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Jul 25 2014
Council Moves Ahead With Expanding City Management PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014

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    At last night’s Kodiak City Council meeting, an ordinance approving the hire of an assistant city manager was moved forward. Aimee Kniaziowski explained why she needs help in the city manager’s office:
    “I certainly support this. We’re certainly a large enough community as I mentioned on Tuesday. What this will allow is more work to be done and I can move from daily triage to actually getting some of these key things done,” she said.
    She said the new position would be assigned to perform human resources and risk management duties, as well as oversee other projects for the city.
    The motion, which would change city code to create the position of assistant manager, passed on a 4-to-0 vote, with Councilmen Gabe Saravia and Randy Bishop absent.
    The pay range for an assistant city manager would fall between about $87,000 and $131,000. Earlier in the meeting citizen Betty McTavish said creating another high-level position within the city is not a wise move fiscally.
    “That definitely would not reduce costs of running the city, but increase them,” she said. “We have businesses closing all the time in our city. I just looked online and there’s 45 homes for sale. This does not look like an active, vibrant city to me. So we need to be really good stewards of the citizens’ money.”
    The ordinance will next come back before the council for a public hearing and a final vote at the next regular meeting, scheduled for August 28th.

Jul 24 2014
Community Needed In Garden Building PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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           Kodiak’s first community garden is quickly becoming a reality, but it will take volunteers from the community to make it happen. Dave Kaplan is a project coordinator for the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District, the organization behind the community garden project. Kaplan said the borough and city have provided land for the garden, which is located on Larch Street, behind the boulders across from the small park. He said Kodiak Soil and Water have purchased the lumber, hardware and liners needed to build 24 raised beds in that area.
             “And on August 2 we’re asking that we have a little community effort – anybody who wants to volunteer, so we can construct the beds, the raised beds, and get this thing rolling.”

Jul 24 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Coming up this week, Kusko fishermen get another salmon opening; herring is kinda slow in the Aleutians, and the Canadians are the latest to airlift salmon. All that, and a blast from the Alaska Fisheries Report past. We had help from KYUK’s Daysha Eaton in Bethel, KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, KTOO’s Lisa Phu in Juneau, KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg and KMXT student intern Yasent Oliver in Kodiak.

Jul 24 2014
Judge Rules in Favor of Setnet Ban Initiative PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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    A superior court judge has ruled in favor of an initiative to ban commercial set netting for salmon in urban areas.
    Earlier this year, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell blocked the initiative sponsors from collecting signatures in an effort to appear on the ballot. The decision was based on a recommendation from the Department of Law that the measure would qualify as an unconstitutional appropriation. The state also argued that such an initiative would count as an allocation to sportfishermen and that it would erode the authority of the Board of Fisheries.
    Superior Court Judge Catherine Easter dismissed those arguments, finding that the initiative does not qualify as a give-away program and that it is a permissible regulatory measure.
    The Department of Law is currently reviewing the decision to see if an appeal is appropriate. The Division of Elections will begin preparing signature booklets in the meantime.
    The initiative is being sponsored by the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, with the aim of getting it on the 2016 ballot. It is backed by key sportfishing interests, including real estate developer and major political funder Bob Penney. The group argues that set net gear should be prohibited to reduce the number of king salmon taken by the commercial sector.
    The measure would shut down the commercial set netters who operate on Cook Inlet, the only region in the state that would be practically affected by the ban. 

Jul 24 2014
Eye Specialist Will Provide Free Exams PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2014

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           Folks needing specialized eye care will be able to get it next week. Gary Weiner is an eye specialist and surgeon who came to Kodiak to help volunteer with the Kodiak Baptist Mission. Upon arriving, however, he was asked by the Mission’s director, Trevor Jones, if he would be interested in offering his medical services while on the island.
            “And I said sure. Sure. So I called Jeremiah Myers and he offered us to use his place and see patients and offer medical opinions on eye disease. We won’t be doing any surgery or anything, but we’ll be offering them free services – I mean all the services I’ll be giving will be provided free – seeing people and possibly making diagnosis and helping whoever we can with their eye problems.”

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