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Strip boat owner gets new lawyer
A federal judge approved Darren Byler’s request for new representation on Tuesday, setting back sentencing for an illegal dumping conviction. Byler was due for sentencing on Monday, but Judge Sharon Gleason granted a postponement on May 2 pending the outcome of the request to replace public defender Michael Dieni. Anchorage attorney John Cashion will take over Byler’s defense. Byler owned and operated the converte...
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City council looking for more marijuana committee applicants
The Kodiak City Council is looking for one more city resident to serve on the Marijuana Advisory Special Committee At their Tuesday work session, council members also decided to amend the draft resolution creating the committee to accommodate an applicant who did not meet the criteria. According to city clerk Deb Marlar, the committee would differ from a recently created borough marijuana task force, because the c...
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Guest Opinion: Plan for life after logging
Last week the Kodiak Island Borough signed a contract with A-1 Timber to log the trees in the fire-damaged Chiniak forest. Under the terms of this contract, A-1 could begin logging immediately and will depart the site on or before May 31, 2017. As part of its contract, A-1 will build bridges, install culverts, and build hardened forest roads on the property to access its trees. These improvements will be left in p...
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Ididarock challenge returns
The Ididarock — an off-road challenge created by Kodiak resident Leonard Martin — returns for a sophomore edition. The race is May 21. Registration deadline is Saturday. Last year, four-wheelers trekked from the Lake Miam trailhead at Mile 29.5 on the Chiniak Highway to the American River parking lot on Mile 20.5. Five teams participated — a team had to have at least two riders — and four finished under 2 hours, 2...
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Alaska Science Forum: Yukon River breaking up with a whimper
CIRCLE — As the pilot of a chartered Cessna 206 curved in for a landing above the Yukon River, his passengers squinted at white river ice that clung to the south bank near town. Chocolate-brown open water filled river channels both upstream and downstream of the ice. In the seat behind the pilot, Ed Plumb of the National Weather Service scribbled in a notebook. Kerry Seifert of Alaska’s Division of Homeland Securi...
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Ancient Alutiiq rock art found on Afognak
On a recent trip to Afognak Island, Alutiiq Museum archaeologist Patrick Saltonstall identified a rare cluster of rock art, a set of petroglyphs previously unknown to the Alutiiq community, according to a Monday release from the museum. Pecked into the surface of a rock formation on the southern shore of Afognak, he found a series of about a dozen carefully formed circular pits, about the size of a tablespoon, som...
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City cuts back 12.6 percent for 2017 budget
The Kodiak City Council held a rare Saturday work session to review the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2017, which predicts a drop in expenses compared to the 2016 budget. In citywide expenses, excluding capital projects, the preliminary budget seeks $35.2 million, down 12.6 percent from this year. The preliminary budget shows a reduction in legal expenses, from $200,000 in the current fiscal year to $100,000....
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Deaths by drowning decrease
The average rate of drowning deaths in Alaskans decreased between 2000 and 2012, “nonetheless, drowning remained one of the top five causes of unintentional injury death in Alaska for persons aged 1-74 years in 2014 and was the leading cause of unintentional injury death among children aged 0-9 years,” according to a state of Alaska epidemiology bulletin. The Gulf Coast region, which includes Kodiak, is one of the...
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Rider severely injured when motorcycle, truck collide
A Kodiak man received severe injuries resulting in a medical flight to Anchorage Friday, according to an Alaska State Trooper report. Craig White, 31, was reportedly driving 40 to 60 mph on Spruce Cape Road, which has a 25 mph speed limit, on his 2016 KTMmotorcycle when he hit a truck turning onto Spruce Cape Road off Jackson Lane. “White lost control of his motorcycle and both he and the motorcycle slid under the...
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Close finish in Earth Day Triathlon
Growing up in Hawaii, Gage Allen knows triathlons. The 22-year-old worked at the most famous one of all, the Ironman World Championships in Kona. “I did everything from bottle runners to med stations,” said Allen, now a member of the Coast Guard. On Saturday, Allen got a very small taste of Kodiak’s Earth Day Triathlon, an island tradition since 1985, by crushing the 20-kilometer bike ride, which gave his team of ...
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