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KIBSD superintendent has optimistic view of next year’s budget
The Kodiak Island Borough School District could see up to a five percent cut in funding from the state, and the borough likely can’t make up the difference, but superintendent Stewart McDonald thinks the district is in good shape regardless. “We feel 100 percent certain that no matter how the budget goes this year that between funds we currently have, staffing formulas that we currently have, we may see a conversa...
Jan 21, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak population drops slightly
Alaska’s population dropped by about 60 people between July 2013 and July 2014, and the Kodiak Island Borough’s population decreased by 18, according to recently released statistics from the State of Alaska. The actual population decrease not including natural increases, the number of deaths subtracted from the number of births, is 184. From April 2010 to July 2014, the Kodiak borough’s population has increased sl...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Land sale update at borough work session
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly has received an update on borough-owned land potentially available for future sales. Blocks include a 35-acre section near Fort Abercrombie on the south side of East Monashka Bay Road, a 257-acre section on East Monashka Bay Road near the landfill, and a 10,600-square-foot area on East Rezanof Drive by Antone Way. Three other areas were identified in Bells Flats. One is on Noch D...
Jan 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hunter wins contest with 109-point buck
The winner of the 2015 Eric Lochman Big Buck Contest took home a prize worth $2,500 and bragging rights for taking home the biggest deer rack in Unit 8, all of the islands in the Kodiak Archipelago, in the last year. Mack's Sport Shop has held the contest for more than 25 years, and 46 racks were entered into the contest this year. Although that was lower than historic highs, it was higher than last year's 23 entr...
Jan 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak rape suspect pleads guilty to coercion and attempted assault
A Kodiak man accused of rape has pleaded guilty to coercion and attempted assault in the first degree, avoiding trial and sidestepping the possibility that the sexual-assault victim might be required to testify in public, District Attorney Steve Wallace said Wednesday. As a result of the deal, Robert Zoellner Jr., 32, will be sentenced on April 27. He faces up to 15 years in prison, to be served consecutively, wit...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak’s roads bear brunt of incessant rain
A heavy dose of rain hammered Kodiak during the past couple of months, triggering small landslides, flooding out a road and puncturing asphalt, officials said. The effect is easier to notice on Mill Bay Road, which has deep grooves and even potholes worn into the pavement from the estimated 12,000 trips by vehicle tires on the road per day. Mill Bay Road repairs top the city’s capital improvements program list, a ...
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P&Z struggles finding new hearing venue
After what was by many accounts the biggest turnout for a city or borough meeting in Kodiak history, the Planning and Zoning Commission is struggling to find a bigger venue for hearings on the proposed updates to three sections of the island’s borough code. Almost 70 people testified at Monday’s hearing in the KIB assembly chambers, over the phone and in person before the 11 p.m. end of meeting deadline, and unoff...
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Fun stems from coding and technology
Austin moved around the Kodiak classroom with ease. But he wasn’t in the classroom. Austin’s classmates also roamed the room Tuesday while asking Kodiak Middle School students a few silly questions: “Is it cold in Alaska?” “Do you think it’s all beachy and sunshine in California?” Austin and his classmates were in Barstow, California, 3,960 miles away. But they were virtually in the Kodiak class, thanks to a robot...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hundreds of irate residents pack borough code meeting
Hundreds of area residents overflowed the assembly chambers and packed the Borough Building corridors Monday evening, nearly prompting the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission to cancel or postpone its meeting to seek a larger venue. “This is the fullest I have ever seen the place,” acting P&Z chairman Alan Schmitt said. “It says a lot for the issues we’re trying to deal with.” The commission agend...
Jan 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local organizations receive funding from foundation
Eleven local organizations received funding totaling more than $40,000 on Friday from the Alaska Leader Foundation. The 15-year-old foundation was formed by fishermen to benefit local projects and nonprofits. Both Bristol Bay and Kodiak organizations can apply for funding. Almost 70 applicants, mostly from the Bristol Bay area applied this year. Although some of the Bristol Bay applicants were unable to be funded,...
Jan 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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