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Borough moves on replanting
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly voted 5-1 to purchase tree saplings for planting in the burned and logged area at Chiniak. The lone vote of opposition was Dennis Symmons. He has said in the past he would prefer the borough look into the potential for development of the land. The contract with Koncor Forest Products is for just over $120,000 for 300,000 Sitka spruce saplings. The borough will put out for bid a c...
Aug 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winter ferry schedule shows gaps in service
The fall and winter 2016-2017 schedule is now open. The Alaska Marine Highway System released the schedule Wednesday. Throughout the winter, Kodiak will see regular service to and from Homer three to four times a week from the Tustumena. Ouzinkie and Port Lions will see about four visits per week both between the respective villages and Kodiak and between the villages and Homer. Entering spring, there are a few ga...
Aug 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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City mulls meaning of ‘casual sales’
In the second of a series of four presentations to the Kodiak City Council on revenue generation, the city finance director examined a change in city code regarding business licenses and “casual and isolated sales.” Under Kodiak city code, “casual and isolated sales and rentals of personal property, and services not rendered in the regular course of business of the seller” are exempt from the city’s 7 percent sale...
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Week in Words: What WWII soldiers and animal docs share
In its noun form, “vet” is a great word. It’s short for “veterinarian,” without whom, no doubt, my cat would be a lot fatter than she is right now and probably suffering from feline diabetes. It’s also short for “veteran,” which describes my father (with his 25-year long Air Force career) and my grandfathers’ service in WWII (Battle of the Bulge vet) and Korea (one earned a Purple Heart)—men I admire and respect. ...
Aug 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Proposed rebate aims to boost home starts
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has their first vote tonight on code changes aimed at boosting development of land sold by the borough. Developed by the Borough Lands Committee, the proposed changes would give buyers a 10 percent rebate if a home is built and lived in on the land within three years of the sale. Two other proposed changes would disallow anyone from buying land if they owe the borough money and r...
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Community Archaeology turns up house
Ending the fourth year of digging at a site next to Salonie Creek, the Alutiiq Museum found a house at the bottom of the dig, changing how the Alutiiq people are thought to have lived thousands of years ago. “People were a lot more settled than we thought,” said museum archaeologist Patrick Saltonstall. “They were building big houses, not living in tents, and that house had walls and a sod roof, it was quite a sub...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Harbor may hike rates to cover $1.4M gap
If rates and fees remain unchanged, Kodiak’s harbor fund could have a net annual deficit of nearly $1.4 million in fiscal year 2017, according to city finance director Kelly Mayes. Under current rates, this deficit would fall to $766,000 in fiscal year 2018 before steadily increasing each year to $1.1 million in 2021, Mayes estimated. Mayes presented this information to the Kodiak City Council last week as council...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Davidson, Whiddon run unopposed for city seats
Council members Charlie Davidson and John Whiddon will run unopposed for the two three-year seats they currently occupy on the Kodiak City Council. City clerk Deb Marlar confirmed that Davidson and Whiddon have filed candidacy paperwork to maintain their seats on the council. No new candidates entered the race. Whiddon was first elected in 2009 when, according to a Kodiak Daily Mirror report, he received 95 more v...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Larsen Bay farmer sowing hope in kelp
A local entrepreneur who wants to test the feasibility of kelp farming on Kodiak has submitted an application published Aug. 4 by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Erik O’Brien, doing business as Efficient Coastal Resources, requested approval to test a sugar kelp longline system on up to one acre of tidelands, about a mile from the community of Larsen Bay, where he happens to live. “It may be that Larse...
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Struck pedestrian in fair condition
Kodiak resident Jamie Ponce Cruz, 21, was struck by a bus jaround 11 p.m. Saturday near Mile 8 of Rezanof Drive, according to an Alaska State Troopers report. Cruz was walking in the middle of the road when the bus driven by Kodiakan Ken Cameron, 61, hit her, the report states. Cruz was transported to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center and later medevaced to Anchorage. She was reported in fair condition at Pr...
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