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Fish disaster aid might be allocated for Alaska
A $60.4 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims may mean aid for Alaskans, too. Enclosed within a bill working its way through the U.S. Senate is a provision allocating $150 million for fisheries disasters in Alaska, the Gulf Coast, New England and areas affected by the hurricane. The language was inserted by Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), and it’s among other area-specific measures that are drawing the ire ...
Dec 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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U.S. Senate passes bill to extend federal benefits of NOAA members
The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed an Alaska delegation-backed bill to extend the federal benefits of NOAA Corps members. NOAA Corps officers and sailors serve aboard research and fisheries ships including the Kodiak-based Oscar Dyson; the new measure would give those sailors similar benefits to those Coast Guardsmen and naval sailors receive. The measure must be approved by the House of Representatives and si...
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KEA board approves 2013 budget
As Kodiak Electric Association prepares to install a new hydroelectric generator at Terror Lake, the electric cooperative’s board voted Thursday to provide an extra financial cushion should something go wrong with Kodiak’s flagship hydroelectric dam. In a unanimous vote, the KEA board of directors voted to defer $333,000 in revenue from this year to an indefinite period. As CEO Darron Scott explained, the move is ...
Dec 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bear causing problems for communications station
Kodiakans are used to garbage-tossing bears and bears that prowl hiking paths, but one bear in the Buskin River valley is causing a new problem for the Coast Guard Communications Station. Early this month, a bear chewed on communications and control cables, damaging them so severely that one of the Coast Guard’s antennae was disabled. Thanks to winter weather, the partially-buried cables can’t be repaired until sp...
Dec 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough assembly approves first reading of temporary composting project
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously approved the first reading of a temporary solution to the long-debated "fecal cliff" as it gave the OK for a temporary composting project at the Kodiak Island Borough landfill. The project cannot begin until confirmed with a similar vote at a special meeting next Thursday. Since October, debates have raged about the location of a composting plant that will process sew...
Dec 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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ADF&G euthanizes abandoned cub
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has euthanized an undernourished and abandoned bear cub found near a playground in the Upper Government Housing area on Coast Guard Base Kodiak. According to an email from ADF&G regional wildlife supervisor Larry Van Daele, the cub had been seen for the past week in Bells Flats near the Kodiak Fairgrounds without any sign of its mother. On Wednesday, the cub moved on base, an...
Dec 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man arrested after stabbing
A 56-year-old Kodiak man is in police custody after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance late Saturday night. According to court records, Danilo Dela Cruz is being held on $20,000 bond after police say he attempted to attack a man he said was sleeping with his wife. The victim of the alleged attack told police he was picking up a coworker to go to work when Dela Cruz came to his car as he waited in front of the cowo...
Dec 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Governor's budget holds less for Kodiak
Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed state budget may mean less state spending in Kodiak, but Kodiak is far from the only Alaska community to see less state spending. On Friday, Parnell unveiled a $12.8 billion budget proposal that includes $1.8 billion in capital projects, down from $2.9 billion this year. The governor’s budget is the first step in a monthslong budgeting process that continues with the start of the Alask...
Dec 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough finds $300,000 logging tax miss
A new audit of some of the Kodiak Island Borough’s largest taxpayers has resulted in penalties and tax payments worth more than $300,000. Last week, interim borough manager Bud Cassidy told the Kodiak borough assembly that an audit of Evergreen Timber’s logging operations on Afognak Island revealed the company had left some heavy equipment off its property tax forms and underpaid severance taxes. After the borough...
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Planning and zoning passes landfill rezone with greenbelt preserved
The Kodiak Island Borough's planning and zoning commission approved a pair of measures permitting an expansion of the Kodiak Island Borough landfill, but the vote didn't come easy after landfill neighbors spoke en masse to ensure the protection of a greenbelt area between their homes and the landfill. The rezoning process corrects a decades-old paperwork error that zoned the landfill as conservation and public-use...
Dec 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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