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FAA pledges $2.2 million for Kodiak wetlands
A new runway project at Kodiak State Airport will spend $2.2 million to preserve wetlands in the Kodiak archipelago. The preservation project is formally known as “compensatory mitigation” and is required because a new construction project at the airport will fill a portion of the ocean next to the airport. That section of ocean is within the Kodiak Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and federal law requires compe...
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Alaska Airlines hikes fees for Lower 48
Alaska Airlines is flying high, but its customers have become accustomed to fees at something approaching ground level. That will change Oct. 30 as Alaska raises its fees to levels charged by Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways. On that date, Alaska will charge passengers $25 for their first and second bags on flights outside Alaska. The fee to change tickets will rise to $125, from $75 for on...
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Study: Kodiak cost of living on the rise, data indicates housing prices to blame
The state’s annual survey of Alaska’s cost of living has discovered what’s obvious to anyone who lives in Kodiak: It’s getting more expensive to live here. According to data collected by the Council for Community and Economic Research and published in this month’s issue of Alaska Trends Magazine, Kodiak is only slightly less expensive than Fairbanks. On a point-based scale using 100 as the national average, Kodiak...
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Petro Marine plans new addition to Kodiak waterfront
In September, Petro Marine Services plans to unveil a brand new fuel dock at its Near Island Channel building. First, however, it needs to be put together. On Monday, Petro Marine manager Jaime Flores showed off the new dock, which is resting in St. Herman Harbor and awaiting the crew that will install its plumbing and other features. “Now you’re going from the sixties to the 21st century,” he said. The new dock i...
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Anthropologist presents fish survey results to work group
A majority of Kodiak fishermen believe privatization has had a negative impact on Kodiak, according to preliminary results of a fishing survey conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “Only 13 percent of people talked about positive impacts for Kodiak,” UAF anthropologist Courtney Carothers told the city and borough fisheries work group meeting Monday morning. The question was one asked on a survey that we...
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Kodiak boy scouts head to national convention
Three Kodiak boy scouts have been selected to travel to West Virginia to attend the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree, an event held once every four years. Around 40,000 scouts will travel to the brand-new Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia to participate in activities like climbing, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, and learn leadership skills. TJ Hailey, Matthew Kernan an...
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No more king salmon fishing in the Ayakulik
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and US Fish and Wildlife Service have announced the end of king salmon fishing in the Ayakulik River this year. Through Monday, only 1,915 kings had been counted on the river, putting the king salmon fishery on course to miss its escapement goal for the year. Sport fishermen had previously been limited to catch-and-release fishing only, but with no signs of a king salmon surg...
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Plane crashes near Fort Abercrombie, 2 safe
Two men are in good condition after their plane made an emergency landing in the water near Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park Saturday afternoon. Kodiak resident Tyler Polum, 26, was flying his 1947 Aeronca Chief with passenger Jason Brooks, 44, of Palmer when the plane’s engine experienced problems and he was forced to land in the water. Polum sustained minor injuries to his head and wrists, while Brooks suf...
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Coast Guard reports more pilots dazzled by backyard lasers
Coast Guard pilots are used to flying through weather that would terrify ordinary pilots. But now, Coast Guard pilots are facing a new challenge: lasers. According to statistics from the Federal Aviation Administration, the number of reported laser strikes on aircraft have grown from 283 in 2005 to 3,591 in 2011. Lt. j.g. Ryan McCue, a pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Houston, shared his experience in a story publ...
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Beer run turns into beer fall for alleged thief
A Kodiak man allegedly tried to steal two six-packs of beer from the basement of Henry’s Restaurant but fell during his attempted escape. Dennis Fathke, 58, was arraigned in Kodiak district court Wednesday on one count of second-degree burglary, one count of third-degree theft and three counts of violating conditions of release. The burglary charge is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a...
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