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Wal-Mart will keep buying Alaska salmon
JUNEAU (AP) — Wal-Mart announced Friday that it will continue purchasing Alaskan wild salmon after a four-month review of the state's Responsible Fisheries Management program. Company officials toured Alaska earlier this month to see firsthand how the state handles its salmon industry, as part of Wal-Mart's public policy of keeping fisheries sustainable around the world. Wal-Mart brought in The Sustainability Cons...
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Coast Guard turns fishing vessel back to port for faulty life raft
The US Coast Guard turned a fishing vessel back to Kodiak after discovering six safety violations during an at-sea boarding. According to an email from the Coast Guard, inspectors from the cutter SPAR boarded the fishing vessel Arctic Storm on Thursday. During their inspection, the Coast Guardsmen found the vessel’s life raft had expired in 2006 and that the hydrostatic release — which activates the life raft auto...
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Kodiak enduring one of the wettest Januaries on record
Look out for arks. With one week to go in the month, Kodiak has already had one of its rainiest Januaries in more than a century of recordkeeping. As of Sunday, Kodiak has started the year with 12.62 inches of rain, the most of any January since 2003. If the month ended today, January would finish as the ninth-wettest on record. The all-time record is 17.18 inches, set in 2003. This month’s exceptional weather is ...
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Students prepare for tsunami bowl
Five students from Kodiak High School are holding quiz sessions with local scientists to prepare for the 17th annual Tsunami Bowl competition. The Tsunami Bowl, an annual regional ocean sciences contest, will be held in Seward from Feb. 28 to March 2 as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Kodiak High School is one of 20 teams attending this year. A Kodiak team attended last year and took 12th place out of 25...
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When a ferry becomes an aircraft carrier
The ferry Tustumena is an aircraft carrier. On Wednesday afternoon, James Jackson and Jay Wattum wheeled one of the most unusual vehicles to ever travel aboard a state ferry across City Pier 1 and onto the Tustumena’s cargo lift. Jackson’s four-seat Aeronica Sedan, an airplane built in 1948, is bound for a maintenance shop in Talkeetna. “They do it pretty cheap up there,” Jackson said of having the plane resurface...
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KEA will spend $200,000 to research renewable energy projects
Six wind turbines spin on Pillar Mountain. Three hydroelectric turbines rumble at Terror Lake. It isn't enough. On Thursday, the Kodiak Electric Association board of directors voted unanimously to spend $200,000 to research additional renewable energy projects for Kodiak. Throughout the KEA grid, electrical use fell by 1 percent in 2013, mirroring nationwide trends. According to the Energy Information Administrati...
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Firefighters evacuate clinic after doctors smell fumes
Kodiak Island Medical Associates (KIMA) shut down for four hours Wednesday as firefighters looked for the source of an odd smell. The Kodiak Fire Department received a call from KIMA employees just before 8 a.m. reporting a strong odor. “We had an odor in our clinic yesterday that was determined to be a volatile organic compound, and we called the fire department to find out where it came from,” KIMA director Dr. ...
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Charge filed for gun in auditorium
A Kodiak woman is facing a misdemeanor charge for taking a gun into the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium in November. It’s been two months since the incident occurred, but the case was held up due to case law research, police chief Ronda Wallace said. According to court documents, Suzan Hailey, 45, is facing one count of fourth-degree weapons misconduct for allegedly bringing a gun into a school on Nov. 19. Hailey is t...
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City council diverts some surplus to long-term savings
Kodiak has socked away almost a million dollars for a rainier day. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council approved a budget amendment that diverts $921,584 from the city's general fund to its enhancement fund. The transfer, required by city code, represents half of the city's general fund surplus at the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which concluded June 30. The enhancement fund was created in 1997 with a balanc...
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School district will use robots to enhance virtual learning
Soon, Kodiak teachers will be able to roll into classrooms on two wheels. The Kodiak Island Borough School District has purchased 12 telepresence robots to expand the district’s virtual learning program. Instead of being tied to a webcam attached to a computer, teachers can use the robots to move around a classroom and communicate through an attached iPad. “What's amazing is how fast people move past it being a ro...
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