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Sun’aq Tribe gives unique honor to Coast Guard cutter
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter SPAR received a unique honor Sunday as they became the first Coast Guard unit to be named an honorary member of a Native tribe. The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak honored the Kodiak-based buoy tender and its crew in an elaborate ceremony to thank them for helping memorialize two tribal members killed when a U.S. Navy destroyer rammed a local boat in 1942. No reparations were ever made af...
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Kodiak's best shooters gather for inaugural precision rifle competition
Kodiak learned an important lesson last weekend: Don’t mess with Brady Post. The Coast Guard C-130 mechanic and one-year Kodiak resident outshot 27 of Kodiak’s best marksmen to win the inaugural Kodiak Precision Rifle Competition. “I was really surprised,” Post said Sunday night during the competition’s awards ceremony at Coast Guard Base Kodiak. Before he hoisted his two-foot trophy, however, he had to run and sh...
Jun 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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2,000-mile Wet Dog jet ski race gets state permission
A 2,000-mile personal watercraft race across Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska has the go-ahead from the state of Alaska. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources issued the permit to Alaskan Wet Dog Race organizer John Lang on May 22 after it spent five months reviewing public comments. There were initial concerns that 1,000 watercraft and their support vessels would cause environmental damage. Public...
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Sexually transmitted disease rates falling across Alaska after epidemic
As the state of Alaska recovers from an outbreak of sexually transmitted disease, Kodiak is staying comparatively clean. “Pretty much the rates are low in Kodiak; they’re almost the lowest in the state for chlamydia,” said Susan Jones, a nurse consultant with the state’s epidemiology section. That’s despite an Alaska gonorrhea infection rate that was 135 percent of the national average in 2011, the latest year for...
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Kodiak business spotlight: Kodiak shipwright returns for summer
Dan Farsovitch developed a love for boats at a young age. He grew up in Akhiok and frequently watched his grandfather build wooden boats by hand. “I was pretty intrigued with that,” he said. “When I was working in a cannery I started out as a helper with the carpenters. They liked me, so they started teaching me the trade.” Today, Farsovitch runs Eagle Rock Boat Repair, a company that repairs and restores wooden v...
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Medical examiner rules man's Near Island Channel death an accident
More than two weeks after his body was found floating in the ocean, Donald Werbe’s cause of death was declared accidental by the medical examiner’s office in Anchorage. It was related to drowning and a pre-existing natural disease related to the heart, police Chief T.C. Kamai said in an email. Werbe, 64, was a Kodiak local, police said. His body was found floating in Near Island Channel on June 8. Police were init...
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A band of fun: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band return to Kodiak
Gary Sinise, the star of “Forrest Gump” and “CSI: NY,” visited Coast Guard Base Kodiak Monday night to perform with the Lt. Dan Band for Kodiak’s military community. Kodiak was the final stop on the band’s Alaska tour on behalf of the USO. Over the weekend the band performed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage and at Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks. During his day in Kodiak, Sinise visited the ...
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Ice holds up Coast Guard’s summer Arctic operation
The Coast Guard’s schedule to station search and rescue ships in the Arctic Ocean is slipping on a thick layer of ice. Last winter’s frigid conditions turned the Beaufort and Chukchi seas into an ocean of white, and the ice is lingering, forcing the Coast Guard to delay its plans to deploy ships to the Arctic Ocean this summer. “This is quite late, but we did have a record-breaking ice season in the Bering (Sea),”...
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Lt. gov holds first meet on coastal measure
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell held a Monday press conference to discuss upcoming public hearings around the state that will address a ballot measure reintroducing a coastal management program in Alaska. If approved by voters in August, the program would allow local governments to have a say in projects conducted in federal waters more than three miles offshore. During the conference Rick Rogers, a spokesman for Vote No ...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man arrested in connection with robbery
A Kodiak man who allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her hat has been arrested, Kodiak police said. Stephen “Ryan” Mann, 22, was arrested June 22 on suspicion of robbery and assault. Mann encountered the 30-year-old woman outside her apartment on Carolyn Street around 4:55 a.m. on June 17, police Chief T.C. Kamai wrote in an email. The woman sustained injuries to her head, face, neck and right eye, the report re...
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