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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...
Jan 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Derelict causes ammonia scare
Kodiak and Coast Guard firefighters responded en masse Monday to a derelict processing ship reportedly leaking anhydrous ammonia. The leak was reported about 11 a.m. by two crewmen living aboard the 169-foot Pacific Producer. “They were reporting to us that the anhydrous smell drove them out of the mess deck,” said Kodiak deputy fire chief Jim Mullican. Anhydrous ammonia is commonly used as a refrigerant aboard fi...
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Alleged strangling leads to assault charges
A Kodiak man faces assault charges after he allegedly tried to strangle a woman. Basil Larionoff, 27, was arraigned in Kodiak Superior Court on Friday for felony charges of second-degree attempted assault and third-degree assault. He also faces a DUI charge and a fourth-degree weapons misconduct charge for allegedly possessing a weapon while intoxicated. Both charges are misdemeanors. The alleged incident occurred...
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KEA deals with power outages
Trouble with a transformer briefly knocked out power to Bell’s Flats, Chiniak and Pasagshak on Monday morning. According to the Kodiak Electric Association, an electrical transformer next to the Bell’s Flats AC Store malfunctioned about 9:30 a.m. “All power was restored to the Bell’s Flats community at 11:05,” spokeswoman Nancy Sweeney said. Chiniak and Pasagshak had their power restored at 11:11 a.m. Additional s...
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Best of 2012
The end of the year is an annual chance to reflect on the past and to look forward to the future. For Kodiak, 2012 was a year topped by tragedy but also filled with sparks of triumph over difficulty. The year’s top 10 Kodiak stories are based upon online readership statistics and the picks of Daily Mirror Editor James Brooks. • The year’s top story by far was the double murder at Coast Guard Communications Station...
Dec 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tour group sues to change observer program
The first lawsuit against the new federal fisheries observer program for Alaska has come in, but it’s not from a commercial fisherman or even a fisheries group. On Dec. 21, The Boat Company — a self-described “eco cruise line” in Southeast Alaska — filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Alaska to force the National Marine Fisheries Service to come up with a new observer program. “We'll be seeking a remand, whi...
Dec 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak man accused of rape
A man faces serious sexual assault and assault charges after an alleged rape at the Buskin River State Recreation Site. Robert Zoellner Jr., 32, has been accused of first-degree assault and first-degree sexual assault. The charges stem from an alleged incident that took place on Dec. 18. According to court documents, a woman called Alaska State Troopers to report that Zoellner had sexually assaulted her. The 26-ye...
Dec 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fire destroys a Cove Drive home
A fire that started in the garage of a Cove Drive house has left a Kodiak family temporarily homeless as they assess the damage. At 7:27 p.m. Wednesday night, a 911 caller reported a fire in the home of Les and Sherrie Seaton on Cove Drive near its intersection with Shahafka Circle. Bayside firefighters arrived eight minutes later and found flames shooting from the home’s garage into a residential floor located ab...
Dec 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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