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Council to discuss consolidation
The Kodiak City Council has a full schedule for Tuesday’s work session, which includes discussions on borough and city government consolidation and the fate of a memorandum of agreement between the city and borough for building inspection services. Council will discuss an initiative that placed Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak government consolidation up for a public vote in the next election. Last week, t...
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Restored searchlight comes home to Kodiak
A World War II searchlight, lovingly researched and restored by state park volunteers arrived Thursday at the Kodiak Military History Museum. Retired machinist and tool-and-die maker Chuck Meitle and retired teacher Nancy Meitle have volunteered with Alaska State Parks for seven years and at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak for five. They found the searchlight in a field of searchlights in Oregon, ...
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Assembly asks voters whether to pursue consolidation
With a unanimous vote, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved submitting a question regarding consolidation to the borough voters at the upcoming election. Borough voters will see the question, “Should the Kodiak Island Borough pursue the idea of consolidating the Kodiak Island Borough and the City of Kodiak into a single unit of government?” on the October 4 ballot. No one commented during the public hearing...
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Trailer park evictions hearings continue
Evictions hearings for some Jackson Mobile Home Park residents continued Thursday. Three residents appeared before the magistrate, who served as a master in the hearings. A master hears evidence and makes a recommendation to the judge based on that evidence. Another hearing was held July 19. In total, the court has heard 10 eviction proceedings since the May 2 mov- out deadline stated in a notice served to tenants...
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Assembly postpones contract for Chiniak seedlings
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly postponed the $120,000 purchase of seedlings for replanting borough-owned land in Chiniak. Borough manager Michael Powers told the assembly at their Thursday meeting that additional review time was needed. “The contract just came back in last night, and we did not get that out to you,” Powers said. “Accordingly, we did have some changes by the attorney, and we would like to recom...
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Refuge marks 75 years since FDR signed
As we sit quietly on a grassy slope overlooking the river, a wildlife drama unfolds below. A mother bear with two cubs scampers up to a safe perch, nose twitching and eyes narrowed. Another mother bear approaches the water, her cubs rollicking along behind, intent on the smell of a thousand migrating salmon. Across the river, a large female bear snorkels, putting her face under water and waiting for the perfect mo...
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Veterans group looks to link with community
A local group seeks to build camaraderie and boost morale among local veterans while increasing awareness of the unique struggles they face. Kodiak Veterans Outreach formed in January with the goal of hosting at least one event per month for veterans and community members in order to give local veterans a network of like-minded people and promote understanding among the general population. “After deployments and s...
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Week in Words: Families’ banners honor loved ones in service
Our words of the week are “gold star.” You’ve no doubt heard this phrase to describe the Khan family, an American Muslim family who lost their son and brother, Capt. Humayun Khan, to the war in Iraq in 2004. And now they’ve set the Trump aflame with some goading and baiting. Often, when I hear the phrase “gold star,” I think about school and those cute little gold star stickers we would get on our reading charts. ...
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Derby winner counts blessings
Large fish were in short supply, so the grand prize winner of the 2016 Kodiak Association of Charterboat Operators King Salmon Derby was a 28 1/2-inch fish. Because no fish more than 45 pounds were entered, the three top prizes were awarded by drawing, and Mike Olsen walked away with $5,000. “I knew I had a chance, because the organization was a little different this year,” Olsen said shortly after he was announce...
Aug 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chiniak replant vote Thursday
What to do with burned land in Chiniak has been the topic of much discussion by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, which will vote on a contract for the purchase of seedlings at Thursday’s meeting. The proposed sole-source contract for just more than $120,000 would purchase 300,000 spruce tree seedlings from Koncor Forest Products. The number is more than the borough would need to replant the parcel affected by t...
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