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City employees making another run at unionization
A petition to put Kodiak city employee unionization on the Oct. 4 ballot can begin circulating next week. The State of Alaska Public Employment Relations Act asserts rights of collective bargaining for public employees, including at borough and municipal levels. In 1988, the city of Kodiak adopted an ordinance exempting itself from those regulations. The petition will call for an amendment to the ordinance stating...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Festival not the place for bikes, dogs
The Kodiak Police Department advises that bikes, skateboards and dogs are not allowed at Crab festival. “For the safety of all festival attendees, there is a “no wheels” policy,” according to a Wednesday announcement from the department. Attendees can rent space to store their wheels in a bike corral just inside the festival entrance. Dogs should not be brought to the area. “Crowded conditions expose dogs to unexp...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week in Words: Rolling the dice for a crabby fun time
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means. Crab Festival. Sure, maybe the name “Crab Festival” is a little anachronistic, since crab has not been king in Kodiak for quite some time now. But, who cares? It’s more about what the name connotes, right? Fun. Friends. Food that’s way too bad for you. And a carnival on the spit. But what does “crab” mean? Pretty much the opposite of “Crab Festival.” “Crab” ...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lawmakers tweaking head tax
In a move that would affect funds received by the city of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough, some state lawmakers want to halt distribution to port communities of revenue from a tax levied on cruise ship passengers. At a May 12 conference committee hearing in Juneau, four lawmakers voted to approve an operating budget provision related to the distribution of Commercial Passenger Vessel funds to port communities ser...
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three asking for assembly appointment
Three candidates filed for a Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat in hopes of appointment to fill a vacancy until after the fall election. Monique Lewis, Scott Smiley and Jeffrey Stewart applied for the seat left vacant when former assembly member Mel Stephens resigned. Monique Lewis, a resident of Chiniak, said she has lived in Kodiak for a year and a half, and she’s a consultant and small business owner. She list...
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preschool event to replace stolen funds
When a parent of a student at St. Paul Lutheran Preschool found out that money meant for a playground update at the school was taken during an after hours break-in last week, she knew she needed to help. Soon, the community followed suit. Rachel Betts, whose daughter attends the school, has planned a silent auction fundraiser to replace the funds needed for the project before ground breaks on the renovation.  “I k...
May 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shelter marks 25 years serving families in crisis
The Brother Francis shelter hosted an open house Saturday in celebration of its 25th anniversary and the completion of a building addition and renovations. Volunteers gave tours of the facility, walking through sleeping quarters, offices, a kitchen and the “serenity room,” used for overflow sleeping quarters and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. According to a report put together for the event...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Arrests made in school break-ins
Two people were arrested Friday morning in connection to recent break-ins at area schools, according to an Alaska State Trooper report. AST and Alaska Wildlife Troopers arrested Desiree Heglin and Richard Knagin, both 25-year-old Kodiak residents, after responding to complaints of two suspicious subjects “yelling at each other” while building a fire on a trail near Beaver Lake Drive. According to the report, troop...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Land sale moves closer
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly took the first step toward a potential land sale this fall, approving a resolution to get 13 parcels scattered around town ready for sale. Over the next few months, staff will go through the process of reviews, rezones, comprehensive plan changes, surveys and platting. The assembly also amended and postponed an ordinance to remove the requirement for engineering of some residenti...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hollow remains: Chiniak fire leaves few stands of healthy trees
On a walk through the Kodiak Island Borough’s parcel of land in Chiniak, you can see thousands of burned dead trees, as well as brush and foliage starting to come back after the August 2015 Twin Creeks Fire. With A-1 Timber Consultants’ Kent Cross, I hiked about two and a half miles on the land Wednesday. The borough hired a consultant out of Washington to assess the timber, and the resulting report said most of t...
May 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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