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Borough assembly reaches compromise in Shelikof parking snafu
By JAMES BROOKS Mirror Editor A debate over a pair of downtown parking spaces touched on fishery politics, traffic flow and jobs creation before its resolution in a late-running Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting Thursday. In a 4-1 vote, the borough assembly -- acting in its guise as the borough's board of equalization -- approved a partial exemption to parking regulations for the Pacific Seafoods processing p...
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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge seeks spike in viewership
More people than ever are coming to the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge to view wildlife. "We're seeing record levels now," said Hans Klausner, visitor services manager for the refuge. "I think that is because Kodiak has gone through a lot of effort to accommodate a wide variety of interest." When the refuge built the new Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in 2007, the number of visitors jumped from 20...
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Time running out for rockfish appeal
The clock is ticking as Kodiak’s commercial fish processors consider whether to appeal a decision upholding new federal regulations covering rockfish. The Nov. 30 decision by Judge Marsha Pechman in the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, can be appealed to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court within 60 days of the ruling. Without a decision in that timeframe, the rockfish program that began in 2012 will continue ...
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Ouzinkie fire department gets another gift
Ouzinkie's fire department has been continuing to upgrade its equipment with a recent donation of a radio from Aksala Electronics in Kodiak. On Nov. 30, Curt Law of Aksala traveled from Kodiak to Ouzinkie to install the narrow-band radio in the city's new fire truck. Law, a volunteer firefighter for Kodiak’s Bayside Fire Department, had heard Ouzinkie needed a radio for the new fire truck. Ouzinkie purchased the t...
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State shifts course on next generation of ferries
Citing increased costs, Gov. Sean Parnell has changed course on the Alaska Class Ferry project. Parnell announced Tuesday in Ketchikan that the state is ending design work on a proposed 350-foot ferry and is shifting its efforts toward two smaller ferries in the 250-foot to 300-foot range. The governor said recent cost estimates for the larger vessel, which originally stood at $120 million, came in at $150 million...
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Small boat fishermen still unhappy about observer program
The National Marine Fisheries Service has compromised on the details of a new fisheries observer program set to begin Jan. 1, but some small boat fishermen are still unhappy about new regulations and expenses levied by the program. On Wednesday, they aired their complaints during the first day of the December North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting. The council is the top local body regulating federal f...
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Old Harbor safer with new village response team
Old Harbor is a little bit safer thanks to the addition of a new village response team, a group trained to respond to emergencies or disasters in the community. Old Harbor, a village of about 220 people near the midpoint of Kodiak Island’s south coast, has gone without a village response team for five years. The old program died due to a lack of funding for training and supplies, leaving the village public safety ...
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KPD busts alleged drug dealer
A Kodiak man has been accused of attempting to distribute cocaine, and possessing crystal methamphetamine and oxycodone. Reginald Childers II, 30, faces one charge of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class B felony, and one charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class C felony. Childers was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Nov. 30. According to court ...
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Economists outline potential fiscal cliff impact on Alaska
On the same day Sen. Lisa Murkowski reported a “gloomy atmosphere” about prospects of solving the fiscal cliff, economists outlined the potential impact to Alaska if Congress fails to act. “It will not cripple the economy, but it will be a significant blow to the health of the economy,” Mouhcine Guettabi of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage told Sean Cockerham of M...
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Kodiak warmer than most of the state
December has gotten off to a frosty start in Kodiak as temperatures failed to rise above the freezing mark for a third consecutive day. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service office at Kodiak State Airport reported a low temperature of 18 degrees, the coldest mark thus far this winter. That’s comparatively balmy compared to a reading of 56 below zero in the tiny Interior village of Chicken, but add Kodiak’s wi...
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