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Salvage crews remove fuel and cargo from grounded barge
A grounded barge laden with 1.5 million pounds of seafood is free of its frozen burden. On Monday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Coast Guard reported salvage crews were removing fuel and cargo from the tugboat Polar Wind and barge Unimak Trader, which grounded Nov. 13 on the south end of Ukolnoi Island. David DeVilbiss, a vice president for Global Diving, said the two boats were ...
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Pollock trawlers exceed king salmon cap, driving debate
Next week, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council will consider a proposal to extend a cap on king salmon catches to trawl fisheries across the Gulf of Alaska. Intense debate over that proposal is being colored by the performance of the pollock trawl fishery, the sole group already operating under a king salmon cap. “Basically, the whole thing was a disaster,” said Julie Bonney of the Groundfish Data Bank,...
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KHS dance team battles breakdancers
Kylee Miles strikes a pose while Tessa Heiberg laughs during the dance contest between the Kodiak High School Dance Team and the Kodiak High School breakdancing club Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. (James Brooks photo)
Nov 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Doctors ask Alaskans to shoot flu rise
As snow continues to fall, the number of flu reports in Alaska continues to rise. Flu season has arrived, and the Alaska Department of Health is asking people to take precautions and get vaccinated. The department issued a statement last week noting that influenza and pertussis, known commonly as whooping cough, are on the rise. Dr. Joe McLaughlin, chief epidemiologist for the state, said more cases of influenza o...
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Providence switches to new medical records system
Starting in mid-February, all new records at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center will be electronic. The change isn’t just in Kodiak; Providence is switching to the Epic digital records system in five states: Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. "It's better for the patient," said Kris Long, informatics analyst for PKIMC. "They have a unified medical record at every Providence facility. A person...
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EPA fines at-sea processors
The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a deal with Aleutian Spray Fisheries, United States Seafoods and Ocean Peace Inc. to settle Clean Water Act violations aboard four at-sea processors. The violations included inspection failures and incorrectly discharging fish waste. The violations occurred between 2007 and 2011, and the processors were collectively fined almost $210,000. Aleutian Spray Fisheries, ow...
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Salmon excluders to be tested in Gulf trawl fishery
King salmon may soon be excluded from one of Kodiak’s major commercial fisheries — and that’s a good thing. On Wednesday, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced plans by Gauvin and Associates to test king salmon excluders in the central Gulf of Alaska pollock trawl fishery. Fishermen for years have complained about king salmon caught in the nets of pollock fishermen, and if approved, Wednesday’s plan woul...
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Big sentence for False Pass rape case
A 31-year-old commercial fishermen will spend the next 56 years in jail after being sentenced in Kodiak superior court. Jason Downard was sentenced last week after a Kodiak jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting, beating and strangling a woman in False Pass. The news was first reported by KUCB-FM in Unalaska. The guilty verdict was returned last November, but Downard’s sentencing was repeatedly delayed. Dela...
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Winter weather doesn't slow down Black Friday shoppers
Black Friday shoppers in Kodiak endured cold, wind and snow in order to score deals on Christmas gifts and winter gear. A line of people wrapped around Mack's Sport Shop in the Friday morning dark as people waited for the store to open its doors at 7 a.m. John Wolfen and Adam Spencer were the first people in line. The two men arrived outside the store at 4:30 a.m. on Friday and came prepared. They brought breakfas...
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Woman caught stealing cart filled with food
A Kodiak woman hungry for Thanksgiving has been accused of attempting to run out of Safeway with a cart filled with more than $500 of items. Tiffany Brown, 22, faces one count of second-degree theft, a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in jail. According to court documents, the incident occurred Wednesday when Brown allegedly loaded a grocery cart full of merchandise and left the store without paying ...
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