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Mecham sentenced to five years in jail for street racing death
One of the men involved in a street racing incident that led to the death of Austin Van Long will spend five years in jail. William Mecham, 20, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and second-degree assault on Friday morning. Both charges are class B felonies. On the night of Oct. 20, 2011, Mecham and Markryan Portillo were driving across Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge in what police say was a high-speed ...
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Study: 44 percent of Kodiak women abused
Kodiak has a domestic violence problem, and it's finally been put into numbers. Out of every 100 adult women who reside in the Kodiak Island Borough, 38 experienced intimate partner violence, 23 experienced sexual violence and 44 experienced either or both forms during their lifetime. To put it another way, 1,741 women who reside in the borough have experienced intimate partner violence, 1,039 women experienced se...
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Assembly turns down tougher conflict of interest regulations
"I didn't think it would turn into such a lynching." After a contentious three-hour Kodiak Island Borough assembly meeting, those were the words of assemblywoman Chris Lynch, who endured heated comments from Kodiak residents and fellow assembly members as a consulting contract between Lynch and the borough came under scrutiny. Lynch, who operates Kodiak Construction Services, is due more than $38,000 after the bor...
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Expansion delayed at Kodiak Launch Complex
Alaska Aerospace Corporation's plans for a new launch pad have been delayed, not canceled. In a four-hour board meeting Thursday at the Kodiak Launch Complex, CEO Craig Campbell confirmed that Lockheed-Martin's delays in finding customers for a new, larger Kodiak-launched rocket means at least a one-year delay in construction of Launch Pad 3. "Now we're projecting into the 2015 period for the launch of the Athena ...
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Kodiak Launch Complex may go hypersonic
While expansion plans for the Kodiak Launch Complex are slowing down, the Alaska spaceport's current business may be going hypersonic. In a presentation to the Alaska Aerospace Corporation board of directors on Thursday, company CEO Craig Campbell said two hypersonic aircraft research projects are looking at Kodiak as their next launch site. In late September, a site survey team from the U.S. Army's Space and Miss...
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Brennan Smith joins Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center
The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is welcoming a new expert devoted to the science of fish proteins. Brennan Smith, an assistant professor, is the newest faculty member for the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. He arrived in Kodiak Sept. 10. Smith comes to Kodiak from Manhattan, Kan. where he worked as a protein chemist while earning his doctoral degree in food scien...
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Borough assembly debates conflict of interest ordinance tonight
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly takes up a conflict of interest issue tonight as it decides whether borough staff and assemblywoman Chris Lynch misstepped when Lynch was hired as a contractor on a handful of borough projects. The assembly was never informed about the Lynch contract because it failed to reach the $25,000 hurdle that requires assembly approval. Two ordinances addressing the Lynch contracts will c...
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To connect Flats with White Sands by bike, $66 million price tag
As the Kodiak City Council prepares to address a proposed bike and hike path to Deadman’s Curve, cycling proponents may move one step closer to completing a grand plan that would link White Sands Beach and Bells Flats with pedestrian routes. “We just go step by step; everything we get is awesome,” said Sandra West, a member of the borough’s parks and recreation advisory board who has suggested a trail to Coast Gua...
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North Pacific Fishery meeting begins in Anchorage
An upcoming shift in regulations is pushing Kodiak’s pollock trawl fleet dangerously toward a shutdown, experts testified Monday during the opening day of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage. The first day of the seven-day meeting is typically set aside for reports and minor matters, but Julie Bonney of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank and Bob Krueger of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers A...
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School district asks for public's help in planning effort
The Kodiak Island Borough School District wants to know what parents and community members believe should be priorities for the next school year. On Wednesday night, the district held the first of three strategic education planning meetings to discuss community priorities for education in the 2013-2014 school year. The district has been holding strategic planning sessions since the early ‘90s, using them to form l...
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