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KIBSD head to leave next year
Kodiak Island Borough School District’s superintendent will leave the position at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Stewart McDonald, who has held the job for eight years, said at Monday night’s school board meeting that he would not seek to renew his contract when it expires next summer. He believes that upon his exit, he’ll have spent one of the longest stints as superintendent of the Kodiak. Yet, “I don’t thi...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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New ID system for CG base visitors coming on line Sept. 1
Civilians doing business at Coast Guard Base Kodiak will soon feel the impact of the new RAPIDGate security system from Sure ID Inc. The change aims to beef up security at the sprawling military installation. In promotional materials, the Sure ID says the program will make entry to the base “faster and more secure.” The change will impact all vendors and contractors, as well as anyone seeking a day pass. It will n...
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Career diplomat: Foreign Service wants you
The U.S. Foreign Service needs all types of people from all walks of life. Former U.S. diplomat Eva Groening made a stop in Kodiak last weekend to deliver that message in a speech at Kodiak College about careers in diplomacy. “I think all too often the image people have of being a diplomat is somehow exotic and elite, and that keeps them from even attempting to do it,” she said. “I really would like to encourage p...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rates at dump jump to pay for wastewater
Changes in solid waste are coming. At its Thursday meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved a 20 percent increase in the tonnage fees for solid waste delivered at the landfill. However, individual residential monthly garbage bills shouldn’t increase that much because a garbage bill is only partly determined by the tonnage rate. The tonnage rate at the landfill has now increased from $215 to $258 for mo...
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Crowdfunding to help Uyak lodge with recovery
A crowdfunding effort aims to raise money for recovery costs at the Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures lodge on Uyak Bay. The fire that broke out on June 2 in the lodge bunkhouse destroyed six buildings at the site before it could be extinguished, according to Shelbee Davis, daughter of Spirit of Alaska owner Steele Davis. Losses include the main bunkhouse, a meat house where fish and venison were processed, s...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rural tourism development part of $95K contract
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved a $95,000 contract with Discover Kodiak for tourism and marketing services. The contract is for $75,000 for general services for the year and an additional $20,000 for specific projects related to village tourism and an adventure travel summit. The assembly also reestablished the fees for the borough, an annual duty of the assembly. Originally, the borough considered red...
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Housing iniatiave plans drop-in shelter
In just a few months, the homeless of Kodiak may have a place to go for a few hours during the week. Six months ago, attendees at the Kodiak Strong Planning Day put on by Healthy Tomorrows chose housing first as an initiative to work on. Over the past six months through regular meetings, the initiative morphed into a temporary drop-in shelter for the homeless during the day. “As we were discussing this, we decided...
Jun 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evans headed to national rodeo
For the first time, a Kodiakan has qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo. Dakota Evans will head to Gillette, Wyoming, in July to compete in the NHSFR, the world’s largest rodeo. This year, over 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia will battle it out for a world championship title. In addition to bragging rights, $200,000 in prizes and $350,000 in college scholarshi...
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MOUNTAIN VIEWS: Ouchy deals big and little
Woody Island, June 4, Day 2 of Girl Scout camp. “Ms. Zoya. This bug bite hurts.” Scout Donavyn pulls up her sleeve to show me her red skin and small, white bug bite on her elbow. I can see that Donavyn has been trying hard to not itch, as it isn’t yet scratched raw. A painful bug bite. Ahhh yes. I can fully relate. Those suckers enjoy me for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. The bugs have been particularly thi...
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Town makes fish wish come true
Arriving at the Kodiak airport on Tuesday, 17-year-old Logan was greeted by a crowd of Kodiakans waiving signs and giving gifts. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children aged 2 through 17 who have life-threatening medical conditions. Logan’s wish? To come to Kodiak and fish. Discover Kodiak executive director Chastity McCarthy said she believes it’s the first Make-a-Wish visit to Kodiak ever. Discover ...
Jun 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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