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Big sentence for False Pass rape case
A 31-year-old commercial fishermen will spend the next 56 years in jail after being sentenced in Kodiak superior court. Jason Downard was sentenced last week after a Kodiak jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting, beating and strangling a woman in False Pass. The news was first reported by KUCB-FM in Unalaska. The guilty verdict was returned last November, but Downard’s sentencing was repeatedly delayed. Dela...
Nov 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winter weather doesn't slow down Black Friday shoppers
Black Friday shoppers in Kodiak endured cold, wind and snow in order to score deals on Christmas gifts and winter gear. A line of people wrapped around Mack's Sport Shop in the Friday morning dark as people waited for the store to open its doors at 7 a.m. John Wolfen and Adam Spencer were the first people in line. The two men arrived outside the store at 4:30 a.m. on Friday and came prepared. They brought breakfas...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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KHS wrestling adjusts to new 98-pound class
By DEREK CLARKSTON Mirror Writer For a second straight season, Alaska prep wrestlers are adjusting to a new weight class. Alaska has joined a handful of states and added a 98-pound weight class for the 2012-2013 high school season. Last year, the National Federation of High School Wrestling reconstructed the weight classes, which included shifting the 103-pound class to 106 pounds. “The majority of the coaches wan...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to keep care of Christmas cacti
As the days turn cold and we shuffle closer to the holiday season, our attention shifts toward indoor activities. So it’s no surprise that after a summer hiatus, houseplants receive more attention and I, in turn, am privy to grocery aisle comments like, “Why does my Christmas cactus look so bad?” or “Why do the flower buds form and then drop off?” Christmas cacti are the subject of frequent debates among gardeners...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Seafood industry keeps plenty employed
The graying of the fleet continues in Alaska as fewer young folks obtain permits for various fisheries. Data from 2011 show that 45 percent of all Alaska permit holders were between the ages 45 and 60, with an average age of 47. That was roughly twice as many permit holders as there were between the ages of 30 and 44. Crews were much younger, averaging around 21 years old. There also was a higher incidence of crew...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Woman caught stealing cart filled with food
A Kodiak woman hungry for Thanksgiving has been accused of attempting to run out of Safeway with a cart filled with more than $500 of items. Tiffany Brown, 22, faces one count of second-degree theft, a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in jail. According to court documents, the incident occurred Wednesday when Brown allegedly loaded a grocery cart full of merchandise and left the store without paying ...
Nov 26, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Care center’s estimated cost skyrockets
The price tag for a new hospital expansion has skyrocketed since major discussions began earlier this year, and federal Medicaid rules are to blame. New estimates provided by the Kodiak Island Borough indicate a 22-bed nursing home — officially called a long-term care facility — could cost as much as $20 million. That amount is almost double the amount analyzed in an April feasibility study, which determined an $1...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cost rises for state-issued commercial fishing permits
Nonresident commercial fishermen will pay a bit more to participate in state-waters fisheries next year. The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission announced last week that it is raising the nonresident surcharge to $190, an increase of $50 over 2011’s figure. News of the increase was first reported by Wesley Loy in the commercial fishing blog Deckboss. CFEC adjusts the nonresident surcharge every three years based...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Composting opponents speak out
If Kodiak’s planned sewage composting project is derailed, it will be done by the people who gathered in St. Mary’s Catholic School gymnasium on Friday night. After a day of Black Friday shopping, 30 Kodiakans gathered to share information and concerns about the project, which will use a plant in Middle Bay to create garden compost from the leavings of Kodiak’s sewage treatment plant. Friday night’s meeting was or...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thanksgiving in Kodiak
While most Kodiak residents were busy stuffing their turkeys, watching football and spending Thanksgiving morning with their families, it was business as usual for Kodiak’s police, fire and public works departments. Thanks to an inch and a half of fresh snow, plow drivers got an early start on Thanksgiving morning, clearing roads for drivers en route to family gatherings. Thursday morning was slow for both the fir...
Nov 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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