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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...
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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...
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Suspect emailed about killing man on Shuyak
The man found shot on Shuyak Island in November 2015 was shot multiple times and the man accused of killing him was planning to leave the state, according to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit obtained at the Kodiak Courthouse. Steven McCaulley, 56, was found dead on Nov. 17, 2015, from an apparent shooting, after a manager for Port William Wilderness Lodge on Shuyak Island asked the troopers for a welfare check. A...
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Fish Work Group speeds up process of analysis
The Kodiak Fish Work Group met Wednesday to review alternatives for trawl bycatch management and get updates on an economic analysis and the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. The group looked at the first few elements of the four alternatives currently before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for trawl bycatch management. The first alternative is no action, the second alternative includes alloca...
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Stinky souls, insurance rates and rental cars
Recently, when I rented a car after a collision with a tree on a snowy evening before Christmas (I hate when they jump out in front of you like that), I received a rude reminder that I live on a remote island where supply and demand rule. There is only one car rental place downtown, but that wouldn't have made a difference. It is still a minimum $70 per day for a car, including a subcompact Nissan they call a "sta...
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City celebrates new pier and crane
The City of Kodiak along with elected officials and visiting dignitaries held a ribbon cutting at Pier 3 on Wednesday, marking the near completion of what mayor Pat Branson said was the largest capital project the city has ever taken on. Pier 3 and the new Matson crane, the largest crane in Alaska, will begin use within a few weeks as further tweaks to the crane are needed before its ready to move containers. Mats...
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Scam season: Beware requests from ‘relatives’
A new year may mean new scams for Kodiak residents. Sgt. Tim Putney of the Kodiak Police Department said reports of scams tend to go in cycles, with the first few months of the year seeing especially high numbers. Many scammers claim to be a representative from the Internal Revenue Service at this time of year, he said. Consumer Federation of America warns of the “grandparent scheme,” in which a caller claims to b...
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Nonprofits gain from pick, click gifts
Kodiakans seeking to give away part of their Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend have a host of local organizations to pick from. Through the Pick.Click.Give charitable contributions program, Alaskans have given more than $645,000 to organizations with a Kodiak connection since funds were first distributed in 2009. According to the Pick.Click.Give website, 17 organizations either based in Kodiak or with operations in K...
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Week in Words: Tilting and turning at legislation
For many Kodiakans, the Joe Floyd Tournament signals the start of a new year, a new basketball season, a new school semester. But I have always seen it as a fitting beacon of the start of the annual legislative session. Think about it: Two teams sprinting at breakneck speed, trying to force an object through a small hoop. What better metaphor for a quick 90-day session where our representatives employ whatever tri...
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UPDATE: Charges filed in Shuyak killing
Anchorage resident Steven Ridenour, 44, has been charged with murder in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence, according to a Wednesday release from the Alaska State Troopers. Ridenour was arrested by the Anchorage Police Department, acting as an assist to the troopers, on unrelated arrest warrants on Nov. 19. He has been incarcerated since then because one of the arrest warrants was for failing to...
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