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Trusty Tusty, Part 3: Exams and jury-rigging
Editor’s note: This is the third part of a four-part series about the health of the ferry Tustumena and the need to replace the 52-year-old ship. It was first published in the Juneau Empire and has been serialized for your convenience. If it were a car, it would be eligible for the specialty license plates Alaska reserves for antiques. At 52 years old, the Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry Tustumena is older than...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Getting it together: Council, assembly agree to schedule joint meetings
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council will hold meetings every other month to facilitate communication between the two bodies. On Tuesday, at the two governing bodies’ first joint work session in five months, city mayor Pat Branson proposed the bi-monthly meetings, to which the council and assembly members readily agreed. “It’s on our calendar, who shows up, what the agenda might be, it would ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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College seeks non-credit ideas, teachers
Kodiak College received approximately 100 applications from prospective new students for the semester beginning Monday, but the institution is hoping for even more students as it introduces new non-credit courses in the coming months. The community courses are part of an initiative that began last spring and includes maritime courses offered through the maritime workforce development department. Heather Corriere, ...
Aug 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week in Words: Politicos don’t necessarily accede to access
Access” just might be the word of the week. As I’m writing, the news feeds are swarming with reports that major donors to the Clinton Foundation sought inordinate access to Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state. Granted, there’s no evidence that this access resulted in any favors from the State Department, but many are concerned that these requests made it as far as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. And ...
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Court rejects retaliation charge in Jackson eviction
The Alaska state court has ruled in favor of Jackson Mobile Home Park in two eviction proceedings and repudiated allegations that park management retaliated against tenants. Jackson initiated eviction proceedings against Judi Kidder and David Masinter on May 23, citing a change in land use. The court’s findings issued on Thursday follow two legal proceedings — a June 8 eviction hearing and a July 13 evidentiary he...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Woman who lost home in Chiniak fire doing well
The woman who lost her home one year ago in the Twin Creeks Fire still lives on her Chiniak property and is doing well, thanks to the kindness of the community. “I was just thinking this morning how glad I was that I wasn’t going to be in that camper again all winter,” said Mary Brown. The camper she overwintered in was cramped, and the whole thing could fit in her current bedroom. Brown’s home and all her possess...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trusty Tusty, Part 2: Design modifications
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a four-part series about the health of the ferry Tustumena and the need to replace the 52-year-old ship. The ferry Tustumena is cracked and is showing its age. The Alaska Marine Highway System knows this. It knows something else, too. “The ship is safe. I have no concerns about operating this ship in the North Pacific Ocean,” said Mike Neussl, head of AMHS, in July. The U....
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Byler asks for new trial
Through his attorney, the man convicted of illegal dumping of waste last year has requested a new trial. Darren Byler, owner of the crabber Wild Alaskan that was converted into a floating bar and grill and strip club, was convicted by a jury in December 2015 of illegally discharging sewage from the vessel and making false statements. Byler was originally scheduled to be sentenced in March of this year, but it was ...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly agrees to review building inspection change
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council directed city and borough managers to work together to amend their memorandum of agreement for building inspection services. The assembly will hold additional talks on building code requirements for borough residents. The council and assembly met Tuesday in a joint work session and discussed the memorandum of agreement under which the city provides bui...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Healthy Kodiak: Ulcers, gastritis: abdomenal arsonists
Gastritis and its associate, ulcers, are common causes of upper abdominal pain. In their early incarnations, they are frequently the culprits causing what is often described as “heartburn.” In more serious and advanced stages of both these diseases, severe illness and even death can occur. The conditions are different, but in many ways related. They are related enough to review in the same discussion. Gastritis an...
Aug 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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