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In the Courts: Dec. 28
Charges dismissed Two charges of resisting arrest and one charge of driving without a valid license against Milton Rodriguez, 26, were dismissed Dec. 10. Harassment James Weeks, 47, was sentenced to 90 days in jail (89 suspended) for pleading guilty Dec. 17 to second-degree harassment. Weeks will be on probation for two years and was ordered to view two domestic violence videos. Drugs Misconduct Nina Gronn, 20, wa...
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Top local sports stories of 2012
It would make since for a remote island with a small population to lag behind when it comes to sports — but that isn’t the case for Kodiak. In 2012, Kodiak Island produced one state team title and nine individual state champions. This past year also saw the first football game on artificial turf at Joe Floyd Track and Field and a former Kodiak High School standout attempt to make the London Olympics. I couldn’t na...
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Katharine Duvall (Walters) Madsen
Katharine Duvall (Walters) Madsen passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2012, following a brief illness. She was a month short of reaching her 92nd birthday. Katharine was born Jan. 16, 1921, in Overlook Colony, Del. to Madeline (Scott) Walters and Robert Means Walters. She was the third of four children: Robert, Mary Jane and Jacqueline. Following graduation from high school, Katharine attended the Philadelphia Acad...
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Tapestry: Remembering Gus Yovino — reluctant hero
He stood like a giant at the post office, speaking in an accent that hinted to his Hispanic roots. One could ask, with a straight face, if Gus Yovino’s main purpose was to come there to visit. He was always talking with someone. Perhaps it was with a fellow Latino who had just arrived in Kodiak; a family member who just had to talk with an older, wiser person about something that was bothering him; or an old-timer...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Dec. 28
Mecuuluni : Wet_ Itganka mecuu’ut. : My feet are wet. In Kodiak’s cool, wet environment, staying dry is a constant battle. Alutiiq people, who thrived in this moist land for thousands of years before rubber boots and Gore-Tex, devised many ingenious ways to keep from getting wet. Hunters coated the sea lion skin coverings of their kayaks with oil to make them waterproof. Seamstresses fashioned lightweight, flexibl...
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Outdoor Kodiak: Home for the holidays
The excitement of Christmas morning has passed, even if the refrigerator is full of leftovers and the house a shambles of gift wrap and new toys. In many households the togetherness of Christmas will keep on giving for days to come, with mom and dad off for the week and the kids home from school until after the first of the year. So, what are you going to do with yourselves? The new toys for young and old need bre...
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Gun control or freedom
To the editor: The rash of recent shooting incidents has led people who wouldn’t know an AK-47 from a paintball gun to issue demands for more and more restrictions on guns. It might make more sense to outlaw men than guns. Or divorce. Or crack. Or to prohibit felons from having guns. We already outlaw crack and felons owning guns, and yet somehow these people got what they wanted. Liberals tolerate rallies on beha...
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Coast Guard finds safety problems with Shell's drilling rig
The Coast Guard has found serious safety problems with the drilling rig that pioneered Shell Oil’s Arctic operations this summer. The Los Angeles Times, in a story published Thursday, said the problems were discovered when Coast Guard inspectors boarded the Noble Discoverer in Seward, after Shell’s drilling season. "When these inspectors went on board and conducted their inspection, they noticed several major safe...
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Arts council auctions off a week on a crab boat
“Deadliest Catch” shows up on T-shirts, coffee mugs and even fireworks that try to cash in on the success of the Discovery Channel’s most popular Alaska-based TV series. Now, the Kodiak Arts Council is hoping to turn that popularity to some good as it auctions a weeklong opportunity aboard a Kodiak-based Tanner crab boat. “It seemed like a natural way to try to get money for a nonprofit,” said Skip Bolton, a longt...
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Parks and Rec: Dec. 28-Jan. 4
Dec. 28-Jan. 4 BARANOF ICE RINK Stick and Puck is held Sunday, 9 to 11 a.m., and Monday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a time for all ages and competitive levels to hone their skills. No games allowed. Players can focus on game fundamentals without the pressure of game situations. Broomball is a game similar to ice hockey in which the players, not wearing skates, use “broom sticks” instead of hockey sticks to shoot a sma...
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