Brian Venua

Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passes annual budget, including lower property tax rate for residents

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed its annual budget at a special meeting last week. As part of passing the budget, the Assembly also voted to lower the borough’s mill rate, or calculation of property taxes. Service areas such as the Women’s Bay Road Service Area or residents within Kodiak City limits may be subject to other mill rates. The …

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Sen. Murkowski reintroduces legislation to support coastal economies

Sen. Lisa Murkowski reintroduced a bill and shared support for another, both aimed at supporting coastal communities this week. The legislation is aimed at investing in research and local economies. Murkowski is bringing back the Ocean Regional Opportunity and Innovation Act. The bill would designate “Ocean Innovation Clusters” for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Each so-called cluster would become a …

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KIBSD Superintendent Cyndy Mika reflects on first year at district

It’s been a hard year for Alaska’s educators. The state legislature elected not to increase the base student allocation long term. Districts are also facing a teacher shortage, especially in rural communities.  Kodiak Island Borough School District officials hoped for a higher BSA, or per pupil funding from the state, but ultimately braced for a stagnant budget. In budget proposals …

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Kodiak museums announce new joint archaeology project

Two Kodiak museums will be collaborating to catalog over a thousand artifacts never before seen by the public. The Kodiak History Museum and the Alutiiq Museum announced the joint project to work the biggest unprocessed collection the history museum has.  All 1,100 pieces being processed were found around the archipelago between 1957 and 1962 by archaeologist Dr. Donald Clark. Altogether, …

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State files charges against vessel for illegal bottom trawling near Kodiak

The State of Alaska has filed criminal misdemeanor charges against a vessel operator caught illegally trawling near the south end of Kodiak Island, according to a press release filed by the U.S. Coast Guard.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement tipped the Coast Guard and Alaska Wildlife Troopers that a ship was allegedly using non-pelagic, or …

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Heather Preece of Kodiak KINDNESS wins national award

Heather Preece of the local nonprofit Kodiak KINDNESS received a national award from the United States Lactation Consultant Association last month.  Kodiak KINDNESS is a local nonprofit focused on teaching parents the best ways to feed their infants; Preece is Kodiak KINDNESS’ executive director.. She said she didn’t even know her team nominated her and only found out via email …

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Kodiak Island Borough Assembly tables discussion on senior property tax exemption until July

The Kodiak Island Borough is one of the only places in the state that doesn’t automatically re-enroll senior citizens and disabled veterans for property tax exemption.  At least eight seniors and veterans filed late for property tax exemptions this year. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly heard cases one at a time at its meeting Thursday. But the discussion on what …

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