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Kodiak Coast Guardsman receives military service award
A Kodiak-based Coast Guard rescue swimmer was named the GEICO 2012 Military Service winner for his work in drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Claude Morrissey traveled with his family to Washington D.C. last month to receive the award at the annual GEICO Military Service Awards dinner. Each year for the last 25 years, GEICO has recognized one enlisted member nationwide from each of the five branches of the militar...
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Ash steers clear of Kodiak for now
Kodiak residents awoke Saturday to find a strange powdery deposit on the hoods and roofs of their cars. While Pavlof Volcano 30 miles from Cold Bay has been erupting for the past week, the yellow powder wasn’t volcanic ash — it was spruce pollen produced by the island’s blooming stands of Sitka Spruce. If northeast winds hold steady through the week, however, Pavlof ash could join that pollen. On Sunday afternoon,...
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Kodiak doesn’t escape record weekend cold
Runners jogged in place to keep warm at the starting line of Saturday’s Coast Guard 5K, and tree-planters bundled up against a chilly wind. Still, Kodiak was lucky. The calendar says mid-May, but Alaska is shivering like March as unseasonably cold weather drapes the state from the North Slope to the Alaska Peninsula. On Saturday, the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport reported a low of 30 deg...
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Wells requests bail review hearing
James Wells, the man accused of murdering two Kodiak Coast Guard employees in April 2012, has requested a bail review hearing in Anchorage. Wells was indicted Feb. 19 on two counts of murdering a federal employee, two counts of using a firearm in a violent crime and two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly murdering Coast Guardsmen Petty Officer 1st Class James “Jim” Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer ...
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Base Kodiak hosts third annual ‘Run to Remember’
A Coast Guard effort that took its first steps in Key West three years ago will hit the streets of Coast Guard Base Kodiak on Saturday morning. This week, Base Kodiak hosts the third Coast Guard “Run to Remember” to memorialize Coast Guardsmen killed on duty since Sept. 11, 2001. What started with one man’s ultramarathon effort in Florida has grown to more than 50 events nationwide and around the world. “It’s grow...
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KPD arrests alleged meth dealer
A 28-year-old Kodiak man has been arrested and accused of dealing methamphetamine. David Valley faces one count of third-degree drugs misconduct for possession with intent to deliver (a class B felony) and two counts of fourth-degree drugs misconduct (class C felonies). On Wednesday, officers from the Kodiak Police Department served a search warrant on a home located on the 1200 block of Selief Lane for evidence o...
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Despite debate, assembly approves more money for schools
Clarification : The school funding measure was addressed in two votes Thursday evening. An amendment to increase the appropriation from $10.25 million to $10.65 million passed by a 4-3 vote, Austerman opposed. The main motion, to fund schools at $10.65 million, passed 5-2, Austerman in favor. The Kodiak Island Borough assembly approved a $10.65 million appropriation to the Kodiak school district on Thursday night,...
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Borough assembly to decide school funding tonight
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly will consider approving $400,000 in extra money for Kodiak schools tonight. The money represents the difference between $10.65 million, the amount the school district has asked for, and $10.25 million, the amount the borough contributed last year. The $10.65 million is the maximum allowable contribution under state law, and school district officials have said that without the add...
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Kodiak petitioners try to roll back oil tax cut
In a gala ceremony on Tuesday in Anchorage, Gov. Sean Parnell will put his signature on Senate Bill 21, cutting Alaska’s oil taxes. In Kodiak, Jake Jacobson and Mike Sirofchuk are hoping that a few signatures taken in much less prominent places will erase Parnell’s approval. The pair are among a handful of local volunteers collecting signatures for a campaign to overturn the oil tax cut. If the campaign can garner...
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Kodiak man accused of possessing meth and marijuana
A Kodiak man is facing a felony drug charge for allegedly possessing marijuana and methamphetamine. Johnny Cortez Jr., 26, faces one count of fourth-degree drugs misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class C felony. He also faces misdemeanor counts of sixth-degree drugs misconduct, not having vehicle insurance and driving with a suspended license. According to court documents, an officer observed Cortez d...
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