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Coast Guard taxiway paving begins
A significant repaving project at Base Kodiak will cause some traffic delays in the coming months. On Monday, crews started to repave Taxiway A, which links the Coast Guard hangars to the runways of Kodiak State Airport. The taxiway is crossed by Cape Sarichef and Cape Spencer streets, the main routes to the base commissary, gym and movie theater, and construction will involve closing those streets on a rotating b...
Aug 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baranof Park sports field almost done
On Wednesday afternoon, a crew of three from Beyond the Turf started putting the finishing touches on the multimillion-dollar Baranof Park sports field, the keystone of the Baranof Park Improvements Project. Tyler Meno, Jacob Kampmann and Burr Richards used a variety of power and hand tools to spread small rubber pellets made from shredded tires and boot soles across the green field turf. The pellets, spread in al...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sen. Gary Stevens gets fundraising boost before state primary
Though he faces no challenger in Tuesday’s state primary, Sen. Gary Stevens has spent the last few weeks raising campaign donations. Stevens raised more than $9,000 between the July 28 to Aug. 18 reporting period. All candidates running for Alaska Legislature were required to submit updated campaign disclosure reports by Tuesday to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The reports document campaign incoming contri...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Construction to start on Fort Abercrombie bus turnaround
Construction equipment will break the silence at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park on Friday as workers begin to build a bus turnaround and a new campground near Miller Point. “They were supposed to start last week, but couldn’t get all their equipment over on the ferry,” said Alex Reed, the state engineer overseeing the project. The bus turnaround project was first proposed in 2005, and early drafts were hot...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak jobless rate drops as summer fishing peaks
Salmon fishing season is pushing down unemployment statewide, and Kodiak is no exception. On Friday, the state department of labor released July unemployment statistics that show the Kodiak Island Borough has an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down nine-tenths of a percent from June and more than a full percent below the statewide unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. In the Bristol Bay borough, beneficiaries of the...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Freshmen start Kodiak High School career a day early
Freshman orientation signals the start of a new school year. Around 60 ninth-graders attended Kodiak High School’s freshman orientation on Wednesday morning to prepare for today’s first day of school. The incoming ninth-grade class has around 180 students. During the orientation, students met their new teachers, explored the school and participated in team-building activities like a scavenger hunt. “The team build...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fresh-picked salmon
Most fish that travels through Kodiak's processing plants is bound for distant places. Wrapped in plastic and boxed in cardboard, Kodiak fish fills containers loaded on ships or into airplanes that head to the Lower 48 or Asia. On Tuesday, one of Westward Seafoods' customers short-circuited her shipping by traveling to the plant herself. Barbara Hughes manages Pickled Willys, Kodiak's pickled seafood business, and...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Government and commercial construction boom offsets sharp decline in Kodiak home construction
This summer, Kodiak has seen a boom in high-profile construction projects, but a coincidental slump in residential construction is undermining what would otherwise be a big building year, according to building permit applications. According to figures provided by the city-borough building office, 92 building permits were issued from May through July this year, the peak of the building season in the Kodiak Island B...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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School district reaches labor deal with support staff
The Kodiak Island Borough School District on Monday approved a final agreement with the Kodiak Island Educational Support Association, which represents about 200 non-teachers employed by the district. The agreement settles the last outstanding contract negotiation the school district faced before the start of the school year and includes no raises until the 2013-2014 school year, when KIESA employees will see a pa...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak College uses two new weather stations as online learning tools
Kodiak Community College students will be able to study the environment this semester without even stepping out of the classroom. Over the summer the Kodiak Community College finished installing two remote environmental learning stations, sets of cameras and weather stations, around the island. The stations are funded with a grant the college received in 2010. They are designed to give students a real-time look at...
Aug 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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