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February 2012

  • SWAMC Annual Conference
    Mark your calendar!
    SWAMC 2012 Annual Conference 

    February 16-17, 2012 • Hotel Captain Cook Anchorage, Alaska

    The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) is a non-profit regional economic development organization for Southwest Alaska (The Aleutian/Pribilofs, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak). SWAMC is a great platform to network with SWAMC members and stakeholders as well as to discuss important economic development topics, and be a part of the policy issues that affect Southwest Alaska. This year's event "The Genuine Aqua Bounty" will take place February 16-17 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. For more information pertaining to registration and the latest agenda, please visit http://www.swamc.org/html/about-swamc/annual-conference-raquo.php.

  • Chamber Board Elections - Deadline February 17

    The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is currently holding our annual election of Board Members. There are three vacancies for three-year term seats and we have six candidates running. The six candidates in alphabetical order are:

    Geri Ford-Roberts, AAA Moving and Storage
    Jack Johnson, Best Western Kodiak Inn
    Lindsay Knight, Kodiak Athletic Club
    Todd Leitheiser, Kodiak Launch Complex
    Charlie Powers, Koniag Incorporated
    Darlene Williamson, Realtor at Alaska One Realty

    Candidate Profiles and Official Ballots have been mailed out to all voting Members. Completed ballots must be mailed or dropped off to the Chamber Office in the provided self-addressed envelope no later than Friday, February 17th. The elected Board Members will be announced at the Chamber's Annual Recognition Dinner on Friday, February 24th.

  • Women's History Month Art Show - Call for Artists

    Soroptimist International of Kodiak will be hosting its 5th Annual Women's History Month Art Show at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium starting March 1st and running through the remainder of the month. This year we're partnering with the Girl Scouts to honor their 100th Anniversary. The theme is "Our History is our Strength: Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts" and all women artists in the community are encouraged to participate. All submitted pieces must be original art work but may be work that has been shown in the past. There will also be an Artists' Reception on March 24th from 1pm to 4pm and we invite artists to demonstrate their work at this event. If you are interested in showing or demonstrating your art work at the Women's History Month Art Show, contact Susan Killary at killarys@yahoo.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 654-2869.

  • President's Message

    Hello Everyone!

    I would like to thank all the folks that attended our Business After Hours at the Kodiak Athletic Club! We had a great turnout and I do believe a great time was had by all. Mill Bay Coffee brought a wonderful spread of food! I would like to thank Heather and Emil Norton for helping with set up and clean up. Mike Brown did his usually exquisite job as bartender! I think of Kodiak Athletic Club as a church for the body. We are here to help people in Kodiak get fit and improve their quality of life. Did you know that after age 25, people lose 3% to 5% of their muscle a year? That is about a pound a year! You can recover muscle and we help you with that process. You need to exercise your muscle and feed it, or it goes away. No one stays the same, you will either get a little worse each year or you can get a little better. But to get better, you have to do something about it.

    We will have no Business After Hours in February. Instead, we have our Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. It will be held at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center on February 24th at 6:00pm! Mill Bay Coffee is catering this event so you know the food will be great. The Theme, "An Emerald Isle Luau"! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend, it will be fun!

    I would like to welcome Ken and Sarah Dunn with Lily House Bed and Breakfast, Patricia Casey with H&R Block, and Kadie Walsh with Smarty Pants Graphics. These are our new Chamber Members for the month. Welcome!

    Lindsay Knight

  • Chamber Annual Dinner on February 24th


    Join us on Friday, February 24th as we recognize our Members at the Chamber's 2012 Annual Recognition Dinner.

  • Three Seats Up for Election on KEA Board of Directors

    Three Seats Up for Election
    Kodiak Electric Association, Inc.
    Board of Directors

    Deadline for filing petitions is March 21, 2012.

    Three seats on the Board of Directors are up for election this year in Kodiak Electric Association, Inc.'s membership election.

    The Board of Directors consists of nine elected voting Directors and one United States Coast Guard appointed non-voting liaison. This year, the seats currently held by Directors Stosh Anderson, Michael Brechan, and Cliff Davidson are up for election. All three seats are for three-year terms. KEA members locally elect KEA's directors.

    Nominating petition packets are available at the KEA office at 515 E. Marine Way between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To be an eligible candidate, you must be a member of KEA.

    Completed candidate petition packets must be received by 5 p.m. on March 21, 2012 at the KEA office at 515 E. Marine Way.


    The Notice of Annual Membership Meeting, Annual Report, and ballots will be mailed to members of KEA on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Completed ballots must be returned by mail in the envelope that is provided with the notice of the meeting, and must be received in KEA's designated election post office box by noon on Friday, April 27, 2012. All voting will be done by mail.

    KEA will host the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Chambers. The Forum will also be broadcast on local television and radio stations. Candidates will answer prepared questions, as well as questions posed by the listening and viewing audiences. KEA members are invited to call in their questions during the program, and the phone number to call will be published prior to the Forum.

