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KEA's battery backup passes initial tests
A new battery backup for Kodiak's power grid has passed initial tests with flying colors, Kodiak Electric Association president Darron Scott said Thursday afternoon. The news was announced during KEA's regular monthly board meeting. "It operated very well," he said. "We didn't think it was going to be this smooth." This fall, KEA installed a pair of battery banks in a substation on Pillar Mountain. The battery ban...
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Aground tugboat appears to be leaking fuel
A tugboat that ran aground late last week now appears to be leaking fuel on the south side of uninhabited Ukolnoi Island, 40 miles east Cold Bay. On Tuesday evening, the tugboat Polar Wind grounded on Ukolnoi while towing a barge carrying 1.5 million pounds of frozen seafood to Dutch Harbor. At the time, the Polar Wind had 20,580 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,800 gallons of hydraulic oil aboard. Friday overflights ...
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2013 Crab Festival logo and poster contest opens
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has put out a call to local artists for submissions to be entered into the 2013 Crab Festival poster and logo contests. The call is the chamber's first step in preparing for Kodiak’s largest annual celebration. 2 "Right now we're doing the contests, then we'll start ordering the merchandise and getting more involved," said Summer Wood, Crab Festival manager and community relations di...
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Wheeler to retire from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Gary Wheeler is on his way out as head of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. On Dec. 31, Wheeler will retire from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. When he does, he won’t be alone. On that day, USFWS will lose about 10 percent of its Alaska workforce thanks to a one-time window that boosts retirement pay. The wave of retirements was first reported by Dan Joling of the Associated Press and includes four of 14 r...
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Kodiak man faces forgery charges
A Kodiak man has been accused of stealing and forging a check from a local business owner. Douglas Hoedel, 31, is scheduled to be arraigned in Kodiak district court today. Hoedel faces one charge of second-degree theft and one charge of second-degree forgery. Both are class C felonies punishable by up to five years in jail. According to court documents, Hoedel stopped by Nick's Auto Wrecking, Salvage and Metal Rec...
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Autumn of the bears
Living with bears is a fact of life in Kodiak. This fall, that fact became an uncomfortable one for residents on the front lines of an unprecedented invasion. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 7, the Kodiak Police Department responded to 164 calls about bears in garbage, bears near homes or bears posing a danger. The Alaska State Troopers and state park rangers responded to almost two dozen more calls. Using police records...
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Outsiders travel to Kodiak for fish smoking workshop
Eagle River resident Zach Shlosar loves smoking fish for fun and is considering turning it into a business. To find out whether or not it is something he wants to pursue commercially, he spent three days this week at a fish smoking and salting workshop hosted by the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Shlosar smoked his first fish around seven years ago. "It was curiosity... it turned out well enough that my...
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Ouzinkie Native Corporation CEO fired after four months
The CEO of the Ouzinkie Native Corporation has been fired after only four months on the job. The firing, which was announced last week, has caused controversy among shareholders, and a petition to recall some ONC board members is gathering signatures. Gregory Strong, a former Fairbanks North Star Borough manager who last worked at Calista Regional Native Corporation, was hired by ONC in June to replace longtime CE...
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Kodiak man accused of stealing van and fishing gear
A Kodiak man is accused of stealing a van and fishing gear. Vladimir Poplavkov, 23, is scheduled to be arraigned in Kodiak district court today. According to court documents, the theft allegedly occurred between 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. Oct. 10. The van's owner reported his blue Chevy van had been stolen from his job at A-1 Timber at Lash Dock. The man later found his van in Kodiak. When he recovered it, he noticed so...
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Child's rare eye problem solved with special glasses
Nels Jensen has struggled with reading his whole life. Jensen, 16, knows how to read, but for him the words just don't look the way they are supposed to. Now he finally knows why. Last month, Jensen found out he has Irlen syndrome. The rare disorder is not a problem with the eye, but a problem with the way the brain processes visual information. People with Irlen syndrome see distorted image when they try to read ...
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