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Heroin deaths in Alaska 10 times higher than five years ago
Deaths from heroin overdose are 10 times higher than in 2010, according to a bulletin from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. ADHSS released data on drug overdose deaths from 2009 to 2015 on Thursday. According to the bulletin, the number of deaths from an overdose of prescription opioid pain relievers is double that of the United States, while the number of deaths from an overdose of heroin is h...
Mar 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Tapestry: Classen leaves priesthood, finds ministry
It’s a season of new beginnings for newlyweds Joe and Paty (De Santiago) Classen. They got married on Saturday, went on a honeymoon, will celebrate their first Easter as man and wife on Sunday, and when they return to Kodiak, they’ll be ready to open up their new business, St. John’s Senior Care. St. John’s Senior Care is a non-medical service that will provide clients with help in meal preparation and planning, h...
Mar 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local pharmacies to carry overdose drug
As the heroin epidemic continues to worsen in Kodiak and statewide, help could be on the way in the form of a new law meant to help save lives in the event of a drug overdose. Senate Bill 23, which received final legislative approval in the House on March 7 and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker on March 14, allows and encourages the use of the anti-opioid overdose drug naloxone, sold under the brand names Ev...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fishermen, tribes don’t like Gov.’s bill
By JULIE HERRMANN Mirror Writer A group of fishermen and tribes are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker for policies surrounding fish. The group believes decisions so far are contrary to campaign promises. In a press teleconference Wednesday, Melanie Brown, a Bristol Bay fisherman, said Senate Bill 163 was the “proverbial straw breaking the camel’s back.” SB 163, introduced by Walker, would require the designation of sta...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wandersee with Seawolves in NCAA championship game
Exactly two years ago to the day, Hannah Wandersee celebrated a perfect season with the Kodiak High School girls basketball team. She celebrated again on Wednesday evening as the University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team punched the program’s first ticket to the NCAA Division II national championship game. The second-seeded Seawolves steamrolled seventh-seeded Grand Valley State 67-47 in a national se...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trooper Report March, 24, 2016
March 13 At 1:15 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a single vehicle crash on Monashka Bay road in Kodiak. Investigation revealed a 26-year-old Kodiak man was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer when he lost control of the vehicle on the slippery roadway. The driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was uninjured. Further investigation revealed the vehicle’s registration had expired in 2...
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week In Words: Applicants negotiate a challenge
We may soon have a new borough manager. After reviewing dozens of applications, interviewing several applicants, and digging into the candidates’ history, our borough assembly has entered negotiations with a former city manager from California. “Negotiation” wound up in the English language in the 15th century from the Old French “negociacion.” The Latin root “negotiatio” meant, more broadly, “business,” as in, to...
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Airport work to start this year
The Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport will see changes to maximize space beginning later this year. In late January, Alaska Airlines announced a redesign of their branding, and some Alaska airports will get remodeling and redecorating in the new design. The Seattle-based carrier is putting $30 million into changes to the 11 Alaska airports it owns and operates. Kodiak is one of the 11 and is currently one of the t...
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Rep. Gara, others say Alaska Aerospace Corp. should give back $2.3M
Saying he feels “misled” by Alaska Aerospace Corp.’s repeated, unfulfilled promises of rocket launches and profits, Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, wants the state-owned enterprise to give back $2.3 million in unspent appropriations. Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, and Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage, joined Gara’s March 7 call for return of the funds remaining from a 2013 allocation of $25 million. AAC operates ...
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Preliminary KIB budget adds $1.2 for salvaged timber
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly received a brief update on next year’s budget at a Thursday night work session. Changes made in the past few weeks include adding $1.2 million from a possible salvage of the trees damaged in the Twin Creeks Fire, removing almost $500,000 related to delay of a Killarney Hills properties sale, and adding almost $900,000 in contingencies. Also added were funds related to a possible ...
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