    Ballot results will be announced at KEA's Annual Membership Meeting on Monday evening, April 30, 2012. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.

    During 2011, regular meetings of the Board were held on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning at noon. An average of 30 hours is required for 12 regular meetings during the year. The Board also meets as a whole for the Annual Membership Meeting and on the next day to organize the slate of officers.

    KEA's Bylaws state that each member is entitled to one vote. A husband and wife or any other two persons who occupy the same household and have both names on the account jointly act as a member. A ballot is voided if a spouse not listed on the account signs it. KEA members uncertain about the name(s) listed on their accounts are encouraged to call KEA to find out how to update their accounts.

    The deadline for any changes to be in effect for this year's election process is March 7, 2012. Business Accounts (corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships) should annually update their list of officers/owners authorized to vote on behalf of the account.

    For further information, contact Nancy B. Sweeney, Communication/Human Resource Specialist, at 486-7700.

  • ComFish Alaska

    ComFish, now in its 33rd year, is Alaska's longest running fisheries trade show and running Thursday, April 12th through Saturday, April 14th here in Kodiak. Similar to last year, seminars will be held each day in the Harbor Room at the Best Western Kodiak Inn and exhibitors will be set up at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.

    Once again, the ComFish forums promise to us bring the latest information on policies, issues and happenings that directly affect our lives. The lineup is still tentative, but here is what's being organized so far:

    • Observer Program: all fishing boats 40 feet and up could be required to carry observers starting next year.
    • Ocean Acidification: how increasing acidity will affect fisheries as marine life becomes unable to grow shells, skeletons, etc.
    • Halibut Bycatch: it's impact on fisheries and the halibut stocks.
    • Fishing Safety Regulations: new rules begin this year with many more to follow.
    • Dr. Gunnar Knapp, Alaska's most well known fisheries economist, will give a global outlook on things to watch over the next decade.
    • Alaska Marine Conservation Council will highlight how communities can make sure the fish keeps coming to town.
    • Pebble Mine - updates on plans and permitting.
    • Chuitna Coal Mine - the developers will explain plans for protecting salmon streams if Alaska's biggest coal mine is built.
    • New hatch & door monitoring systems and slack tank monitors being tested on trawlers in the Bering Sea.
    • Senators Murkowski and Begich have both expressed interest in having an open meeting at ComFish - not yet confirmed.
    As always, forum ideas are welcomed as it is so important that they reflect the interests of our community. Suggestions for an appropriate film are also welcome.
    Ideas or comments? Please contact Laine Welch at msfish@alaska.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Economic Development News by Lale Gurer


    There are several studies that exist to determine the cost of living in cities in Alaska and around the country. In the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association (ACCRA), Cost of Living Index is designed to answer "How do urban areas compare in the cost of maintaining a standard of living appropriate for moderately affluent professional and managerial households?"

    The ACCRA Cost of Living Index provides a useful measure of living costs among approximately 300 different cities in the U.S. There are four Alaskan cities included in the report: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kodiak. The ACCRA Cost of Living Index data is gathered 3 times a year -January, April, and July for 61 standardized items. Items are categorized as Grocery, Housing, Utilities, Transportation, Healthcare, and Miscellaneous Goods and Services. The average price data of each group is converted into an index number for each participating city and then used for comparative purposes. The ACCRA study does not take into account local tax burden or income levels, and is intended as a comparison of prices relative to a national average (100).

    Based on 2011 data collected by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and provided to the ACCRA, Kodiak living costs are 27% higher than an average U.S city. When compared with other cities in Alaska, Kodiak's overall Cost of Living index, Housing (monthly apartment rent including water and sewer, new house purchase, mortgage interest rate, mortgage monthly principal, and interest payment), and Healthcare (optometrist, doctor, dentist, etc.) are the lowest among Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. However, Kodiak's Transportation index (based on tire balancing and gasoline prices) and Grocery (26 items) seem to be the most expensive categories. Kodiak is also the third most expensive city among the others in terms of Utility rates (electricity, heating oil and telephone).








  • January 2012 Board Meeting Minutes
  • Thank You to our New & Renewing Members

    Welcome New Members:


    Ken & Sarah Dunn
    Patricia Casey, E.A.
    H & R BLOCK
    Kadie Walsh

     Thank You to our Renewing Members:


    Stephen Lesko
    Karren Rasmussen & Karina Nelson
    Deanna Parsons
    Greg Wolf
    Cheryl James
    Judi Kidder
    Colleen A. Katelnikoff
    Geri Ford-Roberts
    Benjamen Enriquez
    Ken Reinke
    Robyn Cassidy
    Matthew & Suzanne Jensen
    Benjamin Millstein
    Melissa Borton
    Jeff Stephan
    Doreece & Sam Mutch
    Debbie Mee
    Charlotte Furgione
    Jay Johnston