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Borough discusses strategic plan
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed its strategic plan and the formation of a special committee to facilitate land sales. In January, the assembly held an all-day work session centered on strategic planning. The resulting drafts have been condensed down to a list of four overarching goals and several steps to achieve each goal. The strategic plan is intended to govern the borough for the next five years. ...
Feb 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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New fire chief sworn in
Kodiak’s new fire chief was sworn in on Thursday, and the Kodiak City Council adopted a federal priority list. “This is a real humbling event honestly,” new chief Jim Mullican Jr. said at the meeting in front of a crowd of his firefighters after he was sworn in. “It’s the culmination of a career to make chief and more importantly, it’s my honor to lead this group of gentlemen and lady in their endeavors to respond...
Feb 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak gets top presentation award at Tsunami Bowl
The Kodiak High School team received the top presentation award at the 2015 Tsunami Bowl for the second year in a row. At the Tsunami Bowl, teams of five students compete in three separate areas: quizzes, the research paper, and a presentation about the research, all on the subject of ocean size. Kodiak’s five-person Arctic Asteroids team was comprised of senior Annie Looman, juniors Devin Shannon-Aguirre and Lanc...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Proposals sought for changes to subsistence regulations
The Department of the Interior is seeking proposals for changes to the regulations governing federal subsistence hunting and trapping. Proposals are accepted until March 25, according to a department announcement. Proposals must include answers to questions such as, “What regulations do you wish to change? Include management unit number and species. Quote the current regulation if known. If you are proposing a new...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Subsistence office looking to change rural determination process
The Office of Subsistence Management is working on changing how Alaska communities are determined as rural or non-rural as it relates to subsistence harvest of fish and game. Only communities classified as rural are allowed to harvest animals under federal subsistence rules on federal public lands such as the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Currently, to determine whether a community is rural, the Federal Subsist...
Feb 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Officials: Deer, fish doing well in Kodiak
Presenters at the start of a two-day Kodiak/Aleutians Subsistence Regional Advisory Council reported increases in the deer population and high sockeye runs in the Buskin River. An aerial deer survey the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge has been conducting since 2012 on the southern part of Kodiak Island showed increasing deer populations during the past two years. “We found that deer densities increased approximate...
Feb 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak blizzard dumps 10 inches of snow
Jeff Brubaker received an early wake-up call Sunday morning. He didn’t mind since it was the first time it had happened this winter. As general manager of Kodiak Lawn Care, Brubaker and his crew were up at 3 a.m. prepping for the island’s first major snowfall since 2013. They didn’t get done clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots until 6:30 p.m. “It was a good day. Long day, but good day,” Brubaker said. B...
Feb 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Contest starts for poem in Fort Abercrombie
The Poems in Place program has resulted in poems written by Alaskans in state parks around Alaska, and this year, a poem is slated for Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. One poem will be selected from entries written by Alaskan residents to be placed on a plaque in Fort Abercrombie. Wendy Erd is responsible for originally starting Poems in Place. She and a couple of friends had a poem that had been written by...
Feb 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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EDITORIAL: Help Brent, dear Kodiak, he’s one of us
You’ve probably never met Brent Watkins. Watkins, 53, is a quiet, outdoors-loving man. He’s not a celebrity and he’s not a politician, so his name doesn’t ring a bell. But, like hundreds of Kodiak property owners, Watkins knew it was time to get his voice heard last week. Watkins parked his car on Rezanof Drive. He was walking to attend the planning and zoning commission’s hearing at the auditorium Wednesday night...
Feb 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak students present at environment forum
Several Kodiak High School and college students presented today and Monday as part of the Alaska Forum on the Environment to talk about their experience interning with the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. “This summer, back in 2014, five teens worked with us, and they did a number of jobs here working for the refuge,” said Shelly Lawson, who works in education at the refuge. “Part of their requirements was to crea...
Feb 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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