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Kodiak borough commissions study to determine if workers are overpaid
A new study will determine whether borough employees are underpaid, overpaid or right on target. The borough is requesting proposals from consulting services interested in conducting an employee classification and compensation study. The study will measure employees’ pay and benefits against the private sector. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly budgeted $60,000 for the project in the 2011-2012 budget, but the bor...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiakan begins cross-country bicycle ride today
As John McDonald dipped the rear wheel of his bicycle into the Pacific Ocean at Buskin River State Recreation area, his words were drowned out by the sound of an Alaska Airlines jet taking off from the nearby airport. That jet would need only a handful of hours to travel the length of the United States, but the trip McDonald begins today might take three months to do the same. McDonald, who graduated from Kodiak H...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Class of 2012 graduates from Kodiak High School
Tay’Lia Owens celebrated her graduation with a song. For Puni Timu, graduation day brought happy tears. Blue-haired Jordan Fogle smiled at both his graduation and a state track championship. Regardless of their mood or their feelings, the 181 people in Sunday’s graduation program had one goal on their minds: a small piece of parchment emblazoned with a large word: “Diploma.” “You have accomplished great things,” s...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ground broken on new library
People of all ages brought out their shovels and broke ground at the library’s new site on Signal Hill Saturday. More than 100 people turned out to show support for Kodiak’s library project. “The new library will be a wonderful place and focal point for young and old in our community,” city Mayor Pat Branson said. “It’s going to be something that will never go out of style.” The new library project has been in the...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Interest conflict alleged on zoning board
Communications towers were on the agenda, but last week’s meeting of the Kodiak Planning and Zoning Commission was dominated by an accusation of miscommunication within the commission itself. Before the council addressed the zoning of a water well in Bell’s Flats, acting commission chairman Brent Watkins unexpectedly ordered commissioner Rick Vahl out of the commission meeting, citing a conflict of interest. “This...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Feathered visitor teaches on bird day
A great horned owl named Artemis flew in just for the event. Artemis and her bird handler Randi Perlman traveled to Kodiak to observe International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday. More than 150 people showed up to the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to see the owl and participate in other bird-related activities. “It’s really special to have a bird, and somebody handling it flying in just for this,”...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Where are Kodiak's electric cars?
On paper, it seems like a perfect match. Kodiak has some of the highest gasoline prices in the country. Its electric prices are comparably low. It has few highways, and the island’s entire road system could fit into a Los Angeles pocket. Hybrid automobiles are common on Kodiak streets, but as mainstream automakers like Ford, Nissan and GM roll out wholly electric automobiles, Kodiak hasn’t taken up the electrical ...
May 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough Assembly holds its ground on school funding
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly held its line on school funding Thursday night despite significant public testimony encouraging assembly members to raise the borough’s contribution to the school district. In February, the assembly stated in a formal message to the school district that it was willing to provide $9.9 million from the borough. The district requested $10.3 million, the maximum allowable under state...
May 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Construction begins on new Baranof Park track and field
Baranof Park is officially closed for construction. The $3 million first phase of the Baranof Park improvements project includes excavating the park’s playing field and installing an artificial turf sports field and running track. Ohno Construction started working on Phase 1 of the project Tuesday and sealed field entrances with chain link fences and yellow caution tape Wednesday. “We have to have exclusive access...
May 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Aerospace board of directors sets spending plan for Launch Pad 3
On Thursday, the Alaska Aerospace Corporation board of directors approved spending a $25 million state appropriation that Gov. Parnell approved for a new launch pad at Kodiak Launch Complex. Of the $25 million, $3 million will be used for engineering costs and environmental assessments. The next $10 million will be used for initial groundwork: putting in the foundation, utilities and a flame trench. “That could ch...
May 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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