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City, borough meet tonight about FITC
The Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meet tonight to discuss the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, often referred to as the Fish Tech Center or FITC, and the University of Alaska system president will also be in town. According to a release from the University of Alaska, UA president Jim Johnsen and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research Dr. Daniel White will attend the meeti...
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Small schools numbers combined
The Kodiak Island Borough School District faces a nearly $518,000 decrease in state funding after actual enrollment numbers proved lower than anticipated. The KIBSD Board of Education discussed a revision of its fiscal year 2016 budget at a work session on Monday. The revised budget presented includes proposals for general fund spending and a proposal to move funds from the unreserved fund balance to cover lower t...
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Contest begins for naming new ferries
Alaska students have the opportunity to help name two new ferries slated to begin Southeast service in the next few years, according to a release from Gov. Bill Walker’s office. Still under construction in Ketchikan, the two ferries are expected to be finished in 2018. In the meantime, sixth through 12th graders can submit a name and essay about what they think the ferries should be named. Names are limited by sta...
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Week in Words: Militating against management style
The year has begun with much conflict over governmental bureaucracy. I know. I know. Talking about governmental bureaucracy is not exactly, well, the sexiest of ways to begin a year. But I don’t make the news. I just reflect on it. But think about it: The Kodiak Island Borough is still trying to figure out what to do with the manager position, an armed militia has occupied a federal building in protest of bureaucr...
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LEPC reiterates class importance, looks to purchases, social media
Kodiak’s Local Emergency Planning Committee approved several purchases to improve awareness and communication, and reiterated the need for more people to take emergency operations center after a report was released following the Twin Creeks Fire. The LEPC approved spending some of their grant funds up to $2,000 on a local media advertising campaign to raise awareness about what to do during a disaster, up to $600 ...
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New map shows rainbow of resources
ANCHORAGE – The United States Geological Survey released a new digital geologic map of Alaska on Tuesday, providing land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of land use in relation to resource extraction, conservation, natural hazards and recreation.  The map gives visual context to resources found throughout the state in a detailed and accessible format, according to a USGS news...
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AMHS fares increase
Most ferry fares increased five percent as of Jan. 1, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The increase will only apply to reservations made after Jan. 1. “Some fares will not increase,” according to the release. “Any fare that is disproportionately higher than the majority of AMHS fares will remain unchanged.” According to the release, the increases follow rec...
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Hearing continued in 2015 hit-and-run
The man charged with seriously injuring another man in a hit-and-run accident in early 2015 was scheduled for change of plea and sentencing Tuesday, but the court date was continued to Monday. Alexander Rice, 33, faces several charges after he allegedly hit Brent Watkins, a pedestrian, in February 2015 near Kodiak High School and caused serious injuries before leaving the scene. Police found the allegedly responsi...
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Alaska Science Forum: Impressions of a place far from everywhere
ST. MATTHEW ISLAND — I’m resting on a mattress of tundra plants that are growing more than 200 miles from the nearest Alaska village. While I have snuck away here to my own private ridgetop, eight other people, all scientists, are somewhere on this 30-mile-long wedge of tundra, rocky beaches, lakes and bird cliffs in the central Bering Sea. We nine make up the entire human population of the island. On our 25-hour ...
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Report: Chiniak fire response fast, lacked depth
Local and state emergency personnel “performed very well” in the response to the Twin Creeks Fire last summer, although long hours revealed a need for more people trained for relief shifts, according to an after-action report/improvement plan from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The Twin Creeks Fire blackened about 5,000 acres near Chiniak and destroyed several structures, includ...
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