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Winter’s first blow: up to 8 inches of snow
Kodiak's first major snowstorm blew in on Sunday night and left up to 8 inches of snow on Kodiak’s streets. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning from 9 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday. According to the National Weather Service in Kodiak, areas around Kodiak received between 3 and 8 inches of snow during that time frame. "Spotter reports from around town have been 6 to 8 inches,” said Craig Eckert, s...
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Police ask for public’s help finding drugs suspect
The Kodiak Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect linked to an alleged drug trafficking operation. On Monday morning, KPD announced through Facebook and the Nixle messaging service that it is actively searching for 28-year-old Sabino Abrego, who KPD characterized as a “wanted person.” The Kodiak Police Department does not typically ask the public for help finding suspects, but in a pho...
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Oral arguments begins in rockfish lawsuit
The legal definition of “fishing” likely will decide an ongoing court case about the National Marine Fisheries’ Service’s new rockfish program. The rockfish program sets individual quotas for Pacific Ocean Perch as well as rockfish. More than 10,000 metric tons of perch flow across Kodiak docks each year, a catch worth millions of dollars to fishermen and processors. When the rockfish program was implemented this ...
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Fisheries group plans to respond to observer program
Kodiak's city and borough fisheries work group plans to draft a letter in response to the new federal fisheries observer program. The observer program, designed by the National Marine Fisheries Service, provides data to determine whether species are being overfished. Details of the new program were released in October. Under the new program, boats are put into classes, and assigned observer coverage. Observers wil...
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KEA's battery backup passes initial tests
A new battery backup for Kodiak's power grid has passed initial tests with flying colors, Kodiak Electric Association president Darron Scott said Thursday afternoon. The news was announced during KEA's regular monthly board meeting. "It operated very well," he said. "We didn't think it was going to be this smooth." This fall, KEA installed a pair of battery banks in a substation on Pillar Mountain. The battery ban...
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Aground tugboat appears to be leaking fuel
A tugboat that ran aground late last week now appears to be leaking fuel on the south side of uninhabited Ukolnoi Island, 40 miles east Cold Bay. On Tuesday evening, the tugboat Polar Wind grounded on Ukolnoi while towing a barge carrying 1.5 million pounds of frozen seafood to Dutch Harbor. At the time, the Polar Wind had 20,580 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,800 gallons of hydraulic oil aboard. Friday overflights ...
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2013 Crab Festival logo and poster contest opens
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has put out a call to local artists for submissions to be entered into the 2013 Crab Festival poster and logo contests. The call is the chamber's first step in preparing for Kodiak’s largest annual celebration. 2 "Right now we're doing the contests, then we'll start ordering the merchandise and getting more involved," said Summer Wood, Crab Festival manager and community relations di...
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Wheeler to retire from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Gary Wheeler is on his way out as head of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. On Dec. 31, Wheeler will retire from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. When he does, he won’t be alone. On that day, USFWS will lose about 10 percent of its Alaska workforce thanks to a one-time window that boosts retirement pay. The wave of retirements was first reported by Dan Joling of the Associated Press and includes four of 14 r...
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Kodiak man faces forgery charges
A Kodiak man has been accused of stealing and forging a check from a local business owner. Douglas Hoedel, 31, is scheduled to be arraigned in Kodiak district court today. Hoedel faces one charge of second-degree theft and one charge of second-degree forgery. Both are class C felonies punishable by up to five years in jail. According to court documents, Hoedel stopped by Nick's Auto Wrecking, Salvage and Metal Rec...
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Autumn of the bears
Living with bears is a fact of life in Kodiak. This fall, that fact became an uncomfortable one for residents on the front lines of an unprecedented invasion. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 7, the Kodiak Police Department responded to 164 calls about bears in garbage, bears near homes or bears posing a danger. The Alaska State Troopers and state park rangers responded to almost two dozen more calls. Using police records...
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