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Schools' early budget gap is $1.9 million
The Kodiak Island Borough School district faces a gap of approximately $1.9 million between revenue and expenses as it starts its 2014 budget process. Schools superintendent Stuart McDonald revealed the figure during a joint meeting between the school board and Kodiak Island Borough assembly on Thursday night. The school district projects $40.8 million in revenue and $42.7 million in expenditures. "We're talking a...
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Speaker talks about Columbine school shooting
Craig Scott, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, spoke to students at Kodiak High School on Thursday to share the importance of making positive impacts on their school and community. Scott’s message wasn’t focused on tragedy, but was a story of triumph and hope. Students wept as they listened to Scott share his experiences and the story of his sister, Rachel Joy Scott. Scott was 16 and his sist...
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Borough begins teacher contract talks
The opening lines have been drawn as the Kodiak Island Borough School District and the Kodiak Borough Education Association begin negotiations on a new contract with Kodiak teachers. Representatives from the school district and the district’s largest union met last week, and on Monday the district released details of both sides’ initial proposals. “We’ve had very limited discussion with the school district at this...
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Kulluk damage assessment continues
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The united command overseeing the salvage of the Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge says the vessel's damage poses no threat to its stability while it's anchored off Kodiak Island. But spokesman Kevin Hardy said Wednesday he could not answer whether hull damage will make the Kulluk unsuitable for towing, whether it could be moved by heavy lift ship rather than by towing, or whether it will be moved...
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Five months for harbor puncher
A 26-year-old Kodiak man will spend five months in jail for punching a harbormaster officer. Ryan Lucas went in front of a Kodiak jury the week of Jan. 8, and the jury found him guilty of two out of four charges. He was sentenced on Jan. 10. According to court documents, Lucas was found guilty of fourth-degree assault for recklessly injuring a person and fourth-degree assault for causing fear of injury. He receive...
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Man arrested for cocaine possession
A Kodiak man faces a felony charge for allegedly possessing cocaine. Loren DelaCruz, 22, was arraigned in Kodiak district court Jan. 26 on one charge of possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. DelaCruz was stopped by a police officer after he allegedly forgot to signal a turn after leaving a parking lot. He told the officer he did not have h...
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Meth-dealing charges dropped against man
Meth-dealing charges have been dropped against a Kodiak man who still faces felony drugs possession charges. Brad Aga, 42, told the Daily Mirror by phone that the state’s case against him is false, and he intends to defeat the charges against him. “I’m not a meth dealer. I’m not a meth user,” he said. Aga was accused Jan. 19 of third-degree drugs misconduct, a class B felony, and fourth-degree drugs possession, a ...
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The cost of compost
The city of Kodiak is composting its sewage sludge. That’s about the only certain thing about the city’s project to find a new way to dispose of the leftovers from the city’s waste treatment plant. As uncertainty lingers, the cost to the city could reach as much as $4 million. “Uncertainty is the operative word these days,” said Peter Olsen, the contractor running a temporary composting operation at the Kodiak Isl...
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Man arrested for drugs after license plate switcharoo
A Kodiak man is facing felony charges after allegedly switching license plates on vehicles in an attempt to avoid registering a truck. Christopher Bowen, 52, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Jan. 25 on two counts of concealing the identity of a vehicle, one count of no vehicle insurance and one count of possession of a controlled substance. The insurance charge is a misdemeanor, but the other three charge...
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Kodiak snowstorm totals
Monday’s blizzard gave Kodiak city almost a third of its winter snowfall to date. According to measurements taken by the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport, 9.2 inches of snow fell between midnight Monday morning and 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. Most of the accumulation — 7.3 inches — came between midnight Monday and midnight Tuesday. Rising temperatures meant the snow began turning to rain on Tue...
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