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Deadline for mandatory Coast Guard inspections approaches
The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment in Kodiak is urging fishermen to get their vessel safety inspections before the department gets backed up. After Oct. 16, all commercial fishing vessels operating beyond three nautical miles will be required to have a periodic dockside exam from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment. “We’re going to go from a voluntary inspection program to a mandatory inspection,” Pet...
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Lt. Gov. moves Womens Bay polling site
The Womens Bay polling site for the Aug. 28 primary elections has been moved to the Nemetz Gazebo by order of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s office. Treadwell oversees the state’s Division of Elections department. He said the move was in response to complaints that the elections site wasn’t close enough to the Coast Guardsmen on base. “According to the director of elections, we’d received some complaints that there was...
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Pitbull arrives in Kodiak today — if weather allows
After weeks of waiting, Kodiak’s date with international rapper and promoter Pitbull is here. On Sunday, workers erected a clamshell stage in the grass outside Nemetz Gazebo, site of today’s festivities, which begin at 11 a.m. Organizers expect a big crowd and advise anyone who plans to attend the meet and greet to carpool. According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80 percent chance of rain, and tempe...
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For divers, Kodiak waters remain unexplored
On screen, a sea lion whirled around the scuba diver, splitting his column of exhaust bubbles. As the diver turned away, another sea lion darted in at the diver, moving to the side at the last moment, buzzing him like an aircraft flying past a control tower. On Saturday night, Verlin Pherson, owner of Kodiak dive shop Scuba Do, shared his experiences diving around Kodiak Island with a small audience at the Fort Ab...
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Sixth Relay for Life wraps at Woody Way Field
One year, it was run in the halls of Kodak High School. In another, torrential rain and pneumonia-inducing temperatures made participants quit three hours ahead of schedule. On Friday and Saturday, more than 100 Kodiakans enjoyed perfect weather conditions for the sixth annual Relay for Life. The Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and while Kodiak's event is in its sixth year, ...
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Survey: Kodiak fishermen like their jobs
Kodiak fishermen are happy with their job — that’s the initial result from a fishing survey conducted by an anthropologist at the University of Alaska. One question on the survey asked fishermen to rate how happy they are with their occupation. “People are pretty happy,” anthropologist Courtney Carothers said in a presentation at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center on Thursday. “Nobody said they were ‘nev...
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After big cost overrun, Borough Assembly asks for more oversight
The rising cost of a parking lot on Mill Bay Road has the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly pushing for changes to the way the borough accepts changes to projects under contract. During a regularly scheduled work session Thursday night, borough assembly members learned that another $100,000 will be needed to complete a parking lot under construction as part of the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. ...
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Fishing crew in hot water over deer hunt
Three crewmen from a dungeness fishing boat are being accused of beginning deer season early. Andrew Westrick, Brent Gilbertson and Greg Rutzer of the 72-foot Pacific Dynasty are scheduled to be arraigned in court today, accused of hunting five deer and a sea otter in late June, then butchering them for meat. Court documents allege that the captain of the boat, Rutzer, told crewmen Kevin Thrasher, Westrick and Gil...
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Kodiak Coast Guard crew flies first Barrow mission
On Thursday, Kodiak Coast Guardsmen deployed to Barrow flew their first rescue mission since their farthest-north station was activated, but it didn’t have a wholly happy ending. According to the Coast Guard, Forward Operating Location Barrow was told about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday about a hiker in trouble in Atigun Gorge, about 240 miles southeast of Barrow. The gorge is within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but...
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Borough warns trash burners
The Kodiak Island Borough has received complaints about open burn fires and the smoke caused by them. Local fire departments will investigate any complaints, but can only do something about the complaints if they are related to the actual materials being burned, not the smoke. “I can understand frustration of the public about what is going on, but it’s a matter of who has the authority do deal with what,” Bayside ...
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