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Feb 04 2009
School Seeks More Bandwidth
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

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            Now that computers speeds don't change much from month to month any more, the latest technological must-have is high-speed Internet. The Kodiak Island School District is no different. The administration is asking the school board to expend about 56-hundred dollars more per year to boost the bandwidth from 8 megabits to 10 megabits per second. A megabit is one million bits. The fastest dial-up modems of old maxed out at 56-thousand bits. High-speed Internet in the home or a small business would likely be 1-megabit in speed.

            Andy Ozols, the technology supervisor for the district, says the need for bandwidth increases constantly.

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Feb 04 2009
City, Boro Want New Advisory Board
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

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           At a joint work session Tuesday evening the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council discussed the possible creation of a Kodiak Fisheries and Oceanic Research Advisory Board. According to the borough's recently completed strategic plan, the aim of the program is promoting a sustainable Kodiak fishing industry and to support and enhance communication between Kodiak's public officials and the research sector in order to facilitate better communication among state, federal and university researchers.
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Feb 04 2009
AMSEA Training in Larsen Bay
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

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          The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will conduct a two-day Emergency Procedures and Onboard Drill Conductor Course to meet Coast Guard requirements on fishing vessels on Monday, February 9th and Tuesday, February 10th in Larson Bay. The course is free for licensed commercial fishermen.

AMSEA has historically provided training to mariners each winter, before the start of the fishing season.

The two-day course will include instruction on cold water survival skills, use of EPIRBS, flares and maydays. Also included in the discussion will be overboard recovery, shipboard firefighting and vessel flooding control. Finally, the proper use of immersion suits, personal flotation devices and life rafts will be discussed, as will helicopter evacuation, emergency drills and abandon ship procedures.

Participants will meet Monday evening in Larson Bay from 6 to 8 pm and all day Tuesday. For more information or to register for the course, people can contact instructor Steven Campbell in AMSEA'S Kodiak office.

 
Feb 03 2009
Market Woes Cause Rasmuson Grants to Shrink
Tuesday, 03 February 2009

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          The Rasmuson Foundation has supported Alaska non-profit organizations in the pursuit of their goals since 1955. The foundation places particular emphasis on organizations that demonstrate strong leadership, clarity of purpose and cautious use of resources. On Monday, the organization's president gave a presentation at KANA, saying that because of the economic downturn and other factors, funding was down last year and will be even lower again this year.

Diane Kaplan is president of the Rasmuson Foundation. She said the foundation expects to fund roughly the same number of projects it has in the past, but that total dollar amounts will be down, from an average award of about 22-thousand dollars to about 15-thousand per project. She also said that losing former Senator Ted Stevens, the uncertain nature of oil prices and the volatility of the stock market play a role.

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Feb 03 2009
Chamber Members Plan For Tax-Free Day
Tuesday, 03 February 2009

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            Business leaders brain-stormed ideas at the chamber lunch Monday for promoting Kodiak's first Tax Free Day, coming up on the first Saturday of March. About a dozen folks from businesses, finance and government were on hand. 

            Various ways of pre-promoting the one-day exemption from the city's six-percent sales tax were suggested, including group ad buys in the newspaper and radio, signs signifying participation for merchants to display in their stores, and direct mail. Getting the word out too early was seen as a problem, though. Some merchants were wary of customers curbing their discretionary spending until March, which would cut into February sales.

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