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Small boat fishermen still unhappy about observer program
The National Marine Fisheries Service has compromised on the details of a new fisheries observer program set to begin Jan. 1, but some small boat fishermen are still unhappy about new regulations and expenses levied by the program. On Wednesday, they aired their complaints during the first day of the December North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting. The council is the top local body regulating federal f...
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Old Harbor safer with new village response team
Old Harbor is a little bit safer thanks to the addition of a new village response team, a group trained to respond to emergencies or disasters in the community. Old Harbor, a village of about 220 people near the midpoint of Kodiak Island’s south coast, has gone without a village response team for five years. The old program died due to a lack of funding for training and supplies, leaving the village public safety ...
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KPD busts alleged drug dealer
A Kodiak man has been accused of attempting to distribute cocaine, and possessing crystal methamphetamine and oxycodone. Reginald Childers II, 30, faces one charge of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class B felony, and one charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a class C felony. Childers was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Nov. 30. According to court ...
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Economists outline potential fiscal cliff impact on Alaska
On the same day Sen. Lisa Murkowski reported a “gloomy atmosphere” about prospects of solving the fiscal cliff, economists outlined the potential impact to Alaska if Congress fails to act. “It will not cripple the economy, but it will be a significant blow to the health of the economy,” Mouhcine Guettabi of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage told Sean Cockerham of M...
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Kodiak warmer than most of the state
December has gotten off to a frosty start in Kodiak as temperatures failed to rise above the freezing mark for a third consecutive day. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service office at Kodiak State Airport reported a low temperature of 18 degrees, the coldest mark thus far this winter. That’s comparatively balmy compared to a reading of 56 below zero in the tiny Interior village of Chicken, but add Kodiak’s wi...
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Hacked credit card machine cause of fraud in Kodiak
A credit card machine at El Chicano’s has been hacked, leading to widespread complaints of credit and debit card fraud throughout Kodiak. The Kodiak Police Department launched an investigation after receiving dozens of complaints during the past few weeks. Some Kodiakans said fraudulent charges showed up on the East Coast. Others showed up as far away as Beijing, China. The online fraudsters typically submitted a ...
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After quakes, Alaskans chime in to help
When a magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit Kodiak Island on Friday night, Alaskans lept from their beds. Many didn’t run to cover; they ran to their computers. Thanks to a few keystrokes on the U.S. Geological Survey’s “Did You Feel It?” website, future earthquakes might be less damaging. According to David Wald, who administers the program from the USGS office in Golden, Colo., the simple online tool has become a critic...
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Auditors give KIBSD clean bill of financial health
Auditors have given the Kodiak Island Borough School District a clean bill of financial health, the Kodiak school board learned Monday night. School districts are required to submit an audit to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development each year by Nov. 15, and Kodiak’s audit was completed Nov. 14. The audit covers the fiscal year ending June 30 and is not a current snapshot of Kodiak schools’ finan...
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Borough hosts GIS Day
Some of Kodiak’s finest mapmakers are hoping you’ll make some room for them in your calendar, instead. Today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Best Western Kodiak Inn, the borough hosts GIS Day, its annual celebration of mapmaking and the people who create maps used every day by island residents. GIS Day is an international event, but Kodiak’s edition comes one month later than most due to scheduling conflicts. “It’s a...
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Fast-growing fish may never wind up on your plate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that makes a genetically modified salmon may soon by under water thanks to months of federal red tape. After weathering concerns about everything from the safety of humans eating the salmon to their impact on the environment, Aquabounty was poised to become the world's first company to sell fish whose DNA has been altered to speed growth. The Food and Drug Administration in 2010 concl...
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