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Prosecutor: March trial likely for Wells
The trial of the Kodiak man accused of the 2012 murder of a Coast Guardsman and a former Coast Guardsman is likely to take place late next month, according the chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage. The murder trial for James Michael Wells, 62, had been scheduled to start Monday in Anchorage, but was postponed to March 31 at a hearing last week. The prosecuting team does not pl...
Feb 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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PKIMC downsizes business office
Two billing jobs at the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center will move to Washington state this April as part of a system-wide centralization of Providence’s billing office. The jobs, which include answering patients questions about medical bills, are moving to the Seattle area to reduce costs through increased efficiency, said Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Leatherman. “It’s really j...
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Landowner closes access to Burton Beach
A Narrow Cape landowner is getting tougher on trespassers on a patch of property at the end of Kodiak’s longest road. The owner cites repeated problems with people driving on wet ground, leaving gates open and littering as the reason for the new policy to no longer tolerate people passing through to Burton Beach. Burton Beach remains accessible by parking on State of Alaska land a few hundred yards away at Barry L...
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Kodiak helicopter crew makes third Cold Bay medevac this week
A Coast Guard helicopter that’s been stationed in Cold Bay for the crab season has been busy lately. For the third time in a week, a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea requested help from the Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk that’s forward-stationed in Cold Bay, according to a Coast Guard news release. The most recent call was from the 650-foot catcher-processer the Ocean Phoenix Sunday morning, where a 30-year-old man on...
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Bear tracks found in Island Lake neighborhood
After a brief hiatus, a winter bear or winter bears seem to be active in the Island Lake neighborhood again. Earlier this winter there were several reports of bears active on the outskirts of Kodiak, but since late January reports of bear activity dropped to zero, according to Nathan Svoboda, area wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That changed early last week when several people report...
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New library usage numbers eclipse old facility
Correction: This article has been changed to reflect the following correction. The Feb. 17 article “Library usage eclipses old facility” gave incorrect numbers for the total number of items checkedout out at the Kodiak Public Library. The correct numbers are 5,100 items checked out in January 2013 at the A. Holmes Johnson Memorial Library and 8,600 items in January 2014 at the new Kodiak Public library. Both numbe...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Yuuwa’iyut Sugt’stun Kicarmigmi: They are speaking Alutiiq in Anchorage
Anchorage has been described as Alaska’s largest village, so it makes sense that it’s become a second home for the native language of the Kodiak archipelago. Beginning in September, a group of Alutiiq language learners began meeting at Alaska Pacific University. Their two-hour Saturday afternoons have attracted as many as 20 Alutiiq speakers and learners, although usually it’s usually about half that size, said Jo...
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C.G. rescues another mariner in the Bering Sea
For the second time this week an Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew evacuated a sick mariner from a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea Wednesday night. An MH-60 Jayhawk crew stationed in Cold Bay received a call concerning a 25-year-old woman working on the 680-foot catcher-processor Ocean Phoenix. The boat was about 70 miles northwest of Cold Bay and the woman was suffering from chest pain, according to a Coast Gua...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tree cut down at White Sands Beach
Someone cut down a tree at White Sands Beach and left it behind last week. A freshly cut spruce tree was found Feb. 7 at the beach, which is at the end of Monashka Bay Road, according to Kodiak Island Borough Code Enforcement Officer Neil Horn. “KIB views such acts seriously and if caught a $1,000 fine per tree can be imposed,” he said in an email. “Not only is this vandalism, but it ruins the countryside and beac...
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Anchorage party company will run part of Crab Fest midway
There won’t be a Ferris Wheel at Crab Festival 2014, but there will be a bucking salmon ride, a boxing ring, a 24-foot climbing wall and an event called melt down, where contestants dodge spinning foam obstacles. Late last month the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce reached an agreement with Anchorage-based Tons of Fun Entertainment to be the first of what will hopefully be several venders to provide entertainment at thi...
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