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Audit gives city clean bill of health but finds financial fault with shipyard
The city of Kodiak received a clean bill of financial health from auditors during its regular work session Tuesday night. Michelle Drew, an auditor with Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., said the most recent audit of the city's books turned up no substantial problems, but there are some long-term concerns with the city's financial health. Drew pinpointed the city-owned shipyard as a major money-loser and drain on financial...
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Visiting professor advises city, borough on catch shares
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council heard stark words from a visiting fisheries professor as it discussed a joint letter on the biggest Alaska fisheries issue in years. Seth Macinko of the University of Rhode Island told the joint city-borough work session in plain language that if local government doesn't act, Kodiak risks losing out as the North Pacific Fisheries Managment Council moves to...
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Salazar, Coast Guard announce drill vessel reviews
A day after Royal Dutch Shell PLC towed the Kulluk to shelter, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the department will perform an "expedited, high-level assessment" of the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling season. Salazar said the review will pay special attention to challenges Shell encountered with the Kulluk, which ran aground New Year's Eve, the drill ship Noble Discoverer, which last month was found with saf...
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Man accused of robbing Safeway liquor store
A Kodiak man is accused of robbing the Safeway liquor store in downtown Kodiak. Victor Swan, 40, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Sunday on one charge of second-degree robbery, a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail. According to court documents, Kodiak police were investigating a fight at the public restrooms on Marine Way around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. During the investigation, they contacted S...
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Bayside responds to unattended oven
An unattended oven led to a fire call Tuesday morning to the Bayside Fire Department. According to a news release from the department, firefighters responded to an alarm in the 3400 block of Sharatin Road at 8:15 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy gray smoke coming from an upstairs apartment. No flames were visible, and firefighters discovered the smoke was coming from the apartment’s oven, which had...
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Drilling rig pulled from rocks
The Shell drill rig Kulluk arrived as planned Monday in the shelter of a Kiliuda Bay after being towed about 45 miles through swells as high as 15 feet, officials said. The Royal Dutch Shell PLC vessel was lifted off rocks late Sunday and towed from the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, where it sat exposed to the full-on fury of Gulf of Alaska winter storms since grounding on New Year's Eve. The Kulluk — a cir...
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Convention and visitor bureau gets a facelift
The Kodiak Island Convention and Visitor Bureau is getting a facelift, but its goal remains the same. The bureau recently underwent a name change, published its 2013 visitor guide and will soon launch a new website. Now called “Discover Kodiak,” the bureau hopes to make it easier for visitors to find the information they need, Discover Kodiak executive director Janet Buckingham said. “There is a trend nationwide t...
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Derelict Pacific Producer spills more oil
A derelict vessel on the Kodiak waterfront is causing more trouble after it spilled fuel as it was moved from Pier 2. The Kodiak harbormaster office said the diesel fuel spill from the Pacific Producer has been cleaned up, but the vessel is still a problem. “The spill was 99 percent cleaned up within the first six hours it was reported,” Deputy Kodiak harbormaster Lon White said. Around 150 gallons of diesel fuel ...
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Fisheries work group discusses letter to NPFMC
Kodiak's city and borough fisheries work group will bring a drafted letter addressing the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's groundfish rationalization purpose and needs statement to tonight's joint work session. The letter was written in response to the NPFMC statement created at the council’s October meeting. The council's document addressed some of the goals Kodiak's fisheries work group submitted, alth...
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Legislature gets first look at prefiled bills
The Alaska Legislature released its first preview of the 2013 session on Monday as the first set of prefiled bills were published. The list of early introductions includes measures that would change things as varied as motor vehicle registration and performance reviews within the University of Alaska system. In a meeting last week, Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Alan Austerman told the Kodiak school board that they ha...
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