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Casting call for new TV series
A new HGTV series is seeking homebuyers and sellers in Alaska. Orion Entertainment, a Colorado-based TV production company, is casting real estate agents and buyers for “Living Alaska,” with filming to begin in April. Kelly McLear, a managing producer for Orion, said the show will be similar to “Buying Alaska,” which filmed partially in Kodiak and aired on Destination America last year. “Living Alaska” will follow...
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Soroptimist hosts Women's History Art Show
Soroptimist International of Kodiak celebrated National Women’s History Month by holding an art show featuring pieces made by women in Kodiak. “We wanted to commemorate women’s history month,” said Soroptimist member Evelyn Wiszinckas. Soroptimist International of Kodiak is an international group of women who work to better the lives of other women and girls in their community. They participate in projects to bett...
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Annual forecast calls for 8 percent rise in construction spending
Federal and state budget cuts will take a bite out of next year’s construction season, but the annual Alaska construction forecast still calls for spending to rise by 8 percent this summer. In Kodiak, public spending on large projects will continue to keep the local construction industry in high gear. According to the annual report compiled by the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, i...
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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...
Mar 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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