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Borough population tops 14,000
If Kodiak seems a bit more crowded lately, it’s probably just your imagination. One hundred sixty-eight more people isn’t all that much. According to the Alaska Department of Labor, the population of the Kodiak Island Borough rose by 168 between 2011 and 2012. While that figure isn’t much in absolute terms, it’s enough to push the borough’s population over the 14,000 mark for the first time since 1997. As of July ...
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Port Lions seeks fix to 25-year-old paperwork snafu
Fixing a roof has never been so hard. On Wednesday night, the borough planning and zoning commission was scheduled to hear a request from Port Lions’ tribal government, which is asking the borough for 1.51 acres occupied by the village’s tribal offices. If approved as expected by the commission, the request will be forwarded to the borough assembly. If the assembly approves a handover, it would end months of work ...
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Borough has new code enforcer
The Kodiak Island Borough community development department is back to full staff with the hiring of the new code enforcement officer. The code enforcement officer is responsible or investigating any report of a code violation that harms public health and safety. This includes illegal dumping and zoning violations. The position was previously held by Jack Maker, who left it in October to take over as the assistant ...
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Road repairs scheduled for next summer
Some of Kodiak’s roughest streets will get some help from the Alaska Department of Transportation. Benny Benson Drive, Island Lake Road, Cut-Off Road, Spruce Cape Road and Monashka Bay Road will all have their potholes patched next summer. Repairs to the Chiniak Highway in Bells Flats are also planned but may not come until 2015. “The hope would be we could construct it this coming summer in 2014, but it may lapse...
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School board OKs fishing boat talks
The Kodiak Island Borough School District will explore an upgrade to its 40-year-old teaching vessel, the K-HI-C. In a unanimous vote Monday night, the school board granted the district permission to negotiate with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on a contract for renovating and lengthening the K-HI-C. Since the K-HI-C was purchased by Kodiak High School, it has been used in the winter and spring by student...
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Sea otter rules change little after heated debate
A debate over the meaning of “significantly altered” has ended with little change. The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a new definition for that term as it applies to Native handicrafts using sea otter fur. The release ends months of sometimes-heated debate that generated more than 110,000 letters and comments to Fish and Wildlife. The words “significantly altered” are a key component of the Marin...
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New police chief Wallace settles in
The Kodiak Police Department has gone through sweeping changes over the last six months. After the mass retirement of five employees with at least 20 years of experience, new Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace has made it her priority to get the department settled and fully staffed. “The department has been through a lot of changes with a lot of retirements and that’s a little unsettling with people sometimes, so m...
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AAC shelves plans for Pasagshak barge dock
Alaska Aerospace Corporation is shelving plans for a new barge dock in Pasagshak after failing to receive a federal grant for construction. The U.S. Department of Transportation failed to include the dock project in its list of TIGER grant recipients. The sole Alaska project funded under the program is a street improvement effort in the village of Alakanuk. Without federal funding for the dock, the project has bee...
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Crab Festival poster and logo contest opens
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is asking artists to put their best slogans forward to create a unique logo for the 2014 Crab Festival. On Monday, the chamber opened its annual Crab Festival logo design and poster contests. The contests are one of the first steps in preparing for the festival. After winners are selected, the chamber can begin ordering merchandise for the event. This year, artists will have more cre...
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King crab season wraps up
The Bristol Bay red king crab season got off to a late start, but it’s wrapping up in line with past seasons. The season opened four days later than planned — Oct. 19 — after the shutdown of the federal government delayed its regular Oct. 15 start. Despite losing four days to Congressional stumbles, the last bit of the 7.74 million-pound quota was pulled Nov. 15. In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are r...
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