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Kodiakan tops in Marine officer class
General Robert B. Neller, 37th commandant of the Marine Corps, spoke to the Corp’s newest officers during the largest OCS Graduation Ceremony since 2009 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on Aug. 6, according to a Marine release. “If you take that commission, and wear the gold bar of a second lieutenant, there are Marines that are going to wait for you to walk out in front of them,” said Neller. For Sgt....
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City votes on $25K to ‘influence election’
The Kodiak City Council will vote tonight on a $25,000 appropriation for public information campaigns concerning city employee unionization and borough and city government consolidation. The ordinance up for vote says the campaigns can include “without limitation information that may influence the outcome of the election.” Discussion of the allocation ordinance was not listed on Tuesday’s work session agenda, but ...
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KPD chief to explain terminating body cams
Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace will give a statement to the city council today on the decision to stop using police body cameras. Wallace confirmed to KMXT last week that the Kodiak Police Department no longer requires officers to wear the cameras on their uniforms. Within the past year, KPD body camera footage has been at the center of two lawsuits against the city. In November, Kodiak Public Broadcasting file...
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State’s local health job may remain unfilled
The position of environmental health officer in Kodiak hasn’t been filled in nine months, and it could wind up a permanent victim of budget cuts. After the position became vacant in November 2015, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation tried to hire a new officer. “Despite multiple attempts to recruit for this position, both at local and national levels, we were unsuccessful in finding a qualified app...
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City may nix inspection ties with borough
A Kodiak City Council vote on termination of a memorandum of agreement between the city and the Kodiak Island Borough is scheduled for the council’s regular meeting tomorrow. Should the motion fail, the option will be off the table for a year. Currently, the city’s building department conducts inspections throughout the borough. The borough and city codes matched until June, when the KIB Assembly voted to revert b...
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Contractor suing KIB over costs for new high school
The company that built the new Kodiak High School is suing the Kodiak Island Borough over change orders the borough denied and problems with the plans. In a complaint filed in the Anchorage courthouse on July 29, Watterson Construction alleges they are owed $252,000 for denied claims of proposed change orders and unspecified damages to be determined during a trial. During the course of construction, Watterson aske...
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Wait for state on pot regs, lawyer advises city
A lawyer advising the city of Kodiak on marijuana regulations recommended holding off on drafting city regulations until the state takes action on issues surrounding transportation to and from marijuana testing facilities. Under state law, any marijuana sold by a retail business would first need to be tested for potency and microbes in a licensed testing facility under the oversight of a scientific director. So fa...
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HEALTHY KODIAK: Beware the burp that never comes to be
A few weeks ago, our topic was a review of some common causes of upper abdominal pain. There are several things that can cause pain of the upper abdomen. One of those things is the gallbladder. The gallbladder is what I’d like to share information with you about today. The gallbladder is an organ we usually don’t think about unless it’s causing problems. It lives in the upper right side of the abdomen, often almos...
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Launch test could happen this fall
A new launch vehicle-development company has announced it will launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska as soon as this fall. Vector Space Systems CEO Jim Cantrell confirmed the start-up company will perform a test launch from Kodiak’s PSCA, calling it “as definite as things get definite.” Kodiak’s PSCA complex is “pretty key to our plans,” he said. The launch is part of a 21 launch agreement between Vecto...
Aug 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sea Stories: Michael Healy, captain of the Revenue Cutter Bear
In 1999, the Coast Guard commissioned a new cutter, the Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker, and named it in honor of Michael Healy, the famed U.S. Revenue Service captain who served in Alaskan waters in the late 19th century. The Coast Guard proudly claims the cutter is named for the first African American to command a revenue cutter, but like much of the history of race in America, Healy’s story is more complicated tha...
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