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Schools look at rosier budget numbers
Kodiak Island School District officials have started looking at new numbers for the fiscal year 2015 budget following the passage Friday of a bill by the state Senate that allocates $75 million more to schools than in the current funding formula. “It’s safe to say that we’re far from the worst-case scenario,” superintendent Stewart McDonald told the Kodiak Island Borough School District board at its regular meetin...
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Sophomores lead girls squad into track season
Hit hard by graduation, longtime Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar will rely on sophomores Richelle Walker and Zoe Bigley to anchor Kodiak’s girls track and field team through the beginning of the season. The 5-foot-10 Walker displayed her versatility in the team’s blue and gold meet Friday by pulling off a rare feat with wins in the shot put, the discus, the high jump and the 100-meter run. “She is just very athletic,” ...
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Shipper opens new Kodiak terminal
American Fast Freight opened a terminal at 2430 Beaver Lake Drive to help improve the freight forwarding company’s Kodiak operations. “We’ve been serving Kodiak for a long time and this is the first time that we’ve been able to put our own building in Kodiak with our own dedicated equipment. This is going to allow us to have a higher quality service to the people of Kodiak and be able to better manage our delivery...
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Local cable companies could lose popular stations
Some cable television subscribers in Kodiak and across the country may temporarily lose access to popular channels due to a contract dispute between content provider Viacom and smaller companies including GCI. GCI’s contract to carry 26 Viacom cable networks expired Monday, and the media giant is “demanding an unfair increase for their channels, much higher than other programming agreements,” according to the GCI ...
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Are the Russians eyeing Spruce Island?
Spruce Island could become the sight of another embroilment between Russia and the U.S. — if one Russian mayor’s claim is to be believed. According to the Russian broadsheet Izvestiya and several other Russian news agencies, Yakutsk Mayor Aysen Nikolayev has sent requests to Russian President Vladimir Putin, chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Duma Sergei Naryshkin, and Foreign M...
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Stutes announces state House bid
Former Kodiak Island Borough Assembly member Louise Stutes announced her candidacy as a Republican for the Alaska House of Representatives District 32 seat on Friday. Kodiak, now part of District 35, will join Cordova, Seldovia, Tyonek and other Gulf of Alaska coastal communities in District 32 when redistricting takes effect for the 2015 legislative session. Kodiak’s current representative, Alan Austerman, has no...
Mar 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community comes together to keep Kodiak clean
About 25 volunteers scoured the territory off Larch street south of Lily Lake Saturday, hauling away tons of unsightly trash including bottles, cans, car parts and furniture. Deanna Cooper, a resident of the Larch Street neighborhood, helped organize the event. She said she had the idea for a cleanup while walking along the street during the warm winter. “There was no snow so the trash was obvious,” she said. Coop...
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City awards contract for Pier 3 rebuild
The Kodiak City Council approved a bid for the rebuild of Pier 3 at its regular meeting Thursday night. Seattle, Wash.-based Pacific Pile and Marine was awarded the contract at $25,841,720, making it one of the biggest projects the city has ever undertaken, mayor Pat Branson said. Council members Richard Walker, Terry Haines, Charles Davidson, John Whiddon and Gabriel Savaria all approved the bid. Randall Bishop w...
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Deadlines loom for Obamacare, PFDs
Deadlines to buy a healthcare plan under Obamacare and to file for the 2014 PFD happen on Monday, with penalties looming for the uninsured and state payouts for on-time filers targeted for Oct. 2. On March 31, under the Federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, open enrollment ends for 2014 to purchase a plan in the health insurance marketplace. With a few exceptions, most people will have to show that...
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Coast Guard double murder trial to begin Monday
The trial of James Michael Wells, charged in the tragic double homicide of two fellow Coast Guard colleagues in 2012, begins next week, with a number of government witnesses, Wells’ wife’s blue SUV, a missing murder weapon, the integrity of the government’s witnesses, and a fateful flat tire is expected to take a prominent role in the case. The prosecution has said that it will not seek the death penalty against W...
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