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Study: ferry gives 2-1 benefit to state
A study commissioned by the state of Alaska says the Alaska Marine Highway System provides $2 to the state for every $1 the state invests in it. Two-thirds of the ridership are Alaska residents. Nonresident passengers spend $1,300 to $1,700 per person in the state, and the ferry system leads to 1,700 direct and indirect jobs in Alaska and a total of $103.7 million wages, according to the study. “The State of Alask...
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Parks to charge day-use vehicle fees
Alaska State Parks in Kodiak will see user fees for day use implemented in early March. Vehicles at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, Buskin River State Recreation Site and Pasagshak River State Recreation Site will be charged a $5 day-use fee beginning March 1, or people can buy an annual decal. People wishing to camp at the Pasagshak site will pay $15 per night per campsite with each site able to accommoda...
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Mixed reactions regarding Walker's PFD plan
Ideas abounded as people from across the state joined the Senate State Affairs Committee in Juneau, in Legislative Information Offices across the state, online and by teleconference Thursday to testify on the Alaska Permanent Fund Protection Act. The act, the Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to modify the permanent fund and use a part of it to help balance the budget, aims at increasing state revenue. In 1976, voters decid...
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Computer classes revamped at Senior Center
For going on three semesters, Kodiak College adjunct instructor Janet Kotwas has arrived at the Senior Center on Wednesday to teach computer classes for seniors. Starting this semester, Kotwas and the college and the center are changing the program to one-on-one time rather than the class structure they used before. The sessions are free to seniors, and Kotwas explained that seniors could sign up for up to three i...
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MOUNTAIN VIEWS: Even twin sister can do a double-take
Confused glances from strangers, seemingly psychic moments and a life speckled with coincidences — just some of the many ingredients for existence as an identical twin. Many of my Mountain Views column readers may not know I have an identical twin sister, Ella, here on the island. Ella and I were born and raised on Kodiak and left for college in upstate New York (different colleges) and both returned here to raise...
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Investigator: Police acted properly on Sept. 16
A report by the city of Kodiak’s independent investigator concludes that Kodiak police officers “maintained a professional response and demeanor” during a Sept. 16 encounter that evoked public attention and criticism. On that day police Sgt. Francis de la Fuente responded with officers Kathleen Gambling and Phillip Christman at about 5:16 p.m. when a 911 caller reported “someone is harassing them and is trying to ...
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Town, state seek best e-cig policy
E-cigarette use among Alaska adults rose from 1 to 4 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to a state of Alaska epidemiology bulletin from the Department of Health and Social Services. Nationally, the popularity of e-cigarettes has increased, but the safety of the product, particularly when used by young people, continues to be of concern to both smoking cessation groups and lawmakers. The state bulletin goes on to...
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Assembly reviews manager questions
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly held a first discussion about candidates for a new borough manager and questions for upcoming interviews, Tuesday during a special work session. Current manager Bud Cassidy will retire in March. The assembly has seven candidates, one local to the borough, one from elsewhere in Alaska, and the remainder from outside Alaska. Members discussed at length questions they hope to ask th...
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Engineering requirements could be off the table for now
Structures in Kodiak are required to be engineered, but an ordinance to change borough code that may be postponed could change that in the future. The ordinance FY2016-12 if passed would no longer require engineering for most one- and two-family homes. In the language of the ordinance, reasoning given for the change includes “the additional expense of engineering for certain new construction, additions, or remodel...
Feb 03, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meth found during assault case investigation
A Kodiak man faces charges after Alaska State Troopers allegedly found him in possession of methamphetamine while they executed a search warrant in a case involving the man’s brother. Troopers report they arrested David Benton, 55, on Jan. 26 after finding 93.5 grams of meth during a search of a Balika Lane residence. They found another two grams of methamphetamine and one OxyContin pill on Benton at the Kodiak Ci...
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