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Aug 10 2011
Open Borough Offices Slow to Fill PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2011

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            Today at 4:30 is the deadline for submitting pro or con statements on the two ballot questions for the Kodiak Island Borough municipal election pamphlet. Voters will decide on two items in the October election: Proposition 1 will determine if the borough should implement a one-percent sales tax. The voter initiative will seek to put term limits on officials elected to the offices of mayor, assembly or school board.

            Borough Clerk Nova Javier said her office is soliciting the statements from any interested party. She said the term limit initiative author, Lorna Arndt, would not necessarily be the one to provide the statement.

            Javier said she's still working out the process of choosing which statement to appear in the pamphlet in the event there are multiple submissions.

            Regarding term limits, the Kodiak Island Borough School Board held an executive session Monday evening during a special meeting. The official summary states the closed-door session was, "for the purpose of discussing pending legal matters and options related to the term limits initiative."

            Board President Norm Wooten said yesterday that the board wanted to become informed on the issue and their options and that it wasn't necessarily going to sue over term limits.

            As of this morning, one person has filed for one of the two open three-year terms on the school board. Aaron Griffin filed his paperwork on Tuesday. There is also one taker - so far - for the single one-year term. That is Giovanni Tallino. The one-year term is to finish the remainder of the term of a school board member who left office earlier this year. Katie Oliver was appointed last month and will hold the seat until the election. The terms of school board members Jeff Stephen and Peggy Rouwolf are expiring. So far they have not filed for re-election.

            On the borough assembly, where three seats are open for three years, incumbents Judy Fulp and Dave Kaplan have filed for re-election, but fellow assembly member Sue Jeffrey has not.

            There are 10 open seats on various service area boards and so far no candidates for any of them.

            The filing deadline is at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

 
Aug 09 2011
Official to Chamber Members: SBA Has More to Offer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 August 2011

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            The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce gave small business owners a little help yesterday when it hosted a representative from the Alaska Small Business Administration during a noon luncheon. Nelida Irvine, the lender relations specialist for SBA, spoke to about a dozen local business owners about the opportunities and assistance SBA provides for businesses around the state.

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Aug 09 2011
City Seeks More Pay for Running State Jail PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 August 2011

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            The City of Kodiak continues to subsidize the cost of running the jail for the state, but during the coming year the city won't lose as much money on the deal as it normally does.

            KMXT's Maggie Wall has details.

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Aug 09 2011
Lost Coast Guard Crew Remembered 30 Years Later PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 August 2011

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The painting "That Others May Live," by Ardon Von Dewitz, depicts the rescue attempt in which an Air Station Kodiak crew was lost. It hangs on base.

 

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            Coast Guard Base Kodiak held a memorial service on Sunday to honor the 30th anniversary of a helicopter crash that took the lives of all four crewmembers on board.

            A Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican crashed on August 7, 1981, during a rescue mission to a distressed fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska. While performing a night hoist in the heavy weather, the tail rotor of the helicopter clipped the water causing the helicopter to crash. The entire crew, including Lieutenant Ernest P. Rivas, Lieutenant Joseph G. Spoja, Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class Scott E. Finfrock and Third Class Aviation Electronics Technician John H. Snyder, drowned in the accident.

            The memorial service on Sunday honored the fallen crewmembers and their bravery that day. The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Bob Papp, was in town over the weekend and attended the service to pay his respect. He said it's important to remember those who have sacraficed.

            The helicopter crash at the beginning of the 2006 movie The Guardian, which was partially filmed in Kodiak, was loosely based on the tragic accident 30 years ago.

 
Aug 08 2011
Aurora Makes Appearance Over Kodiak PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 August 2011
aurora_pam_foreman.jpgThe Northern Lights made an appearance above Kodiak over the weekend. KMXT's Pam Foreman captured this shot from the overlook near Monashka Bay. The orange light is a fishing boat and the bright "star" above it and to the right is Jupiter. Pam Foreman photo
 
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