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Feb 24 2014
Second Time's a Charm for High School Technology Contract PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 February 2014

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           There will be some new computer hardware heading the high school as part of the addition and renovation project. During Thursday’s regular meeting the borough assembly approved a contract for about half a million dollars with Integrated Logic, of Anchorage, to purchase new technology equipment.
          This wasn’t the first time a technology contract for these materials was brought before the assembly. Back in August the assembly voted against a similar contract with Integrated Logic, but one that was twice the amount approved on Thursday. Assemblyman Aaron Griffin found substantial pricing flaws in the $978,876 contract that was before the assembly almost six months ago. He said many of the items listed in that contract were way over-priced, especially when compared to similar items through different companies.
          But as Acting Borough Manager Bill Roberts said on Thursday, the most recent contract is for much less.
          “The contract has been whittled down. It was redesigned and probably went for about half the cost it was originally stated at. And it was actually put out to bid; it was sole-sourced last time it was brought before you. It was put out to bid by the borough, we received two bids.”
           Integrated Logic’s bid of $500,870 was the low bidder of the two, and Roberts said borough staff recommended the assembly approve the contract.
           Assemblywoman Carol Austerman said she would support the new amount.
           “I just want to say thank you to staff, both borough staff and the school district staff, for going back to the drawing board on this project. I think it was one where assembly members were all pretty much disappointed with how it came in the first time with the idea of doing it sole-sourced at nearly double this amount. So I just want to say that I appreciate that and I’m glad that we were able to save the borough this kind of money.”
            Austerman’s fellow assembly members agreed and the contract was approved unanimously.

 
Feb 24 2014
Tusty Sets Sail After Weekend Weather Delay PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 February 2014

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    The weekend storm in the Gulf of Alaska forced the Alaska State Ferry Tustumena to stay tied up in its Kodiak homeport until this morning.
    Sailings scheduled for Saturday and Sunday were cancelled do to high seas and storm warnings.
    The 300-foot Tusty finally resumed to service this morning at 5:45 when it departed Kodiak for Ouzinkie and Port Lions, before sailing for Homer.
    Marine conditions in Kodiak Island, Shelikof Strait and Barren Island waters remain unsettled, with gale warnings for east winds to 35 knots and seas of 10 to 21 feet.
    More information on the Tusty’s schedule can be found at FerryAlaska.com.

 
Feb 21 2014
Assembly Off to Juneau Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 February 2014

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           Next week five borough assembly members will head to Juneau and lobby on behalf of Kodiak. The group will be joined by Borough Mayor Jerrol Friend, who talked about the upcoming trip during last night’s regular meeting.
            “See if we can’t show the legislators and the staff of the legislators and everybody all the projects and the things we got going on in Kodiak so when it comes to decision time they’ll have a better idea of what we need and what our needs are. That will be well attended by the assembly and I’m glad to see that. I guess a couple of people are leaving a little bit earlier to get a little bit more time down there. Beating the haul. So that will be fun.”
            Assemblyman Aaron Griffin will be a part of the group heading to the state’s capital, and said it will be a busy trip meeting with a number of very influential legislators.

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Feb 20 2014
Enrollment Event Will Help With ACA Health Insurance PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 February 2014

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           The deadline to sign up for health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act is just over a month away. While that may seem like plenty of time, local health care providers are trying to help folks get it done as soon as possible and answer any lingering questions about the process, or who should apply.
           This weekend there will be a special community enrollment event to educate people about the process, clear up misconceptions and ultimately help people enroll.
           JC Rathje is the executive director of the Community Health Center, one of the sponsors of the event.
           “The big issue is that many people have questions about what is required and timelines for that. They don’t quite understand how it impacts them. If they are a person who should be signing up for health care coverage what does it mean for them, and it’s different for everyone. And it’s different for everyone. So the purpose of this event is to be able to answer one-on-one everyone’s questions, make sure they have a complete understanding of their responsibilities and also their responsibilities and also their opportunities, and how they are directly impacted, because it really is different for everyone.”
           Rathje said people who currently have health insurance are fine, and really don’t need to worry about signing up for anything through the Affordable Care Act.  However, for those who aren’t insured, Rathje said they will need to sign up for health insurance by the March 31 deadline, or face a financial penalty that will increase each year.
           Cherie Skonberg is Kodiak’s enrollment representative and said people’s understanding of the new process is across the board.

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Feb 20 2014
Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Coming up this week, reaction is still coming in from the Alaska Board of Fisheries decisions made earlier this month in Anchorage, fines are levied for mishandling fish waste, and Alaska sockeye turns out to be a popular whole food. We had help from KTNA’s Phillip Manning in Talkeetna, KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.

 
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