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'Fiscal cliff' decisions will have impact on Kodiak
Kodiak is more than 5,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but Congressional debates happening now will have a big impact on the island in the coming year. As Congress debates an oncoming “fiscal cliff,” the decisions it makes will have an impact on everything from the taxes Kodiak workers pay to the jobs they work and the health care they enjoy. “I think there would be some impact to virtually every agency even if th...
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Proposal: Cut halibut catch by 33 percent
The halibut fisheries in the North Pacific would be cut by 33 percent under a proposal outlined Wednesday during the interim meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle. The interim meeting is the IPHC’s annual opportunity to discuss recommendations ahead of a January meeting at which annual quotas are approved. As halibut populations have declined over the past decade, the interim meeting h...
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Kodiak-raised man elected to Hawaiian House of Representatives
A former Kodiak man has started a journey in politics on another large Pacific island far from the Emerald Isle. Takashi Ohno, 28, was elected on Nov. 6 to the Hawaii State House of Representatives for his first political term, defeating a five-year incumbent in a region in central Honolulu. Ohno was born and raised in Kodiak. He attended Main Elementary, Kodiak Middle School and graduated second in his class from...
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Kodiak's legislators head to Iceland on Institute of the North trip
Kodiak’s delegation to the Alaska Legislature is in Iceland this week on a policy tour coordinated by the Institute of the North. The trip is similar in focus to a Norway tour conducted by the Institute last year and attended by Sen. Stevens. That trip prompted a series of stories by the Associated Press focusing on the cost associated with legislative travel in Alaska and how the state subsidizes legislators’ tri...
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Coast Guard Alaska premieres third season
The Weather Channel’s “Coast Guard Alaska” is back with more search and rescues, medevacs and looks at the Coast Guard life in Kodiak. The third season of the popular Kodiak-based show premieres at 5 p.m. tonight. This season will feature six hourlong episodes that follow the stories of the real Coast Guardsmen at Coast Guard Base Kodiak and other Alaska stations. “I think what viewers can expect to see is what th...
Nov 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salvage crews remove fuel and cargo from grounded barge
A grounded barge laden with 1.5 million pounds of seafood is free of its frozen burden. On Monday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Coast Guard reported salvage crews were removing fuel and cargo from the tugboat Polar Wind and barge Unimak Trader, which grounded Nov. 13 on the south end of Ukolnoi Island. David DeVilbiss, a vice president for Global Diving, said the two boats were ...
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Pollock trawlers exceed king salmon cap, driving debate
Next week, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council will consider a proposal to extend a cap on king salmon catches to trawl fisheries across the Gulf of Alaska. Intense debate over that proposal is being colored by the performance of the pollock trawl fishery, the sole group already operating under a king salmon cap. “Basically, the whole thing was a disaster,” said Julie Bonney of the Groundfish Data Bank,...
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KHS dance team battles breakdancers
Kylee Miles strikes a pose while Tessa Heiberg laughs during the dance contest between the Kodiak High School Dance Team and the Kodiak High School breakdancing club Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. (James Brooks photo)
Nov 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doctors ask Alaskans to shoot flu rise
As snow continues to fall, the number of flu reports in Alaska continues to rise. Flu season has arrived, and the Alaska Department of Health is asking people to take precautions and get vaccinated. The department issued a statement last week noting that influenza and pertussis, known commonly as whooping cough, are on the rise. Dr. Joe McLaughlin, chief epidemiologist for the state, said more cases of influenza o...
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Providence switches to new medical records system
Starting in mid-February, all new records at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center will be electronic. The change isn’t just in Kodiak; Providence is switching to the Epic digital records system in five states: Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. "It's better for the patient," said Kris Long, informatics analyst for PKIMC. "They have a unified medical record at every Providence facility. A person...
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