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Election 2012:Austerman runs unopposed for fifth House term
Rep. Alan Austerman will face little opposition in the Nov. 6 election, as he is the only candidate running to represent House District 35. Unless a write-in candidate overtakes him, he'll serve as representative for the newly expanded district that includes Kodiak and Cordova. Austerman hasn't done much campaigning, but he has made trips to Cordova and Whittier to meet the people that are new to his district. Kod...
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Vandals deflate business at Kodiak Bay Bounce
A late-night vandalism attack has deflated the hopes of a new small business. Early Tuesday morning, the Kodiak Police Department responded to a call reporting the doors of Kodiak Bay Bounce, an indoor playground, were wide open. When the owners responded, they initially didn’t find anything missing. When they tried to open their doors the next afternoon, however, they found large gashes in each of the inflatable ...
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Wind kicks up century-old volcanic ash
The 20th century’s largest volcanic eruption dropped a dusting of ash on Kodiak Tuesday. There were no injuries or damage from the eruption — it happened on June 6, 1912 in the Katmai region of the Alaska Peninsula. Even after 100 years of storms and rain, “there's a lot of volcanic ash that remains on the ground,” said David Hadley, an aviation meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage. The wea...
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Afognak Island elk season nears end
The Afognak Island elk season has all but ended for the year. On Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that effective Sunday, all elk hunting will be over except in far southwest Afognak Island. The department stated in a news release that good weather has allowed hunters to reach unit bag limits for the Duck, Portage, Waterfall and Marka herds. Those limits were reached despite an earlier or...
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At city-borough meeting, complaints about compost
A plan to turn Kodiak’s sewage leftovers into compost hit a literal bump in the road on Tuesday as the neighbor of the planned composting plant told a joint city-borough work session that he has problems with the proposal. Todd Hiner owns more than 80 acres of land in Middle Bay that wrap around the 5-acre parcel Quayanna Development Corporation purchased this week. The only road to the QDC land runs through Hiner...
Oct 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Counceller appointed to new state language council
A Kodiak woman will put her language skills to work on the governor's new Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. Gov. Sean Parnell recently appointed April Laktonen Counceller, assistant professor of Alutiiq language and culture at Kodiak College and language manager at the Alutiiq Museum, to the council. "It's an honor, but also it's more of an opportunity to do more work," Counceller said. "We...
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To avoid bears, head downtown to find treats
Halloween’s a night of scares, but downtown businesses and police are hoping this year’s frights won’t involve bears. Both groups are asking trick-or-treaters to stick to the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat beginning at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. The event began almost a decade ago with MainStreet Kodiak. While that organization has gone defunct, the Halloween event lives on. “It was really elaborate in the early ye...
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Date set for rockfish lawsuit hearing
U.S. District Court judge Marsha Pechman has announced that a long-awaited hearing on the fate of the new Kodiak rockfish catch share plan will take place Nov. 19. Pechman, the chief judge in the district court for western Washington, will hear the case that pits Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty, Westward Seafoods and North Pacific Seafoods against the federal government. The processors contend that the rockfish pro...
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City's main water pump house is falling apart
On a sunny day, Monashka Reservoir is serene. Shielded from wind, its billion gallons of fresh water reflect hills and woods locked away from hunters and hikers by chain link fencing. A few feet away from the earthen dam that pens the reservoir’s water is a small concrete building. Open the steel doors of that building, and the reservoir’s serenity is broken by an enormous din. This small building is the reservoir...
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Coast Guard crew gets rescued after mechanical failure
On most days, Coast Guard helicopter crews are the ones called in when something goes wrong. During an unusual mission earlier this month, it was a crew from Air Station Kodiak who needed the rescuing. On Oct. 11, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter took off from Kodiak to search for a man lost overboard from the fishing vessel Flying Ocean. The helicopter searched the ocean southwest of Kodiak Island, refueled at Sitkina...
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