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MOUNTAIN VIEWS: A whale of a mystery in Afognak
The floating object was truly a mystery to me. What was this large, white mass at the mouth of Afognak Bay? It hardly moved and looked like a small amphitheater. Very un-Alaskan, really. For a moment I thought it could be yacht. What could produce such a large bright reflection? Every summer our family spends several weeks on Afognak Island hiking, catching salmon, picking berries, resting on the beach. Lying in t...
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DOT: Ferry service will stop if shutdown occurs
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is preparing for a government shutdown that will include all Alaska Marine Highway System ferries ceasing to operate if it occurs. “Due to the uncertainty of a fully funded State of Alaska fiscal year 2016, (ADOT&PF) is preparing to reduce services statewide on July 1, 2015, the start of the new state fiscal year,” according to a release from DOT&PF. AM...
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Refuge visitor center has full summer planned
As summer heats up in Kodiak, the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is beginning their summer programs. Happy Trails is back on Saturdays starting at 2 p.m. “It’s for kids of all ages and families and other folks too,” said visitor center manager Ava Kahn. “It gets folks outside.” Participants meet at different outdoor locations for an hour or so of “meeting in nature’s classroom,” Kahn said. This Sat...
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Black Rockfish closure in the Afognak district of the Kodiak area
The directed black rockfish jig gear fishery in the Afognak District of the Kodiak Area closed at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Catch reports indicate black rockfish harvest in the Afognak District was approaching the guideline harvest level, the ADF&G said in a news release. Following the closure, jig gear vessels may retain black rockfish in the Afognak Distr...
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Coast Guard, good Samaritan help adrift vessel
A fishing vessel disabled near Kodiak contacted the Coast Guard before another vessel towed them into the harbor, according to a Coast Guard release. The Mariner crew reported that they were drifting in Shelikof Strait in the disabled boat on Monday evening. After losing communications with the vessel, an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk flew out to find the boat and establish communications again, the release sai...
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Sea Stories: Commercial Fishing Safety Regulations and the 1985 Sinking of the Western Sea
For thousands of years mariners set off on their voyages trusting in their knowledge of the sea, the seaworthiness of their vessels, the gods and luck, to come home safely. And for thousands of years, when their luck ran out, mariners usually died. For sailors and their families this was part of their bargain with the sea for providing them a living. Until the 1700s, even as shipbuilding technology made huge advan...
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Council passes nonprofit funding change
The Kodiak City Council has approved a resolution that changes a funding requirement for nonprofits. The council decided it was unfair to existing nonprofits. The ordinance removed the cap that restricted nonprofits from receiving more than a 10 percent increase over their previous grant. With this requirement, nonprofits that had never applied before could potentially apply for the full amount available, while a ...
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Council advances FY16 budget
The Kodiak City Council advanced their fiscal year 2016 budget to second reading and public hearing at the next meeting during their Thursday meeting. City manager Aimée Kniaziowski said her budget has an eight percent decrease from the previous year's budget. Overall city revenues and expenses planned for the next year, not including capital projects, is $38 million, Kniaziowski said. Last year's budget was $41.5...
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Kodiak fishermen, tribal leaders protest Alaska military plans
Carrying signs and placards opposing planned military exercises in the Gulf of Alaska, commercial fishermen and tribal leaders staged their protest by lining up more than 20 boats and skiffs in front of the city dock Saturday. Spectators crowded the docks at Pier 2 and several kayakers also joined the protest. Boats and spectators carried signs with slogans such as, “Our livelihood is not a game” and “No war games...
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Jackson’s trailer park resident arrested on domestic disturbance charges
A 68-year-old Jackson’s Trailer Park resident was arrested and taken to jail after she allegedly assaulted a family member, the Alaska State Troopers said. Hazel Malutin was arrested after troopers responded to the report of a domestic disturbance on Turner Lane at about 3:18 p.m. Wednesday, a trooper report said. Malutin was transported to the Kodiak City Jail where she was remanded on one count of assault in the...
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