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Landfill runoff causes big stink in Monashka Bay area
Garbage and water from the Kodiak Island Borough’s landfill are flowing onto Reed Oswalt’s property on Monashka Bay Road, and the source of the problem may be an ongoing project to expand the landfill. Oswalt has owned and lived on the 15 acres neighboring the dump since 1976, and has used the property to house his storage business Surf and Turf. When Oswalt first noticed the water and trash flowing onto his prope...
May 01, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hangers in hangars as Coast Guard spouses association hosts flea market
The airplanes weren't for sale. They were about the only exception Saturday morning in Coast Guard Hangar One as the Spouses Association of Kodiak hosted its annual indoor flea market. The market has historically been billed as a way to consolidate the dozens of garage sales held by outgoing Coast Guardsmen before they move away from Kodiak Island. On Saturday, baby clothes dueled with coffee mugs for space on car...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Accountant: New Kodiak hospital facility could be cheap for borough
A new borough-built hospital facility could be constructed with no significant financial impact on the borough, a contracted accountant reported Thursday evening. “Essentially what happens is Providence leases it from you, Providence turns in the expenses to the state … and the state will reimburse Providence for 100 percent of the lease payments,” accountant Mike Bell told the Kodiak Borough Assembly at latest wo...
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Computer glitch muddles blacktail hunt reports
Kodiak resident and hunter Joseph Mauer was surprised when he received a reminder letter last month from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game asking him to resubmit his deer hunt totals from last season. It was surprising because Mauer had already submitted his deer harvest report, as well as his hunt information for bears and goats, at the end of last season using the department’s new online system. “I thought ...
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Native language teachers from Oklahoma visit Kodiak this week
This week the Native Village of Afognak celebrates progress the Afognak Language Program has made in preserving the Alutiiq language as it hosts visitors from Oklahoma credited with giving language immersion ideas to the village. Two years ago, the village sent a delegation to learn about language preservation from the Yuchi Tribe in Oklahoma. “They showed us what they were doing in their language program, how the...
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Kodiak city council's ears are 'scorched' over sales tax hike proposal
City council member Charles Davidson made an earnest plea Thursday night: If you know a way the city can avoid raising sales taxes, he said, please take a look at the city’s budget and give details. Davidson’s request came after an hour and a half of public testimony unanimously against a city plan to lift the city’s sales tax cap from $750 to $3,500 and raise sales taxes 1 percent overall. More than 30 people spo...
Apr 27, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Florida firm flies ahead with designs for new Kodiak launch pad
As Kodiak’s construction season begins to heat up, design work is moving forward on the biggest project set to break ground this year — a new launch pad for the Kodiak Launch Complex. Launchpad Three, as it’s officially known, is expected to cost about $125 million. The budget approved this month by the Alaska Legislature and awaiting the governor’s approval contains about $30 million in state funding for the proj...
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Alaska Senate quits special session
JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska state Senate adjourned from special session Thursday after the governor pulled a seemingly stalled oil tax plan off the agenda. The dramatic move leaves a gas pipeline bill unresolved and marks the latest turn in a special session that seemed doomed from the start. In pulling his bill, Gov. Sean Parnell said Wednesday that the Senate “appears incapable of passing comprehensive oil tax refo...
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Baranov Museum welcomes volcano talk tonight
The Baranov Museum tonight hosts U.S. Geological Survey geologist Judy Fierstein as part of observances of the 100th anniversary of the 20th century’s largest volcanic eruption. At 7 p.m. in the museum, Fierstein will talk about the Novarupta-Katmai eruption, which buried Kodiak in almost three feet of ash during early June 1912. “The story is really compelling, from the first-hand accounts to the science that cam...
Apr 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak arts: Singing out about science
Kodiak kids are in for a musical treat as the popular Alaskan musical duo Good Dog visits as part of Whale Fest to perform songs about sea life. Good Dog has been performing at schools and festivals across Alaska for 12 years, and played at the 2008 Whale Fest. “The kids they played for last time are now in junior high and high school,” Whale Fest organizer Cheryl Nugent said. “It’s a real treat to have them back ...
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