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Fire at Hawaiian wind farm raises concerns for similar Kodiak project
A fire at a wind farm in Kahuku, Hawaii has raised some concerns for the Kodiak Electric Association. The fire occurred last week at an energy storage facility that used a battery storage system from Xtreme Power — the same company that is providing key components of KEA’s new Pillar Mountain battery system. The fire damaged the entire Kahuku facility. KEA CEO Darron Scott heard about the fire, but said KEA still ...
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At annual egg take, hatchery gets 'seeds' for future sockeye salmon returns to Kodiak
AFOGNAK LAKE — Creating salmon life isn’t easy — there’s an exact science to it, and a lot of physical labor is required. On Friday, 13 volunteers and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association employees worked on an assembly line here to collect and fertilize sockeye salmon eggs for Pillar Creek Hatchery. Egg takes like these happen at different places across the Kodiak archipelago, but the ultimate goal is the same...
Aug 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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As two U.S. Senators visit Kodiak, Coast Guard commandant outlines future of Kodiak-based ships
With Congress on a five-week August break, Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) stopped in Kodiak on Monday to hold a Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee field hearing. The committee oversees the Coast Guard’s annual budget, and the hearing was an opportunity for the two senators to hear from Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert Papp during a tour of Coast Guard Base Kodiak. “I am thrilled...
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Philippine consulate visits Kodiak; handles more than 200 cases during weekend
Living in Kodiak isn’t easy sometimes. Stores can be far away, and other conveniences distant. Kodiak life can be especially difficult for immigrants who need visas, passports or other paperwork. Getting those things can mean a long trip off-island to a government office. The government of the Philippines has been trying to change that. Since 2007, the Philippine consulate in San Francisco — the closest office to ...
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PenAir to stop village air taxi flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) — More than a half-century after getting started in the air taxi business, PenAir wants to stop service to small villages and towns in rural Alaska and focus instead on larger hub communities, a company official said Thursday. As first reported by KAKN-FM, the Anchorage-based airline cites financial reasons for wanting to stop air taxi service to small communities in southwest Alaska. The airline th...
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Assaults on police in Alaska on the rise
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Statistics gathered by Alaska State Troopers show the state has seen an increase in assaults against law enforcement. Officers are dealing with more aggressive behavior from suspects, the head of the state patrol told KTUU-TV. “We take every step possible to apprehend a suspect, but really when an individual becomes assaultive, that risks the police officer’s life, or someone else’s,” said Col. Ke...
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Visiting Kodiak, Secretary Napolitano says Alaskans need to prepare for change
Sens. Mary Landrieu and Lisa Murkowski weren’t the only high-ranking political dignitaries in Kodiak on Monday. Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, stopped in Kodiak for a few hours on her way to Anchorage. Napolitano, who flew aboard a Coast Guard executive jet, said the visit was worthwhile because it shows her the physical reality of operations in Kodiak. “This helps me because we’ve got to make d...
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Kodiak Chamber of Commerce hosts forum on coastal management ballot measure
Although the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce’s forum on ballot measure 2 was overshadowed on Monday by Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Kodiak appearance, a dozen concerned Kodiak voters attended the forum. Last month, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell held a public hearing in Kodiak for the ballot measure, which reintroduces a coastal management program in Alaska. If the program is approved by voters, it would allow local governments to h...
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As trucks run through town, towers rise on Pillar Mountain
Kodiakans have grown accustomed to the sight of the three wind turbines atop Pillar Mountain. That look will change today. Early this morning, crews working for the Kodiak Electric Association were expected to begin hauling three more wind turbines from Lash Dock to Pillar Mountain. The turbine parts won’t remain on those trucks for long. By the end of the day, if all goes as planned, three new towers will be stan...
Aug 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Deer hunters may find targets tougher to find this year
Hunters can expect to see less deer on Kodiak Island this season. Wednesday marked the official opening of deer season, and wildlife biologists say that after last winter’s harsh conditions there will be less deer on the island than in past years. “We’re guessing that we lost about 25 to 30 percent of our deer population,” Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist John Crye said. “It was a harsh winter with rec...
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