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Setnetter hits the trail on her horse
A woman who grew up fishing in Uganik Bay has taken her Alaska-grown affinity for the outdoors to the Pacific Crest Trail where she is attempting a solo through-ride of the 2,650-mile trail in one season. Alina Dudding, 27, started her journey on the trail April 22 at its southern terminus in Campo, Calif. near the Mexico and U.S. border. “Somewhere I read that no woman had through-ridden the trail in a season on ...
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Virginia, Alaska form space launch alliance
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia and Alaska are teaming up to make the most of their commercial space operations. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday an operating agreement between the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation. The two spaceports will work together to share engineering, technical knowledge and operating procedures. The space...
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Tustumena faces second shipyard stay
The ferry Tustumena remains on course to emerge from its Seward dry dock this month, but the latest proposed schedule holds an unpleasant surprise for those awaiting the ferry’s return. Five months after it leaves Seward, the Tustumena is scheduled for its annual overhaul. That regularly scheduled maintenance period will take the ferry out of service from early March to the end of April. “If we were to hold that o...
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Assembly to talk bears tonight
Last fall, the city of Kodiak endured the busiest urban bear season in recent memory. This year, the Kodiak Island Borough, Kodiak Unified Bear Subcommittee and other local groups are trying to head off bear problems before they begin. The borough assembly will discuss bear prevention efforts at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the borough conference room on Mill Bay Road. The bear discussion will take place as part of a regu...
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Old Harbor gets new store
Old Harbor has some changes in store. On Saturday, Kodiak’s largest rural community will hold the grand opening of the Nuniaq Food Market. The grand opening marks the restoration of the town store, which closed a year ago following a string of break-ins and vandalism. “There is a need for a store here in the community,” said Old Harbor tribal council vice president Melissa Berns. “The cost of importing goods from ...
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Mercury levels in fish increase when fish feed in deep water
A new study from the University of Hawaii at Manoa says mercury levels within fish rise the deeper the fish feed. The results may have implications for Alaska’s deepwater trawl and longline fisheries. "The implication is that predictions for increased mercury in deeper water will result in higher levels in fish," said Joel Blum of the University of Michigan, the lead author of the study, in a statement. "If we're ...
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Man accused of assault
A Kodiak man is accused of assaulting a family member and possessing a firearm while intoxicated. Ryan Yovino, 24, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Tuesday on charges of fourth-degree weapon misconduct (a misdemeanor) and third-degree assault (a class C felony). The assault charge is punishable by up to five years in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine upon conviction. Alaska State Troopers responded to a rep...
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A1 asks for state timber sale near Sac River
Logging company A1 Timber Consultants Inc. has asked the state of Alaska to open timber sales on state-owned land near the Sacramento river. The request became public after three A-1 Timber employees and one employee of Leisnoi Inc. traveled to the state board of forestry meeting held this month in Soldotna. A recording of the meeting was not publicly available, but the meeting’s minutes state that A1 “would like ...
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Coast Guard rescues Tuxedni crewman
Sometimes even the rescuers need rescuing. On Monday, the Coast Guard medevaced a 44-year-old woman from the fishing tender Tuxedni as it sailed near Sitka. In June, the crew of the 103-foot Trident Seafoods tender was honored with the Coast Guard’s Gold Lifesaving Medal for its actions on Jan. 25, 2012. During a storm in Alitak Bay, the Tuxedni responded to the sinking of the fishing vessel Heritage and pulled it...
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Court rules on dispute over trees
The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled on a 2008 case involving a tree-cutting dispute between two Monashka Bay homeowners. In a Friday decision, the supreme court ruled Joel and Darlene Wiersum were responsible for clear-cutting a hillside owned by Paul Harder. The court threw out $161,000 in jury-awarded damages and ordered a new trial to decide the proper amount. According to court documents, the case began in 2005...
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