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Borough assembly approves $62 million construction budget for Kodiak High School project
The new Kodiak High School is on its way. In a 6-1 vote, the Kodiak Island Borough assembly approved a $62,257,750 million construction contract with Watterson Construction of Anchorage to complete the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. The contract approved by the assembly includes a new music room and paving of one parking lot along Mill Bay Road. Both items were among 11 optional add-ons not i...
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As students take state-mandated tests, huge changes loom
This week, Kodiak students have had their heads down and pencils in hand as they fill in ovals on the state’s mandatory assessment tests. In two years, they will put down their pencils and pick up a computer mouse as they switch to a new testing system mandated by the state and federal governments. The switch to electronic testing is far from the only change under a new system that will affect every subject. “I th...
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Alutiiq Museum executive director resigns
The Alutiiq Museum is looking for a new executive director. On Thursday, the museum announced that Sven Haakanson Jr., had resigned as executive director of the museum to pursue new professional opportunities. “It’s just time to move on,” Haakanson said. “I think that the museum, we’re in a growing stage, and I think it’s a perfect time to move forward. I can’t thank everybody enough about how wonderful it’s been ...
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Cod glut, lower demand hurts prices
A record cod quota halfway around the world is putting the hurt on Kodiak fishermen. In the Barents Sea, Norwegian and Russian fishermen are enjoying a quota of 1 million metric tons, but the resulting glut on world markets is driving prices downward. In addition, the European economic slump is hurting demand as the falling Euro makes imports more expensive. Alaska cod fillets, typically delivered to American mark...
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Kodiak harbor will reach out to CDQ groups
The Kodiak harbormaster’s office will reach out to the Bering Sea fishery’s Community Development Quota groups in an effort to bring more business to the harbor. The Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) program allocates an annual percentage of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands fisheries to clusters of western Alaska villages. There are six major CDQ groups in the region. Many of the CDQ fishing vess...
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Drillers test the ground for new Pier 3
For the past two weeks, the landing craft Polar Bear has been moving cautiously around Pier 3 as hosts drillers punch holes into the seafloor below. Samples taken from those holes will be analyzed in an Anchorage lab, and the results will determine key aspects of the design of a new multimillion-dollar Pier 3. “This is probably pretty much one of the last physical visible things on site that will occur prior to mo...
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Salmon Camp program feels the pinch
Salmon Camp at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge has been gutted by federal budget cuts, but the popular summer kids program isn’t the only thing feeling the knife this year. From bear biology to basic maintenance, almost every area of refuge operations has been affected by a 5.1 percent budget cut at Kodiak’s neighborhood wildlife refuge. Another 2 percent cut could be coming down the road, but even without tha...
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Kodiak College sociology class and Renaissance fair team up for food drive
A Renaissance fair and a college sociology class decide to work together. This isn’t the setup to a joke — it’s how two wildly different Kodiak groups came together to collect food for local food banks. Brendan Doyle fights with swords in his spare time, but he also studies at Kodiak College, where he’s a student in Thia Falcone’s sociology course. That class focuses on problems and how to fix them. “We’re studyin...
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Kodiak businesses volunteer for Sitka’s Prom Princess program
Three Kodiak women played fairy godmother to students at a boarding school in Sitka by turning the girls into princesses for prom. Deb Eggemeyer of Deb’s Nails and Tans, Emily Salter of Emily’s Alterations and Designs and Summer Wood of Summer’s Spray Tans traveled to Sitka in late March to volunteer with the Prom Princess program. The program was started in 2009 by Terri Bogren of Alaska Airlines in an effort to ...
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Road service areas debate contracts
If words were tangible things, there would be no lack of paving material for the 2.48 miles of road in the Monashka Bay Road Service Area. For the past month, that service area and others outside Kodiak city limits have been caught in a debate over contracts. For the first time in almost 30 years, Road Service Area No. 1 — the largest of Kodiak's suburban road maintenance districts — is redrawing its contract and ...
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