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Sea otter rules change little after heated debate
A debate over the meaning of “significantly altered” has ended with little change. The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a new definition for that term as it applies to Native handicrafts using sea otter fur. The release ends months of sometimes-heated debate that generated more than 110,000 letters and comments to Fish and Wildlife. The words “significantly altered” are a key component of the Marin...
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AAC shelves plans for Pasagshak barge dock
Alaska Aerospace Corporation is shelving plans for a new barge dock in Pasagshak after failing to receive a federal grant for construction. The U.S. Department of Transportation failed to include the dock project in its list of TIGER grant recipients. The sole Alaska project funded under the program is a street improvement effort in the village of Alakanuk. Without federal funding for the dock, the project has bee...
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King crab season wraps up
The Bristol Bay red king crab season got off to a late start, but it’s wrapping up in line with past seasons. The season opened four days later than planned — Oct. 19 — after the shutdown of the federal government delayed its regular Oct. 15 start. Despite losing four days to Congressional stumbles, the last bit of the 7.74 million-pound quota was pulled Nov. 15. In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are r...
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Woman accused of felony assault
A Kodiak woman faces assault charges for allegedly attacking her boyfriend after she learned he was cheating on her. Debbie O’Neil, 53, faces one count of third-degree assault, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. She also faces one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. She was arraigned in Kodiak District Court on Sunday by magistrate Dawson Williams. According to c...
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Crab Festival poster and logo contest opens
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is asking artists to put their best slogans forward to create a unique logo for the 2014 Crab Festival. On Monday, the chamber opened its annual Crab Festival logo design and poster contests. The contests are one of the first steps in preparing for the festival. After winners are selected, the chamber can begin ordering merchandise for the event. This year, artists will have more cre...
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City manager names new police chief
The City of Kodiak named Lt. Ronda Wallace the new chief of police on Friday, making her the first female police chief in Kodiak history. Wallace will fill the position vacated by T.C. Kamai, who retired in September after a 25-year career with the department. City manager Aimée Kniaziowski announced Wallace’s promotion in a press release Friday and said Wallace had accepted the position on Thursday. “I’m very ple...
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mayor shakes up assembly board and committee assignments
Local boards and committees will see new faces filling assembly seats. In a Thursday night special meeting, the assembly approved Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerrol Friend’s shakeup of assembly appointments. Friend’s restructured the list of assembly appointments to boards and committees to give assembly members more exposure to different issues. “I had several people call me and talk that they felt comfortable on...
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Teacher Spotlight: Making literature fun for high school students
Getting high school students excited about literature might seem like a daunting task, but Kodiak High School teacher LeeAnn Schmelzenbach does it every day and manages to have fun with it. Schmelzenbach, a Kodiak High School alumna, earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. She then returned to Kodiak and taught in Ouzinkie from 2005 to 2007, which i...
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More fishing jobs in 2012, but fewer salmon jobs
New statistics compiled by the Alaska Department of Labor show the number of Alaska fishing jobs is rising even as the number of salmon fishing jobs declines. The figures were compiled by Jack Cannon and Josh Warren in the November issue of Alaska Economic Trends magazine. The two men used data from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Marine Fisheries Service and...
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APD seeks help in finding Eagle River man
The Anchorage Police Department is seeking the public’s help as it searches for a missing Eagle River man. Stephen Gingrich, 58, was last seen by neighbors nearly two weeks ago and was reported missing by a worried neighbor. The story was first reported by KTUU-TV on Sunday. “Police were unable to locate Mr. Gingrich at his residence, and further attempts to determine his whereabouts have been unsuccessful,” APD s...
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