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Watkins enters state House race
A third candidate has entered the race for the District 32 seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. Brent Watkins of Kodiak has filed as a candidate and is the first democrat to enter the race. Republican Rep. Louise Stutes currently holds the seat and will run against Watkins and Duncan Fields, also of Kodiak, who was formerly the District 32 Republican Party chair before changing his voter affiliation to non...
May 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Council, assembly to hold special meetings for NPFMC letter
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council both have special meetings next week to vote on a letter to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The letter, on the agenda at the joint city and borough Fisheries Work Group meeting on Wednesday, Thursday and today, is intended to voice Kodiak concerns on Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management in advance of the June NPFMC meeting in Kodiak. The d...
May 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Domestic violence program trains faith leaders
Kodiak pastors and faith leaders will soon receive training in domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse response. The Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center will host Safe Havens, an interfaith organization based in Boston with the goal of promoting “safe and effective faith-based responses” for those affected by these scourges. In 2012, a “victimization survey” conducted in Kodiak by the University of...
May 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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City employees making another run at unionization
A petition to put Kodiak city employee unionization on the Oct. 4 ballot can begin circulating next week. The State of Alaska Public Employment Relations Act asserts rights of collective bargaining for public employees, including at borough and municipal levels. In 1988, the city of Kodiak adopted an ordinance exempting itself from those regulations. The petition will call for an amendment to the ordinance stating...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Festival not the place for bikes, dogs
The Kodiak Police Department advises that bikes, skateboards and dogs are not allowed at Crab festival. “For the safety of all festival attendees, there is a “no wheels” policy,” according to a Wednesday announcement from the department. Attendees can rent space to store their wheels in a bike corral just inside the festival entrance. Dogs should not be brought to the area. “Crowded conditions expose dogs to unexp...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week in Words: Rolling the dice for a crabby fun time
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means. Crab Festival. Sure, maybe the name “Crab Festival” is a little anachronistic, since crab has not been king in Kodiak for quite some time now. But, who cares? It’s more about what the name connotes, right? Fun. Friends. Food that’s way too bad for you. And a carnival on the spit. But what does “crab” mean? Pretty much the opposite of “Crab Festival.” “Crab” ...
May 26, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lawmakers tweaking head tax
In a move that would affect funds received by the city of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough, some state lawmakers want to halt distribution to port communities of revenue from a tax levied on cruise ship passengers. At a May 12 conference committee hearing in Juneau, four lawmakers voted to approve an operating budget provision related to the distribution of Commercial Passenger Vessel funds to port communities ser...
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three asking for assembly appointment
Three candidates filed for a Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat in hopes of appointment to fill a vacancy until after the fall election. Monique Lewis, Scott Smiley and Jeffrey Stewart applied for the seat left vacant when former assembly member Mel Stephens resigned. Monique Lewis, a resident of Chiniak, said she has lived in Kodiak for a year and a half, and she’s a consultant and small business owner. She list...
May 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Preschool event to replace stolen funds
When a parent of a student at St. Paul Lutheran Preschool found out that money meant for a playground update at the school was taken during an after hours break-in last week, she knew she needed to help. Soon, the community followed suit. Rachel Betts, whose daughter attends the school, has planned a silent auction fundraiser to replace the funds needed for the project before ground breaks on the renovation.  “I k...
May 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shelter marks 25 years serving families in crisis
The Brother Francis shelter hosted an open house Saturday in celebration of its 25th anniversary and the completion of a building addition and renovations. Volunteers gave tours of the facility, walking through sleeping quarters, offices, a kitchen and the “serenity room,” used for overflow sleeping quarters and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. According to a report put together for the event...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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