Author Archives: Mitch Borden

Borough Postpones Rezoning Land in Larsen Bay

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly postponed a rezone of two parcels of land in Larsen Bay at its regular meeting Thursday night. These requests deal with two different hunting lodges operating on land designated for residential housing. Both lodges are applying to be rezoned to comply with borough code. Their public hearings opened for comments last night. Bill ... Read More »

Borough may Donate Artifacts to Alutiiq Museum

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will decide if it’ll donate a selection of artifacts to the Alutiiq museum at its regular meeting Thursday evening. The artifacts come from an excavation that the museum conducted on borough land in Womens Bay. They currently are on loan to the museum. This excavation was the fourth at the Kashevaroff site, says ... Read More »

A Bear was Put Down at the Buskin River

Lisa Hupp/USFWS Mitch Borden/KMXT Recently, Alaska State Troopers killed a bear along the buskin river because it was harassing fishermen. Sergeant Todd Mountain of the Wildlife Troopers says they got a call about the situation and dispatched two officers to see what was going on. They found a young male bear aggressively going after people’s catches at the Pump House ... Read More »

Upcoming Local Elections are Looking a Little Sparse

Mitch Borden/KMXT Today is the last day to file to be a candidate in this year’s City of Kodiak and Kodiak Island Borough elections. So far, the city and the borough haven’t seen a lot of residents step-up to run. Although, people waiting till the last minute to turn-in the required paperwork isn’t unheard of, says Debra Marlar  the Kodiak ... Read More »

The Kodiak City Council Approves Nonprofit Funding

At its regular meeting last night (Thurs), the Kodiak City Council approved the funding of local nonprofits for fiscal year 2018. 22 organizations applied for grants, 2 more than last year. This increase posed a problem for the city. Its budget for nonprofits is only $160,700 for the upcoming year, while groups requested $184,500. At a past work session, the ... Read More »

The Kodiak City Council Discusses how to Balance its Budget

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak city council is trying to figure out a way to balance its budget, but finding the right plan hasn’t been easy. At its work session last night, the council didn’t find a solution, but it did schedule a special meeting for September that’ll be dedicated to hammering out a strategy. One of the things they have ... Read More »

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Proposes to Change a Property Tax Exemption

Mitch Borden/KMXT Across the state of Alaska, thousands of people qualify for The Senior Citizen /Disabled Veteran’s Property Tax Exemption. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is making a proposal that could potentially limit who gets this tax break. This exemption can take $150,000 off the assessed value of a residential property, which can decrease a person’s property tax by thousands. ... Read More »

The Kodiak Island Assembly Passes Increase to Surcharge

Mitch Borden/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly recently voted on a surcharge increase to Kodiak’s enhanced 911 system. The assembly previously postponed the issue because it felt they didn’t have enough information. The replacement and operation of a new system is what spurred the motion to increase the surcharge. Since the city of Kodiak operates the 911 systems, they get ... Read More »

A Tobacco Excise Tax is Coming to Kodiak

Lindsey Fox/Flicker Mitch Borden/KMXT After a long discussion, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed a motion to instate an excise tax on tobacco products at their regular meeting last night. From the beginning, it was clear there were a lot of opinions surrounding the issue. Michael Johnson, owner of the local vape shop Kodiak Steam Trunk, called the assembly to ... Read More »

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