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Native Village of Afognak re-elects council members
The Native Village of Afognak is keeping its current tribal leadership. On Saturday, NVA held elections in conjunction with its annual meeting. Jim Dunham and Julie Knagin, whose terms were expiring, were each re-elected to three-year terms. The other members of the council include Loretta Nelson, Meagan Christiansen, Loren Anderson, Mary Fearn and Ken Nelson Jr. According to the tribal office, Nelson was retained...
Sep 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak school board votes to spend $509,000 on new computers
Correction: An early version of this story misidentified the positions of Kodiak Island Educational Support Association vice president Diane Cooney and school district support staff member Linda McCool. Cooney was erroneously listed as a substitute teacher. She is a classified employee. New computers are coming to Kodiak schools after the Kodiak Island Borough school board approved spending $509,000 on new compute...
Sep 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Humane Society's Hair-Ball returns for second edition
More than 200 Kodiak animal lovers turned out to the Kodiak Elks Lodge on Saturday to raise money for the Kodiak Humane Society. Humane Society director Karen Yashin said the annual Hair-Ball is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization that runs the Kodiak Animal Shelter. Last year's event raised about $9,000, and Yashin predicts this year's event will have raised that much once receipts are totaled...
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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GAO report: Coast Guard maintenance problems are worsening
Early Saturday morning, the US Senate approved a bill to fund the Coast Guard for the next three fiscal years. The bill, which allocates $7 billion per year to the Coast Guard, now heads to a conference committee to be combined with a similar House bill. While the bills ensure the Coast Guard’s near-term stability, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says the Coast Guard’s long-term problems are...
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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