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Man drowns in Dog Bay
A man drowned in St. Herman Harbor Monday night or Tuesday morning. Joseph Pitka, also known as Joseph Brummel, 48, drowned in what appears to be an accident, according to Kodiak Police Department chief Ronda Wallace. “There is no indication of foul play,” she said. “Everything that we have investigated at this point leads to an accident, like maybe he fell overboard.” Pitka is from California and was a crewmember...
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Zero tolerance for marijuana on Coast Guard bases
Voters legalized marijuana in Alaska in 2014, but the substance remains illegal federally and the military has a zero tolerance policy for use by service members. Capt. Jeffrey Westling, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, said active duty and reserve and civilian employees can’t use or possess any controlled substances, including marijuana, wherever they are. “It’s a condition of employment, if you wil...
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Kodiak girls aim for first victory
Last season was so foreign to the Kodiak High School girls soccer team that they practiced everything, even walking through the playing of the national anthem. In year two, the players feel like seasoned veterans. “The biggest thing was that it was a new experience for them being in a league,” assistant coach Emma Marr said. “There is no fear factor for the girls now. I remember when we started last year we were p...
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Public Safety Blotter: March 31
March 15 At 4:13 a.m., police warned a driver in the Murphy Way and Mill Bay Road area for vehicle equipment issues. At 4:43 a.m., police warned a man in the Madsen Avenue and Purtov Street area for riding his BMX bike in the streets. At 8:45 a.m., a man reported a vehicle on jacks in a business parking lot in the 300 block of Center Avenue. It was gone when police arrived. At 9:50 a.m., police found a camp site i...
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Alaska State Troopers: March 31
March 11 Kodiak Alaska Wildlife Troopers aboard the P/V Stimson contacted a 26-year old Anchorage man while working as a crewman aboard a fishing vessel. The man did not have a 2016 commercial crewmembers license in his possession and was issued a citation for no crewmember license in possession. The operator of the vessel, a 47-year-old Homer man, was also issued a citation for employing an unlicensed crewmember....
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Week in Words: Patriots, tribes bringing it home
Over the past week, news stories about the sovereignty and dignity of native tribes, nations, and their citizens have made headlines. This week, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that tribes have authority over child support orders, and that a state has an obligation to enforce those orders. (The Parnell administration tried to weasel the state out of that responsibility.) And the McGill family saga recently reached ...
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Fields to challenge Stutes for House seat
Kodiakan Duncan Fields will challenge incumbent Louise Stutes for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. “I haven’t filed the paperwork yet. I have it in hand. I anticipate filing sometime this week, but I have committed. I’m going to run for the House seat from District 32,” Fields said. Stutes has held the position since 2015 and is currently the only candidate to file for the position thus far. Fields w...
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Students renovate dumpsters
Kodiak High School welding and art students turned regular dumpsters into bear resistant ones and decorated them with bear aware messaging. Nate Svoboda, area wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, approached the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, Alaska Waste and Kodiak High School with the idea. He said other communities have done similar things. “It’s a community issue and so I thought it’d be mo...
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School board budget
The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education got an update on their budget at Monday’s meeting. Business manager Sandy Daws said the budget advisory committee meeting has held five meetings so far, and they plan to deliver recommendations to the board at the April 4 work session. Individual departments looked at up to a 10 percent cut in their budget, not including personnel and benefits, Daws said...
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Kodiak soccer aims to build off 2-6 campaign
Kodiak High School’s boys soccer team had a groundbreaking first season by finishing in the top four of the Northern Lights Conference South Division and qualifying for the regional tournament. The Bears aim to build on that in their second season. The team has two goals: make a return trip to regionals, but this time as one of the top three teams in the six-team South Division. “We think we have the skill and abi...
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