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College stubs out last butt
Students and faculty at Kodiak College are breathing a lot easier after the campus went smoke- and tobacco-free on Dec. 1. “People don’t have to walk through a cloud of smoke to get through a side entrance into our buildings,” said Lorraine Stewart, the Kodiak representative to the University of Alaska Anchorage tobacco-free task force. Smoking was already prohibited at front entrances. The initiative follows a De...
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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KEA: Ice caused early morning Friday outage
The early morning power outage on Friday was caused by ice on a line from the Kodiak Electric Association’s Terror Lake hydroelectric facility, according to a release from KEA president and CEO Darron Scott. The outage was system-wide. “Early indications are that heavy ice loading on the Terror Lake transmission line triggered a fault on the line, causing Terror Lake to become disconnected from town,” according to...
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Fish analyst contract in question
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly voted against a contract extension for the city of Kodiak and the borough’s fisheries analyst, but will reconsider the motion at its next meeting, according to assembly member Dan Rohrer. The joint contract is with McCarty and Associates for analysis, monitoring and reporting on fisheries issues that affect Kodiak. During public comment time, three community members spoke about t...
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Jackson residents lacking options as time shortens
Residents of Jackson’s Mobile Home Park face a dilemma: wait and hope for help finding a place for their homes or throw in the towel and leave behind the property they invested thousands in. The land underneath the homes of Jackson was purchased in 2015 and residents were served in late May with a notice to quit. They had just over 11 months, until May 2, to move their homes off park property or sign them over to ...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Spellers battle it out for the top spot
Ninja. Behoove. Bambino. Fidelity. Students breezed through these words and more, Tuesday at the Kodiak Island Borough School District Spelling Bee. KIBSD students in grades one through eight gathered for the annual contest, with Derek Rocheleau, an eighth-grader from Kodiak Middle School, coming out on top and Samuel Husted, a fifth-grader from Peterson Elementary, as runner-up. The top two spellers from nine sch...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trident, 2 fishermen charged with permit, octopus violations
Trident Seafoods Corporation and two fishermen face multiple charges apiece for various alleged fishing violations in fall 2014. Thorvold Lee Olsen, who held a Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit for cod fishing and owned the Viking Star, faced six charges stemming from him allegedly failing “to be physically present on board the vessel from which the net gear is operated throughout the period of operatio...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Online summer ferry reservations now available
Summer ferry reservations are now available online under a new booking system, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Thursday. The Alaska Marine Highway System summer schedule was released last week, and for the first few days, people seeking to book tickets had to call to make reservations. The new online system can only be used for the summer schedule. People booking travel thro...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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KIBSD upgrades perqs to lure substitutes
As children race around the perimeter of Baranof ice skating rink, Levi Black looks on, glancing from the students, to a stopwatch in his hand and back again. Students laugh as they attempt to stop on the ice after he calls “red light.” Black is a substitute teacher for the Kodiak Island Borough School District, and he is filled in for a Kodiak Middle School physical education teacher on Wednesday. “I enjoy teachi...
Jan 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Retro label trash cans on the way downtown
Colorful labeled trash cans will soon be popping up downtown. At a meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, city manager Aimée Kniaziowski said new trashcans covered in large salmon-can labels had just arrived. The city ordered 28 of them, with some of them purchased by local businesses. At the meeting, the committee welcomed two new subcommittee members, Jonathan Strong and Kathy Drabek, and planned for ...
Jan 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week in Words: Doesn’t seem Oscar doing his job
Even with the return of four American prisoners in Iran, President Obama’s State of the Union address, the commencement of a new legislative session, and even (gulp) Sarah Palin back in the news as she throws her support behind Trump, I gotta say: It sure seemed like a slow news week. The biggest news flare-up was about the Academy Awards. The nominations were announced a few days ago, and right away, critics jump...
Jan 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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