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With no launches until 2014, Alaska Aerospace posts $6.8 million loss
Thursday’s Alaska Aerospace board meeting revealed the uncomfortable financial facts behind Alaska’s state-owned aerospace corporation, but board members remain positive despite a $6.8 million loss this year. “I for one appreciate the level of effort you all have gone through to reduce expenses during this interim period,” said Pat Gamble, chairman of the aerospace board and president of the University of Alaska. ...
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Kodiak police nab first texter under new state law
The first person in Kodiak has been caught under the state’s new texting and driving law. Texting while driving became illegal in Alaska on May 11 after Gov. Sean Parnell signed the bill into law on May 10. A previous bill covering texting while driving was thrown out by the courts. To date, only one charge for breaking the law has been filed in Kodiak. “We’ve had two instances of texting while driving,” Kodiak Po...
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Kodiak borough assembly signs off on state wish list, but not without some protest
The Kodiak Island Borough officially approved its state wish list Thursday night, sending a slate of 14 projects to Gov. Sean Parnell and the borough’s delegation to the Alaska Legislature. The wish list, formally called the Capital Improvement Projects Priority List, did not pass without a small amount of controversy. Assemblywoman Louise Stutes and Assemblyman Mel Stephens each voted against passage of the list,...
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Malian begins cultural exchange visit to Kodiak
It took years, but Kodiak resident Heather Preece finally saved enough airline miles to bring an old friend from Mali, west Africa, to Kodiak. On Sept. 11, Mahim Toure and Preece reunited for the first time in 20 years. Toure will stay in Kodiak for one month to share his culture and learn about Kodiak. “I hadn’t seen him for 20 years, but when we saw each other at the airport it was only as if 20 minutes had gone...
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Kodiak fish landings rise; port still No. 3 in the country
Kodiak’s fish last year brought in $40 million more than in 2010, but it wasn’t enough to move the port of Kodiak up from No. 3 in the nationwide list of commercial fishery landings. Across the country, seafood catches hit a 17-year high according to the annual National Marine Fisheries Service report released Wednesday. While Kodiak is bringing in more fish than it has in several years, rising landings at other p...
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Study finds malaria in Alaska birds
A study released Wednesday shows a surprising disease has made its way to Alaska: malaria. Before you start looking around for mosquitoes, take a deep breath. The malaria found by the San Francisco State University study is found only in birds and cannot be transmitted to people. Still, one of the study’s co-authors said the spread of the disease is an example of another way Alaska is changing as the Earth warms. ...
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In nationwide contest, Kodiak woman has the rice stuff
At least one Kodiakan knows how to stir things up. This month, Sugiyarti Jorgenson was named a national finalist in the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council’s “Get Wild with Wild Rice” contest, which collected recipes from across the United States. The contest called for recipes involving wild rice in honor of September, National Rice Month. Jorgenson submitted her recipe for wild rice beef stew with red wine an...
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School district plans $506,000 computer buy
The Kodiak Island Borough School District is considering a $509,000 plan to buy new computers on a district-wide basis. During a special work session on Wednesday, the school board heard from Vickie Kelly, the district’s director of technology services, about the district’s plan to refresh old technology. The list of items to be purchased included six iMacs, five Mac Minis, 399 MacBook Pros and 50 iPads. “We want ...
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Zoning board nixes parking plan for processing plant
After weeks of controversy and debate, the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission turned down a request from Pacific Seafoods to reduce the amount of required parking spaces its processing plant is required to maintain off Shelikof Street. The request came after the borough prosecuted a complaint that alleged the Pacific Seafoods plant did not have the 22 parking places required by borough code for a...
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Kodiak man accused of forging checks
A Kodiak man has been accused of stealing another man’s checks and forging two checks totaling $800. Roy Burke, 34, faces charges of second-degree theft and two counts of second-degree forgery. The investigation started on July 9, when a man reported to the Kodiak Police Department that Burke had forged his signature on two checks for $400 each. The man told police the two checks had been stolen from a filing cabi...
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