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Native corporations encourage voting no on 1
The Old Harbor, Afognak and Ouzinkie native corporations sponsored a forum Friday encouraging Kodiak residents to vote no on ballot measure 1. If voters approve it on August 19, measure 1 would repeal Senate Bill 21, an oil tax reform bill that was passed by the Legislature, signed into law on June 24, 2013, and went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year. Old Harbor Native Corporation CEO Carl Marrs said the corporat...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Report: Most Alaska fish are safe for consumption, have low mercury content
The Alaska Department of Epidemiology has released updated fish consumption guidelines for Alaskans. Although all fish contain some level of mercury, “Most species of Alaska fish, including all five wild Alaska salmon species, contained mercury levels that were too low to constitute a health risk,” the report stated. The primary concern about contaminants in Alaska fish is mercury, since other contaminants appear ...
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Tracking salmon to their birth streams
Strontium is a trace element and mineral people use to make glow-in-the-dark paints and toothpaste for sensitive teeth. In research for his college degree, Sean Brennan used strontium's unique qualities to track salmon in an Alaska river. At Brennan's Ph.D. defense at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, adviser Matthew Wooller praised Brennan's ambitious plan and his execution of it up and down the many webs of th...
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Fish and Game asking for samples
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking fisherman for samples of salmon, sportfish and other groundfish to help with two studies being conducted to determine biological characteristics of Kodiak’s fish population. The department put up signs at the beginning of the summer in harbors and popular fishing spots asking fishermen for samples of king salmon, halibut, rockfish and lingcod. The signs also ask fis...
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard conducts 2 medivacs in Southeast
Coast Guard crews in Sitka and Ketchikan performed two medevacs from two separate vessels in Southeast Alaska on Sunday. Coast Guard units out of Ketchikan medevaced an injured fisherman from a vessel near Kendrick Bay, and a helicopter crew out of Sitka medevaced a passenger from a cruise ship near Zarembo Island. The first case began when the Coast Guard received a report that a 21-year-old female aboard the fis...
Jul 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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New ride provider a hit at festival
Attendees enjoyed this year’s Crab Fest and enjoyed the rides provided by Tons of Fun Entertainment, according to survey results recently published by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. The results indicated that people may have had low expectations for the festival because Golden Wheel Amusements did not bring the carnival rides that have long been a staple. Over half of the people surveyed, 64 percent, said Crab Fe...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community archaeology project gets digging today
A band of amateur archaeologists are getting their hands dirty and shovels poised for discovery when the Alutiiq Museum’s community archaeology program begins today in the Womens Bay area. Led by Patrick Saltonstall, the museum’s curator of archaeology, the program takes community members and turns them into archaeologists to help Saltonstall and museum staff excavate and research historic sites around Kodiak. The...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Helicopter rescues injured seaman
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued an injured man Saturday after he suffered injuries from a chemical exposure aboard the Horizon Kodiak. The MH-60 Jawhawk crew rescued the 39-year-old man from the cargo ship in the Gulf of Alaska, about 160 miles east of Kodiak, and transported him to Kodiak for medical attention. He was listed in stable condition. The Coast Guard received the medevac request Saturday morning ...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Work may lead to discolored water today
Residents in parts of Kodiak may notice discolored water today when city crews start work on a water flushing system on Rezanof Drive. The city’s public works and fire department will start work on the system at 1 p.m. today in the 3400 block of Rezenof. Areas possibly affected by the flushing include Woody Way, Sitkinak Drive and Woodland Acres through Sharatin Road. All water used in the flushing system and all ...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly OKs emergency generators for schools
At their July 17 meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly passed an ordinance to fund emergency generators for four Kodiak schools and moved forward an ordinance to allow voters to decide whether the borough will issue bonds to finance repairs on school facilities. As the first item under new business, the assembly unanimously authorized a contract for emergency generators for the Port Lions, Karluk, Old Harbor...
Jul 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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