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Tuesday vote gives Alaskans a choice on coastal management
On Tuesday, Alaska voters will go to the polls to determine the fate of Alaska’s coastal management program. The hotly debated Ballot Measure 2 revives a coastal management program in Alaska. If it is approved by voters, it would allow local governments to have a say in projects conducted in federal waters more than three miles offshore. The Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak are supporting the measure becau...
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For Alaska restaurants, no rule on inspection schedule
Restaurants in Kodiak aren’t being inspected every year, but Division of Environmental Health officials say island eateries are still safe to dine at. The state’s food safety has health inspectors across the state to examine the safety of food businesses, but Alaska has no law that dictates when or how frequently a restaurant needs to be inspected. Kodiak health inspector Mike Gardner has been in charge of all hea...
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City Council fixes mistake in sales tax code
With Mayor Pat Branson stuck in Anchorage by a delayed flight, the Kodiak City Council corrected an oversight in the city’s tax code during a brief meeting Thursday night. The oversight came when the city council voted in June to increase Kodiak’s sales tax to 7 percent. The ordinance approved by the city council in that vote failed to include a change to the city’s hotel bed tax, which was set at 5 percent plus t...
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First new wind turbine to be powered up next week
The first of the three new wind turbines atop Pillar Mountain will be powered up next week, it was announced during Thursday’s Kodiak Electric Association board meeting. It will take several weeks before the turbines begin sending electricity into Kodiak homes and businesses, but the three turbines are structurally complete and need only alignment and connections reported Bob Coates, KEA’s manager of operations an...
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Coast Guard taxiway paving begins
A significant repaving project at Base Kodiak will cause some traffic delays in the coming months. On Monday, crews started to repave Taxiway A, which links the Coast Guard hangars to the runways of Kodiak State Airport. The taxiway is crossed by Cape Sarichef and Cape Spencer streets, the main routes to the base commissary, gym and movie theater, and construction will involve closing those streets on a rotating b...
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Baranof Park sports field almost done
On Wednesday afternoon, a crew of three from Beyond the Turf started putting the finishing touches on the multimillion-dollar Baranof Park sports field, the keystone of the Baranof Park Improvements Project. Tyler Meno, Jacob Kampmann and Burr Richards used a variety of power and hand tools to spread small rubber pellets made from shredded tires and boot soles across the green field turf. The pellets, spread in al...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sen. Gary Stevens gets fundraising boost before state primary
Though he faces no challenger in Tuesday’s state primary, Sen. Gary Stevens has spent the last few weeks raising campaign donations. Stevens raised more than $9,000 between the July 28 to Aug. 18 reporting period. All candidates running for Alaska Legislature were required to submit updated campaign disclosure reports by Tuesday to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The reports document campaign incoming contri...
Aug 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Construction to start on Fort Abercrombie bus turnaround
Construction equipment will break the silence at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park on Friday as workers begin to build a bus turnaround and a new campground near Miller Point. “They were supposed to start last week, but couldn’t get all their equipment over on the ferry,” said Alex Reed, the state engineer overseeing the project. The bus turnaround project was first proposed in 2005, and early drafts were hot...
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Kodiak jobless rate drops as summer fishing peaks
Salmon fishing season is pushing down unemployment statewide, and Kodiak is no exception. On Friday, the state department of labor released July unemployment statistics that show the Kodiak Island Borough has an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down nine-tenths of a percent from June and more than a full percent below the statewide unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. In the Bristol Bay borough, beneficiaries of the...
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Freshmen start Kodiak High School career a day early
Freshman orientation signals the start of a new school year. Around 60 ninth-graders attended Kodiak High School’s freshman orientation on Wednesday morning to prepare for today’s first day of school. The incoming ninth-grade class has around 180 students. During the orientation, students met their new teachers, explored the school and participated in team-building activities like a scavenger hunt. “The team build...
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