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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...
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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...
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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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Coast Guard finds safety problems with Shell's drilling rig
The Coast Guard has found serious safety problems with the drilling rig that pioneered Shell Oil’s Arctic operations this summer. The Los Angeles Times, in a story published Thursday, said the problems were discovered when Coast Guard inspectors boarded the Noble Discoverer in Seward, after Shell’s drilling season. "When these inspectors went on board and conducted their inspection, they noticed several major safe...
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Arts council auctions off a week on a crab boat
“Deadliest Catch” shows up on T-shirts, coffee mugs and even fireworks that try to cash in on the success of the Discovery Channel’s most popular Alaska-based TV series. Now, the Kodiak Arts Council is hoping to turn that popularity to some good as it auctions a weeklong opportunity aboard a Kodiak-based Tanner crab boat. “It seemed like a natural way to try to get money for a nonprofit,” said Skip Bolton, a longt...
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Phone book deliveries to end, but not in Kodiak
The white pages may soon be going black for most Alaska telephone customers. State regulators have backed a plan to do away with automatic distribution of residential phone directories in four urban areas, agreeing with the argument that printed copies of the white pages have become less necessary in the Internet era. In the future, many Alaskans will only receive copies of the residential directories upon request...
Dec 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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