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Fire danger high in Kodiak
The fire danger for the Kodiak road system was raised to high, according to a Wednesday news release from Bayside Fire Station. The release said a no burn ban is in effect and permits are required for all open burns. The release cited lack of snow cover, lack of rain and windy conditions for the high fire danger rating. According to the National Weather Service, Kodiak has received 5.39 inches of precipitation sin...
Apr 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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City mulls faster rate hike at shipyard
The Kodiak City Council seemed to like a proposed new schedule for implementing shipyard rate increases, proposed by the Ports and Harbor Advisory Board and presented during Tuesday’s council work session. The city-owned shipyard operated at a loss of $91,371 for fiscal year 2013, an amount made up from the general harbor fund. PHAB chairman Nick Szabo told the council the revised rate change plan aimed at fairnes...
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak City Q4 sales taxes fall
Sales tax collections, an indicator for the overall health of the Kodiak economy, dipped significantly year-on-year for the fourth quarter, while certain sectors of the economy showed improvement. The City of Kodiak on Tuesday released its sales tax report, indicating an overall 15 percent decline in sales tax collections for the last quarter of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Sales tax collections tota...
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Old Harbor native honored with Top 40 Under 40 award
Cynthia Berns of Old Harbor was honored Friday as one of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s 2014 Top 40 Under 40 in a ceremony at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Berns, vice president for corporate affairs for the Old Harbor Native Corp. in Anchorage, is the daughter of Rick and Wilma Berns of Old Harbor. “Growing up in a small rural village there was always a string sense of community where f...
Apr 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard releases Kulluk grounding results
More than 15 months after a towing accident that left an oil rig grounded on Sitkalidik Island, the U.S. Coast Guard has released the results of a marine casualty investigation blaming “inadequate assessment and management of risks associated with a complex vessel movement” during an Alaska winter. The parting of the towline connecting the tug Aiviq to the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk led to a dramatic re...
Apr 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Walker running for state House
With the official declaration last week by Kodiak City Council member Richard Walker, the field of candidates to represent Kodiak in the Alaska House of Representatives rose to three. Kodiak Island Borough assembly member Carol Austerman and former assembly member Louise Stutes announced their bids for the seat for District 32 in March. Kodiak’s current representative, Alan Austerman, has not announced a re-electi...
Apr 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Debate on retroactive pay hike postponed
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has stalled an ordinance calling for retroactive pay hikes and other compensation and personnel-related issues for borough employees pending further review. The three-part proposal, calling for adopting and implementing a new employee classification and compensation plan, revising the borough’s personnel manual and updating position descriptions was introduced at the assembly on ...
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Assembly OKs land sales
Sighs of controlled elation and relief punctuated the air Thursday as the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed a much-sought land sale. “All right -- we have a land sale!” Borough Mayor Jerrol Friend proclaimed after a truncated assembly voted 5-0 to approve the proposal, with a few alterations. The assembly overcame restrictive language on one tract and took a few lots off the auction block because of sewer issu...
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Hazmat crews converge on Kodiak
If you walked near St. Paul Harbor on Thursday, you might have noticed crews in white spacesuit-like outfits disposing of an unknown powder from a devastated chemicals lab. Orange no-go barriers warned onlookers that a disaster was present. Nearby a human form was lying on the ground in front of several downed drums marked “POISON” while crews struggled to contain the spilled liquid. There was no certainty about w...
Apr 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Native language bill picking up steam
A bill that would grant official status to Native languages including Kodiak’s Alutiiq has apparently overcome pushback from some members of the Alaska House State Affairs Committee after heartfelt testimony from Tlingit and Haida speakers. “Things have taken a more positive turn in the last few days,” said April Counceller, who teaches Alutiiq at Kodiak College. “I think we might actually have a chance of this pa...
Apr 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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