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New map shows rainbow of resources
ANCHORAGE – The United States Geological Survey released a new digital geologic map of Alaska on Tuesday, providing land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of land use in relation to resource extraction, conservation, natural hazards and recreation.  The map gives visual context to resources found throughout the state in a detailed and accessible format, according to a USGS news...
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AMHS fares increase
Most ferry fares increased five percent as of Jan. 1, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The increase will only apply to reservations made after Jan. 1. “Some fares will not increase,” according to the release. “Any fare that is disproportionately higher than the majority of AMHS fares will remain unchanged.” According to the release, the increases follow rec...
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Hearing continued in 2015 hit-and-run
The man charged with seriously injuring another man in a hit-and-run accident in early 2015 was scheduled for change of plea and sentencing Tuesday, but the court date was continued to Monday. Alexander Rice, 33, faces several charges after he allegedly hit Brent Watkins, a pedestrian, in February 2015 near Kodiak High School and caused serious injuries before leaving the scene. Police found the allegedly responsi...
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Alaska Science Forum: Impressions of a place far from everywhere
ST. MATTHEW ISLAND — I’m resting on a mattress of tundra plants that are growing more than 200 miles from the nearest Alaska village. While I have snuck away here to my own private ridgetop, eight other people, all scientists, are somewhere on this 30-mile-long wedge of tundra, rocky beaches, lakes and bird cliffs in the central Bering Sea. We nine make up the entire human population of the island. On our 25-hour ...
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Report: Chiniak fire response fast, lacked depth
Local and state emergency personnel “performed very well” in the response to the Twin Creeks Fire last summer, although long hours revealed a need for more people trained for relief shifts, according to an after-action report/improvement plan from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The Twin Creeks Fire blackened about 5,000 acres near Chiniak and destroyed several structures, includ...
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Burglars targeting empty homes
Burglaries in Kodiak, some involving the theft of firearms, have increased in the past couple months, according to the Alaska State Troopers. Robert Casey with the troopers in Kodiak said he did not have exact numbers, but, “There has been an increase from what is the typical normal flow, and there has been an increase in firearm related burglaries.” In recent weeks, numerous burglaries have been reported in the t...
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Alaska Aerospace Corp. seeks to privatize
JUNEAU — The president and CEO of the Alaska Aerospace Corp. said Monday that the board of the state-owned corporation has recommended it pursue becoming a private company. Craig Campbell said the recommendation has been delivered to Gov. Bill Walker, who has not yet said how he would like to proceed. State law would have to be changed to allow for the shift, Campbell said. “Our intention and what we’re working on...
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Assembly talks federal lease, manager hiring
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly discussed options for leasing the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center, the building occupied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and a quicker timeline for hiring a new borough manager. Borough manager Bud Cassidy said the federal entity is seeking to save money and create a new lease and occupy a smaller area although the current lease doesn't expire until 2018. Am...
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Trees blow down, damage cemetery
About 20 trees blew down in the City Cemetery on Rezanof Drive during last week’s high winds. Corey Gronn, director of the City of Kodiak Parks and Recreation department, said Parks and Rec personnel and Public Works personnel took three to four days to remove the trees. For one of the larger trees, they had to hire an outside professional vendor. While observing the last tree being felled, Gronn said he expected ...
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Reporter's Notebook: Plunge into new life, year
In May, I packed my Corolla with only what I considered necessities and left West Virginia, the only place I had ever lived, to traverse the 4,500 miles to a new home in Kodiak. To many, a move to Alaska seemed extreme, but to me it was an opportunity to live life with no regrets. I had created a bucket list of things I wanted to experience years before, and it was sitting with far too few checkmarks. It was time ...
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