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May 16 2014
Assembly Approves School District's Budget PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014

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           During its regular meeting last night the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved almost $11 million dollars for the school district for the FY 2015 school year.
           As borough manager Bud Cassidy explained, $10,625,600 of that will be generated from personal property taxes collected by the borough according to its mill rate.
            “Along with this is an additional $280,000 in vehicle registration tax, collected by the borough, but mandated to go to the schools. So the total contribution to the school district by the borough of in cash and in kind services is $10,905,600.”   
             During a borough budget presentation at the beginning of last night’s meeting Finance Director Karl Short said the school district asked for $11,171,800 for FY 2015, which is an increase of about $521,000 over the current budget.

May 16 2014
Borough Putting Eight Rural Residential Lots on the Block PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014

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    The Kodiak Island Borough is putting up for auction almost a half-million dollars of borough-owned land on Saturday. Bob Sholze in the borough manager’s office said interest is high:
    “This will be the first borough outcry auction land sale since 2005. We have eight parcels – one is in Monashka Bay, five are in Womens Bay area and two are out in Chiniak.”
    All eight of the parcels are zoned Rural Residential, meaning they will require the new owner to install a well and septic system, and they are all at least one acre in size:
    “We only have one that’s actually large enough to be further subdivided, and that’s Tract A Raven Hills Subdivision in Monashka Bay. That’s 5.6 acres and can be subdivided into three parcels if the buyer would choose to do that, and there’s certain restrictions on that. And that one’s really generated a lot of interest just because it’s close to town and is a large parcel.”
    Unlike many government auctions, Saturday’s sale will not be via sealed bid:
    “Nope, it’s outcry. It’s just like your county fair, except we won’t have any pigs or steers. It should go hopefully quickly, rather quickly and smoothly. It’ll be pretty straight forward.”
    Sholze emphasized that the 10-percent down payment required from the buyer at the close of bidding must be via money order, certified check or cash, and that personal checks and credit cards cannot be accepted.
    The minimum price of the lots range from $40,000 for one of the Chiniak parcels, to $90,000 for the largest parcel in Monashka Bay.
    Sholze encourages anybody with questions to give him a call in the borough manager’s office. Bid packets are still available at the borough building, and will be available at the auction. Registration begins at noon Saturday in the borough assembly chambers, with the auction beginning at 1 p.m.

May 15 2014
PANDA Founder Will Present in Kodiak PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 May 2014

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Dan Johnson, national director of PANDA.


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           A nationally-known activist is in Kodiak this week and will present his views on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.
           Dan Johnson is the founder and national director of PANDA, which stands for people against the NDAA. 
           “We are a national, non partisan, grass roots organization that is dedicated to pushing back and resisting and training activists around the country to resist the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, specifically the detention provisions within that piece of legislation.” 
           Johnson said he believes the 2012 NDAA declares America a battlefield in the war on terror and gives the military unrestricted power in fighting that war, even if it risks American civil liberties.
           “That includes detention without trial of American citizens or people on our soil. That includes torture, that includes warrantless executions and the military can be ordered by the president, and the president alone – one person, can be ordered by the president to go after anyone here in this country and wholeheartedly violate their constitutional rights.”
            He said provisions in the 2012 NDAA are essentially expansions of the powers under the 2001 authorization for use of military force, which was passed six days after the September 11 terrorists attack. Much like that authorization, Johnson said sections of the 2012 NDAA rely heavily on the word “terrorist” and strip away the rights of someone who is considered one.  He said he is concerned with this country’s interpretation of who is a terrorist and its seemingly broad definition.
             “The problem we had in America is we said, “yes,” we’re OK with terrorists not having rights. Because when you create a category of people that does not have rights, all the government has to do is expand that definition to include you.”
             All three of Alaska’s D.C. delegates voted for the 2012 NDAA. Matthew Felling, the communications director for Lisa Murkowski, said the senator believes America is a nation of checks and balances but doesn’t see the 2012 provisions as the government overreach Johnson does.
             “When you look closely and study these two provisions they focus on individuals who planned, carried out or aided al Qaeda in it’s 9/11 attacks or are part of or support al Qaeda, the Taliban or associated forces who are still engaged in hostilities against the United States and whether they should be considered enemy combatants. When you look at the provisions and realize that they are limited to those people who we can all understand are enemies of this nation, you realize that this is not the expansive language that some others would have you believe that is.”
              He said the provisions do include U.S. citizens, if they are associated with active forces that are engaged in hostilities and violent acts against the United States.
              “Not the average American who buys a gun or checks out a book. This is a vast difference between the two. This is an active element of al Qaeda versus the rest of us.”
              Still, Johnson disagrees and will present his reasoning why to the Kodiak community during a presentation on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Kodiak Public Library’s multipurpose room.

May 15 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 May 2014

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Coming up this week, reports from NOAA bring good news about America’s fisheries, attention in Bristol Bay turns from herring to salmon. All that, and yes, another reality show set in Alaska. We had help from KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham and KYUK’s Ben Matheson in Bethel.

May 15 2014
Kodiak Middle Schooler Off To National Geo Bee PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 May 2014

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           A local geography whiz is heading to Washington D.C. this week. Thirteen-year-old Gray Harver will represent Alaska in the National Geographic Bee after winning the state competition last month. 
           Harver beat out nearly 100 fourth-through-eight-graders to earn his spot in the D.C. competition. In order to make it to the state competition he needed to place first in his school competition and pass the necessary qualifying exams.
            KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with Harver this week and asked him about the national geo bee, which will feature students from all 50 states and some territories.

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