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Bid opening is optimistic sign for landfill project
The final phase of the new Kodiak Island Borough landfill is sliding into place. On Wednesday, the borough opened bids for construction of a water treatment plant at the landfill. The treatment plant is the third and final phase of landfill construction, and the bid opening brought a rare bit of good news for the multimillion-dollar project. The low bidder, ASRC SKW Eskimos Inc., submitted a $9.327 million proposa...
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Museum sponsors harbor lights show
Kodiak’s downtown harbor will be aglow this Saturday as the Kodiak Maritime Museum sponsors its first holiday lights vessel contest. Vessel owners in St. Herman and St. Paul harbors are encouraged to participate by decorating their boats with lights to spread holiday spirit. While the idea isn’t new, it hasn’t been done in several years, said Kodiak Maritime Museum executive director Toby Sullivan. In previous yea...
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Longshore group donates $1,400 for typhoon victims
Kodiak’s chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has donated $1,400 toward relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November. The ILWU gives members job opportunities on the docks or in warehouses. Statewide, there are around 150 members, including 14 in Kodiak. “We just had a union meeting recently and the members were wanting to do something because of the large Filipino...
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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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