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Oct 06 2014
Tustumena Now Docking at Pier 2 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 October 2014

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    Due to construction work to replace Kodiak’s Pier 1, the state ferry Tustumena will be docking at Pier 2, also known as City Dock. The Tusty will be joining the ferry Kennicott at its usual tie-up spot.
    However, passengers will still check in at the ferry terminal office at Pier 1.
    The change went into effect yesterday, and is expected to continue until May.
    Here's a link to more information.

Oct 06 2014
XC, Football Wrap Up Seasons PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 October 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Two high school sports seasons have ended. The football team got to a 500 record with a blowout win against a small Kachemak Bay school, and Kodiak’s fastest runner took his third straight state title.
    Levi Thomet cruised to a comfortable victory in the state 4-A cross country championships in Anchorage, and led the team to the state title on Saturday. The Kodiak boys scored 49 points to easily outdistance West Anchorage and West Valley Fairbanks in the standings. Levi Fried notched a fourth place in the race, Keith Osowski was seventh, Michael Parnell was 21st, and Jack Hannah was right behind in 22nd.
    Thomet’s time of 15-minutes 10-seconds was a comfortable 33-seconds ahead of second place. Fried finished in 16-09 and Osowski, Parnell and Hannah notched times of 16:23, 16:52 and 16:54, respectively.
    In the girls’ 4-A race, Zoe Bigley placed 14th with a time of 19-minutes 43-seconds. Melissa DeGuzman was 37th in 20:35.
    The winner of the girls’ race was, predictably Allie Ostrander of Kenai, who, like Kodiak’s Thomet, took a third straight state title. She cruised to another easy win with a time of 17-minutes 6-seconds, which was a minute and 38-seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

    On the volleyball court here at home, the Bears split with Northern Lights Conference rival Soldotna, falling in four games Friday night, but coming back to win in three on Saturday.

    On the Homer high school gridiron, the Bears wrapped up their season with a 65-nothing shellacking of tiny Voznesenka. They finish the season with a 4-and-4 mark, though only 1-and-2 in the conference.

Oct 03 2014
Tension High During U.S. House Debate PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 October 2014

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            The long-awaited fisheries debate between Alaska’s candidates for U.S. Senate was expected to be a spirited one, but it was the state’s candidates for U.S. House that brought the most heat to the Kodiak stage Wednesday night. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs has more.
            In a fiery debate between Democratic Candidate Forrest Dunbar and long time Congressman Don Young, topics strayed from fisheries issues to accusations, belittling statements and off-hand remarks.
            When answering questions from a media panel and audience members, both candidates focused on the issues and did not find much to disagree on. But it was the opportunity to ask questions of each other that raised the most eyebrows, specifically when Young admitted he had no serious questions for Dunbar.    
             “Over to you Congressman.”

             “Oh I don’t really have any serious questions for Mr. Dunbar.”    
             Dunbar later took a jab at Young’s unpreparedness before asking a question of his own.
             “Unlike Congressman Young I actually brought serious questions, because I think this is a serious debate.”

Oct 03 2014
Citations Coming to Code Enforcement PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 October 2014

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           The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved allowing citations to be issued to code violators within the borough.
           During last night’s regular meeting the assembly amended borough code to allow for the citations to be issued on certain aspects of borough code – things like littering, animal control and fireworks, among others.
           Borough Manager Bud Cassidy said those are the things the borough gets the most complaints about, and the citation process will allow the borough to more effectively handle those situations. Current borough code violations are handled on a complaint-based system, and typically the code enforcer simply educates violators on the matter. Now, violators can be cited and fined, much like what occurs when people receive speeding tickets. Cassidy said the borough worked with the court system on drafting the citation procedure and feels it is the next step in making sure folks are following the law.

Oct 02 2014
Borough Residents Will Decided on School Bond Issue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 October 2014

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    On the municipal election ballot Tuesday will be a question seeking the public’s approval of a $10-million bond package to do maintenance projects in Kodiak Island Borough Schools. Borough Manager Bud Cassidy was on Talk of the Rock this week to explain the bond and its implications.
    “So there’s underground storage tanks, there is flooring replacement. That could be tile that’s worn out or carpeting that’s stretched and creates a tripping hazard,” Cassidy said. “HVAC controls – that has to do with heating and cooling a building, pretty critical when they’re paying six bucks a gallon for diesel oil. So controls which actually are able to monitor the building by computer to tell you when heat needs to be applied and doesn’t need to be applied. Cafeteria roof at East Elementary school, maintenance on a roof. Fire alarm replacement and replacement of boilers.”    Borough Finance Director Karl Short said this was probably the best time to float a bond for school facilities work, and not just because the interest rates are extremely low:
    “You know we need to keep up with our infrastructure, or it may become more expensive as maintenance costs go up through obsolescence,” Short said. “And right now with the state reimbursement at 70 percent at the high school and new school construction, it is a way for our citizens to save money by doing the work now and not putting it off to when we don’t get that state reimbursement.”
    That reimbursement will be 70-percent from the State of Alaska, Cassidy said, just like the Kodiak High School addition project:
    “We’re getting an $80-million school for $20-million dollars. So at least from a cost stand point it certainly is beneficial,” Cassidy said. “But again it goes back to that duty of the state of Alaska to educate students and provide facilities where kids can have a safe working environment.”
    Cassidy said the maintenance projects the money is for will have to be done one way or another, and if it’s not through the bond process, the borough will have to foot the entire cost of the work. Whether to issue the bonds will be a question on the municipal election ballot before borough citizens on Tuesday.
    You can hear more about the bond issue here at KMXT.org, where Tuesday’s Talk of the Rock is posted.

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