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Sea Stories: Michael Healy, captain of the Revenue Cutter Bear
In 1999, the Coast Guard commissioned a new cutter, the Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker, and named it in honor of Michael Healy, the famed U.S. Revenue Service captain who served in Alaskan waters in the late 19th century. The Coast Guard proudly claims the cutter is named for the first African American to command a revenue cutter, but like much of the history of race in America, Healy’s story is more complicated tha...
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Widows of CG shooting sue US govt
The widows of two men shot dead at the Coast Guard Communications Station in 2012 are suing the United States of America for wrongful death. Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and civilian employee Richard Belisle, a retired member of the Coast Guard, were killed by their co-worker, civilian employee James Wells on April 12, 2012. Wells was found guilty of the murders in April 2014, and is currently serving fou...
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KIB lobbyist: Ask for cutters, fed refuge funds
In an update to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly on Thursday, Washington, D.C., lobbyist Brad Gilman told the assembly to consider sending a letter asking the Coast Guard command to base some of the new cutters now under construction in Kodiak. “What we would do is draft a letter to the commandant that kind of makes the case for why Kodiak has the capacity for national security cutters and offshore patrol cutter...
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One Otmeloi vote ordinance passes, one postponed
Service Area 1 voters and Otmeloi Way residents will choose whether to expand the service area and take over ownership of the road, but whether voters will choose to create a lighting district for Otmeloi will wait another week for a decision. The two vote ordinances are both related to planned upgrades including paving and adding sidewalks and lighting to Otmeloi Way. The state currently is responsible for the ro...
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Council to discuss consolidation
The Kodiak City Council has a full schedule for Tuesday’s work session, which includes discussions on borough and city government consolidation and the fate of a memorandum of agreement between the city and borough for building inspection services. Council will discuss an initiative that placed Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak government consolidation up for a public vote in the next election. Last week, t...
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Restored searchlight comes home to Kodiak
A World War II searchlight, lovingly researched and restored by state park volunteers arrived Thursday at the Kodiak Military History Museum. Retired machinist and tool-and-die maker Chuck Meitle and retired teacher Nancy Meitle have volunteered with Alaska State Parks for seven years and at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak for five. They found the searchlight in a field of searchlights in Oregon, ...
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Assembly asks voters whether to pursue consolidation
With a unanimous vote, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved submitting a question regarding consolidation to the borough voters at the upcoming election. Borough voters will see the question, “Should the Kodiak Island Borough pursue the idea of consolidating the Kodiak Island Borough and the City of Kodiak into a single unit of government?” on the October 4 ballot. No one commented during the public hearing...
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Trailer park evictions hearings continue
Evictions hearings for some Jackson Mobile Home Park residents continued Thursday. Three residents appeared before the magistrate, who served as a master in the hearings. A master hears evidence and makes a recommendation to the judge based on that evidence. Another hearing was held July 19. In total, the court has heard 10 eviction proceedings since the May 2 mov- out deadline stated in a notice served to tenants...
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Assembly postpones contract for Chiniak seedlings
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly postponed the $120,000 purchase of seedlings for replanting borough-owned land in Chiniak. Borough manager Michael Powers told the assembly at their Thursday meeting that additional review time was needed. “The contract just came back in last night, and we did not get that out to you,” Powers said. “Accordingly, we did have some changes by the attorney, and we would like to recom...
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Refuge marks 75 years since FDR signed
As we sit quietly on a grassy slope overlooking the river, a wildlife drama unfolds below. A mother bear with two cubs scampers up to a safe perch, nose twitching and eyes narrowed. Another mother bear approaches the water, her cubs rollicking along behind, intent on the smell of a thousand migrating salmon. Across the river, a large female bear snorkels, putting her face under water and waiting for the perfect mo...
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