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Kodiak borough assembly OKs budget modifications
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly met Thursday night to approve final changes to last year’s borough budget, but the technical alterations didn’t pass without comment. Assemblyman Mel Stephens and Assemblywoman Louise Stutes each objected to the new budget, which erases cost overruns. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to, after the fact, amend your budget so none of your departments run over budget,” Stephens said....
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New teachers start two-day course in Kodiak 101
The Kodiak Island Borough School District’s annual new teacher orientation revealed many new faces as it began Thursday. Around 25 people attended the two-day training session for new teachers, student teachers and previous teachers who missed last year’s orientation. About half of the new faces are from other states. “I’ve lived in a lot of places,” said Colin Clark. “I think my natural affinity for the job was t...
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Kodiak-based boat briefly runs aground in Aleutians
The Kodiak-based fishing boat Afognak Strait is floating free today after briefly running aground early Thursday morning on Herbert Island, about 170 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor. Petty Officer David Mosley, a spokesman for the Coast Guard in Anchorage, said the grounding happened after the 58-foot boat lost steering overnight Wednesday. “The crew onboard the vessel reported they did not know why they ended up ...
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Murkowski optimistic about Law of the Sea treaty ratification
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Melting summer sea ice is opening up the Arctic Ocean to commercial opportunities but the United States could miss them if it doesn’t sign the Law of the Sea treaty, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The Alaska Republican hopes the Senate will vote to sign the treaty during the lame duck session following the November election. The treaty sets up a system for resolving disputes in internation...
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As pinks peak, a surge in silver for Monashka Bay
With the sun breaking through on Wednesday, fishermen flocked to Kodiak’s rivers and beaches. The break in the weather comes at a good time. Silver salmon hatchery returns are set to spike this week in Monashka Bay, Mill Bay and Mission Beach. Ninety thousand silver salmon smolt were released in spring 2011 in Pillar Creek and Monashka Creek. Those fish are scheduled to start returning this week, but they may be h...
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No help coming soon to understaffed Troopers in Kodiak
For the last year the Alaska State Troopers detachment in Kodiak has been operating shorthanded, and help isn’t likely any time soon. Despite having a vacancy in his staff, Sgt. Chris Hill said the Kodiak detachment has been making things work. Having enough time to get paperwork done has been the biggest challenge with the vacancy. “It’s a lot of scheduling,” Hill said. “It prevents me from getting paperwork done...
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Kodiak voters have choices in all but school board race
Kodiak voters will have choices in all but one major municipal political race this October. Wednesday was the final day for candidates to sign up to run for open seats on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, Kodiak school board, Kodiak City Council and a handful of service area board seats. Only the school board, which has two open seats, failed to see more candidates than open seats. On the school board, incumbent...
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Bad weather forces seafood marketing meet from Kodiak to Alyeska
Wednesday’s sunshine was the first direct light on Kodiak in more than a week. While the good conditions allowed construction to pick up and flights to arrive, the weather break came too late for the scheduled meeting of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. The ASMI board of directors had been scheduled to meet in Kodiak with its customer advisory panel, but persistent fog and rain kept most of the meeting’s pa...
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Gas-to-electricity idea revived for North Slope reserves
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An idea studied years ago by an oil company for producing vast stores of North Slope natural gas without building a giant pipeline has emerged again, this time before state legislators trying to find relief for residents crushed by heating and electricity costs. Why not convert the natural gas into electricity and transmit it around the state by wires, including to rural and Interior Alaska? Offic...
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Kodiak's tallest structure, Alaska's last LORAN tower, is dismantled
The last of Alaska’s Coast Guard LORAN stations was disassembled early this month as a crew from Texas took down a 625-foot tower at Narrow Cape. The LORAN system (standing for LOng Range Aids to Navigation) began operating in 1942 to provide radio navigation during World War II. The Narrow Cape station started operating May 25, 1942 and was turned off Feb. 8, 2010. The LORAN system was operated by the Coast Guard...
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