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Care center’s estimated cost skyrockets
The price tag for a new hospital expansion has skyrocketed since major discussions began earlier this year, and federal Medicaid rules are to blame. New estimates provided by the Kodiak Island Borough indicate a 22-bed nursing home — officially called a long-term care facility — could cost as much as $20 million. That amount is almost double the amount analyzed in an April feasibility study, which determined an $1...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cost rises for state-issued commercial fishing permits
Nonresident commercial fishermen will pay a bit more to participate in state-waters fisheries next year. The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission announced last week that it is raising the nonresident surcharge to $190, an increase of $50 over 2011’s figure. News of the increase was first reported by Wesley Loy in the commercial fishing blog Deckboss. CFEC adjusts the nonresident surcharge every three years based...
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Composting opponents speak out
If Kodiak’s planned sewage composting project is derailed, it will be done by the people who gathered in St. Mary’s Catholic School gymnasium on Friday night. After a day of Black Friday shopping, 30 Kodiakans gathered to share information and concerns about the project, which will use a plant in Middle Bay to create garden compost from the leavings of Kodiak’s sewage treatment plant. Friday night’s meeting was or...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanksgiving in Kodiak
While most Kodiak residents were busy stuffing their turkeys, watching football and spending Thanksgiving morning with their families, it was business as usual for Kodiak’s police, fire and public works departments. Thanks to an inch and a half of fresh snow, plow drivers got an early start on Thanksgiving morning, clearing roads for drivers en route to family gatherings. Thursday morning was slow for both the fir...
Nov 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Credit and debit card fraud on the rise
Shoppers be warned — credit and debit card fraud is on the rise in Kodiak. Pam Murray had just finished lunch at Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant on Friday, and was trying to pay her bill when she found her Credit Union 1 card had been put on hold. Her bank told her a $900 charge from a pharmaceutical company in New York tried to go through, so the card was stopped. "The bank let $43.50 go through the account for ...
Nov 23, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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AT&T finishes cell tower upgrades
AT&T customers are now enjoying faster mobile Internet after upgrades at a cellphone tower near Kodiak State airport. On Nov. 15, AT&T finished upgrading equipment at the tower, which is now broadcasting a fourth-generation (4G) signal that offers faster Internet speeds for customers with smartphones capable of using 4G signals. Earlier this year, AT&T became the first cellphone provider to roll out 4G service in ...
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Site of composting plant could become RV park instead
What’s good for a composting plant seems to be just fine for an RV park, too. On Wednesday night, the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission approved landowner Bill Wren’s plan for a small RV park on a 5-acre plot not far from the American River’s mouth. The plot is the same one being leased for a plant to convert sewage waste and logging scraps into garden compost, and Wren said his initial intentio...
Nov 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old Harbor hosts recycled art contest
Old Harbor celebrated the start of its glass recycling program last weekend with its second annual recycled art contest. The contest attracted 38 people who entered 37 pieces of artwork created solely with discarded materials. The number of entries was almost double last year’s inaugural contest. “It was great to see the quality of the art take a step up this year, making the event even more competitive,” wrote Bo...
Nov 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wanted Kodiak man found by KPD
A man sought by Kodiak police on suspicion of drugs trafficking has been arrested. Sabino Abrego, 28, was arrested at a Selief Lane home on Tuesday, one day after the Kodiak Police Department issued a public call for help. Abrego was charged with multiple felony counts of drugs misconduct in September but evaded police after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police turned to the public for help, and the appeal ...
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Fishermen worried about uncertainty of new observer program
Correction: The name of Jeff Stephan, director of the United Fishermen’s Marketing Association, was misspelled in an early version of this story. The National Marine Fisheries Service has finalized the rules for its new shipboard observer program, but with less than two months before the program begins, NMFS still hasn’t revealed how it will implement the program. That uncertainty worries small-boat fishermen whos...
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