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Kodiak rentals still state’s most expensive
It’s an honor Kodiak could do without. For another year, the Kodiak Island Borough has been named the most costly place in Alaska to rent a home or apartment. According to the annual Alaska Rental Market Survey, the median price to rent in the borough is $1,365. That figure, which includes utilities, is more than $200 higher than the state’s No. 2 most-costly location, the Municipality of Anchorage. Kodiak has a l...
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City council approves demolition of old police station
The old Kodiak police station is coming down. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council unanimously approved a $349,551 contract with Golden Alaska to demolish the old police station on Mill Bay Road. The station, built in the 1950s as part of a city government complex, was replaced in 2010 with the opening of the new midtown police station and has been vacant since. The contract also includes the demolition of a...
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ADF&G gets new area wildlife biologist
After a year and a half search, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has hired a new area wildlife biologist for Kodiak. Nate Svoboda arrived in Kodiak two and a half weeks ago and is occupying the position formerly held by Larry Van Daele. Van Daele was promoted to Fish and Game regional wildlife supervisor for southcentral Alaska last year, but will continue to work out of the Kodiak office and stay involved i...
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Man faces drug, gun charges
A 32-year-old convicted felon has been arrested and accused of possessing and dealing heroin. David Shoup, 32, was arraigned in Kodiak district court Aug. 3. Shoup is also accused of possessing methamphetamine and a concealed pistol. He faces charges of third-degree weapons misconduct, fourth-degree weapons misconduct, fifth-degree weapons misconduct, second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance for m...
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Hatchery-raised king crab to enter ocean
A big test has never looked so small. Swimming in a pair of plastic tanks within the first floor of the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center are 13,000 red king crab, each no bigger than half a pinky fingernail. In three weeks, the first of these crab will be released into the ocean, marking the first time hatchery-raised Alaska king crab have been introduced into the wild. “It's certainly an exciting step; I'm waitin...
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Expedition visits most remote island in Kodiak archipelago
A new expedition to Kodiak’s most remote island may shed light on life here before Russians arrived. Four archeologists and bird experts from Kodiak, Boston University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks traveled to uninhabited Chirikof Island last month on an expedition partially funded by National Geographic. Led by Boston University professor Catherine West, the expedition excavated a handful of ancient garb...
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Engineer recommends 3 snow dump sites
The city of Kodiak is still searching for a solution to its snow problem. Last winter, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation closed the city’s snow-dumping pier over concerns about salt and garbage contamination of Kodiak’s nearshore waters. The pier has been used for decades to dispose of snow removed from city streets, but since its closure, the city has been forced to shovel snow into any spare sp...
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Alutiiq Museum receives $35,000 grant to develop weaving exhibit
A $35,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will allow the Alutiiq Museum to create an exhibit and educational booklet about Alutiiq weaving. On Monday, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation was one of the grant recipients in its latest round of funding. The foundation awarded a total of $6.87 million to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest, with $1.26 mil...
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Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in Wells case
James Wells, the man accused of killing Coast Guardsmen Richard Belisle and James Hopkins in April 2012, will not face the death penalty. On Monday, federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage notified the court of the government’s intention not to seek the death penalty. There was no reason provided as to why the decision was made. Bryan Schroder, the lead prosecuting attorney, and Thomas Fun...
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Discover Kodiak names Starrett new director
Discover Kodiak’s board of directors has selected Chastity Starrett as the next executive director of Kodiak’s tourism bureau. The change will go into effect at the Aug. 15 board of directors meeting and Starrett will move from her current role as Discover Kodiak member services specialist to executive director. Discover Kodiak’s board of directors was responsible for the hiring decision. A hiring committee conduc...
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