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Election turnout reaches 17 percent
Fewer than one in five borough residents cast ballots in this month’s municipal election, according to final figures released Wednesday afternoon. City and borough clerks finished tallying absentee and questioned ballots from the Oct. 1 election on Wednesday, but the extra ballots failed to lift turnout above 17 percent. Within city limits, turnout was even lower, as only 15.5 percent of Kodiak’s registered voters...
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Tusty's return could be slowed by shutdown
The ferry Tustumena is in the water, but the ongoing federal government shutdown could keep it from returning to Kodiak service on schedule. Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said work on the Tustumena is all but finished, but the US Coast Guard must grant its permission before the ship begins operating again. The Coast Guard’s permission will come after the Tustumena passes computerized...
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Kodiak swimmer heating up in final year
As a sophomore, Sam Kirchenschlager used swimming as an excuse to hang out with his friends. His afterschool hangout still exists, but as a Kodiak High senior, the swimming is what keeps him coming back to the pool. What got his competitive juices flowing was last year’s sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke at the regional meet. He came into this season with a drive to get better. “Compared to other yea...
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Kodiak-Kenai game set for 3:30 p.m.
Kodiak’s medium-schools quarterfinal football playoff game at Kenai will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenai earned home-field advantage by claiming the runner-up spot in the Northern Lights Conference with a 4-1 record. Kodiak earned the third seed with a 3-2 mark. The Bears’ only losses were to NLC champion Soldotna and Kenai. The latter was a one-point loss at Joe Floyd Track and Field. Defending medium-schools ...
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Xtratuf theft leads to felony charge
How much are Xtratufs worth? They’re around $90 — or a criminal theft charge. Jason Ray, 38, was arraigned Tuesday in Kodiak District Court on one count of second-degree theft with prior convictions (a class C felony) and one count of second-degree criminal trespass (a class B misdemeanor) for allegedly trying to steal a pair of Xtratuf boots from Alaska Food For Less in downtown Kodiak. Second-degree theft is a c...
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Coast Guard launches long-range mission from Kodiak
Air Station Kodiak was stretched to the limit this week by a pair of rescues that sent aircraft hundreds of miles from their Kodiak home. On Monday, two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and two HC-130 Hercules aircraft were sent to Adak to rescue a freighter crewman who suffered serious injuries in a fall. Simultaneously, another MH-60 was above Anchorage, searching for a man who was swept away at the Port of Anchorage. ...
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Run the Rock deadline nearing
Long-distance runners don’t have much time left to register for Saturday’s KMXT-FM Run the Rock. The last time to register for the marathon, the half-marathon and 10-kilometer races is 6 p.m. Friday during the spaghetti feed at Springhill Hall. Looking for a shorter race? Registration for the 5-kilometer event begins 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bear Valley Golf Course. All four races are a fundraiser for public rad...
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Alaska Aerospace Corporation needs to support local businesses
To the Editor: Bernie Karl, owner of the Narrow Cape Lodge (and Chena Hot Springs) has been talking to state legislators, trying to convince them to appropriate $2.5 million into the Governor’s budget this next year for the Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) to purchase Narrow Cape Lodge. Knowing what Mr. Karl is up to, the AAC Board of Directors said they would not refuse the funding if it became available to pur...
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Public Safety Blotter: Oct. 10
Saturday, Oct. 5 • At 1:19 a.m., a 911 caller reported a couple was in a fight. The woman said she would satay with friends. It was verbal only. • At 1:28 a.m., a business on Marine Way showed officers the damage a man did on his way out. Officers said they would contact him to pay for the damages. • At 1:50 a.m., two men were fighting with a bouncer. Officers separated them and warned the fighters. • At 2:32 a.m....
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Achievers: Oct. 10
• Bayside Fire Station volunteer Jim Pickett recently attended the Alaska State Fire Conference in Anchorage. During the conference, he competed in the self-contained breathing apparatus race, which required him to run 75 feet to turnout gear and put all the turnout gear on as quickly as possible. Pickett’s 48-second time earned him the first place plate. Pickett was also recently awarded the firefighter of the ye...
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