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After quiet summer and fall, bears move into town
Ample berries and salmon kept the bears out of town this summer. Now the berries and salmon are gone, but the bears aren’t. According to reports collected by the Kodiak Daily Mirror, bear activity is climbing, reaching levels not seen since last year. According to data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, more bear sightings and encounters have been reported in the past week than in August, September and O...
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Shipyard seeks $4 million more from state for Tusty work
The shipyard that handled the ferry Tustumena during its yearlong stay in dry dock is seeking $4 million for work it says went above and beyond the initial $6.2 million contract. Unalaska’s KUCB-FM first reported the claim on Monday. Doug Karet, the attorney who put the claim together, said “the state added a significant amount of work to the contract that wasn’t contemplated when Seward Ship’s (Drydock) took on t...
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Assembly may increase Service Area No. 1 stipend
Service Area No. 1 will pay chairman Scott Arndt $1,200 more per year if the borough assembly approves a stipend increase tonight. The proposal is among the items on the assembly’s agenda as it meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the borough building. Service area board vice-chairman Dennis Symmons told the assembly Tuesday night that the proposal is his concept and received unanimous backing from the rest of the servic...
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School board talks technology replacement
The Kodiak Island Borough School District is facing a huge technology bubble that could burst if the district doesn’t develop a plan for replacing aging equipment, staff say. In a Monday work session, interim technology director Chick Beckley presented information to the school board about the district’s need for a technology renewal and replacement plan. “We have several different issues in looking at this,” Beck...
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Gun found in Gerald C. Wilson auditorium
The Kodiak Police Department is investigating the discovery of a gun in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium on Sunday. Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace said a citizen in the building found the gun in a bag in the auditorium’s choral pod, a space used as a school classroom. Police quickly learned the gun was brought onto the property earlier in the week by an adult, whose name was not released. Wallace said one charge...
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Despite Coast Guard budget cuts, St. Nick still flies by helicopter
For the 40th consecutive year, Santa Claus is trading his sleigh for a Coast Guard helicopter as the Coast Guard Spouses Association of Kodiak conducts Santa to the Villages. Begun in 1973 as an outreach program, volunteers deliver presents to rural children using the Coast Guard Air Station. Through fundraisers and donations, the spouses association pays for the entire venture. In a year of Coast Guard budget cut...
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KPD hires new officer
A new police officer is keeping Kodiak’s streets safe. Tyler Southworth was sworn in as the 172nd Kodiak police officer on Oct. 21 and is one of two new officers at the Kodiak Police Department. Since starting the job, Southworth has been going through the first phase of the Kodiak Police Department’s field training, which is required for all new officers regardless of experience. He is currently assigned to patro...
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Relief effort contributes thousands to Philippines
When Alvin Arboleda leaves Kodiak for Manila today, he’ll be taking 63 cents from every man, woman and child in the Kodiak Island Borough. In two weeks of work, Kodiakans have raised $8,797 to be donated to relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last month, killing more than 10,000 people. That amount is the equivalent of 63 cents from every one of Kodiak’s 14,000 people. “It was just frie...
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Phone service to offer free legal help to renters
To meet a growing need for legal help, the Alaska Legal Services Corporation has some simple advice for renters: Pick up the phone. On Dec. 12, the state’s nonprofit law firm will roll out a new phone-based assistance service. Anyone in Alaska will be able to call a toll-free number and speak to a volunteer attorney about landlord issues. “Anybody can call this help line,” said Laura Goss, director of volunteer se...
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New VPSO hired for Ouzinkie
The village of Ouzinkie will soon have a new village public safety officer. Jim Poelman has been hired for the position by the Kodiak Area Native Association, which funds the VPSO program on Kodiak Island. Public safety officers provide public safety services and law enforcement in villages without a city police department or trooper detachment. Officers live in the villages and provide services like search and re...
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