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It's getting closer and closer and schedules are getting tighter and tighter so this week the folks at APRN are adding an additional episode of Talk of Alaska so we can all be a little bit more knowledgeable when it's time to fill in the dots. The Governor makes his appearance Tuesday morning and the challenger, Bill Walker, makes his appearance Wednesday morning. Both live at 10am Tuesday and Wednesday this week (and both being repeated the same evening at 9pm on HD3)
 
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Apr 22 2014
Amidst Fiscal Uncertainty, School Budget Passes
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Maggie Wall/KMXT

 

           The Alaska Legislature continues to struggle to come up with a funding plan for the state’s education system. That has put a real wrench into plans for the local school budget.   
            Because of deadlines and timetables, the Kodiak Island Borough School District must present a budget for next year to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly on Thursday. To meet the Thursday deadline, the school board had to approve its proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Budget at last night’s regular meeting.
             So, how do you prepare a school budget in the range of $50 million when the bulk of your funding comes from the legislature and the legislature hasn’t yet figured out how much it will provide in funding?
             The Answer:   You base the budget on what you do know, pick a mid-range figure for what the state will provide, and you hope for the best.
             The school board and borough assembly will meet in a special joint work session on Thursday. Hopefully, by then they will know what the legislature will fund so they can adjust the proposed budget based on actual figures.
              The school board approved a $51 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 which begins July 1.
The budget assumes the legislature increases the Base Student Allocation by $185, and it asks the borough for $522,000 more than the current year.

 
Apr 22 2014
City to Hear Capital Projects Update Tonight
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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           It’s a full agenda for the Kodiak City Council’s work session tonight. The seven-item list includes a discussion of sales tax exemptions, as well as discussion about depreciation funding for city assets.
           The council will also hear an update on capital projects and talk about the possibility of allowing the Kodiak Football League to build a permanent snack shack structure at Baranof Park to sell concessions during athletic events. City code currently prohibits such permanent structures for the purpose of displaying, selling or soliciting the sale of goods or services, but it does allow permits to sell concessions using temporary structures. The football league uses one of these permits annually, but the hope was to build a permanent structure that could then be rented out during the off season or used for city purposes.
           Tonight’s work session will start at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the multipurpose room of the Kodiak Public Library.

 
Apr 21 2014
Judge Denies 5 Defense Witnesses in CommSta Murder Trial
Monday, 21 April 2014

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)

 

           A judge Monday refused to allow five defense witnesses to testify in the trial of the man charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak Coast Guard communication station.
           One rejected Kodiak witness was detained for trying to carry a gun through security at the Anchorage federal building.
            The five were called in the trial of 62-year-old James Wells, who's charged with shooting James Hopkins and Richard Belisle.
            One defense theory is that the killings were random and that a suspect who should have been investigated is Jason Barnum, a man with striking tattoos who five months later was charged with attempting to kill an Anchorage police officer.
            U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled that Barnum had no connection to the victims and disallowed testimony about him.

 
Apr 21 2014
Two Heroin Busts in Kodiak Saturday
Monday, 21 April 2014

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    The Kodiak Police Department announced Monday morning a sizable drug bust at one of Kodiak’s hotels over the weekend. It reportedly involved more than a pound-and-a-half of methamphetamine and nearly two-ounces of heroin.
    Seized, according to court documents, were approximately 25.27 ounces of the highly addictive stimulant methamphetamine and 1.77-ounces of what is described as high-grade heroin. The street value as estimated by the Kodiak Police Department is about $2.2-million.
    Arrested was 44-year-old Eric R. McDaniel of Washington State, who, according to charging documents, has seven prior drug felony convictions. He was arraigned Sunday in Kodiak District Court, charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the second- and third-degrees, which are class-A and class-B felonies, respectively. His bail was set by Judge Steve Cole at $1-million.
    The press release from Kodiak Police Chief Wallace said the police department had been watching the suspect since shortly after he arrived in Kodiak four months ago, and quote, “established himself as a drug distributor.”
    Chief Rhonda Wallace refused to say which of Kodiak’s hotels the raid occurred, but a check of court records showed it was room 110 of the Russian Heritage Inn. The raid occurred at about 9:30 Saturday morning.
    The press release says McDaniel’s 32-year-old girlfriend fled the scene at the time of the raid.

    Also on Saturday, 9.7-grams of heroin and almost $10,000 was seized from two Kodiak teenage boys, and another 20-year-old male after a traffic stop on Mill Bay Road. It was not immediately apparent if the two drug busts were related.

 

 
Apr 21 2014
School Board Meeting Tonight
Monday, 21 April 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education will be holding a regular meeting tonight (Monday). It will be the first chance the public will have to comment since Kodiak schools Superintendant Stewart McDonald received a contract extension and raise last week.
    Last Monday the school board held an executive session at a special meeting to give McDonald his performance review.
    Board President Katie Oliver said Stewart’s contract was extended one year, through the 2016-2017 school year and that his pay has been increased by 1-percent. Oliver said that level of increase was consistent with salary adjustments extended to other employee groups in the district. For the next three years Stewart’s salary will stand at $132,331 annually.
    Tonight’s regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly chambers, and will be broadcast live here on KMXT.

 
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