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PHAB backs crane, ice for small boats
The Ports and Harbors Advisory Board wants the city of Kodiak to take a look at installing a publicly available crane and ice production facility. PHAB board member Marty Owen gave a report on options, saying such facilities would benefit the community, especially small boat owners. He said the ultimate goal would be a drive-down float with a crane, but more practical options in the nearer future include a smaller...
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Marshals: Suspect not armed
The arresting agency has reported more details about the apprehension of a Kodiak man charged with assault in the third degree, kidnapping and misconduct involving a weapon. The U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Force and a Kodiak trooper arrested Mark Benton, 49, at a location on Parkside Drive at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday evening, according to a trooper report. Benton had no weapons in his possession at the...
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Biologist: Local murres OK despite die-off
A Kodiak bird biologist spoke Friday about all the dead murres washing up on Alaska shores but also observed that Kodiak birds could be doing OK. Robin Corcoran, a bird biologist with the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, said signs point to starvation as the cause of death for thousands of common murres found washed up on beaches around the state. Of the 85 birds examined, almost half came from Kodiak. Most had no...
Jan 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Update: Benton apprehended
Mark Benton was apprehended Saturday by the U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Force without incident. The arrest, confirmed by Alaska State Troopers public information officer Megan Peters on Monday morning, was the result of a joint investigation by Alaska State Troopers and the AFTF. The AFTF was dispatched to Kodiak to aid in locating Benton, Peters said. Benton was wanted by troopers since a Jan. 8 incident, ...
Jan 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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City OKs lease for boat display
The Kodiak Maritime Museum now has a lease for property on the spit near Oscar’s Dock, and the Kodiak City Council moved forward an ordinance aimed at panhandling downtown. At its Thursday meeting, the council approved a 20-year lease with two possible extensions for the spot where the museum plans to install a 50-year-old restored fishing vessel. The museum will pay $10 per year for use of the property. The counc...
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Grand jury modifies charges against fugitive
A Kodiak man wanted by Alaska State Troopers was indicted Friday and his bail raised in connection to an alleged assault and kidnapping. A grand jury found probable cause for charges of assault in the second degree, five counts of assault in the third degree, kidnapping and misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree against Mark Benton, 49. Another count of assault in the third degree was found to be withou...
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City, borough look to future
The city of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough held planning meetings on Saturday, discussing a strategy for the next few years. The assembly, staff and members of the public reviewed goals and objectives for 2015-2020 adopted last year. Although the assembly will go through more refining of the items in the plan before adoption, the list of goals decided at the work session cover resource use, good government, fisc...
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KIB to seek bids for waste contract
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed the future of the solid waste management plan Thursday evening and decided to meet later to determine the specifics of future garbage collection services. The current contract with Alaska Waste ends in June 2017 and assembly members will decide whether to renew that contract, renegotiate or accept bids. Joe Lipka of the Solid Waste Advisory Board said the advantage of e...
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Assembly split four to three on liquor license request
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly voted Thursday to not ask for more public comment time on a liquor license location transfer application for a possible package store on Kodiak State Airport grounds. The assembly voted on Jan. 7 to postpone a request to give more people notice of the application and time to respond. The application was submitted by Wayne Sargent and seeks transfer of a liquor license from the Ka...
Jan 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stutes opposed to rural school counting change
Ahead of the new legislative session, Rep. Louise Stutes said making sure small communities like Kodiak do not bear the brunt of state budget cuts will be a top priority. “Obviously the budget is going to be a huge issue,” Stutes said, referring to the $3.6 billion deficit confronting the Legislature. “We need to come up with ways to balance the budget. We need to be creative in revenue generating, but we cannot b...
Jan 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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