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May 2011

  • When Crab Was King
    Kodiak Maritime Museum presents a new exhibit featuring portraits of 23 Alaskans who experienced the boom years of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery.
    Visit the Baranov Museum May 7th through June 1st.  Opening Reception is Saturday, May 7th from 12pm to 4pm.

  • Economic Development News

    Real and Personal Property Taxes

    Home Rule and First Class Cities outside boroughs may assess, levy and collect property taxes. Alaska Statutes (29.45.010-29.45.500) give municipalities the authority to levy a property tax. The Kodiak Island Borough's tax revenue for fiscal year 2011 is based on the assessed valuation as of January 1, 2010. That value is estimated to be $988,879,125.

    Property tax is the largest source of revenue for the Kodiak Island Borough. Property taxes make up 68% of the general fund. In Fiscal Year 2010, the Borough collected about $11 million in real & personal property taxes. The 2010 estimated assessed value of residential, commercial and personal property in the Kodiak Island Borough is $988 million. In FY-2010 the Borough also collected $1,336,075 in severance taxes, primarily from the commercial fishing and timber industries.

    Currently, the Kodiak Island Borough's basic mill rate is 10.5 mills; however, for service districts outside the City of Kodiak there are additional mills assessed for road, lighting and fire services. The maximum property tax rate in the Borough is 14.50 mills.

    Senior citizens and disabled veterans are exempt from paying property tax in the state of Alaska.


    The City of Kodiak generates much of its operating revenue from sales taxes collected within the city limits. The cap on the amount of tax collected is $45 per transaction. In FY 2010, the City collected $9.4 million in sales tax and $146,000 in transient room taxes (hotels and B & Bs).

  • Congratulations to Don Rush!

    Don Rush Named AHA Grassroots Champion

    Don Rush, CEO at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, will be in the nation's capital soon to receive the American Hospital Association (AHA) 2011 Grassroots Champion Award for Alaska.  The award recognizes executives from around the country for broadening the base of community support for hospitals, reaching out to patients and effectively educating other local leaders about the vital role of hospitals.

    Rush has run the Kodiak hospital for eight-plus years after 23 years at Sidney Health Center in Montana, where he was CFO and eventually CEO. He said and his wife, Nancy, greatly enjoy life on the island. "I was always intrigued by Alaska and was asked to interview at several locations but didn't," Rush said. But when the Kodiak opportunity arose, he checked it out and jumped at the chance.  He especially likes the close-knit nature of a small hospital and the chance to work with everyone. "Being involved in a rural critical access facility, we really get to know each other and it is a great culture," he said.  Local support is strong, he said. Because the hospital is owned by the Kodiak Island Borough, there has always been keen interest from local elected officials as well as others in the community.  "Really, we're all just neighbors," Rush said. "It's always been about developing good relationships."

    Recent patient-satisfaction surveys run about 96 percent positive and Kodiak has been recognized nationally twice for its levels of physician satisfaction. In addition, worker satisfaction remains high.  After citing those statistics, Rush is quick to say there are always opportunities to improve. "We are always striving to become a more excellent organization," he said.

    When he's not running the hospital, he and his wife enjoy the many fishing opportunities during the summer and getting outdoors. Don and Nancy are the parents of four grown children Richard, Candice, Amy and Sarah, who range in age from 32 down to 24.

    Don's award will be presented as part of AHA Annual Conference, scheduled April 9-13 in Washington, D.C.

    Congratulations Don!

  • April Chamber Board Meeting Minutes
  • It's Crab Fest Time!

