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Two sentenced in beating at Afognak logging camp
Two men have been sentenced after beating a man at an Afognak Island logging camp, then stealing a boat to get away. Taylor Gisler, 22, and Joey Handsaker, 38, each pleaded guilty Monday to charges associated with the incident. Gisler, who has no previous criminal history, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief and was sentenced to time served — 174 days in jail. Handsaker, who has a lengthy criminal his...
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Borough Assembly authorizes planning for fishery research center renovation
In its regular Thursday meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough approved a $180,000 contract to begin planning a renovation of the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center on Near Island. The center is occupied primarily by the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the proposed renovation involves the addition of a seawater chiller that will allow scientists to mimic conditions found in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska d...
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Trying to clear culvert for salmon, crew is stumped
A four-man team from the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District moved five large stumps that were blocking a culvert near Mill Bay Beach, but were unable to remove the stumps that were stuck inside. Staff members initially worried the stumps would prevent salmon from getting through the culvert, but after further investigation, they determined there is enough room for the fish to get through. “Fish can get un...
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Arsonist causes $100,000 damage to Baranof Park ice rink
When Parks and Recreation director Ian Fulp was awoken by a dispatch call at 4 a.m. Wednesday, he received alarming news — the Baranof Park ice rink was on fire. “I was thinking, ‘I wonder how bad it is,’” Fulp said. When he arrived to work at 8 a.m., he had his answer. The fire, believed to be the work of an arsonist, caused damage to the center section of the south wall of the ice rink. The penalty box and team ...
Aug 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old Harbor tries to paint itself green with Anchorage program
With new recycling programs, hard-working community cleanup drives and a push to develop a hydroelectric power plant, Old Harbor is fast becoming the leader in green thinking on Kodiak Island. Last month, a team of inspectors from Anchorage-based Green Star Alaska flew in to Old Harbor on an inspection tour. Their mission: Put Old Harbor on the path to becoming the first certified green community in Alaska. “We wa...
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Kodiak will host U.S. Senate field hearing on Monday
Pitbull wowed some Kodiak music fans this week, and now it’s the turn of some national political stars to take the Kodiak stage. On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will visit Kodiak to hold a field hearing of the Senate’s Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee. Adm. Robert Papp, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will be on hand with Mark Myers of the University of Alaska,...
Aug 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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For Kodiak election campaigns, no big spenders
As Election Day approaches, reports show Kodiak’s legislative candidates haven’t been as focused on fundraising as other candidates across the state. All candidates running for the Alaska Legislature were required to submit campaign disclosure reports by Monday to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The reports document incoming contributions and expenditures for the campaigns. Sen. Gary Stevens raised less than...
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Vandal smashes front doors of Kodiak police station with rock
A Kodiak woman allegedly smashed the doors to the Kodiak Police Station with a rock for no apparent reason on Saturday. Shauna McCarthy faces one charge of third-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony. Police said McCarthy picked up a rock, walked up to the doorway and threw it at the station’s front door twice. The rock did some damage the first time, then bounced off. The doors didn’t actually break until th...
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Kodiak welcomes international music star Pitbull for four-hour visit
Pitbull will be safe from bears in any future places he visits. The Miami rapper and entertainer received bear repellent, a bear bell and boots during his visit to Kodiak. Around 250 people sporting Walmart sunglasses and holding Pitbull posters crowded around the stage at the Nemetz Gazebo to watch Mr. Worldwide make his public appearance in Kodiak. Pitbull, also known as Armando Cristian Pérez, came to Kodiak as...
Jul 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak's National Guard armory gets new boss this week
Come Wednesday, there will be a new face behind the big desk at Kodiak’s National Guard armory. Staff Sgt. Jay Baldwin, who has spent most of his 27 years in the military on active duty in Kodiak, is retiring and handing over his job to Staff Sgt. Orlando Morera. No big ceremony is planned. “I’m going to come out the same way I came in: quiet, dazed and confused,” Baldwin said. Baldwin said his last few days have ...
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