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Date set for rockfish lawsuit hearing
U.S. District Court judge Marsha Pechman has announced that a long-awaited hearing on the fate of the new Kodiak rockfish catch share plan will take place Nov. 19. Pechman, the chief judge in the district court for western Washington, will hear the case that pits Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty, Westward Seafoods and North Pacific Seafoods against the federal government. The processors contend that the rockfish pro...
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City's main water pump house is falling apart
On a sunny day, Monashka Reservoir is serene. Shielded from wind, its billion gallons of fresh water reflect hills and woods locked away from hunters and hikers by chain link fencing. A few feet away from the earthen dam that pens the reservoir’s water is a small concrete building. Open the steel doors of that building, and the reservoir’s serenity is broken by an enormous din. This small building is the reservoir...
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Coast Guard crew gets rescued after mechanical failure
On most days, Coast Guard helicopter crews are the ones called in when something goes wrong. During an unusual mission earlier this month, it was a crew from Air Station Kodiak who needed the rescuing. On Oct. 11, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter took off from Kodiak to search for a man lost overboard from the fishing vessel Flying Ocean. The helicopter searched the ocean southwest of Kodiak Island, refueled at Sitkina...
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State summit on pesky plants meets in Kodiak
Pesky plants aren’t just a problem in Kodiak. People from across the state will be in Kodiak this week to attend the Alaska Invasive Species Conference. The annual conference starts today and runs through Thursday. This is the first time Kodiak has had the opportunity to host the conference, which usually alternates between Anchorage and Fairbanks. "We started a three-year rotating schedule because we want to get ...
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Northern Air Cargo ends service to Kodiak
A longtime visitor to Kodiak State Airport is calling it quits. This month, Northern Air Cargo announced it is ending its twice-weekly freighter service to Kodiak due to lack of interest. On Friday, Alaska Airlines announced it will temporarily run a Boeing 737 freighter to pick up the slack. “Essentially, the two freighter flights will be scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday between Jan. 9 and Feb. 27,” said Bobb...
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New public defender comes on duty
There's a new lawyer in Kodiak, and he's here to serve as defender of the accused. Michael Barber recently moved from Anchorage to Kodiak to take over as public defender for Suzanne Rapoza, who accepted a position on the East Coast as a supervisor at a large public defense office. Barber has been in Kodiak for around two weeks and has already jumped in and picked up Rapoza's cases. "It's just getting used to new c...
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School district wind turbine project complete
A 55-foot residential-scale wind turbine now stands just outside the Kodiak Island Borough building on the side closest to Kodiak High School. On Friday afternoon, the Kodiak Island Borough School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new turbine. Members of the school district, Kodiak Electric Association, U.S. Coast Guard, Kodiak Island Borough and the Wind for Schools project were in attendance. The s...
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As Halloween nears, bear safety is important trick
Kodiak bear activity is on the downswing, but as kids head out for Halloween, an effort is on to step up safety during a particularly active bear year. “We want to be proactive; we want to make sure we do everything we can to keep people safe,” said Larry Van Daele, the top bear official for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak. Van Daele and several members of the Kodiak Interagency Bear Safety Group ...
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7.7 earthquake causes brief tsunami scare in Southeast, Kodiak
Canada’s largest earthquake since 1949 briefly alarmed Alaskans on Saturday after the West Coast tsunami warning center issued a warning for portions of Southeast Alaska. Kodiak was not covered by the warning, but alarm spread among some Kodiak residents until it became apparent that the island was not in the path of the main force of the tsunami, which turned out to be smaller than initially forecast. According t...
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Rick Kniaziowski joins school board
Horizon Lines terminal operations manager Rick Kniaziowski will join the Kodiak Island Borough school board, filling a seat left vacant by the election of Aaron Griffin to the borough assembly. The five sitting school board members interviewed three candidates who submitted letters of interest—Kniaziowski, Joe Bailor and Tracy Chandler — in a special work session Friday. During the interviews, the board asked appl...
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