Port Lions

Port Lions teacher presents maintenance needs to KIBSD Board of Education

The head teacher in Port Lions urged the Kodiak Island Borough School District to address several maintenance issues during the district’s Board of Education meeting on Jan. 22. The Port Lions school has just two teachers – Shayla Demming handles the primary education and her partner, Ken Stockard, handles secondary education alongside a secretary/teacher’s aide.  Demming said they currently serve …

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GCI to work on fiber-optic connectivity in Chignik & Larsen Bays this spring, then Port Lions and other island communities

Construction on high speed internet infrastructure is expected to begin in the Kodiak Island communities of Larsen Bay and Port Lions this year, as GCI prepares to set up fiber internet around the island and Alaska Peninsula. GCI’s AU-Aleutians Fiber Project has two phases. The first involves connecting four Aleutian communities along with Chignik Bay and Kodiak’s Larsen Bay to …

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Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approves Capital Improvement Project priorities

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved its capital improvement project priorities list at its meeting last night (Thurs, Jan. 4).  The St. Herman Harbor Infrastructure Replacement project tops the list, and the borough is asking for an estimated $5 million from the state going into the 2024 legislative session. St. Herman Harbor is owned by the City of Kodiak, and …

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Tuesday’s election: Kodiak Island Borough ballots arrive late

The Kodiak Island Borough’s efforts to get mail-in ballots to outlying communities in time for this Tuesday’s municipal election has run into some problems. Dorinda Kewan, Mayor of Port Lions. Port Lion’s mayor, Dorinda Kewan, says some voters haven’t received their ballots yet. “I’m concerned about the process they set up,” Kewan said. “I know it’s new. This has never …

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Weather cancels Monday’s Tustumena sailing from Homer to Kodiak

Stormy weather in the Gulf of Alaska cancelled the Tustumena’s departure from Homer on Sunday night. In an online notice, the Alaska Marine Highway System said all ports of call scheduled for Monday, Sept. 7 are cancelled due to weather. Had the Tustumena departed Homer as scheduled at 8:45 Sunday night, it would have arrived in Port Lions and Ouzinkie …

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October-April: Kennicott to serve Kodiak, Tustumena out of service

It’ll be a tough winter for a lot of coastal communities that depend on state ferry service. “It’s greatly reduced,” said Amanda Becker, the ferry terminal manager in Kodiak. “There’s no two ways about it.” That’s how Becker sums up the new winter schedule, which was finalized after a brief five-day public comment period. Although the Alaska Marine Highway System …

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AMHS communities say: Along with passengers, the future rides on the ferry

The Alaska Marine Highway System is at a critical crossroads, as the first round of hearings on restructuring the ferry system gets underway this Wednesday. A nine-member working group is reviewing a $250,000 study commissioned by the Dunleavy administration, one that’s already ruled out privatizing the state ferry fleet, because it doesn’t pencil out. Now they will hear what the …

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Kodiak village mayors talk COVID-19 prevention protocols

With populations ranging from 30 to 250 people, Kodiak’s villages aren’t taking risks when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most have shut the communities down to nearly all non-resident travel and implemented strict social distancing measures for residents. “Here in Akhiok, we’re making it. Everybody’s on board [that] we should stay the course,” said Akhiok mayor Dan McCoy. He …

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Summer ferry schedule includes new pricing schedule

The Alaska Marine Highway System summer ferry schedule was released last week. Kodiak’s first arrival will be the M/V Kennicott on April 25, arriving from Homer. The M/V Tustumena will make its first trip Kodiak from Homer on May 2. This summer will see somewhat reduced service in some places. According to Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesperson Sam …

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M/V Tustumena makes its last run before the winter ferry service gap

Kodiak Island’s last ferry of the season pulled away from the dock on Saturday, and there won’t be one returning until April. Aging vessels in need of repairs and cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System budget have extended the service gap this year, making life for village residents more difficult in the meantime. M/V Tustumena crew finish last preparations …

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