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Comment period extended on Frankenfish issue
Opponents of genetically engineered salmon got a bit of good news on Wednesday after the Food and Drug Administration announced it will allow more comments on a study that found modified salmon pose no significant environmental impact. The delay means more time for opponents to rally behind a collection of bills proposed by Alaska’s Congressional delegation to block the sale of the world’s first commercially avail...
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Medevac rescues heart attack victim
A Coast Guard helicopter crew has rescued an ill fisherman near St. Paul Island. Before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, a crew based at Air Station Kodiak and forward-deployed to St. Paul Island responded to a distress call from the 240-foot fishing vessel Starbound. The call, which was relayed through Health Force Services, a private medical provider, reported the 44-year-old man was suffering from a heart attack. "Whe...
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Kulluk will head to Asia for repairs
The drilling rig Kulluk, a two-month inhabitant of Kiliuda Bay, is about to move out. On Monday, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, which operates the Kulluk, announced it will move the Kulluk to an Asian shipyard for repairs needed after the Kulluk ran aground New Year’s Eve on Sitkalidak Island. Neither Shell nor Coast Guard spokesmen could confirm when the tow from Kiliuda Bay will take place or where the Kulluk will ultim...
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Housing ranks as top concern in Chamber survey
Housing and the high cost of living topped the list of Kodiak’s economic concerns, according to the results of a survey from the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s online survey asked questions about Kodiak’s strengths, challenges, community concerns, housing, and residential and commercial growth; 187 people responded. “I think people took it really seriously,” Chamber economic development specialist Joe B...
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Hunting permits by email on Friday
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will announce the winners of its annual big game permit draw on Friday, and for the first time will do so by email. Hunters who registered for big game permits as well as Tier I and Tier II subsistence rights should receive an email early Friday morning. By noon, the results of the permit lottery will also be posted online at http://hunt.alaska.gov. Emailed permit announcemen...
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Kodiak man accused of stalking
A Kodiak man has been accused of felony stalking after he allegedly repeatedly contacted a woman who had a restraining order against him. Sean Javier, 24, faces one count of felony stalking, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. He also faces four misdemeanor charges for violating a domestic violence restraining order and five misdemeanor charges for violating conditions of re...
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New public library construction on budget
On Borough Hill, city residents have watched construction of the new Kodiak Public Library proceeding smoothly on schedule. An analysis of the project’s financial foundations presents a similarly serene picture. On Saturday, Kodiak Public Library Association board chairwoman Erin Harrington told library supporters the library is on schedule and on budget. “It’s very optimistic that we’ll be completing the project ...
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Maritime museum plans cellphone harbor tours
The Kodiak Maritime Museum is planning to tell the history of Kodiak’s harbor through interactive cellphone tours. Museum executive director Toby Sullivan announced the new program during the museum’s annual meeting on Friday. The museum hopes to introduce the tours for people with smartphones later this year. “We’re going to put these in a few strategic places downtown,” Sullivan said. The museum already offers s...
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Convention and Visitors bureau holds annual meeting
The Kodiak Island Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, now known as Discover Kodiak, is hoping to draw in international and out-of-state visitors with its new brand. At the annual meeting on Saturday, Discover Kodiak unveiled its new logo and showed a preview of its new website. “We really like the new logo,” board president Susan Johnson said. “It shouts out ‘We’re rugged.’” The Discover Kodiak logo features the tagl...
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USFWS boat likely unsalvagable
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A federal research vessel that sank while docked in St. Herman Harbor likely will not be repaired because of the high expense, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. The 63-foot Arlluk, used by two Alaska Peninsula national wildlife refuges, sank last week while tied up in St. Herman’s Harbor. The vessel was floated after less than 24 hours and towed to a boat yard, but sa...
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