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Gun taken from man trying to board plane
Transportation Security Administration employees at Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport seized a loaded gun from a Kodiak man flying to Anchorage on Wednesday morning. According to Alaska State Troopers, TSA employees were screening a carry-on backpack around 7:55 a.m. when they noticed a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun on the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint. The handgun had 16 rounds in the magazine but ...
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Injured teen dies from shooting
The 16-year-old who was shot Sunday night by another Kodiak teen has died from his injuries. The shooting occurred at a home the boy was visiting around 8:47 p.m. Sunday. The boy was taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center and later medevaced to Anchorage for treatment of a single shotgun wound. In a press release, Kodiak Police Department Lt. Ray Ellis said the boy succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday....
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Borough assembly kills smoking ban
The only surprise was the size of the majority. In a unanimous vote, a shorthanded Kodiak Island Borough assembly killed a proposed ban on public smoking in the Kodiak Island Borough. If the assembly had approved, voters would have had the final word on the fall municipal ballot. Instead, voters filled the assembly chambers to give the final word on Thursday night. "You want to stop smoking, you educate people, yo...
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Parnell joins Walmart kerfuffle
Gov. Sean Parnell has joined the outcry against Walmart after the nation’s largest retailer announced it will no longer sell Alaska salmon. In a letter to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. president and CEO Michael Duke, Parnell asks the company to reconsider its decision to only purchase salmon from sources certified by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council. “I encourage you to recognize that sustainable labeling has gr...
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Composting plant passes P&Z hurdle
The Kodiak Island Borough planning and zoning commission has signed off on plans for a permanent sewage composting plant at the borough landfill. A temporary composting plant has been operating at the landfill since last year, but the proposal before the commission was for a 55-year city lease of up to 3 acres of borough landfill property next to Monashka Bay Road. “It has to go somewhere,” said commissioner Jenni...
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Smoking ban debate meets anticlimax tonight
A proposed borough-wide smoking ban is dead, and the funeral is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight. That’s when the Kodiak Island Borough assembly will vote on a proposal to bring the ban to voters. Last week, however, one of the ban’s principal supporters, assemblyman Tuck Bonney, announced he was withdrawing his backing. The measure’s other principal sponsor, assemblyman Aaron Griffin, will not be present t...
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Search for missing child in Ouzinkie ends well
A missing four-year-old in Ouzinkie was returned home last week after he was found fast asleep under a dresser in a relative’s home. According to Alaska State Troopers, the boy was reported missing Friday around 6:40 p.m. by his father Darren Muller, 41, of Ouzinkie. The boy had not been seen for approximately one hour. Family members had searched but were unable to find him, so they reached out to the Ouzinkie vi...
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Museum revives wedding tradition
The Baranov Museum preserves Kodiak’s history, but on Saturday it revived a bygone tradition as it hosted its first wedding in decades. Melissa Catto and Josh Colvin tied the knot in the museum’s gallery, following a tradition begun when Alaska was known as Russian America and Kodiak was the largest settlement on the west coast of what would become the United States. “I came across this and thought it was beautifu...
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Bear killed after invading Old Harbor landfill
Sometimes even the Marines need to call for help. On Monday afternoon, the Old Harbor VPSO killed a problem bear that had been threatening people at the Old Harbor landfill, including some members of the US Marine Corps working on a runway expansion project. The bear’s death is the first “defense of life and property” killing in the Kodiak archipelago this year and comes after Old Harborites spent several days try...
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Coast Guard opens operating base in Kotzebue
The Coast Guard is conducting an experiment in size this year. Last week, the Coast Guard opened its forward operating base in Kotzebue as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2013. The base is a followup to the successful Arctic Shield operation based in Barrow last summer. That base, which used two helicopters and a succession of rotating Coast Guard cutters, provided round-the-clock search-and-rescue coverage in the...
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