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Ice rink to close Monday
Kodiak’s high country is blanketed in snow, but the spring thaw is coming early to the city’s ice rink. On Thursday afternoon, Corey Gronn, the city’s ice rink supervisor, announced the rink will end its season early after its sole remaining refrigeration compressor failed. “We're unable to make ice, basically, unable to maintain ice with these temperatures,” he said. The compressor failed Tuesday, but unseasonabl...
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Coast Guard announces discovery of 41-year-old Kodiak shipwreck
A vessel that went missing more than 40 years ago while sailing from its shipyard to Kodiak has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard announced March 22 that the fishing vessel Katmai has been found underwater 200 miles off the coast of Pascagoula, Miss. at a depth of 8,920 feet. The 45-foot fishing vessel went missing on Feb. 18, 1972. The Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor found...
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Gun show returns for second year
Kodiak firearms enthusiasts will be able to view guns and gun accessories from more than a dozen vendors and individual sellers at the second annual Emerald Isle Gun Show this weekend. The show gives people in Kodiak an opportunity to purchase, sell or trade guns without having to leave the island. Gun show promoter Michael Horstman said the interest was strong enough in the community that it needed to be held aga...
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Derelict dock dumps Styrofoam, but responsibility is in short supply
A derelict dock that washed up on Zaimka Island is leaving substantial deposits of Styrofoam in Womens Bay, and while there’s ample foam, responsibility is hard to come by. Kodiak resident Judy Phillips first noticed a large amount of brown Styrofoam while kayaking in Womens Bay on March 17. “When I was launching the kayak I just saw all this brown foam all along the tideline,” Phillips said. “There was so much of...
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Ambulance, parks and recreation fees are set to rise under proposal
On Tuesday afternoon, Kodiak fire chief Rome Kamai helped an ambulance crew rescue a fisherman after he fell into the hold of his boat. A few hours later, Kamai told the Kodiak City Council that when it comes to calls like those, the city of Kodiak should be collecting a bigger fee. The city council will consider that proposal as part of a slate of other fee increases at 7:30 p.m. tonight. According to records pro...
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Fish board bans ‘high-grading’ sportfish
The state Board of Fish has banned the practice of “high-grading” sportfish but turned down a proposal to help disabled fishermen that was endosed by the board’s Kodiak advisory panel. The board, which is made up of representatives from across the state, met last week in Anchorage to address finfish and miscellaneous issues affecting state-waters fisheries. In a unanimous vote, it banned high-grading, which occurs...
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State releases draft schedule for 2013-2014 ferry service
Three months after the Tustumena returns from overhaul in Seward, Kodiak’s other major ferry will be laid up for maintenance. The Alaska Marine Highway System on Wednesday released its draft 2013-2014 schedule, which calls for the ferries Kennicott, Columbia, Matanuska, Fairweather and Chenega to undergo monthslong periods of repair and maintenance next winter. “We picked that time because generally dead of winter...
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Koniag CEO resigns amid dismal financial news
Correction: The last name of interim Koniag president Tom Panamaroff was misspelled in an early version of this story, as was the first name of interim CEO Ron Unger. Worksmart Inc., the company headed by Unger, is not a Koniag subsidiary. Koniag Inc. has announced the resignation of President/CEO Will Anderson amid a large-scale reorganization of the company’s management. Anderson, who has served as the leader of...
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School district will axe teachers to balance budget
Kodiak schools will enter the next school year with 18 fewer teachers under a new budget-balancing plan introduced Thursday to the Kodiak Island Borough school board. To balance a $2 million budget shortfall, the Kodiak school district plans to not hire replacements for retiring or quitting teachers. Teachers would be shifted from specialty teaching positions into classrooms to cover the gaps created by the depart...
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‘Choose Respect’ rally draws Parnell to Old Harbor
At Kodiak High School, Eli Fields will warm up his vocal chords for a rap on stage. In Old Harbor, they’re getting ready for a visit from Gov. Sean Parnell. It’s all part of “Choose Respect,” a statewide campaign against domestic violence that climaxes Thursday with community marches in 143 Alaska communities. “When I talked to the governor's office, they said everybody in Kodiak was involved except for one villag...
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