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Kalakala, rescued from Gibson Cove, near scrapping
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Once an icon of Puget Sound, the historic ferry Kalakala is in such fragile shape it may not withstand being evicted from a Tacoma moorage and could have to be scrapped, the Coast Guard and other agencies say. Owner Steve Rodrigues disagrees. He’s still committed to restoring the 77-year-old vessel to its former glory, even though he says owning it the past nine years has left him impoverished...
May 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Proposal cuts city operating budget by 7 percent
The city of Kodiak will cut its operations budget by 7 percent next year, but that won’t be enough to forestall the city’s search for more revenue. At 7:30 p.m. today in the borough building, the Kodiak City Council will discuss a proposal to raise the city’s sales tax and the maximum taxable amount per item. The proposal will draw plenty of fire from opponents, and on Saturday, the city council spent almost six h...
May 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fort Abercrombie's bus turnaround project advances
Access to Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park will be limited this August as work begins on a long-debated bus turnaround near Miller Point. The project has been in the works for the past few years. Fort Abercrombie is a popular hiking destination for cruise ship passengers, and the current road is difficult to use for the large buses that bring tourists to the park. “The congestion issue at Miller Point is lar...
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Coast Guard helicopter crews deploy to Cordova ahead of busy summer
Air Station Kodiak’s summer shift is under way this month as helicopters return home from Cold Bay and head out to Cordova. It’s the start of a busy summer for the air station, which for the first time will operate search and rescue missions from a forward operating base in Barrow as well. A long-range MH-60 Jayhawk deployed to Cordova with a support crew on April 30 to respond to crises during the peak fishing se...
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Obituary: Jerry Bennett
Jerry Bennett passed away April 29, 2012 at the age of 76 while visiting family in La Mesa, Calif. Jerry was born May 7, 1935, in La Mar, Texas, to Clyde and Lucy “Maddy” Bennett. Serving in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1964, Jerry earned several medals, including the Korean Service medal and Combat Infantryman’s badge. Back in the states, he started working at Lockheed Shipyards, where he met his “angel” Audrey. Th...
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Grabbing trash bags, hundreds turn out to clean up Kodiak
On Rezanof Drive, Bill and Michelle St. Clair pulled up paper cups, cigarette butts and a set of discarded keys. On Mill Bay Road, Stephen Burnside rolled a set of knobby 17-inch snow tires, slightly used. Near Sharatin Road, Shanti and Breanna Peterson plucked plastic bags. On Saturday, community cleanup day, the only things as varied as the garbage were the people picking it up. More than 100 volunteers smothere...
May 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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J-1 visa changes are delayed until November
Kodiak canneries won’t have to stress about a shortage of workers this summer. On Friday, the U.S. Department of State announced that proposed changes to the J-1 Visa program will not prohibit Alaska’s seafood processors from using the program before November, ensuring no disruption in the summer salmon season. “I think this is the right step,” Sen. Mark Begich said. “This allows us to move through the season and ...
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Fourth site option suggested for Kodiak Maritime Museum
During a community meeting Friday, the Kodiak Maritime Museum brought three new site location choices to the public, and the public came up with a fourth site. The museum has never had a physical place to display the numerous collections it has acquired over the years. Instead, the collections sit packed up at the Baranov Museum and in a small utility building at St. Herman Harbor. “There is an increasing need for...
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Big construction season starts on Kodiak Island
KODIAK — While gardeners wield their trowels, men and women with bigger shovels are planting a bumper crop of orange cones this construction season in Kodiak. From Pasagshak to Pillar Mountain, Spruce Cape to Old Harbor, Kodiak is enjoying a building boom. Though the $65 million Kodiak High School renovation and expansion has been delayed until next spring, this summer will see work on more than $200 million in pr...
May 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holland America slashes Kodiak port visits in 2013
There will be an open space at Pier 2 and a big hole in Kodiak’s tourist economy next summer, thanks to a course change by cruise line Holland America. This week, the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau learned that Holland America is redeploying the Amsterdam, Kodiak’s most reliable cruise visitor. This year, the Amsterdam will make eight stops in Kodiak, more than half of the 14 port visits planned by a...
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