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Proposed state budget cuts $1.3 billion
Alaska’s state budget will be cut by $1.3 billion, but the state will still spend $1.1 billion in savings under a proposal unveiled by Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday. The $12.4 billion budget proposed by Parnell must still be vetted and approved by the Alaska Legislature, but Parnell’s proposal is a sign the state is taking its fiscal health seriously. Declining oil production and oil tax cuts passed by the Legisla...
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Midnight park measure passes with tiebreaking vote
Breaking an unusual tie vote, Mayor Pat Branson voted to impose closed hours on Kodiak's city parks for the first time. Branson's vote came as the Kodiak City Council split 3-3 on an amendment that would keep city parks open until midnight during the summer. While the council unanimously agreed with the need for closed hours, council members were divided on what those hours should be. City staff suggested winter h...
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Postal Service stays busy during holiday season
The US Postal Service has officially entered its busy season. With Christmas less than two weeks away, employees at Kodiak’s post office are working to stay on top of the letters, gifts and packages. With so much extra work, postal workers are reminding people to plan ahead when shipping presents. The Kodiak post office doesn’t hire any extra staff during the holidays. Instead, carriers are working approximately 1...
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Middle school to get new math materials
Kodiak Middle School will soon receive $30,000 of math curriculum materials. In a Thursday special meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough school board approved $30,485.88 to purchase e-books, print textbooks and other items for the middle school math program. District director of instruction Bill Watkins said there were teachers in the middle school who needed more materials going into the school year, but the distric...
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New library projected to finish $506,000 under budget
Readers were wowed as they walked through the doors of the new Kodiak Public Library on Monday night. Now, fiscal hawks have something to cheer, too. According to project documents, the library project beat its $12.45 million budget by $506,000. While minor site issues and administrative expenses drove the cost of the project upward, the city budgeted $907,000 for contingencies. Even after the extra expenses, a ha...
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Record high temperature recorded, but change is in the wind
There’s a change coming, but until it arrives, Kodiak is enjoying an exceptionally mild December. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service office at Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport recorded a record high of 47 degrees. The mark, taken at 4 p.m., toppled the old record of 46, set in 1986. According to weather service forecasts, temperatures are expected to drop starting today as a storm system brings a chance of ...
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City council votes on park hours tonight
The Kodiak City Council will decide tonight whether Kodiak kids can play under the midnight sun. Atop the city’s agenda for its regular meeting tonight is a proposal to set hours of operation for parks within city limits. Current statute allows people to use parks 24 hours a day, but an Aug. 2012 arson attack on the Baranof Park ice rink caused the city to re-evaluate that policy. The proposal before the city coun...
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College to offer new class in Alutiiq history
A new class at Kodiak College will teach students about prehistoric Alutiiq objects and how they were used in everyday life. Marnie Leist will teach “Arrows, Mauls, and Awls: Objects of Prehistoric Life On Kodiak.” Leist has been the curator of collections at the Alutiiq Museum for nine years and is extremely familiar with the objects left behind by prehistoric Alutiiq people, which is why she was asked to teach t...
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USFWS will try again to remove Chirikof cattle
The USFWS is looking for a few cowboys. Some hunters might do. So could a savvy rancher or butcher — anything, really. As the Fish and Wildlife Service prepares for another attempt to remove cattle from Chirikof and Wosnesenski islands, it’s asking for the public’s ideas. The cattle were brought to the remote islands by ranchers, but the ranches are gone and the cattle have turned feral. “On these two islands, the...
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Gardeners make case for community plot
Kodiak's gardeners made their case for a community garden on Tuesday night as they asked the Kodiak City Council for use of a plot of land on Larch Street. While the council was receptive to the proposal, they and Mayor Pat Branson said details including liability and insurance need to be worked out before the garden is approved. Presenting the request was Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District manager Joe Di...
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