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Coast Guard cutter heads to a Mexican scrap yard this week
The end has come for the Coast Guard cutter Storis. Built in WWII and decommissioned in 2007, the icebreaking cutter was a mainstay for the Coast Guard in Alaska for 50 years. On Friday, it will be towed from the federal government’s mothball fleet in Suisun Bay, Calif., bound for Ensenada, Mexico, and scrapping. The Storis Museum, a group dedicated to preserving the ship, announced the news on its Facebook page W...
Oct 24, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish board holds steady on allocation questions
The Alaska Board of Fish declined to substantially change the allocation of state-waters cod in a meeting that ended Tuesday. During its five-day meeting in Anchorage, the fish board heard several proposals that would have reallocated cod quota from the federal waters fishery to the state. Other proposals would have diverted quota from the Kodiak area to the Chignik area or altered start dates, gear limits or fish...
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ADF&G closes most elk hunting to preserve herds
Afognak Island’s elk hunting season opens to the general public today with the start of the registration hunt, but hunters will find fewer legal targets this year. On Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the bull elk harvest by emergency order, citing winter kill as a concern. While last winter was average for Kodiak, the winters of 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 brought deep snow that killed large nu...
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School board gets new president
Katie Oliver is the new head of the Kodiak Island Borough school board. In a meeting Monday, Oliver was selected to replace Melissa Borton, a longtime school board representative who did not run for re-election during this month’s municipal election. Serving as school board vice president is Rick Kniaziowski, who won a three-year term during the election. Kniaziowski was appointed to the school board a year ago to...
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Downtown revitalization committee gets to work
The Kodiak downtown revitalization committee has taken the first steps toward improving downtown Kodiak by identifying the area’s major problems. The committee has held two meetings, and identified three areas of focus: social issues and public safety, beautification and public space improvements, and economic development. Three subcommittees have been formed to discuss the focus areas. Started by city Mayor Pat B...
Oct 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak firefighter's son was on engulfed fishing vessel
As a firefighter, Jim Pickett knows what to do when flames erupt in a home. On Sunday, he was left to wait as flames engulfed the fishing vessel Western Venture. Aboard the ship, 70 miles west of Adak, was Pickett’s son Kodi. “I’m just glad everything worked out and glad everyone’s all right,” Pickett said. Kodi and four others from the Western Venture were rescued Sunday afternoon by the good Samaritan fishing ve...
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Responders test tsunami readiness with drill
If an earthquake strikes the far side of the Pacific Ocean, Kodiak’s emergency responders are prepared for the tsunami threat. On Monday, the Kodiak City and Kodiak Island Borough incident management team met in the Emergency Operations Center at the Kodiak Police Department to practice a disaster scenario. The scenario focused on the response for a distant tsunami warning threat to Kodiak Island. “We’ll go throug...
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Bayside Fire Department responds to oil spill in drainage creek
The Bayside firefighters responded to a residential oil spill Thursday morning. Bayside Fire Chief Bob Himes said that the station received a report of a strong diesel fuel smell and what looked like emulsified diesel in a drainage creek in a back yard on the 300 block of Teal Way. Bayside Fire Station provided the initial response and investigation. During the investigation, firefighters found several pockets of ...
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Coast Guard responds to Kodiak fishing vessel on fire west of Adak
Five Kodiak fishermen are safe today after their fishing vessel caught fire about 70 miles west of Adak. The crew of the fishing vessel Western Venture abandoned ship Sunday morning after reporting a fire in an email to the ship’s owner. The Coast Guard scrambled aircraft from Kodiak and Sitka but were unable to establish radio contact with the Western Venture. At 9:05 a.m., the Coast Guard District 17 command cen...
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Tustumena expected to return to Kodiak today
If all goes as planned, the Tustumena will arrive at City Pier 1 this afternoon. On Thursday, Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow said the likelihood that the ferry will be in Kodiak looked good. “We are optimistic that it will be sailing,” he said in a message. “We haven’t sent out any formal release in case something does come up because there have been a lot of unexpected events with...
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