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City OKs lease for boat display
The Kodiak Maritime Museum now has a lease for property on the spit near Oscar’s Dock, and the Kodiak City Council moved forward an ordinance aimed at panhandling downtown. At its Thursday meeting, the council approved a 20-year lease with two possible extensions for the spot where the museum plans to install a 50-year-old restored fishing vessel. The museum will pay $10 per year for use of the property. The counc...
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Grand jury modifies charges against fugitive
A Kodiak man wanted by Alaska State Troopers was indicted Friday and his bail raised in connection to an alleged assault and kidnapping. A grand jury found probable cause for charges of assault in the second degree, five counts of assault in the third degree, kidnapping and misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree against Mark Benton, 49. Another count of assault in the third degree was found to be withou...
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City, borough look to future
The city of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough held planning meetings on Saturday, discussing a strategy for the next few years. The assembly, staff and members of the public reviewed goals and objectives for 2015-2020 adopted last year. Although the assembly will go through more refining of the items in the plan before adoption, the list of goals decided at the work session cover resource use, good government, fisc...
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KIB to seek bids for waste contract
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed the future of the solid waste management plan Thursday evening and decided to meet later to determine the specifics of future garbage collection services. The current contract with Alaska Waste ends in June 2017 and assembly members will decide whether to renew that contract, renegotiate or accept bids. Joe Lipka of the Solid Waste Advisory Board said the advantage of e...
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Assembly split four to three on liquor license request
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly voted Thursday to not ask for more public comment time on a liquor license location transfer application for a possible package store on Kodiak State Airport grounds. The assembly voted on Jan. 7 to postpone a request to give more people notice of the application and time to respond. The application was submitted by Wayne Sargent and seeks transfer of a liquor license from the Ka...
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Stutes opposed to rural school counting change
Ahead of the new legislative session, Rep. Louise Stutes said making sure small communities like Kodiak do not bear the brunt of state budget cuts will be a top priority. “Obviously the budget is going to be a huge issue,” Stutes said, referring to the $3.6 billion deficit confronting the Legislature. “We need to come up with ways to balance the budget. We need to be creative in revenue generating, but we cannot b...
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Suspect emailed about killing man on Shuyak
The man found shot on Shuyak Island in November 2015 was shot multiple times and the man accused of killing him was planning to leave the state, according to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit obtained at the Kodiak Courthouse. Steven McCaulley, 56, was found dead on Nov. 17, 2015, from an apparent shooting, after a manager for Port William Wilderness Lodge on Shuyak Island asked the troopers for a welfare check. A...
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Fish Work Group speeds up process of analysis
The Kodiak Fish Work Group met Wednesday to review alternatives for trawl bycatch management and get updates on an economic analysis and the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. The group looked at the first few elements of the four alternatives currently before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for trawl bycatch management. The first alternative is no action, the second alternative includes alloca...
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Stinky souls, insurance rates and rental cars
Recently, when I rented a car after a collision with a tree on a snowy evening before Christmas (I hate when they jump out in front of you like that), I received a rude reminder that I live on a remote island where supply and demand rule. There is only one car rental place downtown, but that wouldn't have made a difference. It is still a minimum $70 per day for a car, including a subcompact Nissan they call a "sta...
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City celebrates new pier and crane
The City of Kodiak along with elected officials and visiting dignitaries held a ribbon cutting at Pier 3 on Wednesday, marking the near completion of what mayor Pat Branson said was the largest capital project the city has ever taken on. Pier 3 and the new Matson crane, the largest crane in Alaska, will begin use within a few weeks as further tweaks to the crane are needed before its ready to move containers. Mats...
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