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Ready for spills at all levels
An oil spill response presentation hosted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on Tuesday let the community learn about spill response tactics and gave state, Coast Guard and industry professionals a chance to fine-tune response strategies. The event began with an introduction at Fisherman’s Hall, where participants saw an overview of Kodiak’s geographic response strategies, created to protect ar...
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Council leans toward opting out
The Kodiak City Council debated marijuana policy at Tuesday’s work session, with most members in favor of opting out of sales for six months and forming a committee to help draft legislation. Speaking in favor of a temporary opt-out, council member John Whiddon said the council should be “taking as much time as required to do it right.” He said it would be “really hard to go back and correct things we don’t get ri...
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KEA board election
The Kodiak Electric Association held its annual membership meeting and board of directors election Monday. Incumbent board members Linda Freed, Gordon Gould and Jay T. Johnson ran unopposed and won re-election for new three-year terms. On Tuesday the board elected Cliff Davidson chairman, Ron Acarregui vice chairman and Stosh Anderson secretary/treasurer. The board will meet at noon every fourth Thursday.
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Week in Words: Stories have history, and I say it’s alright
I saw an old friend this past week. The sun. “Sun” is the modern spelling of the Old English “sunne,” derived from the Proto-Germanic “sunnon” centuries ago. We believe “sun” is a direct descendent of the Proto-Indo-European root “suwen,” which sometimes take the alternate form of “saewel.” “Saewel” means “to shine,” and we see this in the proper noun “Sol,” the name given to the sun by the Romans. It was initiall...
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Thelma C might cross spit
A building to display the historic fishing boat Thelma C will stand next to the new Trident building downtown, if the Kodiak City Council goes along with a change of plan approved Tuesday by the Port and Harbor Advisory Board. In January, the council agreed to let the Kodiak Maritime Museum put the restored 1964 wooden vessel between Oscar’s Dock and the small boat launching dock in St. Paul Harbor. But due to the...
Apr 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stephens resigns from assembly
Assembly member Mel Stephens will again have “former” in front of his title. Stephens announced his resignation from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly in a memorandum to borough clerk Nova Javier dated April 25 and stamped as received the same day. Reached by telephone, Stephens declined to comment. The resignation comes just days after the assembly voted 5-2 to approve an employment contract for incoming borough...
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Congress puts end to Chirikof cattle planning
Exactly one year ago, representatives of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge visited Kodiak to talk about what to do about a herd of more than 2,000 feral cattle on Chirikof Island. But now efforts to remove the cattle as an invasive species in obedience to a previous federal order have stopped, according to a Monday release from AMNWR. The 2016 Federal Budget Act that funds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser...
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Logging vote postponed
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will discuss again a contract for salvaging burned trees in Chiniak at an upcoming work session and vote at the next regular meeting on May 5. The assembly postponed the vote Thursday after 15 people from Chiniak either called in or appeared in person and spoke during public comment time asking the borough to slow down or halt logging. The residents said issues they brought up we...
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Launch complex, MDA back together again?
Alaska Aerospace Corp. hopes a proposed contract will breathe new life into the state-owned venture and renew the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska’s role in national defense. On Friday, the Missile Defense Agency released a notice of intent for a sole source contract with AAC, the operator of the launch complex at Narrow Cape, for testing the region’s ballistic missile defense systems. According to the notice, “Th...
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Response equipment presentation on Tuesday
The Kodiak public is invited to attend an oil spill preparedness and response outreach event Tuesday. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will host the event. Spill reporting, an overview of hazards, reporting requirements and what to expect in each stage of spill response will be discussed. The presentation will also feature an overview of the spill response equipment that is available in Kodiak a...
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