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Coast Guard aircrews have long, futile trip in search for missing Norton Sound boaters
The unsuccessful search for two missing boaters in Norton Sound last week is the starkest example yet of the challenges facing the Coast Guard as it nears the end of its first summer of Arctic search and rescue. On Monday, David Slwooko, Debra Kimoktoak left Koyuk for Unalakleet, traveling in a 17-foot skiff across Norton Sound with their two dogs. When the pair failed to arrive Monday evening, Alaska State Troope...
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Commercial salmon season wraps up on target in Kodiak
Kodiak had a better than expected return on pink salmon this year. Preseason estimates by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast Kodiak would have an average return of 13.2 million fish. Instead, the department counted more than 16 million pink salmon in its Kodiak management area, making for strong even-year return based on the department’s harvest categories. “We came in a little over 16 million,” Fish ...
Sep 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Price tag to repair Baranof Park ice rink climbs above $1 million
The cost of an Aug. 1 arson attack at the Baranof Park ice rink has passed $1 million. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council allocated $400,000 for a cost-plus contract with Jay-Brant General Contractors of Homer to complete repairs on the ice rink, which was damaged when a vandal set fire to wooden debris. The blaze spread to the rink’s dasher boards and damaged the building’s roof. When added to substantial...
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Afognak Island hosts innovative green forest project
Two conservation groups are cashing in on Afognak Island timber, but they’re not using a saw to do it. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the American Land Conservancy have partnered with London-based CAMCO Global to market what they’re calling the Afognak Forest Carbon Project, producing carbon credits for global markets. It’s a way for the groups to make money without cutting down trees, and it’s the first ti...
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Kodiak Electric Association prepares to open the throttle on new wind turbines
Clarification: The insurance payment mentioned in the second half of this story covered a Terror Lake dam leak different from the one plugged with Frisbee-like discs last winter in a story covered extensively by the Daily Mirror. The story has been corrected with this clarification. Kodiak’s new wind turbines are up and operating, but the Kodiak Electric Association is waiting on two more steps to open the throttl...
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New face coming to school board with election
The Kodiak Island Borough School Board will see one new face this year since incumbent Peggy Rauwolf decided not to run for another term. Debra Kirk and incumbent Norm Wooten are the only two people running for the two open seats in Tuesday’s school board election. Kirk said she is qualified for the position from years of involvement in Kodiak’s schools as a parent. “I’ve been involved with the parent teacher asso...
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$1 million in Exxon Valdez spill damages still left unclaimed
The Exxon Valdez settlement fund has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to Alaskans, and now the push is on to give out the final $1 million. The Exxon Qualified Settlement Fund, which has overseen punitive and compensatory payments from Exxon and Alyeska, is finishing an effort to find and pay the last 900 people registered to receive money, KMXT-FM first reported this week. “We’re down to the last individu...
Sep 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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At election forum, taxes and Baranof Park are hot topics for city council candidates
Parks and taxes were the topics of contention Wednesday night as the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce held the only candidate gathering scheduled before next week’s municipal election. With Jerrol Friend’s announcement that he does not want to be considered a candidate for the Borough Assembly, the city council is the only major contested election. Fire Service Area No. 1 also has more candidates than available seats, b...
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Election 2012: City Council race offers selection of longtime Kodiak residents
The Kodiak City Council race will be the only contested race in Kodiak city’s municipal elections on Oct. 2, as three men run for the two available seats. Incumbent Gabriel Saravia, 52, is seeking reelection. He has served on the council for the past nine years and has lived in Kodiak for 31 years. Fisheries are an important issue to Saravia, who works as an operations manager at Westward Seafoods, Inc. “I think t...
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Financial teachers prepare campaign in Kodiak schools
Junior Achievement volunteers are gearing up to teach Kodiak students how to be financially savvy. Junior Achievement is a national nonprofit organization that educates students about financial literacy, business skills and entrepreneurship. Each year, volunteers go into Kodiak’s classrooms to teach five 45-minute lessons to participating classes. “Junior Achievement is about helping our kids in grades K through 1...
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