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Two candidates have put their names forward for the Kodiak Island Borough mayor’s seat, and three candidates have stepped forward for two seats available on the borough assembly.

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly confirmed Borough Mayor Dan Rohrer’s appointments to the Consolidation Committee, which will investigate the possibility of consolidating the borough with the city of Kodiak into a single government unit. The committee will consist of nine members, includin…

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Alaska’s Emerald Isle is the backdrop of a Michigan-based great-grandmother’s first book: a children’s story about a Coast Guard family and the unwavering friendship between the family’s daughter and her toy Kodiak bear. 

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Stephen Wallace was installed as Kodiak’s Superior Court Judge Thursday, replacing former Judge Steve Cole, who retired on Jan. 31 after a decade in the position.

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This summer’s long, sunny days are a blessing for Kodiak’s honeybees, which are thriving with the unprecedented high temperatures. 

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Last week, 40 people gathered on Cape Alitak to do something that hasn’t been done there in decades: build a traditional Alutiiq kayak. Once common on Kodiak Island, these sea vessels are now more easily located in museums. But with the help of campers from the Akhiok Kids Camp, the traditio…

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From the Koyukuk River, to the Kuskokwim, to Norton Sound, to Bristol Bay’s Igushik River, unusually warm temperatures across Alaska this summer led to die-offs of unspawned chum, sockeye, and pink salmon. Warm waters also sometimes this summer acted as a “thermal block” — essentially a wall…

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A Kodiak man faces two felony charges after driving a vehicle with a revoked driver’s license, failing to have a car insurance policy, and carrying a firearm despite prior felony convictions.

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Renowned author Pam Houston traveled to Kodiak Monday to read an excerpt from her new book in front of a packed audience at the Kodiak Public Library, and leading a writing workshop Tuesday.

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Thanks to a partnership between Kodiak fish processors, the Coast Guard and SeaShare, 24,000 pounds of halibut were delivered on Monday to alleviate hunger in Alaska Native villages. The delivery was made using an HC-130J Coast Guard aircraft, which made stops in Nome and Kotzebue, providing…

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With only one day left in the declaration of candidacy period for upcoming municipal elections, there are no candidates for Kodiak Island Borough Mayor, and numerous other positions remain without candidates, including a seat on the school board.

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To meet operational and capital improvement needs, the city of Kodiak began its plan to increase sewer rates over the next five years. The increase went into effect Aug. 1.   

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 Gov. Mike Dunleavy and University of Alaska leaders announced an agreement Tuesday to implement a $70 million cut to the university system over a three-year period. The agreement replaces the governor’s original intention to cut $136 million in state funding to the UA system in the course o…

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A Kodiak man was charged with burglary and theft after he was allegedly seen Tuesday entering an empty house on Spruce Haven Drive while the residents were away fishing, according to court documents.   

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed capital bill SB2002 into law on Thursday, restoring more than $100 million to the state budget. However, the governor also vetoed more than $34 million in line items, cutting funds to homeless services and addiction treatment, among other programs. 

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Senate Bill 2002, signed into law on Thursday, refunded the Power Cost Equalization program that subsidizes Alaska rural energy costs for thousands of Alaskans. PCE funds were previously swept into the budget reserve.

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The Kodiak City Council voted unanimously to authorize 19 nonprofits to receive grant funding and in-kind contributions for fiscal year 2020, helping some of these organizations stay afloat despite the state’s recent budget cuts. 

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More than 100 pilgrims ventured to Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island to mark the 49th Annual St. Herman of Alaska Pilgrimage on Friday. Walking up the small wooden chapel where St. Herman lived and prayed, countless footsteps were muffled by thick beds of moss while a canopy of spruce trees arc…

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The Kodiak City Council discussed how to fund the replacement of the City of Kodiak’s 12 tsunami sirens at a work session Tuesday. 

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously approved a new liquor license last month for a business called The Hangar to operate at a new building constructed at 1633 Airport Way.

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NWFF Environmental has launched a new fire and safety business in Kodiak, opening a new store at a location formerly home to Scuba Do, a fire extinguisher and scuba diving gear shop. 

