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7.7 earthquake strikes British Columbia; no tsunami threat for Kodiak
Updated: 9:50 p.m. A violent earthquake jolted Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands on Sunday evening, causing national forecasters to issue a tsunami warning for parts of Southeast Alaska. Kodiak is not included in the warning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands about 385 miles SSE of Juneau shortly after 7 p.m. Alaska time. Magnitude 5.8 and 4.8 aft...
Oct 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ouzinkie gets new fire truck for $1
It only cost $1 for Travis Sheppard to buy a fire truck for Ouzinkie, but it took months of searching before he got the chance to spend that dollar. Sheppard is chief of the department that serves the small town’s 178 people. He took over the position in February and was quickly saddled with a big problem when Ouzinkie's 30-year-old fire truck blew its engine during a maintenance check. For the past six months, Sh...
Oct 26, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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McFarland recounts near-death scuba diving accident
Paul McFarland feels lucky to be alive. On Monday night, McFarland, 24, had a near-death experience after he ran out of air while scuba diving for sea cucumbers off the 48-foot fishing boat Patricia Kay in Alitak Bay. Thanks to the quick thinking by the Patricia Kay crew and the Coast Guard, McFarland is alive and recovering. "Not very many people recover from drowning," McFarland said. "I'm very lucky the crew re...
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Firefighters begin to train on new truck
Ouzinkie now has a fire truck, but the work is far from over. Fire chief Travis Sheppard now faces long hours of work as he begins to train the town’s 25 volunteer firefighters on the new truck. Sheppard has already reorganized the fire department by promoting two volunteers to captains to help him with the responsibilities. Sheppard and assistant fire chief Dan Clarion are joined by captains Pete Muller Sr. and H...
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19th annual holiday market begins today
In his day job, Mark Witteveen works as a marine biologist. His spare time is also spent working on fish, but these don’t have scales or swim in the sea — they’re made of steel. Witteveen, a metal sculptor, is one of 10 artists who will be featured at this weekend’s 19th annual holiday market in the Best Western Kodiak Inn’s Harbor Room. The market, which runs 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, is a b...
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City Council approves contract to convert sewage sludge into compost
A new plan approved by the Kodiak City Council on Thursday will solve a brewing crisis in waste disposal, but not without cost. During its regular meeting, the council voted unanimously to permit the city to sign a contract with Quayanna Development Corporation to convert the city's sewage sludge into compost. After Dec. 15, the Kodiak Island Borough landfill will be unable to accept the sludge due to an expansion...
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American Fisheries Society's Alaska chapter meets in Kodiak
Over 200 people arrived at the Kodiak Convention Center on Wednesday morning to hear the keynote speakers at the 39th annual meeting of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The American Fisheries Society is a professional group that represents fisheries scientists by promoting research and management of resources. Mark Wipfli, president-elect of the Alaska chapter, gave the conference’s opening re...
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bear, goat populations healthy, deer and elk drop
When bear hunters go out into the field today, the first day of the season, they should find healthy, fatty animals. Last winter was kind to Kodiak’s bear population. The same can’t be said about the archipelago’s deer and elk. According to hunting reports and aerial surveys, the Kodiak deer population has declined by upwards of 40 percent. The elk herds on Afognak Island have declined about 10-15 percent, said La...
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Museum director switches to leading arts council
The Kodiak Arts Council will soon have a new executive director as Katie Oliver makes the switch from the Baranov Museum to the Arts Council. "I love the Arts Council and I believe in their mission and the work they do in the community," Oliver said. Oliver will leave her position as executive director of the museum in November to take the arts council job. The council formed a search committee at the end of Augus...
Oct 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baranov Museum begins search for new director
The Baranov Museum board of directors is in the beginning stages of the search for a new director to replace Katie Oliver, who has been named head of the Kodiak Arts Council. "The board of directors met (Tuesday) in a meeting," Oliver said. "They're working on appointing a search committee and refining the director job description." Oliver said the board has not set a date for when the position advertisement will ...
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