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Huge relief effort planned for Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan was a huge disaster. Kodiak’s Filipino community has big plans to help. This weekend, a series of events will raise money and supplies to send to the islands, which were devastated by Haiyan. The storm made landfall in the eastern Philippines on Friday, and the official death toll has passed 2,300 people. More than 600,000 people have been displaced. Almost one in seven people within the Kodiak Isla...
Nov 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough tries to iron out IBEW contract
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will meet in special session tonight to discuss ongoing contract negotiations with IBEW Local 1547. The assembly will meet behind closed doors as the borough attempts to complete a new contract before its existing arrangement expires at the end of the year. The IBEW represents most of the borough’s employees, excluding director-level jobs and the clerk’s office. The last signific...
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Old system still viable to catch KTUU
KTUU-TV has vanished from GCI cable boxes, but fans of Anchorage’s NBC affiliate can still watch their nightly news courtesy of a vestige of Alaska’s telecommunications past. Each night, the Alaska Rural Communications Service broadcasts KTUU’s news show — and all you need is an antenna. “It’s not a complete solution,” cautions Mike Wall, general manager of Kodiak Public Broadcasting, but for those in Kodiak witho...
Nov 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Airlines suing to block SeaTac minimum wage increase
Alaska Airlines is opposing a minimum wage increase at its Seattle hub, but a company spokesman said the company has not planned its response to a proposed Alaska minimum wage hike. Company spokesman Paul McElroy said Alaska Airlines is opposed to SeaTac Proposition 1 because “we do not believe this particular proposition is the right solution.” He added that he was unaware of an Alaska minimum wage ballot measure...
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Coast Guard gets tough on tankers
The US Coast Guard is cracking down on oil tankers violating safety regulations in Alaska waters. Last year, the Alaska Maritime Planning and Response Network approved new regulations for ships carrying bulk oil through Western Alaska waters. The regulations were intended to help ships meet spill response standards. Western Alaska, which has few large towns and cities, lacks places to stage spill response equipmen...
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Trails summit tackles Jack and Lee lakes tonight
Hikers and bikers, four-wheel drivers and climbers will be headed indoors tonight as the Kodiak Island Borough’s parks and recreation committee holds its third trails summit. The summit, part of the borough’s trails improvement plan, is one of a series of meetings intended to bring trail users together to discuss ideas and problems. Tonight’s meeting will cover a trail system near Bells Flats. “We’re going to pres...
Nov 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winter’s first snow falls in Kodiak
It was only a trace, but the National Weather Service reports that the winter’s first snowfall has finally come to Kodiak. In a normal year, Kodiak sees its first snowfall in October, though in exceptional years the first snow may come as early as September. With only a trace of snowfall so far, Kodiak is running well behind normal. In an average year, Kodiak will see 2.4 inches of snow by Nov. 11. This year, warm...
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Alaska passes Russia in Pacific salmon production
Russia’s salmon harvest has plunged by 20 percent from last year, according to new figures from the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency. The figures were released in English late last month by the US Department of Agriculture’s foreign agriculture service, which analyzes industry trends. According to the report, the total Russian salmon harvest is expected to reach 360,000 metric tons this year, about 20 percent lowe...
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GCI cuts KTUU in Kodiak
To see the peacock, you’ll need a pair of rabbit ears. On Friday, negotiations between cable provider GCI and Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU-TV failed to meet a GCI-imposed deadline. In response, Alaska’s largest cable television provider cut KTUU signals for 7,000 rural Alaskans, including those in Kodiak. Bethel, Valdez, Barrow, Nome and Dutch Harbor are also affected. In Kodiak, GCI customers are receiving STARZ ...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Charities begin gearing up for holidays
As Christmas approaches, Kodiak’s charities are preparing as much as the most earnest holiday shoppers. The Salvation Army, Kodiak Bible Chapel and other groups are collecting supplies to brighten Christmases around Kodiak and the world. This week, the Salvation Army will open signups for its Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance program. Anyone interested in signing up for the program can visit the Salvation Army...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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