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Report: City sales tax burden falls on just 40 percent of sales
Holes in the Kodiak sales tax code mean about 60 percent of business within city limits goes untaxed, the Kodiak City Council learned Tuesday night. A presentation by city finance director Mary Munk revealed that more than 20 sales tax exemptions shielded almost $248 million in Kodiak business receipts in 2011. According to Munk’s figures, Kodiak businesses reported sales of almost $416 million in 2011. Sales taxe...
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Kodiak man pleads guilty in mailed heroin case
A 35-year-old Kodiak man has pleaded guilty to fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after he picked up a package from the U.S. Postal Service that contained approximately 25 grams of heroin. Jacob Hilsinger pled guilty on July 31 to a class C felony as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, he faces 156 days in jail, a $2,500 fine and five years probation. An additional four yea...
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Road survey measures Emerald Isle traffic
Black hoses strategically placed across Kodiak roads have been drawing the attention of drivers, but worriers need not be alarmed. The hoses are part of a data collection survey by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to see how much daily vehicle traffic different sections of the road gets. They were set up last week by DOT employees from Anchorage and will be removed later this week. “We...
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Fire at Hawaiian wind farm raises concerns for similar Kodiak project
A fire at a wind farm in Kahuku, Hawaii has raised some concerns for the Kodiak Electric Association. The fire occurred last week at an energy storage facility that used a battery storage system from Xtreme Power — the same company that is providing key components of KEA’s new Pillar Mountain battery system. The fire damaged the entire Kahuku facility. KEA CEO Darron Scott heard about the fire, but said KEA still ...
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At annual egg take, hatchery gets 'seeds' for future sockeye salmon returns to Kodiak
AFOGNAK LAKE — Creating salmon life isn’t easy — there’s an exact science to it, and a lot of physical labor is required. On Friday, 13 volunteers and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association employees worked on an assembly line here to collect and fertilize sockeye salmon eggs for Pillar Creek Hatchery. Egg takes like these happen at different places across the Kodiak archipelago, but the ultimate goal is the same...
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As two U.S. Senators visit Kodiak, Coast Guard commandant outlines future of Kodiak-based ships
With Congress on a five-week August break, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) stopped in Kodiak on Monday to hold a Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee field hearing. The committee oversees the Coast Guard’s annual budget, and the hearing was an opportunity for the two senators to hear from Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert Papp during a tour of Coast Guard Base Kodiak. “I am thrilled...
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Philippine consulate visits Kodiak; handles more than 200 cases during weekend
Living in Kodiak isn’t easy sometimes. Stores can be far away, and other conveniences distant. Kodiak life can be especially difficult for immigrants who need visas, passports or other paperwork. Getting those things can mean a long trip off-island to a government office. The government of the Philippines has been trying to change that. Since 2007, the Philippine consulate in San Francisco — the closest office to ...
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PenAir to stop village air taxi flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) — More than a half-century after getting started in the air taxi business, PenAir wants to stop service to small villages and towns in rural Alaska and focus instead on larger hub communities, a company official said Thursday. As first reported by KAKN-FM, the Anchorage-based airline cites financial reasons for wanting to stop air taxi service to small communities in southwest Alaska. The airline th...
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Assaults on police in Alaska on the rise
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Statistics gathered by Alaska State Troopers show the state has seen an increase in assaults against law enforcement. Officers are dealing with more aggressive behavior from suspects, the head of the state patrol told KTUU-TV. “We take every step possible to apprehend a suspect, but really when an individual becomes assaultive, that risks the police officer’s life, or someone else’s,” said Col. Ke...
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Visiting Kodiak, Secretary Napolitano says Alaskans need to prepare for change
Sens. Mary Landrieu and Lisa Murkowski weren’t the only high-ranking political dignitaries in Kodiak on Monday. Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, stopped in Kodiak for a few hours on her way to Anchorage. Napolitano, who flew aboard a Coast Guard executive jet, said the visit was worthwhile because it shows her the physical reality of operations in Kodiak. “This helps me because we’ve got to make d...
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