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Rural villages face sludge issues
The city of Kodiak is creeping toward a solution to its sewage sludge dilemma, but two rural Kodiak communities appear to have found a quicker way to solve the same problem. This summer, Ouzinkie and Port Lions will dig new sewage lagoons to contain the waste pumped from their septic tanks and sewage pipes. The new lagoons highlight the different problems facing rural and urban Kodiak, even when they tackle simila...
Mar 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hard-luck processing ship runs aground
The 169-foot fishing vessel Pacific Producer ran aground early Friday morning near Ouzinkie, capping a long run of bad luck for a boat notorious on the Kodiak waterfront. According to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Kodiak, the cause of the processing ship’s grounding was not immediately known. “It’s still under investigation,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Guy Hughey on Friday. “It is not i...
Mar 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak officials return from Juneau reception
City and borough officials are back in Kodiak this week after a trip to Juneau to lobby the Alaska Legislature and host Kodiak’s annual reception for state lawmakers. On Wednesday night, more than 100 people attended the reception where Kodiak’s elected officials met state legislators and lobbyists while enjoying fresh Kodiak seafood. In addition to public funding, the reception was put on with donations from Kodi...
Mar 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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State considers changing scallop fleet rules
A bill extending the limited entry program for scallops is making its way through the Alaska State Senate, but not without scrutiny. On March 11, an amendment to Senate Bill 54 passed in the Resources Committee to shorten the length of the program as a result of concerns raised in hearings from legislators and in public comment about consolidation in the fishery over the last decade under parallel state and federa...
Mar 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak fisherman survives dip in Pacific Ocean
A Kodiak fisherman is lucky to be alive after slipping overboard from a boat in the Shelikof Strait on Friday. According to Coast Guard reports, the 35-year-old man was rescued by his crewmates aboard the 58-foot fishing vessel Stella after about 25 minutes in the water. Water temperatures were 37 degrees at the time of the accident, according to NOAA weather data. According to the Coast Guard, the man fell overbo...
Mar 18, 2013 | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Property tax assessments higher in 2013
Kodiak Island Borough property tax assessments have been mailed out, and are slightly higher this year. State law requires assessing departments to update property values annually, and to do reinspections every six years to ensure the values are accurate. This year, the Kodiak Island Borough assessor’s office completed a lengthy reassessment of all properties on the borough road system. It began the process in 201...
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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School board will pick school options on Monday night
Running track or music room? Paved parking or a new wood floor in the gym? These are the decisions the Kodiak school board will make at 6 p.m. Monday night as it decides which of 11 options to include as part of the $80 million Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. The 11 options had been included as part of a package deal, but after construction bids came in higher than expected, the school board i...
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tax team offers free tax services in town
Kodiak residents who haven’t filed their taxes can take advantage of free help today. The Alaska Business Development Center sent a team of volunteers from its Volunteer Tax and Loan program to Kodiak to prepare taxes for individuals and offer tax education. The program has offered its services to rural villages on Kodiak Island since 1996, but this is the first time a team has stopped in the city of Kodiak. “We g...
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No new applicants for Kodiak Electric Association
The same hands will stay steady on the wheel of the Kodiak Electric Association. Nomination forms for election to the board of directors of Kodiak’s electrical cooperative were due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, and only incumbents Linda Freed, Jay Johnston and Gordon Gould will be on the ballot this year. Three members of the 10-person board are up for re-election in any given year. Terms last for three years apiece, excep...
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Congress begins debate on reauthorization of top fisheries law
On the day before he celebrated his 40th year in Congress, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) threw his weight behind reauthorization of the nation’s top fisheries law. The Magnuson-Stevens Act is the cornerstone of federal fisheries law, but it must be renewed every 10 years. The last renewal was in 2006, and given the glacial pace of Congress, debate must begin early in order to prevent a calamitous pothole in fishing in...
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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