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Heat wave or no, it's warm in Kodiak
You could call it a heat wave, and you might even be able to say that with a straight face. On Sunday, temperatures topped 70 degrees in Kodiak for the fifth consecutive day and the 14th day this summer. That’s atypical for Kodiak, which sees fewer than three 70-degree days on average in July and only seven for the whole summer. Some years are even cooler. Last year, only one day topped 70 degrees. The unusually l...
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Support lower taxes for the oil industry
To the Editor: While their motivations and intentions are good, I have to disagree with the folks attempting to repeal SB-21, the new oil tax law. It is not a matter of right or wrong, or if Big Oil is ripping off Alaskans. It is a question of what our resource is worth to the people capable of extracting it for us. As a businessperson, would you drill a well for tens of millions of dollars in Alaska, or tens of t...
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Coast Guard Blotter: July 22
July 12 The Coast Guard opened its seasonal forward operating location in Kotzebue in preparation for the anticipated increase of maritime activities in Western Alaska and the Bering Strait. FOL Kotzebue, part of Coast Guard Arctic Shield 2013, consists of one Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter with supporting air and ground crews, and is based out of the Alaska Army National Guard Hangar in Kotzebue. • A Coast...
Jul 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Bristol Bay fishermen see price hike as catches fall
Fishermen are seeing a base price of $1.50/lb at the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishermen at Bristol Bay, an increase of $0.50 higher per pound over the past two years. The final price will be even higher for many fishermen who will get an extra $0.15 for chilled fish and another nickel for bled. The price boost comes from a slightly lower catch than expected (15.5 million so far) — and big improvements in fis...
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Garden Gate: Fighting aphids in the summer of flowers
The summer of 2013 may go down as the summer of flowers. Warm, gentle weather has been kind to blossoms that in a normal year would be pelted and shaped by pounding rains and shredding breezes. Of course, August still looms before us, but it doesn’t take away all that we’ve enjoyed up to now. Take time this summer to visit and celebrate the splendid displays in your neighborhood, downtown and in front of office bu...
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Icebreaker Healy stops in Kodiak en route to Arctic
The uniform of the day is shorts, flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts. One day after arriving in Kodiak, the crew of the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy lost little time in enjoying Kodiak’s unusually warm and sunny weather. As they carried fishing poles and bicycles off the ship, they enjoyed one last bout of liberty before spending a season in the Arctic, said the ship’s marine science officer, Ensign Rebecca Follmer. “...
Jul 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gun taken from man trying to board plane
Transportation Security Administration employees at Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport seized a loaded gun from a Kodiak man flying to Anchorage on Wednesday morning. According to Alaska State Troopers, TSA employees were screening a carry-on backpack around 7:55 a.m. when they noticed a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun on the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint. The handgun had 16 rounds in the magazine but ...
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Injured teen dies from shooting
The 16-year-old who was shot Sunday night by another Kodiak teen has died from his injuries. The shooting occurred at a home the boy was visiting around 8:47 p.m. Sunday. The boy was taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center and later medevaced to Anchorage for treatment of a single shotgun wound. In a press release, Kodiak Police Department Lt. Ray Ellis said the boy succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday....
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Composting plant passes P&Z hurdle
The Kodiak Island Borough planning and zoning commission has signed off on plans for a permanent sewage composting plant at the borough landfill. A temporary composting plant has been operating at the landfill since last year, but the proposal before the commission was for a 55-year city lease of up to 3 acres of borough landfill property next to Monashka Bay Road. “It has to go somewhere,” said commissioner Jenni...
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Parnell joins Walmart kerfuffle
Gov. Sean Parnell has joined the outcry against Walmart after the nation’s largest retailer announced it will no longer sell Alaska salmon. In a letter to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. president and CEO Michael Duke, Parnell asks the company to reconsider its decision to only purchase salmon from sources certified by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council. “I encourage you to recognize that sustainable labeling has gr...
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