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Sep 02 2010
City Council Gearing Up to Fight Unionization - Again
Thursday, 02 September 2010

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            For the second year in a row, residents of the city of Kodiak will vote on whether to remove the roadblocks to allow city employees to explore unionization. A ballot measure initiative last year failed by just 17 votes, despite the city spending $40,000 fighting it.

            At a special meeting of the Kodiak City Council called for tonight, the council will vote on again authorizing a contract with an Anchorage-based public relations firm to fight the ballot initiative. The council is also scheduling a closed-door meeting with Bradley-Reid and Associates to discuss strategy in opposing the ballot measure.

            The special council meeting will be at 7 o'clock tonight downstairs of the borough building in the conference room.

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Sep 02 2010
Kubiak Joins Northern Waters Task Force
Thursday, 02 September 2010

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            A long-time Kodiak resident and environmentalist has been appointed to a newly created task force to consider northern water issues.

            Former school teacher and fisherman, charter vessel operator Dave Kubiak, was appointed to the Northern Waters Task Force by Senate President Gary Stevens. Stevens is also Kodiak's state senator who represents Kodiak and parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

            The 11-member task force was created by the legislature this year. It is comprised of local, state, and federal officials from Alaska's coast regions. The task force will facilitate the creation of a joint federal and state entity to coordinate U.S. and Alaska interests that result from the warming of Arctic waters.

            Areas expected to be addressed include fishing, transportation through the pole regions, national security issues, and resource development in the newly accessible Arctic regions.

            In a press release, House Speaker Mike Chenault said that creation of the task force allows the legislature to bring in regional leaders from all aspects of government to work with residents, businesses and interests in the Arctic region. It is a way to give all areas a voice and a stake in the outcome as various state and federal agencies bring forward policies addressing the newly opening waters.

            The group will hold public meetings in areas feeling impacts of warming waters first-hand and make recommendations to the legislature in January 2012.

 
Sep 02 2010
Learning, Taxes on Assembly Agenda Tonight
Thursday, 02 September 2010

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            The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly tonight (Thurs.) takes public hearing on a plan to create a new workforce council designed to create jobs and train people to work them.

            The proposed Kodiak Workforce Regional Advisory Council would be made up of local educators, business people and professional craftsmen, among others. The council would study trends and encourage job seekers to pursue a career in the areas expected to have openings in the future. In some cases the council would work with the high school and college to train new-comers in various fields.

            In other business, the assembly will consider a resolution adopting a three-year schedule for re-evaluating taxable property on the road system, and a five-year schedule for remote, rural properties.

            The Assembly will also consider in first reading an ordinance that changes the date for filing personal property tax returns.

            Tonight's assembly meeting begins at 7:30 in the assembly chambers. It will be broadcast live on KMXT.

 
Sep 01 2010
'Russian Well' Park Gets Facelift
Wednesday, 01 September 2010

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            There's a new spot downtown to sit a spell and enjoy the day. Well, it's not totally new... In fact, it's quite old.

            But it's got some new landscaping and a bright new picnic bench and an arbor for flowers.

            We're talking about the Old Russian Well located between Cy's Sporting Goods and the Russian Heritage Inn.

            The tiny parcel nestled out of the way in the center of downtown got a facelift recently.

 

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Aug 31 2010
Dead Whale was 46-Foot Juvenile Fin
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

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The 46-foot juvenile female fin whale beached on Uski Island, as seen from downtown. Pam Foreman photo

            The dead fin whale that floated into Kodiak on Sunday night may have died after being struck by a ship. Kodiak's marine mammal expert, Kate Wynn (win), of the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, said blunt-force trauma was the likely cause, but more study is needed.

             She, a veterinarian from Anchorage, and other scientists performed a necropsy on the whale Monday on Uski Island, right in front of downtown.

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