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KCHC offers free insurance enrollment help
People rushing to sign up for insurance before the March 31 deadline set by the Affordable Care Act can get free enrollment help at the Kodiak Community Health Center. Outreach and enrollment coordinator Cherie Skonberg is in charge of helping those confused by the federal system also known as Obamacare. “She’s available for people by phone, walking in or appointment,” Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center spoke...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jailbreak: Old police station demolished after 60 years
Last week, an excavator ripped through the walls of the old Kodiak Police Department station on Mill Bay Road. A few walls of the station still stand, but they too, will soon be torn down and thrown away along with the piles of debris from the demolition. The building represents a part of Kodiak’s history, but most people who spent time in the building are glad to see it go. Darrylynn Ford, assistant to the police...
Jan 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Review finds Pier 3 project on budget
The city’s $33.7 million project to rebuild Pier 3 is on budget, the man in charge of the effort says. Project manager Roe Sturgulewski, hired from management firm ARCADIS, said by phone Monday that an independent financial review of the project found it on budget despite concerns last year that the city might have to scale back its plans in order to stay on course. “We did have a fellow look at the schedule and b...
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International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting starts in Seattle
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has begun its annual quota-setting meeting in Seattle. The joint American-Canadian body is expected to approve 2014 halibut catch limits on Friday, the final day of the meeting. For fishermen, the forecast is grim. IPHC scientists have suggested cutting 2013’s coastwide catch by 21 percent in 2014. During the IPHC’s preliminary meeting in December, fishery scientists re...
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Alutiiq leaders say language decline is slowing
Leaders of the Alutiiq language revitalization effort say their efforts are paying off as the number of Alutiiq language speakers in Kodiak is on the rise. The Alutiiq language was used by Kodiak Natives for centuries before Western contact but declined in use during the modern era. “We’re not growing as many young fluent speakers — babies and elementary students— yet, but we are growing the next teachers,” Alutii...
Jan 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bear continues causing trouble on Selief Lane
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Selief Lane residents and other homeowners on Kodiak’s north side to watch out for bears. While winter is in full drift, at least one bear has clawed away hibernation by pawing through garbage left carelessly next to community trash bins. Nathan Svoboda, a biologist with Fish and Game in Kodiak, wrote in an email that the Selief bear “has been showing a pattern of v...
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough borrows from itself to pay deferred maintenance
Assemblyman Mel Stephens calls it “tantamount to embezzlement.” The borough’s facilities director calls it the best way to keep rain from dripping through the ceilings of borough buildings. On Thursday night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly debated the borough’s long-running practice borrowing money from the protected Facilities Fund (also known as the Shuyak Fund) to pay for maintenance. “Whether this is the r...
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Board puts off state-waters pollock
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has put off the idea of creating a state-waters pollock fishery but gave indications that it is open to the proposal. On Friday, the fish board tabled Proposals 44 and 45 until March 2015. Proposal 44 would create a state-waters pollock management plan for specific areas in Kodiak, Chignik and Cook Inlet. The fishery’s quota would be 25 percent of the federal quota for the central Gul...
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Bottom trawl ban extended
In its final day meeting in Kodiak, the Alaska Board of Fisheries agreed to ban bottom trawling throughout Kodiak-area state waters. The ban, requested by Ludger Dochtermann, was approved to protect king salmon and crab stocks. Midwater trawling, also known as pelagic trawling, is still allowed in some parts of state waters, which run from the shoreline to 3 miles offshore. Before the Board of Fisheries action, bo...
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Board of Fish asks seiners to give back
A new rule passed by the Alaska Board of Fish means some Kodiak fishermen will be tossing salmon back. On Thursday, the fish board approved a packet of proposals intended to help the early sockeye salmon run in the Alitak District. Included within the packet is a mandate: Seiners must toss back every king salmon larger than 28 inches and caught before July 6. "There is a problem with chinook statewide," said board...
Jan 10, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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