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At city-borough meeting, complaints about compost
A plan to turn Kodiak’s sewage leftovers into compost hit a literal bump in the road on Tuesday as the neighbor of the planned composting plant told a joint city-borough work session that he has problems with the proposal. Todd Hiner owns more than 80 acres of land in Middle Bay that wrap around the 5-acre parcel Quayanna Development Corporation purchased this week. The only road to the QDC land runs through Hiner...
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Counceller appointed to new state language council
A Kodiak woman will put her language skills to work on the governor's new Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. Gov. Sean Parnell recently appointed April Laktonen Counceller, assistant professor of Alutiiq language and culture at Kodiak College and language manager at the Alutiiq Museum, to the council. "It's an honor, but also it's more of an opportunity to do more work," Counceller said. "We...
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To avoid bears, head downtown to find treats
Halloween’s a night of scares, but downtown businesses and police are hoping this year’s frights won’t involve bears. Both groups are asking trick-or-treaters to stick to the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat beginning at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. The event began almost a decade ago with MainStreet Kodiak. While that organization has gone defunct, the Halloween event lives on. “It was really elaborate in the early ye...
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Date set for rockfish lawsuit hearing
U.S. District Court judge Marsha Pechman has announced that a long-awaited hearing on the fate of the new Kodiak rockfish catch share plan will take place Nov. 19. Pechman, the chief judge in the district court for western Washington, will hear the case that pits Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty, Westward Seafoods and North Pacific Seafoods against the federal government. The processors contend that the rockfish pro...
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City's main water pump house is falling apart
On a sunny day, Monashka Reservoir is serene. Shielded from wind, its billion gallons of fresh water reflect hills and woods locked away from hunters and hikers by chain link fencing. A few feet away from the earthen dam that pens the reservoir’s water is a small concrete building. Open the steel doors of that building, and the reservoir’s serenity is broken by an enormous din. This small building is the reservoir...
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Coast Guard crew gets rescued after mechanical failure
On most days, Coast Guard helicopter crews are the ones called in when something goes wrong. During an unusual mission earlier this month, it was a crew from Air Station Kodiak who needed the rescuing. On Oct. 11, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter took off from Kodiak to search for a man lost overboard from the fishing vessel Flying Ocean. The helicopter searched the ocean southwest of Kodiak Island, refueled at Sitkina...
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State summit on pesky plants meets in Kodiak
Pesky plants aren’t just a problem in Kodiak. People from across the state will be in Kodiak this week to attend the Alaska Invasive Species Conference. The annual conference starts today and runs through Thursday. This is the first time Kodiak has had the opportunity to host the conference, which usually alternates between Anchorage and Fairbanks. "We started a three-year rotating schedule because we want to get ...
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Northern Air Cargo ends service to Kodiak
A longtime visitor to Kodiak State Airport is calling it quits. This month, Northern Air Cargo announced it is ending its twice-weekly freighter service to Kodiak due to lack of interest. On Friday, Alaska Airlines announced it will temporarily run a Boeing 737 freighter to pick up the slack. “Essentially, the two freighter flights will be scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday between Jan. 9 and Feb. 27,” said Bobb...
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New public defender comes on duty
There's a new lawyer in Kodiak, and he's here to serve as defender of the accused. Michael Barber recently moved from Anchorage to Kodiak to take over as public defender for Suzanne Rapoza, who accepted a position on the East Coast as a supervisor at a large public defense office. Barber has been in Kodiak for around two weeks and has already jumped in and picked up Rapoza's cases. "It's just getting used to new c...
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School district wind turbine project complete
A 55-foot residential-scale wind turbine now stands just outside the Kodiak Island Borough building on the side closest to Kodiak High School. On Friday afternoon, the Kodiak Island Borough School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new turbine. Members of the school district, Kodiak Electric Association, U.S. Coast Guard, Kodiak Island Borough and the Wind for Schools project were in attendance. The s...
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