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Ice Rink reopens after arson attack
Four months after an arson attack, the Baranof Park ice rink is back to slick operation. On Monday afternoon, Colby Herron and Mark Schneider put the finishing touches on the rink’s red line before park maintenance supervisor Roger David wheeled out the Zamboni to polish the ice for skaters. “It’s back open and we’re happy about that,” city manager Aimee Kniaziowski said. Metal frames still stand empty, awaiting n...
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Kodiak braces for today's blizzard
A major blizzard is expected to hit Kodiak today with up to 13 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 60 mph. At 4 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service in Anchorage issued a formal blizzard warning, saying in part, “This weather system will bring deep moisture while Arctic air spills down from the north. This looks to produce areas of moderate to heavy snowfall.” The warning takes effect noon today and will l...
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Kodiak man arrested for dealing heroin and meth
A 47-year-old Kodiak man has been arrested and accused of dealing black tar heroin and crystal methamphetamine. According to court records, Edwin Cagaoan was arraigned Friday on two count of fourth-degree drugs possession and one count of third-degree drugs possession with intent to deliver. Police arrested Cagaoan on Thursday after a search of his clothing allegedly uncovered a small amount of heroin and methamph...
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Coast Guard cutter keeps mascot tradition running on four paws
Dogs, like many other types of domestic animals, have been a part of the armed forces for centuries as companions and mascots. In the Coast Guard, the most famous of these is the mixed-breed canine Sinbad, who was adopted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cambell in 1937. While working dogs inspect boats for drugs, mascots usually can be found at small-boat stations or other land based Coast Guard units. Lt. C...
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DHS adds new immigration fee
New immigrants to the United States will soon find permanent residency costing a little bit more. On Feb. 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — a division of the Department of Homeland Security — will begin charging a fee of $165 on immigrant visa packages. The new fee is in addition to the State Department’s existing visa application processing fee. State Department fees range between $405 and $220, depe...
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Cassidy begins negotiations to become borough manager
The Kodiak Island Borough will have a familiar name in its top job. On Thursday night, the borough assembly held a special meeting to declare interim borough manager Bud Cassidy its choice for borough manager. The assembly voted unanimously to order borough staff to begin contract negotiations with Cassidy, who will take the interim title off his role. If negotiations are settled quickly, it would be an unexpected...
Dec 17, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Temporary solution found for city's 'fecal cliff'
Kodiak’s fecal future is now in the hands of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. On Thursday night, borough solid waste manager Mike Patterson and city public works director Mark Kozak told the borough assembly that they have found a temporary solution to the city’s “fecal cliff.” Saturday was the last day that sewage sludge — the leavings of the city’s water treatment plant — could be dumped into the Kodiak Islan...
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Kodiak gets educated on new observer program
The National Marine Fisheries Service brought its observer roadshow to Kodiak on Friday as it hosted an outreach workshop about the new federal fisheries observer program that begins Jan. 1. An overflow crowd of more than 70 fishermen, processor representatives and community leaders filled the upstairs meeting room at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center as observer chief Martin Loefflad shared the n...
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Coast Guard authorization act affects things other than Coast Guard
Late Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a long-awaited Coast Guard funding bill that also includes measures affecting the fishing industry and port workers. The Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Act of 2012 has already been passed by the House and must be signed into law by President Obama before it takes effect. That approval is expected to be just a formality, an anticlimactic end after months o...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Project plans to document all canneries ever built in Alaska
The Kodiak Maritime Museum will participate in a statewide project next year with the ambitious goal of documenting every fish cannery built and operated in Alaska. The project, proposed by the Alaska Historical Society, is still in the conceptual stage, but organizers are already beginning to reach out to museums across the state for help. “We decided that a cannery history project would be a good special history...
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