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The word Parnell refuses to say…'deficit'
Alaskans take pride knowing we are the largest state with the most lakes, tallest mountains and longest summer days. But there are other extreme facts we aren’t boasting about, nor is our governor willingly discussing. Under Parnell, we have blown through 35 percent of our savings and are saddled with the largest budget deficit in state history. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Census recently announced that Alask...
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Arctic Alaska shines in a different light
Slicing through the top quarter of the Alaska map, the Arctic Circle marks the boundary of perpetual light. North of the line, the sun won't set on summer solstice. But somehow the breezy, treeless tundra of Barrow has a more arctic feel than Fort Yukon, also pole-ward of the line but home to dense spruce forests and Alaska's all-time high temperature of 100 degrees. A more "ecologically sound" definition of the A...
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Flu numbers higher than normal for Alaska
The Alaska Division of Public Health said Tuesday that the influenza virus is on the move in the state at the moment. It may not have hit Kodiak, but still should serve as a fair warning to anyone in the state because the virus can travel far during high-season tourism months. “This year the reason that we put out the advisory is to alert healthcare providers that we’re seeing flu activity at a time when we don’t ...
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Tusty replacement meeting scheduled next week
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities scheduled its next Marine Transportation Advisory Board to discuss the Tustumena replacement ferry for June 24 at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. MTAB said in a statement other Kodiak region marine transportation updates will also be given at the meeting. The DOT has said it hopes to have a design study report this fall. The final design is schedul...
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Thomet stars in national meet
After dominating the high school track season in Alaska, Levi Thomet posted an impressive top-10 finish at a national meet over the weekend. The rising Kodiak High School senior placed seventh in the 5,000-meter run at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor track and field championships on Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Thomet clocked a time of 14 minutes, 40.44 seconds in a field that featured 22 of the top h...
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Audubon hikes provide social opportunities and fun
For long-time residents and newcomers to Kodiak, bi-weekly Audubon hikes provide an opportunity to meet new people and get outside. “I’ve been here 20 years, and I’ve hiked just about everything on the road system,” said Tia Leber, the hike leader, on Saturday. “I can share the knowledge and meet lots of people.” The hikes happen on Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Participants meet at the ferry terminal, sign a w...
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Borough and city to examine new building fee structure
Kodiak recoups less than half of its department costs through building permit fees and may need to revise its fee structures, planners from the city and the borough said. Last week the Kodiak City Council discussed cost recovery scenarios after conducting a building permit fee and land use study. Robert H. Pederson, community development director of the Kodiak Island Borough, and Doug Mathers, the city’s building ...
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Kodiak vets reflect on Bergdahl release
As Kodiakans observed Flag Day, Kodiak war and army veterans weighed in on the handling of Bowe Bergdahl, the recently freed prisoner of war in Afghanistan whose release has sparked controversy. Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009, arrived back in the United States late last week. He is now undergoing reintegration treatment at a medical facility in San Antonio. At the same time, the U.S. Army is cur...
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City accepts grants to move along pump house and Aleutian projects
At the June 12 council meeting, the council accepted grant money to help complete the Monashka Bay pump house and the Aleutian Homes water and sewer project. The council passed a resolution accepting a $2,955,792 grant from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for the Aleutian homes water and sewer replacement project. "That's a sizeable grant. As you all know, this is an expensive project," said ci...
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Public Safety Blotter: June 17
May 30, 2014 • At 1:02 a.m., police received a 911 call about a disturbance on Hillside Drive. The disturbance was gone when police arrived. • At 1:12 a.m., someone on Selief Lane called 911 and hung up. It was a misdial. • At 1:31 a.m., police received a call requesting public assistance on Erskine Avenue. Everything was OK. • Around 1:32 a.m., police conducted three bar checks downtown. • At 1:52 a.m., police co...
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