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Another Day in Paradise: I plead mercy
It’s not fair. We deserve better. My driver’s license and my mailing address both say I live in Alaska. It’s now February. Winter activities should be the norm. I should be able to hike along snow packed trails or break new ones. When the sun makes its brief appearances, it should shimmer across the landscape, reflecting off of a million snowflakes at a million different angles. On a clear night, the moon should c...
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Coast Guard Blotter: Feb. 1
Jan. 25 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Snark near Sitka after discovering several safety issues aboard the vessel Jan. 26. The crew of the Naushon escorted the 42-foot wood hull fishing vessel, with three people aboard, to Sitka Harbor. The Naushon crew conducted the boarding in Sitka Sound where they discovered the missing survival suits and observed several...
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Public Safety Blotter: Feb. 1
Tuesday, Jan. 29 • At 12:45 a.m., a caller reported a woman stole his cell phone a month ago. Patrol was advised. • At 1:55 a.m., a caller reported an intoxicated man refused to leave. He was gone when an officer arrived. • At 1:58 a.m., a caller reported a man was passed out on the ground. He was gone when an officer arrived. Witnesses stated they helped him up and he took a taxi. • At 2:40 a.m., a 911 caller rep...
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Around Kodiak: Feb. 1
Hope Community Resources will hold its annual murder mystery dinner at 6 p.m. tonight in the Kodiak Convention Center. Tickets are $50, and all proceeds go to Hope Community Resources. The Kodiak Arts Council has partnered with the Kodiak Public Library Association to host an altered book art show. The show will be held in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium during the first Friday art walk from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. T...
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Schools' early budget gap is $1.9 million
The Kodiak Island Borough School district faces a gap of approximately $1.9 million between revenue and expenses as it starts its 2014 budget process. Schools superintendent Stuart McDonald revealed the figure during a joint meeting between the school board and Kodiak Island Borough assembly on Thursday night. The school district projects $40.8 million in revenue and $42.7 million in expenditures. "We're talking a...
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Letter about privatized catch shares contains crucial information
To the Editor: The city and borough letter about privatized catch shares for Gulf groundfish will reach the North Pacific Fishery Management Council next week in Portland, Ore. Buried within it are the crucial issues of labor investments, ongoing compensation for captains and crew, and whether these historical, active participants could be gifted individual quota rights, and their liberty to use such rights apart ...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Feb. 1
Anaqiitaq : Sea Cucumber_ Allrani gwangkuta nertaartukut anaqiitanek. : Sometimes we eat sea cucumbers The sea cucumber is an echinoderm, a creature related to sea urchins and sea stars. There are many varieties of sea cucumbers found in Alaska waters, from intertidal areas to the edge of the continental shelf. Sea cucumbers are known for their ability to expel and regrow their digestive systems, a process each an...
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Amazing Nature: Lake Iliamna’s secret monster fish
This article is the result of a special request. During a party conversation, a longtime Kodiak resident and ex-fisherwoman told me she always reads the amazing nature column. Encounters like this have kept me going for three years and I am now in the process of writing the 100th article. At that party, under a large Christmas tree, I asked her if there was any topic that she would like me to write about. After th...
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Path is not a priority
To the Editor: The idea of a multi-use path is nice but not a nice idea now. It's neither a priority nor a necessity. If Juneau can tighten its financial belt why can't the city of Kodiak? This requested project by some folks is a luxury that neither the city nor the taxpayers can afford. The 10-foot wide, 1.3-mile path would commence at Pier 2 on Shelikof Street and terminate at Deadman's Curve. The city needs to...
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In the Courts: Feb. 1
Theft Blane Maloney, 20, was found guilty of fourth-degree theft Dec. 28. He was ordered to pay restitution to Safeway and complete 20 hours of community work service. He will be on probation for one year. Drugs A jury found Keith Matthews, 37, guilty of third-degree drugs misconduct, fourth-degree controlled substance possession, and sixth-degree controlled substance use on Dec. 7. Matthews was sentenced to nine ...
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