City Passes $55-Million Budget

Jay Barrett/KMXT The Kodiak City Council passed its annual budget at last night’s meeting. The general fund budget – that is salaries and operations – amounts to about 13-and-a-half-million dollars. There are 24-million-dollars for capital projects. Almost 2-million-dollars for insurance and retirement obligations, and there is 11-million in enterprise fund spending, largely related to water, sewer and the harbors. The ... Read More »

Island Lake Boating Season Underway

Jay Barrett/KMXT The motorized boating season on Kodiak’s Island Lake opened last week. After months of back and forth last fall, the borough assembly worked out a compromise that gave motorboat and jet ski users three days a week to enjoy the small lake surrounded by homes on Kodiak’s north side. Read More »

Exxon Ruling Disappoints Kodiak Fishermen

Casey Kelly/KMXT In Kodiak, home of the largest fishing fleet affected by the Exxon Valdez spill, fishermen and others are reacting with disappointment to yesterday’s news from the Supreme Court. Many were counting on a higher award to help them pay for things like retirement and upgrading their boats. KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more. Read More »

Jail Costs Soar, Manager Proposes Raising Booze Tax

Casey Kelly/KMXT The Kodiak jail and police station project has hit yet another snag. City Manager Linda Freed informed the city council at last night’s work session that the estimated price tag for the facility has soared to 22-point-8 million dollars, about twice the projected cost from less than a year ago. Read More »

Palin, Murkowski, Oesting React To Exxon Ruling

Jay Barrett/KMXT The United States Supreme Court this morning reduced the amount of punitive damages Exxon Mobil must pay for the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Instead of the 2.5 billion dollars that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the company should pay in 2006, the high court set the amount at 507.5 million dollars–equal to the compensatory ... Read More »

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