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Education: Field trip to the Coast Guard base
A group of 29 girls from Kodiak High School visited Coast Guard Base Kodiak on Tuesday to learn about career opportunities for women through the Women in Engineering program. The Women in Engineering program promotes education in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM). The trip was financed by a nontraditional occupations grant received by the Kodiak Island Borough School District. A nontraditional occup...
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Troopers seek help finding alleged meth dealer
The Alaska State Troopers are seeking the public’s help as they search for a 23-year-old Kodiak man who is wanted on a $500,000 warrant for weapons misconduct and drugs charges. In a press release, troopers said Brandon Timpke has blond hair and blue eyes, and is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 175 pounds. Troopers believe Timpke is still on Kodiak Island, but there is a chance he may be elsewhere in Alaska. Anyone with...
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Sen. Begich unveils bill aimed at helping Coast Guardsmen
Sen. Mark Begich has proposed new legislation to boost child care and education benefits for Coast Guardsmen and their dependents. The Coast Guard Quality of Life bill (S.1760) calls for increased oversight of child care centers at Coast Guard bases, provides tuition assistance to the spouses of active-duty Coast Guardsmen, and allows the Coast Guard to spend housing money on child care centers. “With over 42,000 ...
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Teacher Spotlight: Mixing music and exercise
It’s Laura Smelser’s job to enliven kids through music and exercise. Smelser works as a teacher at Peterson Elementary School where she has dual roles as the music and physical education teacher. She moved to Kodiak in August 2012, and started out as a long-term substitute for Kodiak High School, but was quickly transferred to Peterson Elementary to become the full-time physical education teacher. Smelser earned h...
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Parties claim progress in GCI-KTUU talks
KTUU-TV is still absent from the televisions of GCI cable customers, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel for those awaiting its return. On Friday, KTUU and GCI each announced “substantial progress” in negotiations to settle their dispute. The announcements also stated that Juneau and Southeast Alaska will avoid having their KTUU signal turned off until Dec. 6. The deadline for Southeast broadcasts of K...
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Kodiak October unemployment rate lower than 2012
Kodiak’s October unemployment rate is lower than it was in 2012, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. According to statistics released Friday, Kodiak’s unadjusted October unemployment figures reached 4.8 percent, down from the October 2012 rate of 5.4 percent. Kodiak’s 4.8 percent was the third-lowest number in Alaska, behind Anchorage (4.7 percent) and Juneau (4.3 percent). The N...
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Education: District enrollment drops slightly
The Kodiak Island Borough School District has fewer students than it did last year. This year, enrollment dropped by 45 students. Final numbers don’t typically come out until the middle of November because the district was dealing with boundary exemption requests for the elementary schools and other movement. The 2013-2014 enrollment is 2,506 students, down from 2,551 students in 2012-2013. This year Kodiak High S...
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6 inches in first big snowstorm
Six inches of snow fell on Kodiak on Wednesday in the first significant snow of winter. According to the National Weather Service station at Benny Benson State Airport, the greatest snow depth of six inches was recorded at 3 a.m. Thursday. The original forecast called for between three to six inches of snow. The Kodiak Police Department responded to five accidents caused by the snow, but none involved serious inju...
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KEA plans rate reduction, but leak poses issue
The Kodiak Electric Association plans to lower its rates in 2014, but a problem with its new hydroelectric turbine could stymie the cooperative. On Thursday, KEA’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve the electrical cooperative’s 2014 budget. In that vote, the board lowered KEA’s wind power generation cost from 12 cents per kilowatt-hour to 11 cents per kWh. KEA also expects to reduce its fuel surcharge...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak College director to resign
Kodiak College will be under new leadership next year after director Barbara Bolson announced her resignation. Bolson has been the head of Kodiak College for seven years, but said now is a good time for a transition in leadership because the college is stable. With a handful of grants that have a few years left, the budget is in a good place and the college will have a full faculty as of January. “We’ve had a lot ...
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