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Derelict Pacific Producer spills more oil
A derelict vessel on the Kodiak waterfront is causing more trouble after it spilled fuel as it was moved from Pier 2. The Kodiak harbormaster office said the diesel fuel spill from the Pacific Producer has been cleaned up, but the vessel is still a problem. “The spill was 99 percent cleaned up within the first six hours it was reported,” Deputy Kodiak harbormaster Lon White said. Around 150 gallons of diesel fuel ...
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Fisheries work group discusses letter to NPFMC
Kodiak's city and borough fisheries work group will bring a drafted letter addressing the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's groundfish rationalization purpose and needs statement to tonight's joint work session. The letter was written in response to the NPFMC statement created at the council’s October meeting. The council's document addressed some of the goals Kodiak's fisheries work group submitted, alth...
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Legislature gets first look at prefiled bills
The Alaska Legislature released its first preview of the 2013 session on Monday as the first set of prefiled bills were published. The list of early introductions includes measures that would change things as varied as motor vehicle registration and performance reviews within the University of Alaska system. In a meeting last week, Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Alan Austerman told the Kodiak school board that they ha...
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Kulluk to head to Kiliuda Bay
The drilling rig Kulluk will be headed to Kiliuda Bay — assuming salvage tugs can pull the rig from a Sitkalidak Island beach today. On Sunday evening, the Kulluk unified command reported that salvage teams successfully reattached the main tow line to Kulluk at 4 p.m. and everything is set to pull the rig free today. According to the unified command, the pull could begin as early as this morning if a favorable wea...
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Street racer pleads guilty to fatal crash
A second street racer has pled guilty in connection to the fatal car accident that killed Austin Van Long last summer. Markryan Portillo, 21 entered a plea deal on Friday afternoon. Portillo pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a class B felony, and third-degree assault, a class C felony. Portillo originally faced a second-degree murder and a first-degree assault charges. On Oct. 20, 2011, Portillo and...
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KMXT-FM temporarily offline
Kodiak public radio station KMXT-FM is off the air after a weekend problem with the station’s Pillar Mountain transmitter. According to information from the station, the problem requires repair crews to travel to the top of the mountain and repair or replace the transmitter. On Sunday, Pillar Mountain was shrouded by clouds and a rain/snow mix, making travel difficult. The Kodiak Police Department has repeatedly c...
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7.5 earthquake causes brief tsunami scare
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck Southeast Alaska at midnight Friday caused a brief tsunami scare in Kodiak, but later measurements indicated waves only six inches above normal in Sitka and Port Alexander, sites closest to the quake’s epicenter. Strong shaking was felt in Sitka, where residents hurried to high ground and took shelter in Sitka High School. "Initially, in the first 15 to 20 minutes, there migh...
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City council meets with Legislative delegation ahead of session
The Kodiak city council needs to look at long-term infrastructure plans as the state continues to tighten its budget, Rep. Alan Austerman told the council during a work session on Friday. Austerman and Sen. Gary Stevens met with city councilors Friday to review the Kodiak’s capital improvement list. The "wish list" identifies and ranks the city's funding requests for the Alaska Legislature. "We have prepared our c...
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First baby of the year born
Amber Anderson spent more than 33 hours at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center before she gave birth to the first Kodiak baby of 2013. Aspen Marie Anderson was born at 4:28 p.m. Tuesday, the daughter of Amber and Noah Anderson. Aspen was born 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. She was born with a full head of black hair. The Andersons’ baby is the winner of this year’s Kodiak Daily Mirror first baby co...
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Shell denies Kulluk set sail for tax reasons
Improving weather has revealed damage to the Kulluk’s upper deck and emergency generators, but almost 150,000 gallons of diesel remains safely contained in the rig’s fuel tanks. Meanwhile, hard questions are being asked about why Shell chose to move the Kulluk across the Gulf of Alaska in the middle of winter, when hurricane-force storms are common. In a story Thursday, the Dutch Harbor Fisherman newspaper stated ...
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