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Former Kodiak-based Coast Guard cutter is on the auction block
A Coast Guard cutter that once sailed the ocean off Kodiak is now on the auction block. The 230-foot icebreaking cutter Storis has been listed on the federal government’s auction site with an opening bid of $60,000. Former Coast Guardsmen who sailed aboard the Storis have long planned to turn the ship into a museum in Juneau. Joe Geldhof, secretary for the museum organization told KMXT-FM that the auction was a di...
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garbage rates likely to rise
Kodiak residents likely will see their garbage rates rise next month as the Kodiak Island Borough adjusts to life after the expansion of its new landfill. On Thursday night, the borough assembly is scheduled to vote on a fee increase that adds $20 per ton to the cost of dumping garbage at the borough landfill. The new fee is expected to pass the assembly without significant opposition. “It’s just a simple math pro...
Jun 18, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Karluk sockeye bag limit increased
Fishermen have new opportunities to catch sockeye after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and US Fish and Wildlife Service declared looser limits on fishing in and near two major Kodiak rivers. On Friday, ADF&G raised the bag limit for sockeye salmon in the Karluk River drainage to 10 fish per day. By Sunday, more than 167,000 sockeye had been counted past the Karluk River weir, and fisheries managers said in...
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Kodiak woman writes digital book
A former Kodiak teacher has made her debut in the writing world by publishing a digital book about family travel. Balika Haakanson released her book “Traveling With Children: Cultural Adventures in our World: Tips and Tricks for an incredible family trip” on June 1. The book outlines how and why parents should travel with kids, provides tips for making traveling with kids easy and educational, and also includes pe...
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Published study shows nets have impact on birds
A new study published in the June edition of the journal Biological Conservation identifies gillnets as the primary killers of at least 400,000 seabirds every year. The study “The incidental catch of seabirds in gillnet fisheries: A global review” explains that there have been reports of 81 species of birds killed by gillnets, which are commonly used by fishermen on commercial and local levels around the world and...
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Coast Guard responds to vehicle fire near base
The Coast Guard Fire Department responded to a truck fire near Coast Guard Base Kodiak Monday afternoon. The driver of the truck notified the security personnel at the base gate that the truck was on fire nearby. The driver and a friend knocked down the flames with a fire extinguisher but were not able to completely put the fire out. The Coast Guard Fire Department put the fire out using water and foam. Firefighte...
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Courthouse renamed Roy H. Madsen Justice Center
The Kodiak’s courthouse has officially been named the Roy H. Madsen Justice Center. In a public ceremony in the Kodiak superior courtroom, the courthouse was renamed the Roy H. Madsen Justice Center in honor of Roy Madsen, a longtime judge and prominent Kodiak figure. Dignitaries including Sen. Gary Stevens, Alaska Supreme Court Justice Joel Bolger and Kodiak mayor Pat Branson offered congratulatory remarks and re...
Jun 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Flag Day celebrated at Camp Mueller
Friday marked Flag Day, and the Kodiak Elks Lodge held its annual celebration at Camp Mueller to pay tribute to the Stars and Stripes and remember those who have served the country. “It’s been done every year since I can remember,” said Keith Morin who has been part of the Elks for 12 years. “It’s been going on for quite a while.” The Elks Lodge partnered with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the American Le...
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Borough takes up road, legal contracts
A pair of service contracts weighed down the schedule of the Kodiak Island Borough assembly Thursday night. The assembly spent almost three hours considering a new contract for legal services and one for road repair and maintenance in Service Area No. 1, northeast of city limits. For the past three years, the city’s attorney has been Cheryl Brooking of Anchorage’s Wohlforth, Johnson, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking l...
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Begich amendment proposes new route for temporary foreign seafood workers to enter Alaska
Sen. Mark Begich has announced his support of a new immigration proposal that could bring up to 5,000 temporary foreign seafood workers to Alaska each summer. On Thursday, Begich announced a proposed amendment that would reserve “W”-class visas specifically for Alaska seafood industry use. The W-class visa is intended for “the admission of nonimmigrant aliens,” according to the massive immigration reform bill intr...
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