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American Fisheries Society's Alaska chapter meets in Kodiak
Over 200 people arrived at the Kodiak Convention Center on Wednesday morning to hear the keynote speakers at the 39th annual meeting of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The American Fisheries Society is a professional group that represents fisheries scientists by promoting research and management of resources. Mark Wipfli, president-elect of the Alaska chapter, gave the conference’s opening re...
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Bear, goat populations healthy, deer and elk drop
When bear hunters go out into the field today, the first day of the season, they should find healthy, fatty animals. Last winter was kind to Kodiak’s bear population. The same can’t be said about the archipelago’s deer and elk. According to hunting reports and aerial surveys, the Kodiak deer population has declined by upwards of 40 percent. The elk herds on Afognak Island have declined about 10-15 percent, said La...
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Museum director switches to leading arts council
The Kodiak Arts Council will soon have a new executive director as Katie Oliver makes the switch from the Baranov Museum to the Arts Council. "I love the Arts Council and I believe in their mission and the work they do in the community," Oliver said. Oliver will leave her position as executive director of the museum in November to take the arts council job. The council formed a search committee at the end of Augus...
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Baranov Museum begins search for new director
The Baranov Museum board of directors is in the beginning stages of the search for a new director to replace Katie Oliver, who has been named head of the Kodiak Arts Council. "The board of directors met (Tuesday) in a meeting," Oliver said. "They're working on appointing a search committee and refining the director job description." Oliver said the board has not set a date for when the position advertisement will ...
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Alutiiq Museum releases new catalog
For the past decade, some of the biggest finds in Alutiiq history research haven’t come from archeologists; they’ve come from researchers trawling the depths of European archives. While European and American settlement eradicated much of Kodiak Island’s native culture, the past decade has seen researchers rediscovering rich troves of artifacts taken to Europe by 17th century and 18th century explorers. This month,...
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Family, friends gather one year after street racing accident
There are no skid marks where Austin Long died one year ago this week. On the safety wall atop Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge, there just is a simple spray-painted message — “R.I.P. Austin Long.” Austin Van Long, 19, died Oct. 21, 2012 in a street race across the bridge when two side-by-side cars met a truck traveling in the opposite direction. Long was a passenger in one of the cars and was killed when the cars col...
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Erickson pleads guilty to manslaughter in Cavaness case
One of the men accused of murdering Darrell Cavaness in 2008 in Kodiak has pleaded guilty to one count of criminally negligent homicide and one count of hindering prosecution. On Oct. 16, Joshua Erickson, 33, appeared before Judge Fred Torrisi in Anchorage and entered a plea deal. Erickson's charges were reduced from second-degree murder and first-degree assault to one count of criminally negligent homicide and on...
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Injured trooper perseveres to regain job
Seven years ago, Eric Olsen was in a car accident that left him crippled, barely able to walk. This week, he was sworn in as one of four new Alaska State Troopers, persevering after a long road to recovery. “I’ve been given a second chance at life,” he said Thursday afternoon. In 2005, Olsen was a Trooper working in Kodiak, the town where he was born and raised. “I had picked up my girls from the Kodiak Christian ...
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Late-night food run saves lives of six people
Three people on a late-night McDonalds run reported a fire outside a home and helped save the lives of the six people inside. Brittney Camp, 21, Jeremy Charliaga, 23, and Pelagaya Eggemeyer, 21, decided to go to McDonalds for a snack just before 1 a.m. Monday. "We were sitting at home, and around midnight we got the munchies," Camp said. "My roommate said, 'Let's go get McDonalds.'" On the drive back, they noticed...
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Begich will suggest alternative for J-1 workers in fish plants
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced Monday in an interview with Dillingham’s KDLG-FM that he is drafting a bill that would replace the oft-maligned J-1 visa program for Alaska seafood processors. The J-1 visa program, which the U.S. State Department says is for educational and cultural enrichment purposes, has for years been used by Alaska seafood processors to bring in foreign students to work during peak processing ...
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