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Group completes journey through Northwest Passage
Sailing through the Northwest Passage is like taking a history course, or so says Mark van de Weg, who just did it. Weg and a crew of five others sailed the 49-foot sailboat Jonathan through the Northwest Passage over the summer. He arrived in Kodiak last Friday after completing the four-and-a-half month journey. "It's really great because you sail through history," Weg said. "All these expeditions tried to find t...
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Election results official
The Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak have counted the final questioned and absentee ballots from Oct. 2's municipal election, and while the vote totals have changed, the results have not. On the borough assembly, Aaron Griffin will replace Jerrol Friend, and on the city council, Rich Walker will replace Mark Anthony Vizcocho. Before Wednesday's final count, the race between Vizcocho and Walker was all but ...
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Kodiak man guilty of possessing methamphetamine
A Kodiak man will serve three months in jail for methamphetamine possession. Dennis Vargas, 38, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, on Sept. 18. Vargas originally faced two counts of possession of a controlled substance, failure to appear for a felony charge, and one fourth-degree assault count, but his charges were reduced in a plea deal. Vargas received 24 months with 21 mon...
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Sven Haakanson receives another award
Acclaimed Alutiiq Museum director Sven Haakanson Jr. has picked up another award. On Wednesday, the Alaska Humanities Forum announced that Haakanson has been named one of three recipients of the governor's Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award. The annual honor is given to "citizens and organizations who exemplify devotion to the humanities and create great art," an announcement from the humanities forum s...
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Tuesday's City Council work session canceled
The Kodiak City Council’s regularly scheduled work session was canceled Tuesday after two councilmen and Mayor Pat Branson became stuck in Anchorage by fog. Councilmen Terry Haines and John Whiddon testified earlier in the week at the meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, as did Mayor Branson and Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby. Tuesday’s meeting had been scheduled to include a discussi...
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Kodiak man pleads guilty to attempted sexual abuse with a minor
A 23-year-old Kodiak man will spend 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges connected to having sex with an underage girl. On Sept. 17, Patrick Sweeney, 23, pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted sexual abuse with a minor, a class C felony. Sweeney originally faced charges of first-degree sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and first-degree burglary, but his charges were reduced in a plea deal. Sw...
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Bears roaming town, but no cause for alarm
At least one brown bear is roaming the streets of East Kodiak, but Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say residents need to take no more precautions than normal. "There's no cause for alarm," said Alaska Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Paul Fussey. "They do this every year; they're after one last meal." On Friday morning, bear sightings were reported on Puffin Drive, Sharatin Road and Spruce Cape Road, but ...
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NPFMC approves statement of purpose and need for groundfish rationalization
The North Pacific Fishery Management council has approved a groundfish rationalization motion that includes many of the items sought by the Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak. On Tuesday, the final day of the weeklong fisheries meeting in Anchorage, the council approved a statement of purpose and need for groundfish rationalization. The statement isn’t a plan or even a blueprint — but it sets the council’s g...
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Business spotlight: Laird opens her own real estate business
Kodiak's newest independent Realtor is a familiar face to Kodiak home buyers and sellers. Paula Laird, a longtime agent for Alaska One Realty, has left that agency to open her own business, Kodiak Island Real Estate. Laird said her desire to have her own business came about because she wanted a new challenge and a chance "to experience my full potential." Since she opened the business on Sept. 21, she has hit the ...
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Quilters display work at annual Colors of Kodiak show
Kodiak's Bear Paw Quilters Guild showed off their members' best pieces at the Colors of Kodiak annual quilt show on Saturday and Sunday at the St. Mary's Catholic School gym. More than 110 quilts were on display for sale and viewing. Becky Church won the best of show award and was given the members' choice award voted by guild members. Jennifer Eubank won the ribbon for best large quilt, Maureen Eaton won for best...
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