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Five rescued after tug and barge ground near Cold Bay
Five tugboat crewmen are safe today after an accident on the Alaska Peninsula that has left about 1.5 million pounds of frozen seafood on the shores of uninhabited Ukolnoi Island. According to Coast Guard reports, the 78-foot tugboat Polar Wind sent out a distress call just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, reporting that it had run aground on Ukolnoi Island about 20 miles east of Cold Bay and was taking on water. The Coast ...
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Small off to strong start
Kodiak’s Jay-Ar Small is following in teammate Andrew Caballa’s path. As a sophomore last season, Caballa gave up basketball to focus on wrestling. The result was a state title. This season, Small is hoping the same decision will land him on top of the state podium in February. “It would be amazing if I did,” the 120-pound sophomore said. Small is off to a good start. He went 5-0 during Kodiak’s opening weekend at...
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Coast Guardsmen finish sixth at national competition
For two Kodiak Coast Guardsmen, sixth place was as good as first at the 2012 International Sniper Competition in Fort Benning, Ga. Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas Bowes and Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Harris returned Friday from a 19-day East Coast adventure that included a stop at one of the world’s toughest shooting competitions. “I’m happy with how we did,” Bowes said. “There's nowhere else on Earth that we ...
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Heavy metal unlikely to be a problem for composting plant
Concerns about heavy metal contamination are dogging a project to convert city waste into compost, but experts say heavy metals are unlikely to be a problem in Kodiak. “We’re really not expecting to see any metals issues in this at all, other than the typical background metals in concentration,” said Lori Aldrich, who is overseeing certification of the composting project for the Alaska Department of Environmental ...
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Kodiak fortunate to have Threshold Services
To the Editor: I recently returned from a vacation during which I was reminded how much a part of daily life recycling is for most of the country. Flight attendants on the planes I was on separated in-flight trash into plastics, paper and cans for recycling. Aboard ship were containers for recyclables. From shopping centers to residential neighborhoods, recycling is a way of life. It is a normal part of responsibl...
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Kodiak keeps halibut title belt
Kodiak is still the No. 1 port in America for halibut. One year after retaking the halibut title from Homer, Kodiak is again on top in the commercial tally with 5 million pounds landed as of Tuesday morning, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. With the season over on Nov. 7, Homer is in second place with 4.4 million pounds landed. No other port has more than 2.6 million pounds landed. Homer — which...
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Michigan man's new book includes details of Kodiak Island bear attack
A Michigan man's new book documents a near-death experience he had with a bear on Kodiak Island in 2003. Kent Kaiser's book "Hard Way Back" was released in September. The autobiography chronicles Kaiser's outdoor adventures, struggles with the U.S. and New Zealand governments, and the bear attack. Kaiser grew up in Fairbanks and started coming to Kodiak to hunt for Sitka blacktail deer. In November 2003, he went o...
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Local processing hire, common in Kodiak, is rare statewide
A new report released in the November issue of Alaska Economic Trends magazine says Alaska’s seafood processing industry is growing steadily, but most of the growth is coming at the hands of nonresident workers — except in Kodiak. According to figures from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the processing sector grew from 17,805 workers in 2006 to 19,740 workers in 2011. The number of reside...
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Doubling our daylight savings
Last week, Carl Benson accepted a lifetime achievement award from the place he has worked since Dwight Eisenhower was president. As the 85-year-old snow and ice scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Geophysical Institute rose to applause from his friends and coworkers, memories rushed back to me. One was the frigid January day he invited me along in his car to a busy intersection...
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New program helps violence victims find housing
The Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center now has a new resource available to find housing for women who have been displaced by domestic violence. Empowering Choice Housing is a new referral-based program that helps victims of domestic violence or sexual assault find transitional housing. The statewide program was established through a partnership between the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Network ...
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