Coast Guard finds no damage to drill ship that slipped anchor in Dutch Harbor ANCHORAGE (AP) — No damage has been found on a Shell Oil drilling ship that lost its mooring in Alaska's Dutch Harbor, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.
Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill said video captured by divers shows no damage or signs of grounding by the 571-foot Noble Discoverer, which slipped its anchorage Saturday in winds up to 35 mph, drifting extremely close to shore. Two Coast Guard investigators were aboar...
Parnell: Feds should run Alaska's health insurance exchange JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday rejected the idea of a state-run health insurance exchange under the federal health care law, saying "federally mandated programs should be paid for by federal dollars."
An exchange is a marketplace for coverage options. Under the federal health care law, the government can step in and establish exchanges in states where none exist.
Parnell last year angered some D...
Slimy lesson teaches Alutiiq language color terms On Saturday, a handful of Kodiak kids dug their hands into a language lesson.
In the laboratory of the Alutiiq Museum, kids created colored slime from clear glue and starch then used the different colors to teach how the Alutiiq language describes colors.
The Alutiiq language lacks adjectives, so Alutiiq speakers tend to describe colors by comparing them to a similar object. For example, a speaker might say that a...
Craig Campbell named acting CEO of Alaska Aerospace Corporation Searching for stability, the Alaska Aerospace Corporation board of directors on Monday voted chief operating officer Craig Campbell the state-owned company’s acting CEO.
Campbell replaces Dale Nash, who resigned earlier this month to head Virginia’s state-owned aerospace corporation.
Patrick Gambell, president of the University of Alaska and chairman of the Aerospace Company board said Nash’s departure leave...
Alaska State Troopers investigate stolen copper Alaska State Troopers are searching for the person who stole three coils of copper tubing from a locked storage container last week.
According to Trooper Brian Mitchell, the theft was reported at noon Thursday when a contractor found the damaged container.
“The padlock was destroyed as well as the door was damaged,” Mitchell said.
The missing coils were described as 100 feet long and 1 inch in diameter, of a type ...
Kodiak biologist Larry Van Daele named head of Fish and Game region For only the third time in the last 40 years, bear hunters will see a new face at the Kodiak branch of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Longtime wildlife biologist Larry Van Daele has been promoted to become the Southcentral regional supervisor for the state division of wildlife conservation.
The job leaves Van Daele in charge of a $6 million research budget and 36 employees spread from Prince William Sound...
Feds hand out 'woefully inadequate' funding for beach cleanup JUNEAU (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday announced it will provide $250,000 in grants to five states affected by debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.
The agency said Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii will each receive up to $50,000 toward debris removal from its marine debris program. Money could be made available as early as this month.
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich...
Police Blotter - July 17 Thursday, July 5
• At 8:54 p.m., police visited a location listed on an Internet site as a “great place to get drugs” and advised the residents of their options.
• At 11:46 p.m., police responded to a disorderly conduct call on Marine Way. The caller reported a man yelled epithets at him. That does not break a law. The yelling man left the area.
Friday, July 6
• At 1:42 a.m., police responded to ...
Outdoor Kodiak: August deer hunting has its rewards Deer season opens in just two weeks on August 1. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
Early deer hunting on Kodiak is unlike any I’ve experienced elsewhere in the country. The grass on the hillsides can be over your head, and that’s not to mention the dense alders and thick salmonberries.
It can be downright hot by Kodiak standards, the white sox biting flies can be fierce, and the “blow” flies can spoil a deer in short or...
Births - July 17 Hadley Mae McKee was born at 9:30 p.m. June 29, 2012 to Michael McKee II and Tovah Rippey. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
Her parents are Kodiakans, and her father is a fisherman.
Proud grandparents are Selma and Mike McKee, James Rippey and Cathy Wilson.
Carl Joseph Bravo was born at 4:27 a.m. July 8, 2012 to Joseph and Megan Bravo.
He weighed 8 pounds and measured 20...