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Kodiak fish landings rise; port still No. 3 in the country
Kodiak’s fish last year brought in $40 million more than in 2010, but it wasn’t enough to move the port of Kodiak up from No. 3 in the nationwide list of commercial fishery landings. Across the country, seafood catches hit a 17-year high according to the annual National Marine Fisheries Service report released Wednesday. While Kodiak is bringing in more fish than it has in several years, rising landings at other p...
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Study finds malaria in Alaska birds
A study released Wednesday shows a surprising disease has made its way to Alaska: malaria. Before you start looking around for mosquitoes, take a deep breath. The malaria found by the San Francisco State University study is found only in birds and cannot be transmitted to people. Still, one of the study’s co-authors said the spread of the disease is an example of another way Alaska is changing as the Earth warms. ...
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In nationwide contest, Kodiak woman has the rice stuff
At least one Kodiakan knows how to stir things up. This month, Sugiyarti Jorgenson was named a national finalist in the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council’s “Get Wild with Wild Rice” contest, which collected recipes from across the United States. The contest called for recipes involving wild rice in honor of September, National Rice Month. Jorgenson submitted her recipe for wild rice beef stew with red wine an...
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School district plans $506,000 computer buy
The Kodiak Island Borough School District is considering a $509,000 plan to buy new computers on a district-wide basis. During a special work session on Wednesday, the school board heard from Vickie Kelly, the district’s director of technology services, about the district’s plan to refresh old technology. The list of items to be purchased included six iMacs, five Mac Minis, 399 MacBook Pros and 50 iPads. “We want ...
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Zoning board nixes parking plan for processing plant
After weeks of controversy and debate, the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission turned down a request from Pacific Seafoods to reduce the amount of required parking spaces its processing plant is required to maintain off Shelikof Street. The request came after the borough prosecuted a complaint that alleged the Pacific Seafoods plant did not have the 22 parking places required by borough code for a...
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Kodiak man accused of forging checks
A Kodiak man has been accused of stealing another man’s checks and forging two checks totaling $800. Roy Burke, 34, faces charges of second-degree theft and two counts of second-degree forgery. The investigation started on July 9, when a man reported to the Kodiak Police Department that Burke had forged his signature on two checks for $400 each. The man told police the two checks had been stolen from a filing cabi...
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Cannery forklift joyride leads to arrests in Larsen Bay
Two men have been accused driving a forklift through a wall of an Icicle Seafoods cannery in Larsen Bay and causing about $20,000 in damage. Pete Muller Jr., 19, and Derick Hochmuth, 19, face charges of second-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief. Alaska State Troopers said the break-in took place between 10 p.m. Sept. 13 and 8 a.m. Sept. 14. The two men allegedly enlarged an existing h...
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Delay lingers in new Kodiak Fish and Game headquarters
An unusually cool summer isn’t why Kodiak’s new Fish and Game headquarters is behind schedule. Instead, the delay is due to a problem builders encountered more than 14 months ago, when construction started. “They had a little issue with some of the subsurface work early on,” said John White, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game employee who oversees construction projects. Back in 2011, foundation work uncovered a...
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Former 'American Idol' contestant visits Kodiak to help animal shelter
A former American Idol contestant is in Kodiak to sing during the Humane Society of Kodiak’s Hair-Ball event on Saturday. Jackie Wilson was an “American Idol” contestant in 2011 but failed to make the top 24 that year. This is her first visit to Alaska. While she was on vacation in Mexico earlier this year, a friend of the Kodiak Animal Shelter heard her singing and asked if she’d be willing to help with a benefit...
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Era Aviation slowly returns to the air after fleet's grounding
Kodiak fliers are used to weather delays, but it wasn’t clouds or fog that left hundreds of disappointed travelers over the weekend. Instead, technical upgrades were what grounded Era Alaska’s fleet of 12 planes. “We had some equipment issues over the weekend,” Era spokesperson Steve Smith said. “All Era Aviation flights were grounded. We are slowly, but surely coming back from that.” Last week, the Federal Aviati...
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