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Fish tender crew recognized for dramatic rescue in winter 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard presented the crew of the Trident Seafoods fish tender Tuxedni with the prestigious Gold Lifesaving Medal awards for their heroic actions that saved the lives of five people from the sinking fishing vessel Heritage in 2012. Tuxedni Capt. Greg Plancich, engineer Dan Hardwick, deckhands Jim Fultz and Wayne Kit received the medals Wednesday during a special ceremony at Coast Guard Base Kodiak. “Y...
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More improvements coming to Baranof Park
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Kodiak kids released from school dotted the green artificial turf of Baranof Park. Some threw Frisbees. Others passed a football while parents walked laps of the park’s track. Tonight, the Kodiak City Council will decide whether or not to give those kids and their parents a little extra room to spread out in the sun. The council is scheduled to vote on the second phase of the Barano...
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Salmon surge continues as Buskin River sockeye bag limit is raised
This summer’s surge of salmon isn’t just hitting the Karluk and Afognak rivers; it’s coming to Kodiak, too. On Wednesday morning, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it has raised the daily bag limit for sockeye salmon from two fish to five. Fishermen are still limited to salmon 20 inches or longer and can only have five fish in their possession at one time. The raised bag limit is the latest sign of ...
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Pier 3 project faces sandy dilemma
As the city of Kodiak gets down and dirty with its effort to build a new Pier 3, problems have emerged from the muck at the bottom of Kodiak's port. In a Tuesday night presentation to the Kodiak City Council, engineer Kenton Braun said the city will soon have to decide whether it wants to scale down the pier or add 10 percent to its $33 million price tag. "Soil strength plays into this a lot," Braun explained. Whe...
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One man’s hobby: Soaring with the eagles
Summer is the time for daydreaming. Lie back in the warm grass and open your eyes, watching the eagles circle above. As you lie on Pillar Mountain, a red bird with a 10-foot wingspan joins them, circling and looping in the breeze above the mountain. Remove your sunglasses and you see that it’s not a bird — it’s a glider. It’s the daydream of 48-year-old Andrew Airways mechanic Chris Badessa. For the past 11 years,...
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State can’t find interim ferry to fill Tustumena’s absence
The state has struck out in its search for an interim Tustumena replacement. The Alaska Marine Highway System has confirmed that only one company responded to the state’s plea for interim ferry service between Kodiak and Homer. With the ferry Tustumena in dry dock until the end of July, only the ferry Kennicott will stop at the Emerald Isle during the peak of tourist season. With the Tustumena unavailable, the sta...
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Permit process slow with small staff
For the next few weeks, the Kodiak Island Borough’s community development department will be stretched thin. The department was already down a full-time employee after Bud Cassidy left earlier this year to take over as borough manager. It will now be down two full-time employees with the departure of acting director Duane Dvorak. The staffing shortage is expected to slow the process of issuing residential and deve...
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Police seek man on robbery and assault charges
A Kodiak man accused of robbery and assault is still at large. Last week the Kodiak Court issued an arrest warrant for Marcus Benton, 23, for his alleged role in two separate incidents. He has not been arraigned in court, but the charges he will face include second-degree robbery (a class B felony) and first-degree assault (a class A felony). According to court documents, Benton mugged a man around 9:42 a.m. May 2...
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NPFMC asks for more info as fish shift from Kodiak processors
After vocal protests from Kodiak fishermen and the governments of both the city and borough, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has announced it will take a deeper look at fish tendering issues in the Gulf of Alaska. With a 6-5 vote, the council approved a motion by councilman Duncan Fields to monitor the number and activity of Gulf tenders through the end of the year and report the findings at the counc...
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Coast Guard C-130s return to Arctic duty - UPDATED
Kodiak-based Coast Guard C-130s are flying under the midnight sun again after a winter of hibernation. On April 23, the Coast Guard resumed Arctic domain awareness flights — long trips from Kodiak to the Arctic Ocean that have a hybrid role. The aircraft are on call for search-and-rescue and scientific missions, but they also perform “show the flag” missions over the Arctic, demonstrating America’s interest in the...
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