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City Manager sees hope in U.S. highway bill
As the Alaska budget crisis imperils state spending on infrastructure, Kodiak city manager Aimée Kniaziowski hopes last month’s passage of a federal highway spending bill means possible funding for long-awaited city road projects. Kodiak City Council members broached the topic during a work session Tuesday as they reviewed a draft of proposed 2016 federal capital needs. According to the draft, Kodiak faces “a numb...
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Changes observed in PWS whale, fish habits last year
Surveys over just more than one year revealed changes in herring and whales in Prince William Sound, according to a report in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Quarterly Research Reports and Activities for Fall 2015. “During our December 2014 and April 2015 surveys, we observed shifts in whale and Pacific herring behavior that may have been a prelude to ecosystem changes observed across the Gul...
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The Week in Words: The search for a manly porpoise in life
For those following the standoff in Oregon between a few occupiers of federal land and law enforcement, it looks like it’s over with the leaders in custody. But not without the shadow of tragedy. One occupier lost his life. Cliven Bundy, the patriarch of the family behind the illegal, racist, and, frankly, rude occupation, said of the killed occupier, “He’s sacrificed for a good purpose.” “Purpose” entered the Eng...
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School district mulls budget cuts
In the face of threats of deep cuts in state and local funding, the Kodiak Island Borough School District budget development committee met Monday for the initial presentation of the fiscal year 2017 budget. KIBSD director of accounting Sandy Daws presented the budget, which considers several scenarios based on changes to funding levels that currently seem likely. Daws said additional scenarios and their implicatio...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Troopers, police still investigating rash of burglaries
Local law enforcement are continuing their investigations into burglary increases in the last six months. Within the city of Kodiak, burglaries targeting businesses increased in late summer and early fall. Outside the city under the Alaska State Trooper’s jurisdiction, burglaries involving unoccupied homes , including ones involving the theft of firearms, increased in November and December 2015 with the increases ...
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Marijuana on the table for borough, city
The Kodiak Island Borough and City of Kodiak will be learning all about marijuana regulations on Wednesday. At a joint work session, Cynthia Franklin, director of the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, will be presenting to the assembly. Assembly member Larry LeDoux asked that the two bodies schedule a joint work session since Franklin already planned to be in town for the Rural Regional Leadership Forum ...
Jan 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man gets 6 years for 2014 stabbing
The man who pleaded guilty eight months ago to criminally negligent homicide in a 2014 stabbing case received a sentence Monday of six years in jail with four suspended. Much of that will be credit for the time Teila Tofelogo, 45, has already served since the Nov. 16, 2014, stabbing, according to Tofelogo’s public defender, Amanda Harber. Tofelogo pleaded guilty to a charge of criminally negligent homicide, with a...
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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...
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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