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State releases draft schedule for 2013-2014 ferry service
Three months after the Tustumena returns from overhaul in Seward, Kodiak’s other major ferry will be laid up for maintenance. The Alaska Marine Highway System on Wednesday released its draft 2013-2014 schedule, which calls for the ferries Kennicott, Columbia, Matanuska, Fairweather and Chenega to undergo monthslong periods of repair and maintenance next winter. “We picked that time because generally dead of winter...
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Koniag CEO resigns amid dismal financial news
Correction: The last name of interim Koniag president Tom Panamaroff was misspelled in an early version of this story, as was the first name of interim CEO Ron Unger. Worksmart Inc., the company headed by Unger, is not a Koniag subsidiary. Koniag Inc. has announced the resignation of President/CEO Will Anderson amid a large-scale reorganization of the company’s management. Anderson, who has served as the leader of...
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School district will axe teachers to balance budget
Kodiak schools will enter the next school year with 18 fewer teachers under a new budget-balancing plan introduced Thursday to the Kodiak Island Borough school board. To balance a $2 million budget shortfall, the Kodiak school district plans to not hire replacements for retiring or quitting teachers. Teachers would be shifted from specialty teaching positions into classrooms to cover the gaps created by the depart...
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‘Choose Respect’ rally draws Parnell to Old Harbor
At Kodiak High School, Eli Fields will warm up his vocal chords for a rap on stage. In Old Harbor, they’re getting ready for a visit from Gov. Sean Parnell. It’s all part of “Choose Respect,” a statewide campaign against domestic violence that climaxes Thursday with community marches in 143 Alaska communities. “When I talked to the governor's office, they said everybody in Kodiak was involved except for one villag...
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Volunteer wins 4-H leadership service award
Kodiak 4-H volunteer Barbara Zimmerman Hoedel has received a top regional award for her 34 years of volunteer service with 4-H. 4-H is a youth development program that focuses on agriculture, science and home economics. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service announced Hoedel will receive the 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award. Hoedel, who serves as president of ...
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Kodiak police add two new officers
Two new police officers will soon be patrolling the streets of Kodiak. Officer Todd Hubert was sworn in February as the 169th police officer in the history of the Kodiak Police Department, and officer Matthew Graber was sworn in as the department’s 170th officer in March. The KPD started looking for two new officers after one officer announced his retirement and another announced he was moving away. Hubert and Gra...
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CG will endure $295 million in budget cuts
The music has stopped for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard band is the latest casualty of almost $300 million in federally mandated cuts that encompass oil spill response programs, housing aid and even everyday operating expenses for the service’s ships and aircraft. “It’s true the challenges we face are real, and like everyone in our government we may be asked to do less with less, or at least do the same wo...
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Tsunami Preparedness Week is this week
This week is National Tsunami Preparedness Week, and local emergency planning officials are reminding people to be prepared for the next big wave. “It’s a week to give more attention to being prepared for tsunamis for those folks that live in a tsunami zone,” said Kodiak Fire Department chief Rome Kamai. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Alaska Broadc...
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Kodiak snowfall close to average
Sunday’s snowstorm dumped half a foot of snow on Kodiak, but according to long-term averages, it’s nothing but normal. According to measurements taken by the National Weather Service Station at Kodiak State Airport, 2.1 inches of snow fell before midnight Saturday night. On Sunday, as snow continued off and on through the day, another 4.2 inches were recorded, generating a storm total of 6.3 inches. Kodiak’s snow ...
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Generator fire highlights Ouzinkie’s power problems
A generator fire left the city of Ouzinkie without power for a day. The fire started around 8 p.m. Thursday when the city’s main diesel generator caught fire. “Basically our main generator caught fire and it looks like it’s completely destroyed,” Ouzinkie mayor and assistant fire chief Dan Clarion said Friday afternoon. Ouzinkie’s fire chief was out of town, but the city’s volunteer firefighters jumped into action...
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