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Social Security switches to digital checks
Most Kodiak residents receiving Social Security benefits or federal payments are now receiving their payments through direct deposit. In 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published a final rule phasing out paper benefit checks. The department estimated the switch to electronic payments will save the Treasury Department and taxpayers $1 billion over 10 years and reduce fraud. March 1 was the deadline for ma...
Mar 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Board reverses course on harbor rate increase
Kodiak Shipyard rates will soon rise, but they likely will not skyrocket next year as originally planned. The city’s ports and harbors advisory board has changed its recommendation on a plan to bring the Kodiak Shipyard back into the black. In a Tuesday meeting, the board voted 6-0 to have the shipyard, which has been operating with a deficit since it opened in 2009, increase rates by 20 percent each year for a th...
Mar 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Elementary students splash into spring break
“What’s the first rule of scuba diving?” “Don’t hold your breath!” Scuba instructor Verlin Pherson is used to that question and response, but on Tuesday afternoon, the shouted answer came from voices higher-pitched than usual. In the pool of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Pherson gave a handful of kids as young as 8 years old their first experience breathing underwater. This is the fourth year Pherson, owner of Scuba Do...
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Sen. Begich proposes new type of foreign worker visa for fish processing plants
A new bill proposed by U.S. Sen Mark Begich would return international workers to Alaska’s fish processing plants during peak season. This week, Begich unveiled the H20 visa, a separate category for immigrants to come to the United States temporarily. “Seasonal jobs in the seafood industry have traditionally been tough to fill,” Begich said in a statement. “With a national debate underway about immigration reform,...
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Tuberculosis drug shortage widespread
In the 1940s and 1950s, medical ships cruised the waters of southwest Alaska, trying to end an epidemic of tuberculosis that infected as many of 90 percent of the region’s population. Doctors now face shortages of tuberculosis detection and treatment medicines even as the aftershocks of that 70-year-old epidemic infect Alaskans anew. “What we’re having to do due to the national shortage is to ask people to put on ...
Mar 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pick. Click. Give. preliminary figures look good for Kodiak nonprofits
Kodiak’s nonprofits are on track to breaking record donations in the annual Pick. Click. Give. campaign. The campaign allows Alaskans to donate a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend to their favorite participating Alaskan nonprofit. According to March 4 preliminary figures from the campaign, nonprofits in Kodiak have raised $31,900 from 431 donors. Kodiak’s nonprofits have raised more money each year since th...
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New group joins observer program lawsuit
More fishermen have joined a lawsuit to stop a new federal fisheries observer program that began this year. Late last week, U.S. District Court judge Russel Holland approved the addition of the brand-new Fixed Gear Alliance to the lawsuit filed by The Boat Company, a recreational fishing operation based in Southeast Alaska. The Fixed Gear Alliance is a coalition of individual commercial fishermen and fishing group...
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Casting call for new TV series
A new HGTV series is seeking homebuyers and sellers in Alaska. Orion Entertainment, a Colorado-based TV production company, is casting real estate agents and buyers for “Living Alaska,” with filming to begin in April. Kelly McLear, a managing producer for Orion, said the show will be similar to “Buying Alaska,” which filmed partially in Kodiak and aired on Destination America last year. “Living Alaska” will follow...
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Soroptimist hosts Women's History Art Show
Soroptimist International of Kodiak celebrated National Women’s History Month by holding an art show featuring pieces made by women in Kodiak. “We wanted to commemorate women’s history month,” said Soroptimist member Evelyn Wiszinckas. Soroptimist International of Kodiak is an international group of women who work to better the lives of other women and girls in their community. They participate in projects to bett...
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Annual forecast calls for 8 percent rise in construction spending
Federal and state budget cuts will take a bite out of next year’s construction season, but the annual Alaska construction forecast still calls for spending to rise by 8 percent this summer. In Kodiak, public spending on large projects will continue to keep the local construction industry in high gear. According to the annual report compiled by the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, i...
Mar 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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