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On volcano observatory’s 25th birthday, fears of budget trouble
The Alaska Volcano Observatory celebrated its 25th anniversary on Monday with cake — but no candles. After all, there’s a budget crunch. The agency that keeps a wary eye on the state’s volcanoes is heavily reliant upon funding from the federal government, but that money is hard to come by in an era of steep budget cuts. The University of Alaska, which operates the observatory with the U.S. Geological Survey and th...
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Kodiak College opens renovated student services office
Kodiak College’s student services office has a new look designed to make the office stand out to new students looking for help. The new look is the result of a six-month renovation project on the 2,200-square-foot first floor of Campus Center. The college has a new student services center that includes three offices and a reception area. College director Barbara Bolson said the upgrades were necessary because peop...
Apr 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Renewable power project’s budget is in the green
After years of work, Kodiak Electric Association’s grand renewable energy effort is scheduled to wrap up this summer — right on budget. According to records presented Thursday to KEA’s board of directors, the Pillar Mountain High Penetration Wind Project will end up with a cost of $38.9 million, only 0.37 percent over budget. Making matters better for Kodiak residents, better-than-expected interest rates and extra...
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Leisnoi land trade with borough not dead
Termination Point is a popular hiking destination on Monashka Bay, but most of the hikers who traverse its trails don’t know they’re trespassing. An ongoing effort by the Kodiak Island Borough could change that problem. Termination Point is owned by Leisnoi Inc., the Native corporation of Woody Island, which also owns substantial tracts of land along the Kodiak road system. Leisnoi is logging its Chiniak property ...
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Internet find restores a rare piece of history to Kodiak
Nick Troxell was scouring eBay in search of his next Alaska treasure when he stumbled upon an item he just couldn’t pass up — an old tin can. At first glance, the can looks like a regular tin can with some years behind it, but Troxell, being a former Kodiak fisherman, recognized the significance of the can. The front of the can’s label reads “Alaska Salmon” and features a picture of a salmon. On the back are two A...
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City council OKs ambulance fee increase
The Kodiak City Council has approved a rate increase for ambulance service provided by the Kodiak Fire Department. In a unanimous vote, the council agreed that rate increases are needed to keep pace with rising costs. "It's something we have to do to maintain the rate of inflation to our costs," said councilman Charles Davidson. "This wasn't done because we're trying to make our city overpriced." The city will now...
Mar 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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In pollock season, an unpleasant surprise for Kodiak deliveries
A change in the way pollock and cod are processed in the Gulf of Alaska could end up costing Kodiak millions in lost tax revenue. On Tuesday night, Alaska Pacific Seafoods plant manager Matt Moir told the Kodiak City Council that fishermen in the recent pollock ‘B’ season skipped their traditional deliveries to Kodiak in favor of dropping off fish at tenders headed west. “Fourteen million pounds of seafood that no...
Mar 29, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ice rink to close Monday
Kodiak’s high country is blanketed in snow, but the spring thaw is coming early to the city’s ice rink. On Thursday afternoon, Corey Gronn, the city’s ice rink supervisor, announced the rink will end its season early after its sole remaining refrigeration compressor failed. “We're unable to make ice, basically, unable to maintain ice with these temperatures,” he said. The compressor failed Tuesday, but unseasonabl...
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Coast Guard announces discovery of 41-year-old Kodiak shipwreck
A vessel that went missing more than 40 years ago while sailing from its shipyard to Kodiak has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard announced March 22 that the fishing vessel Katmai has been found underwater 200 miles off the coast of Pascagoula, Miss. at a depth of 8,920 feet. The 45-foot fishing vessel went missing on Feb. 18, 1972. The Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor found...
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Gun show returns for second year
Kodiak firearms enthusiasts will be able to view guns and gun accessories from more than a dozen vendors and individual sellers at the second annual Emerald Isle Gun Show this weekend. The show gives people in Kodiak an opportunity to purchase, sell or trade guns without having to leave the island. Gun show promoter Michael Horstman said the interest was strong enough in the community that it needed to be held aga...
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