austerity in a decade. Rep. Alan Austerman returned from Juneau to meet Kodiak residents Friday afternoon in an open discussion and said the next few years in Alaska will be difficult as the state faces major budget cuts. Most of the concerns of community members in attendance were in relation to those budget cuts. The proposed fiscal year 2014 budget is flat in term...
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Earthquakes shake the state
The Kodiak archipelago was unshaken by a series of mild earthquakes that rattled Southcentral Alaska over the weekend. Shaking was felt in Anchorage, Homer, Seldovia and elsewhere on the Kenai Peninsula, but none of the half-dozen quakes were felt in Kodiak. According to accounts from the US Geological Survey, the largest quake of the series was a Magnitude 5.1 event that rocked the shore of the Alaska Peninsula s...
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Track team runs into conflict about snow removal
High school track and field season officially started this week, and while the Baranof Park track was clear at the start of the week, it is now blanketed in snow. This year, that’s a problem. In the past, clearing snow and ice from the track hasn’t been an issue. Students, community members and coaches converged on the track after each snow, shoveling slush and chipping ice with shovels. At first, Kodiak’s expensi...
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Schools could face sticker shock
A proposal to make older cars’ registration permanent could cost Kodiak Schools more than $100,000 thanks to an obscure provision in borough code. If accepted by the Alaska Legislature, House Bill 19 would allow owners of cars eight or more years old to buy a permanent registration sticker. In Kodiak, the local share of car registration taxes goes to schools. If permanent registration becomes available, estimates ...
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Mayor's complaint against assemblyman generates fiery borough meeting
The biggest item of discussion during Thursday night's borough assembly meeting was an item that received only one line on the agenda. Two hours before the regular meeting convened, the Alaska Public Offices Commission released a staff report clearing assemblyman Mel Stephens of a complaint filed against him by borough Mayor Jerome Selby. The complaint alleged Stephens, an attorney, failed to follow financial disc...
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Woman accused of bilking man of $46,000 with bad checks
A Kodiak woman is accused of stealing more than $46,000 by writing forged checks to herself. Maria Drinkwine, 45, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Monday. She faces 41 felony charges. Forty of those counts are for second-degree theft, a class C felony, and one count is for first-degree theft, a class B felony. According to court documents, on Feb. 15, a man went to the Kodiak Police Station and reported f...
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Barge dock proposed, but hurdles remain
A Seattle-based transportation company is planning a new barge dock in Womens Bay, but it will have to dig through a pile of paperwork before it puts shovels to work. Northland Services, which operates barge service between Seattle and other Alaska ports, has announced its intention to build a three-acre terminal on land currently owned by Lash Corp. in Women’s Bay. The terminal would include a landing craft ramp,...
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Bids for new high school come back high
High noon for the Kodiak High School renovation project came at 3 p.m. Wednesday. That was the deadline for construction bids on the $80 million effort, the largest single construction project ever undertaken by the Kodiak Island Borough. When the electronic envelopes were opened, however, the news wasn’t what the borough had hoped. All three submitted bids were above budgeted estimates. “The next step is evaluati...
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