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    Schedule of Event Forms and Parade Participation Forms
    The most up-to-date Crab Fest Schedule of Events is posted on the Crab Fest Events page.  If your group will be holding an event during Crab Festival, be sure to complete a Schedule of Event Form by May 6th so we can advertise for you.  If your group would like to participate in the Crab Festival Parade, please complete the Parade Participation Form by May 11th.  Click here to download Schedule of Event Forms and Parade Participation Forms.
    Retro Monday
    Retro Monday is the community fun day with an old time fair theme that will be held on the Spit on Crab Festival Monday (May 30th) from 10am to 5pm.  It will be a fun-filled day of games, live music, and more!  All local non-profits, businesses, and other groups are invited to provide a game, activity, or entertainment at Retro Monday.  This is a great opportunity to get your business or organization's name and message out to the public at the biggest event of the year!  The focus is a family friendly day of old fashioned pastimes such as pie eating contests, face-painting, carnival-style games, and whatever creative activity your group can come up with. If your group is offering a free activity, there is no cost for your space on the Spit.  If your group will be using this as a fundraiser and charging the public for your activity, there is a flat $50 fee to participate.  Click here for more Retro Monday information and to download participation forms.  Retro Monday is sponsored by Kodiak Community Health Center for the Right Care, Right Now.  The music portion of Retro Monday is sponsored by Sun'ami.
    Crab Fest Merchandise
    Visit the Chamber Office to purchase all your Crab Fest gear...t-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, aprons, pins, posters, and more!  VISA and Mastercard accepted. 
    Crab Fest Pre-Sale Tickets
    Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at the Chamber and other businesses around town.  Tickets are $40 per sheet and include 35 ride tickets and 10 game tickets.  This is a change that Golden Wheel has made company-wide and is our only option for pre-sale tickets.  Click here to view the full list of locations to purchase pre-sale tickets.  Visa and Mastercard are accepted only at the Chamber Office.  Remember, Golden Wheel rides and games will be at Crab Fest Thursday, May 26th through Sunday, May 29th so tickets may not be used on Monday.  Since Golden Wheel will not be here on Monday, they will not be holding a "buddy day" or "wrist-band day".
    Vendor Information
    If you would like to be a Vendor at Crab Fest and have not submitted your vendor application, contact Lindsey at the Chamber ASAP.  Click here for all Vendor information.
    Visit the Crab Fest web page or contact the Chamber at 486-5557 or chamber@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any Crab Fest questions.
  • Thank You to our New & Renewing Members
    Welcome New Chamber Members:
    Dawn Acosta
    Walter Davis & Carol Austerman

    Thank You to our Renewing Members:

    Kevin O'Leary
    Carol Ann Lindsey

    Jennifer Ryan

    Carrie Morton

    Al Burch

    Jeff & Angie Johnson

    Arnold Tweten

    Jason Brune

    Ken Knowles

    Patrick Stelzer

    Toby Sullivan

    Tom Quass

    Sandra Amox &
    Brenda Glaze


  • Community Clean-Up Day

    Join us this Saturday, May 7th for our annual Kodiak Community Clean-Up Day sponsored by the Kodiak Lions Club!

  • President's Message

    Hi Everyone!

    May is a busy month for all of us. We start with Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, May 7th! The High School will be the starting point where you can meet up with the clean up staff to get your clean up project started. We will be there from 9am to 3pm and enjoy a hot dog and soda at noon. Thanks Kodiak Lions Club for sponsoring this event!

    This is Crab Fest Month! Is summer finally here? We, at the Chamber, are working on bringing the SUN for Crab Fest! Come check us out at the Chamber booth and stock up on your Crab Fest t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other goodies! Join us May 26th through May 30th!


    Thank you everyone that came to the Credit Union 1 Business After Hours on April 14th! CU1 raised over $4,000 for Special Olympics! That's amazing and a big thanks! The Special Olympic Summer Games are May 21st at the High School. Watching these athletes is a heartfelt experience and we usually have a really small turnout to cheer them on. I am the State Commissioner of Powerlifting and I have been training Chris Kavanaugh for a year now. He was selected to lift in the SO World Games in Greece this coming June. He is a spectacular athlete and very strong in the 148lb class! He will be at locals, then State in Anchorage on June 11th, and then on to Greece with Team USA! Come watch all the athletes! Make sure you pledge for the Torch Run while you're at it!!

    Congratulations to the Chamber Staff for a very successful ComFish and congrats to Stephan McCormick for winning the airline tickets.  Thank you to Laine Welch for coordinating the great line up of ComFish forums and thank you to Alaska SeaGrant for sponsoring these forums.

    A good time was had by all at the Alaska Aerospace, Kodiak Launch Complex BAH at the Convention Center April 22nd! It was great to hear from Dale Nash and Craig Campbell and the attendance was phenomenal. Congrats Walt Davis on winning the grand prize, the Alaska Airline tickets!

    Welcome new members, Kodiak Auto Detailing, Dawn Acosta! Dawn has been a member of the Chamber through Acosta Rentals and is also President of the Noon Rotary Club.  Welcome Austerman-Davis Associates LLC, Walt Davis and Carol Austerman. Both are regulars at Chamber events and Carol is on our Borough Assembly!

    So this month, help us clean up our community and then party down at the Kodiak Crab Festival!


    Lindsay Knight