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James Wells faces murder charges for two Coast Guard deaths
Ten months after the bodies of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle were found at Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak, one of their coworkers is facing federal murder charges. James Michael Wells, 61, was arrested in Kodiak on Friday on suspicion of the murders of Coast Guardsmen Hopkins and Belisle. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced the arrest in a press...
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New CG housing policy not expected to impact Kodiak real estate
A new policy requiring Coast Guard personnel outside the contiguous United States to live on base won’t have a big effect on Kodiak’s real estate industry. In a Friday morning meeting with the Kodiak Board of Realtors, Chief Warrant Officer Melissa Jacobs of the Coast Guard housing department in Kodiak said Kodiak’s ongoing housing shortage means the policy won’t hurt Kodiak’s real estate industry. “We looked at t...
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Running in the snow
Julia Wiley, front, takes the baton (water bottle) from Arne Tveit during a snowshoe relay at Kodiak’s Special Olympics Winter Games on Saturday morning at East Addition Park. Four athletes competed in the snowshoe events, and afterward Kodiak’s Special Olympics floor hockey team fell to the women’s hockey team, the Kodiak Storm, 9-2. The Storm team included some Special Olympic athletes and partners. (Derek Clark...
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Kodiak girls lose first NLC games
For the first time this basketball season, Kodiak’s girls have lost back-to-back games.  Without leading scorer Hannah Wandersee, Kodiak dropped a pair of Northern Lights Conference games at Soldotna. On Friday, the Stars won 69-39, which was followed by a closer 41-36 victory on Saturday.  The losses drop Kodiak to second in the conference with a 6-2 record, 18-3 overall. After winning their first 17 games, the B...
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Troopers investigating multiple burglaries
The Alaska State Troopers are investigating a string of burglaries on Kodiak’s road system. As have city residents, people on Kodiak’s road system have been plagued by burglaries in recent weeks. Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak have reported three burglaries encompassing more than $6,000 in stolen property, all in the last week and a half. On Feb. 9, Troopers learned a string of burglaries occurred at a storage fa...
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Garden Gate: Tips for first time gardeners
On an overcast spring day in 1985, I was standing on the deck of a Foss tug tied up to the Petro Marine fuel dock, sipping coffee and watching gulls poke around the rocks. Out of the blue, a realization astonished me: I didn’t want to go to sea anymore. Great. Now what? A big question immediately followed: “What do you WANT to do?” And on the heels of that thought, two words appeared in my mind: photography and ga...
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Kodiak boys snap skid
Kodiak put an end to its four-game Northern Lights Conference losing skid at Soldotna.  The Bears boys notched a pair of victories over the Stars, winning 66-46 on Friday and 50-45 on Saturday.  Kodiak improves to 3-5 in the NLC, 11-9 overall. Soldtona falls to 3-5, 9-11. The Bears are fourth in the NLC behind Colony (8-0), Palmer (6-2) and Wasilla (3-4). Kodiak can move past Wasilla by sweeping the Warriors in th...
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Fish Factor: Salmon markets favorable this year
In a word, the outlook for Alaska salmon markets this year is favorable. That’s the conclusion of Gunnar Knapp, fisheries economist at the University of Alaska/Anchorage, in an overview of world markets to Alaska legislators. Knapp cited three key factors for the short-term outlook: lower sockeye harvests, strong canned salmon markets with low inventories, and strengthening prices for farmed salmon. Lower harvests...
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KHS project bid opening delayed
Kodiak will have to wait a bit longer to learn the cost of the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. During Thursday evening’s Kodiak Island Borough assembly work session, borough manager Bud Cassidy told assembled officials that the bid opening on the project as been delayed by two weeks. Instead of Feb. 20, the borough will consider contractors’ bids on March 6, one day before the original constru...
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Kodiak man arrested for Coast Guard double murder
Ten months after the bodies of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle were found in Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak, a man has been arrested and is facing murder charges. James Michael Wells was arrested in Kodiak on Friday in connection with the murders of Coast Guardsmen Hopkins and Belisle. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced the arrest in a press rele...
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