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Pillar Mountain wind turbine project still on course
The project to put three new wind turbines atop Pillar Mountain remains on schedule, Kodiak Electric Association CEO Darron Scott said Thursday. His remarks came during the monthly meeting of the electric cooperative’s board of directors. “Everything is still on track for a late fall startup,” he said. Contractors have completed an extension of Pillar Mountain Road and have dug three pits for the foundations of th...
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Transport bill, student loan help approved in Washington
In the final major Congressional moves expected before this fall’s elections, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved a major transportation funding bill and an interest break for student loan holders. On Friday, the House voted 373-52 and the Senate 74-19 in favor of the transportation bill, which also included the student loan break. All three members of Alaska’s congressional delegation voted for ...
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No fireworks, but Fourth festivities on tap for Kodiak, Chiniak
By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer Kodiak won’t have any official fireworks for the Fourth of July this year, but the celebrations will go on. City manager Aimée Kniaziowski said fireworks were not even in the city council’s budget discussion this year. Kodiak had no fireworks last year after its long-time pyrotechnicians retired. “They handled all the ordering, shipping and laying out,” Kniaziowski said. “None of our...
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New group to research Aleutian crab
Kodiak-based fisheries adviser Denby Lloyd is adding a new group to his portfolio. On Saturday, the golden king crab fleet announced the creation of the Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation. Lloyd will be the group’s science adviser. The foundation’s purpose is to increase understanding of the golden king crab stock, found in the Aleutians and harvested by fewer than 10 boats per year. “More information should r...
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Greenpeace visits Kodiak
On Tuesday, two Shell drilling vessels left Seattle to start their journey to the Arctic, where they plan to begin boring five exploratory oil wells. Greenpeace will be waiting for them. Numerous federal agencies monitor Shell’s actions in the Arctic, but that isn’t enough for the international environmental organization, which has launched a “Save the Arctic” campaign. This week, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza sto...
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In Kodiak Island Borough handouts, shelter up, scouts out
The Kodiak Island Borough is giving more money to the Brother Francis Shelter, but with a cost. On Thursday night, the borough assembly agreed to give $60,000 to the shelter as part of its annual contribution to Kodiak-area nonprofits. The contribution is up from $50,000 last year. The shelter is the only nonprofit to see its borough contribution rise. “If we could get a little more help, we’d appreciate it,” said...
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State rocket chief resigns
Alaska Aerospace Corporation is searching for a new CEO after Dale Nash announced his resignation this week. On Wednesday, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, that state’s equivalent to Alaska Aerospace, announced Nash would take over as its executive director beginning July 31. “We are very excited to have Dale join the VCSFA team,” Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton said in a press...
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Kodiak airport runway paving project continues
An asphalt milling machine scrapes worn material from runway 7-25 at Kodiak State Airport on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 as the airport's control tower looms behind. (James Brooks photo)
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To fight Kodiak's illegal dumpers, a hidden weapon
The Kodiak Island Borough’s biggest weapon in the fight against illegal dumping is no bigger than a quarter. That’s the size of the lens on one of the borough’s two covert cameras used to identify Kodiakans tossing garbage onto the roadside. Illegal dumping is a big problem in Alaska. The Juneau public works department spent $8,000 cleaning up a single dump site. In Kodiak, the city’s spring cleanup drive turned i...
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Salmon season remains on track
As fishermen across Kodiak Island fan out to take advantage of a sunny weekend, they will find plenty of targets for their hooks. With one-quarter of the salmon season done, Kodiak has so far dodged the king salmon drought plaguing other areas of the state. Early sockeye returns to the road system have also been promising, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. In response to low king returns in the Susitna,...
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