Kodiak Island Borough

Bayside Fire Department remembers 9/11 first responders

Monday was the 22nd anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks in United States history and a harrowing day for emergency services. Memorials were held all over the country, but one in Kodiak served a dual purpose – to christen a new fire truck.  Ellis’ kids helped pour the first water into the truck’s tanks, September 11, 2023. (Brian Venua/KMXT) The …

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Thousands of applicants respond to the village of Karluk’s ad for cost-free living

Fishing, camping, kayaking, and a year of all expenses paid living; that’s off a poster from the Karluk Tribal Council that went viral last week. They’re looking to pay two families with four children each to move to the village in an effort to get state funding and re-establish a school.  Within a week, between four and five thousand people …

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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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Borough starts budget talks for next fiscal year

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed the budget for the 2024 fiscal year at its work session last night.  Next year’s budget is just shy of $7.7 million, nearly $700,000 more than last year. The current plan for the budget however does not include an increase for education funds. The Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT) The biggest …

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Borough Mayor Aimee Williams selected as next borough manager

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After an eight-month search for a new borough manager, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously chose current Borough Mayor Aimee Williams to take the reins after assembly members voted at a special meeting Monday night.  It’s been a tumultuous journey to find a new borough manager. The previous manager was fired last summer, and her predecessor was fired in the …

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Stutes and Stevens share priorities for legislative session

Kodiak’s City Council and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly held a joint work session for the first time since September 2021 on Wednesday.  State Rep. Louise Stutes and State Sen. Gary Stevens joined the session remotely from Juneau to share their priorities going into the legislative session. The City of Kodiak sign at the Kodiak Island Borough Building. (Photo by …

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Blasting starts at Kodiak Island Borough’s landfill this week

The Kodiak landfill. Listen to this story; Contractors will be boring holes into some areas around the landfill and filling them with powerful explosives, which will be detonated electronically. The goal is to free up an enormous amount of gravel to be used by the landfill. The borough has two options for acquiring gravel. It can either spend millions of …

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Borough approves funding boost for KIBSD, but future budgets still a challenge

Listen to this story; The Kodiak Island Borough School District is getting a funding bump from the Borough. Last week, Kodiak Island Borough Assembly members voted 5 to 2 to approve the school district’s request to raise their annual assistance by $1.5 million. The request came at risk of cutting teachers or programs without a funding boost. The Kodiak Island …

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Kodiak Island Borough hires new Borough Manager

The Kodiak Island Borough will be getting a new Borough Manager. After interviewing a dozen applicants in a nationwide search the Borough Assembly has hired Valdez’s assistant city manager Roxanne Murphy. Kodiak Borough Mayor Bill Roberts said she was an excellent candidate for the position. “It was a unanimous decision, which is always really good. And we’re really looking forward …

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James Turner discusses priorities for his next term on Borough Assembly

Listen to this story; James Turner’s tenure on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly began in 2018, and it seems that it will continue into the next three years following this recent re-election. Turner spoke about his priorities coming into a second term. He said that for him, tackling the borough budget is the foremost issue. “Fixing some of the budget …

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