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The Kiwanis Club will host the Kiwanis Salmon Derby from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at the mouth of the Buskin River, where volunteers will grill and sell salmon burgers, hot dogs, and hamburgers for participants and their families. 

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Warm August Nights, the concert ubiquitous with the end of summer and the start of the school year is Saturday at the Kodiak State Fairgrounds. 

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On a clear August morning, a group of 10 volunteers gathered on the Near Island North Trident Basin, wearing waders and rubber gloves. They quickly got to work digging square-shaped holes in the rocky beach, one-foot deep. Every Butter, Littleneck, Cockle and Macoma clam they encountered was…

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The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters in Alaska to educate themselves about emergency position-indicating radio beacons, and to understand the negative consequences for failing to do so, according to a news release.

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The new director of Kodiak College, selected in May, has resigned due to state budget cuts to Alaska’s public universities.

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After successfully hosting a test of the Arrow 3 defense system last month, Kodiak’s Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska will not host any defense-oriented launches for the remainder of the calendar year, according to Alaska Aerospace Corporation President and CEO Mark Lester.

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A 9-year-old participant of the inaugural Ocean Science Discovery and Marine Stewardship Camp had his artwork stolen Monday as his rainbow-painted wooden fish was drying on a bench outside the Ocean Science Discovery Lab at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center.

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A 15-day extension to the sale and use of fireworks in Kodiak ended this weekend. According to Kodiak Island Borough code, use of fireworks outside of permitted dates is punishable by a penalty of up to $1,000. 

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The Alaska Department of Fish And Game announced new commercial salmon fishing periods and extensions as well as the start of cost recovery fisheries in a news release distributed on Sunday. 

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For nearly three decades, Hank Pennington gave outdoor advice in this newspaper. He used humor, experience and his expertise in biology to educate and guide Kodiakans across the vast landscape of the Emerald Isle. 

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The number of Coast Guard medical evacuations in Alaska was unusually high this weekend, according to Coast Guard Spokesperson PA3 Lauren Dean. 

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Koniag held its annual service trip in Ouzinkie on July 25. Under overcast skies, members of the corporation’s board of directors and CEOs were hard at work cutting weeds and repainting crosses in the community’s cemetery. 

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The state legislature approved bills that would restore many of the governor’s vetoes, provide a $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividend and refund state programs, during the month-long special session that ends Tuesday, said Senator Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, in an interview with the Kodiak Daily Mirro…

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In an April visit to Coast Guard Base Kodiak and Air Station Kodiak, Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, discussed funding for two new Offshore Patrol Cutters, which will be homeported in Kodiak. The move is part of her ongoing effort to secure funding to bolster the Coast Guard capabilities in Alaska.

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Air Station Kodiak Commanding Officer Captain Bryan Dailey didn’t plan on joining the Coast Guard, but at 25 years old and unfulfilled as a broker for Prudential, he knew something had to change.

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When Petty Officer 1st Class Alex Major received the order to recover four people from a sinking ship in the middle of the ocean — 50 miles south of Montague Island — he made a plan: swim to the raft, see who is injured, get the most severely injured people out first, and, once the fourth pe…

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Disabled military personnel who are part of Project Healing Waters, a nationwide organization for veterans, celebrated a week-long fly fishing retreat at a farewell dinner hosted by the Kodiak Chief Petty Officer’s Association at Buskin Beach House on Friday.  

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Many of us, both in Alaska and across the country, have seen the Coast Guard coming out of the sky to rescue our fellow Americans when they are in trouble on the seas. I’ve heard them aptly described as angels in helicopters. When they show up, you’ll witness America at its very best.

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The nine-day ferry workers strike that froze the Alaska Marine Highway System following over two years of failed contract negotiations between the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific and the state has tentatively ended, according to a Department of Administration press release.

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Blue skies and cool weather at the Buskin River welcomed the second annual Fishing Friday, which aims to make fishing more accessible to youth, specifically individuals who do not have many opportunities to fish, said Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge employees during the event on July 26.  

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An active duty member of the Coast Guard fell to his death near Buskin Beach on Wednesday, according to an Alaska State Trooper report. 

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Counterfeit money printed with Asian characters on the back of the bill was used to buy items at Safeway on July 20, according to court documents.