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Week in Words: What WWII soldiers and animal docs share
In its noun form, “vet” is a great word. It’s short for “veterinarian,” without whom, no doubt, my cat would be a lot fatter than she is right now and probably suffering from feline diabetes. It’s also short for “veteran,” which describes my father (with his 25-year long Air Force career) and my grandfathers’ service in WWII (Battle of the Bulge vet) and Korea (one earned a Purple Heart)—men I admire and respect. ...
Aug 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Proposed rebate aims to boost home starts
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has their first vote tonight on code changes aimed at boosting development of land sold by the borough. Developed by the Borough Lands Committee, the proposed changes would give buyers a 10 percent rebate if a home is built and lived in on the land within three years of the sale. Two other proposed changes would disallow anyone from buying land if they owe the borough money and r...
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Community Archaeology turns up house
Ending the fourth year of digging at a site next to Salonie Creek, the Alutiiq Museum found a house at the bottom of the dig, changing how the Alutiiq people are thought to have lived thousands of years ago. “People were a lot more settled than we thought,” said museum archaeologist Patrick Saltonstall. “They were building big houses, not living in tents, and that house had walls and a sod roof, it was quite a sub...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Harbor may hike rates to cover $1.4M gap
If rates and fees remain unchanged, Kodiak’s harbor fund could have a net annual deficit of nearly $1.4 million in fiscal year 2017, according to city finance director Kelly Mayes. Under current rates, this deficit would fall to $766,000 in fiscal year 2018 before steadily increasing each year to $1.1 million in 2021, Mayes estimated. Mayes presented this information to the Kodiak City Council last week as council...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Davidson, Whiddon run unopposed for city seats
Council members Charlie Davidson and John Whiddon will run unopposed for the two three-year seats they currently occupy on the Kodiak City Council. City clerk Deb Marlar confirmed that Davidson and Whiddon have filed candidacy paperwork to maintain their seats on the council. No new candidates entered the race. Whiddon was first elected in 2009 when, according to a Kodiak Daily Mirror report, he received 95 more v...
Aug 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Larsen Bay farmer sowing hope in kelp
A local entrepreneur who wants to test the feasibility of kelp farming on Kodiak has submitted an application published Aug. 4 by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Erik O’Brien, doing business as Efficient Coastal Resources, requested approval to test a sugar kelp longline system on up to one acre of tidelands, about a mile from the community of Larsen Bay, where he happens to live. “It may be that Larse...
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Struck pedestrian in fair condition
Kodiak resident Jamie Ponce Cruz, 21, was struck by a bus jaround 11 p.m. Saturday near Mile 8 of Rezanof Drive, according to an Alaska State Troopers report. Cruz was walking in the middle of the road when the bus driven by Kodiakan Ken Cameron, 61, hit her, the report states. Cruz was transported to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center and later medevaced to Anchorage. She was reported in fair condition at Pr...
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Voodoo Daddy, ‘Nutcracker’ on program
Jazz and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy leads off the Kodiak Arts Council’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Series lineup beginning in September. “They have a lot of brass, and they’re going to fill the stage, big sound,” said arts council executive director Katie Oliver. “We wanted to open with a big band with name recognition to get people to come out, in part to see the new auditorium.” Bringing big name bands to Kodi...
Aug 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Council forwards ballot info campaign
The Kodiak City Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve the first reading of an ordinance that would authorize spending $25,000 earmarked in the fiscal year 2017 budget for public information campaigns. The campaigns would address a proposition to allow unionization of city employees and an advisory vote on consolidation of borough and city governments. Both questions will appear on the Oct. 4 ballot. Under ...
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No contested primaries for Kodiak seats
Alaskans head to the polls today in the primary to choose candidates for party tickets in the November election. Incumbents Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have several opponents apiece on both the Republican and combined Democrat, Libertarian and Alaskan Independence tickets. For state Legislature, Kodiakans don’t have a choice in the primary. Appearing on the Democrat ticket is just ...
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