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Federal judge denies James Wells bail
On Monday afternoon, federal court Judge John D. Roberts denied a bail request for James Wells, the man accused of murdering two Kodiak Coast Guard employees at the communications station in April 2012. KTUU-TV posted a full recording of the hearing on its website and reported that Roberts denied the bail request after hearing from the prosecution, the federal public defender and the potential third-party custodia...
May 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gray whale washes up on Pasagshak beach
Kodiak’s spring Whale Fest celebrates the migration of Pacific Gray Whales from Mexico to Alaska, but that migration can have a dark side as well. On Sunday, Pasagshak residents reported a dead 29-foot female gray whale calf washed up on their beach. By Tuesday afternoon, the sight had turned into an impromptu photo opportunity as drivers pulled over at Pasagshak State Park to snap pictures of the beached animal. ...
May 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rocket scheduled for August ’14 launch from Kodiak
Kodiak Launch Complex has a new customer. During a Tuesday meeting, Alaska Aerospace Corporation chief operating officer Mark Greby announced that AAC has signed a contract to launch a rocket from Kodiak in August 2014. “A commercial launch contract for a government contract was signed May 13 for a late summer 2014 launch of a test vehicle,” he said. The news was announced during a regular meeting of the state-own...
May 22, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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State plans Tustumena replacement
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Not on the Alaska Marine Highway System. “Sesame Street has been canceled because of the ferry situation,” said Linda Pena, head of morale, welfare and recreation programs at Coast Guard Base Kodiak. Last week, the USO announced that a summer show bringing Sesame Street’s furry Muppets to Kodiak has been canceled due to delays bringing the state ferry Tustumena back fro...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unusual hummingbird visits Kodiak
Tourist season always brings a flock of new faces to Kodiak, but one particular new face is proving an attraction itself. Last week, birdwatchers Esther and Dick Waddell welcomed a rare rufous hummingbird to their yard, an occurrence Kodiak Audubon member Rich MacIntosh said is “close to a once-in-a-lifetime score in Kodiak.” “In 41 years, this is the first adult male hummingbird I’ve ever seen here,” he said. Wit...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young leaders conference drops into Kodiak
This week young leaders in Kodiak will meet with other emerging leaders from around the state to discuss professional development and policy in Alaska. The Emerging Leaders Dialogue rotates to a different location each year, and this is the first time it has taken place in Kodiak. The Institute of the North puts on the event. “The reason we moved around the state and the reason we’re in Kodiak this year is to conn...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Graduates few in rural schools
It’s graduation week for Kodiak’s rural schools. This week Port Lions and Karluk will each graduate three seniors, while Akhiok and Larsen Bay each graduate one. Ouzinkie graduated three seniors on Thursday. Akhiok graduating senior Stephanie Rachelle Brenteson said she is looking forward to her graduation, even though it’s a walk she’s taking alone. “It’s a pretty big deal to us,” she said. “I have to make a big ...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Thelma C prepared for home
After more than a year of restoration, the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s Thelma C is ready for its new home on the Kodiak waterfront. On Saturday, volunteers finished cleaning the Thelma C restoration site at Kodiak College, preparing the wooden fishing boat for storage until construction is finished on a permanent display stand downtown. “We’re buttoning her up,” said Kodiak Maritime Museum executive director Toby Sul...
May 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Coast Guardsman receives military service award
A Kodiak-based Coast Guard rescue swimmer was named the GEICO 2012 Military Service winner for his work in drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Claude Morrissey traveled with his family to Washington D.C. last month to receive the award at the annual GEICO Military Service Awards dinner. Each year for the last 25 years, GEICO has recognized one enlisted member nationwide from each of the five branches of the militar...
May 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ash steers clear of Kodiak for now
Kodiak residents awoke Saturday to find a strange powdery deposit on the hoods and roofs of their cars. While Pavlof Volcano 30 miles from Cold Bay has been erupting for the past week, the yellow powder wasn’t volcanic ash — it was spruce pollen produced by the island’s blooming stands of Sitka Spruce. If northeast winds hold steady through the week, however, Pavlof ash could join that pollen. On Sunday afternoon,...
May 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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