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First baby of the year born
Amber Anderson spent more than 33 hours at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center before she gave birth to the first Kodiak baby of 2013. Aspen Marie Anderson was born at 4:28 p.m. Tuesday, the daughter of Amber and Noah Anderson. Aspen was born 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. She was born with a full head of black hair. The Andersons’ baby is the winner of this year’s Kodiak Daily Mirror first baby co...
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Shell denies Kulluk set sail for tax reasons
Improving weather has revealed damage to the Kulluk’s upper deck and emergency generators, but almost 150,000 gallons of diesel remains safely contained in the rig’s fuel tanks. Meanwhile, hard questions are being asked about why Shell chose to move the Kulluk across the Gulf of Alaska in the middle of winter, when hurricane-force storms are common. In a story Thursday, the Dutch Harbor Fisherman newspaper stated ...
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Tougher borough contracting rules spark heated words
A dispute about borough contracting disclosure boiled over into a shouting match during the Thursday night meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. Halfway through the meeting, the assembly voted 4-2 (Mel Stephens and Louise Stutes opposed) to approve the first reading of an ordinance that will toughen the borough's rules for transparency when awarding contracts. During open comments the vote, assemblyman Me...
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Ferry delayed by elevator trouble
The ferry Kennicott is back in service but running behind schedule after its vehicle elevator malfunctioned and stranded it in Yakutat. With the ferry Tustumena in dry dock for maintenance, the Kennicott is the sole ferry serving Kodiak, and the delay means the cancellation of one Kodiak stop. “To catch the ferry back up to its normal schedule, what they’re taking out is the homer to Kodiak round-trip sailing on (...
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Rural fire station catches fire
Ouzinkie’s fire department put months of training and new equipment to the test on Dec. 28 when the fire station caught fire. The fire started in the city’s waste oil burner located directly behind the fire station. “The city maintenance was burning off oil, and the winds were just right to where it lit that up, and fire-balled up the wall of the firehouse,” Ouzinkie fire chief Travis Sheppard said. The call came ...
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Six-hour standoff ends in arrest
Alaska State Troopers used pepper spray to end a six-hour standoff with a Kodiak man who allegedly shoved a woman, chanted jumbled phrases and locked himself in his bedroom. Caleb Sterns, 27, was arraigned Friday in Kodiak Superior Court on one charge of third-degree assault, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail. According to court documents, the incident started around 4:20 p.m. Dec. 20. Sterns...
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Salvage team boards shell drilling rig
Improving conditions allowed a salvage team to successfully board the grounded drilling rig Kulluk for the first time since it struck Sitkalidak Island on New Year’s Eve. According to information released Wednesday afternoon by the unified command handling the Kulluk operation, a salvage team was delivered to the rig at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday during a break in the weather. The team stayed until 1:30 p.m. when they r...
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Stevens and Austerman reiterate tight budget year
Tighter budgets mean the Kodiak Island Borough needs to be smarter with its requests, Rep. Alan Austerman told the borough assembly during a work session last week. The assembly, in a 7:30 p.m. meeting tonight, is scheduled to approve so-called legislative “wish lists” from Kodiak’s rural communities. The Kodiak Island Borough has already drafted a list of its own, and the city of Kodiak has a list, too. The lists...
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No fishery aid likely from Congress
Federal aid for Alaska’s failed summer fisheries likely will not pass the House of Representatives this session. The $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill that passed the U.S. Senate with a large bipartisan majority has not been scheduled for a vote in the House, which is scheduled to adjourn today. Enclosed within the bill is a provision allocating $150 million for fisheries disasters in Alaska, the Gulf Coas...
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Shell drilling rig aground
A Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig built to harvest oil from offshore Arctic waters is now stuck aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, not far from historic Refuge Rock. The rig, named the Kulluk, appeared stable, said federal on-scene response coordinator Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler. "There is no sign of a release of any product," Mehler said during a news conference at unified command center at an ...
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