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Oct 10 2013
Library Move Means Free Books For Kodiak
Thursday, 10 October 2013

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            The new library on signal hill won’t be open for another two months, but staff members at the old building are already gearing up for the transition. Like any good move, the organization is looking to downsize a bit to make things easier during the transfer, and make room for new material in the new space.
            Barbara Rudio is the interim director of the library and said the staff has spent the last year sorting through the library’s collection, determining what should go to the new library.

           “And it’s quite a painful process. It’s not just something you go through and pick out every fifth book and decide that you don’t need it.”
           She said there are a number of factors library staff members consider when deciding if a book should stay in the collection. 
           “It’s done partly by how much use it’s getting, they have a way to track that. How current it is, if it’s a non fiction book. If it has current and correct information. If we have too many things in one area of course we try to get that done so we have the best available in the collection and not a lot of old things.”
             She said they also look at whether or not they have multiple copies of something, and how good of condition a book is in.
             The literary weeding process works in the community’s favor, because now the books that didn’t make the new library cut are available for free to the public. Folks interested in browsing the discarded books can stop by the old library between now and October 17 and help themselves.
            October 17 is the last day the old library will be open. It will close its doors for the last time that evening at 9 p.m., and spend the next month or so moving into the signal hill location. The new library is set to open its doors on December 9.
            This means folks hoping to check out books need to do so by October 17 and won’t have to return them until December.

 
Oct 10 2013
City Will Hold Earlier Meeting Tonight
Thursday, 10 October 2013

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            The Kodiak City Council will meet for a regular meeting tonight, but not at the regular time. The meeting, which is normally held at 7:30 p.m., will be held at 6 p.m. so council members can make it to the Borough Assembly’s work session at 7:30 p.m.
            The city will make a case to the borough assembly for a land transfer out by the landfill, where the city hopes to start making the better quality Class A compost.  A lesser quality Class B compost is currently being made at the landfill. The city manager, some staff members and two council members recently returned from a trip to Washington and Idaho where they toured a handful of composting facilities similar to what Kodiak hopes to build. The site the city wants to build a composting facility on, however, is owned by the borough.
            This will be the city’s second attempt at a land transfer with the borough for composting purposes. A few months ago the borough assembly voted against a similar land transfer because neighbors to the property weren’t given the same information that was included in the ordinance and the city didn’t have the necessary permits for the area.
            Once again tonight’s city council meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the borough assembly chambers. Following that the borough assembly will hold a work session in the borough conference room at 7:30 p.m.
 

 
Oct 10 2013
More than a Remodel at Petro Fuel Dock
Thursday, 10 October 2013

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Fishing vessels fuel up at Petro Marine Services' new fuel dock in the Near Island Channel. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo

 

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    Mariners might have noticed quite a few upgrades at Petro Marine Services Kodiak facility in the Near Island Channel when it reopened last week. The fuel dock had been closed for exactly one month for something more than a simple remodel, according to plant manager Jaime Flores.
    “Well instead of having tires on front we have rub rails made of HMW plastic, and the grating on top, the decking material is all recycled plastic. Just up to date, newer from the wood dock that was installed right after the tidal wave.”
    Yes, THE tidal wave – or tsunami – from the Great Alaska Earthquake 49-and-a-half years ago. Flores says the old wooden dock has been built up piecemeal over the years. It used Styrofoam flotation and was attached to the shore with long, hinged support beams. That system was removed and replaced with pilings for the float itself to ride up and down with the tides.
    He said the new marina can accommodate anything from a 200-foot crabber or factory longliner to three limit-seiners at a time, and even folks pulling up in small open boats.
    “The little skiff guy that’s trying to move around boats, he will have unleaded, for example, accessible on both ends and in the middle. And the dock’s a little farther out on the south side, they can come around the back and also fill. So that might make it convenient for the small guy who sees all these big boats and is intimidated about coming in.”

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Oct 09 2013
Local Chef Hopes to Help Friend, Honor Traditional Foods
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

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           Chef Joel Chenet is known for his elaborate dinners and gourmet catering. But this weekend he’ll be cooking for a cause rather close to his heart, with a meaningful menu.
           Chenet said his good friend, Herman Squartsoff, was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer, and it seemed only right to hold a fundraising dinner on his behalf. 
            “The Squartsoff family is one of the first families of Native people that I met on Kodiak in 2000. His brother, in Port Lions, we went hunting together, I get my first deer with him, with Melvin Squartsoff. And then I met Pete and I got my first king salmon with Pete. And over the year we talked about Native people and the old tradition of how they used to go from village to village in small, small skiff. So it was very interesting and we talked a lot about Native food. So I got very interested in that.”
             Chenet, a professionally trained chef from France, said the Squartsoff family helped open his eyes to a new kind of cooking – using local plants and animals and preparing meals in traditional ways. Because of this, he said Saturday’s fundraising dinner will feature the local foods and techniques that Herman Squartsoff and his family introduced to Chenet.

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Oct 09 2013
Monashka Pumphouse, E911 Equipment Top City's CIP List
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

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            As far as capital wish lists go, the city has a relatively small one. The four item capital improvement projects list was one of many topics of conversation during last night’s city council work session. Kodiak’s Representative Alan Austerman and Senator Gary Stevens were also present during the work session and offered legislative insights on the city’s proposed projects.
            Before the group got down to discussing each item, Austerman helped paint a rough picture of what the state’s budget might look like this year.
            “I’m anticipating, the governor’s got a five year reduction plan in the budget. And we’re waiting to see what that reduction plan this coming year. Last year was his first stab at it I guess you could say, would it be his first year of holding line on the budget from there. There are rumors out there, and I can’t confirm them yet, that we’ll take a billion dollars out of the budget next year, compared to this year. So we will reduce the size of government this second time around. The state of Alaska is no different from the federal government in trying to maintain in control our spending versus our income.”
             As for the city’s CIP list, the number one item is replacing the Monashka pumphouse. The city is asking $2.5 million from the state to put toward the $6.8 million project. The current pumphouse is more than 40 years old and operates four pumps from the 1940s.
            The second item on the list is a $400,000 request to help replace the E911 equipment, which City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said requires constant maintenance and desperately needs to be replaced.

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