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July was warmest since 1979, driest since 1967
Phoenix, Arizona had more rain than Kodiak in July. It was that kind of month. July goes into the record books as the ninth driest and seventh warmest on record, according to the National Weather Service. Just 1.06 inches of rain was recorded in July. More than double that amount fell in Kodiak on the first three days of August. Most of July’s rainfall came in the first half of the month; just 0.02 inches of rain ...
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Fishing skipper accused of assault
A 56-year-old fishing skipper from Nevada was arrested in Kodiak for allegedly drunkenly assaulting two deckhands on a boat. Michael Clemens was arraigned in Kodiak District Court on Wednesday on two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of DUI. All three charges are misdemeanors. According to court documents, Clemens and three men had been fishing for salmon on the fishing vessel Oceana Kaylani, a 48-foot...
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Assembly requests action on Tustumena
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly joined the call for renewed ferry service between Kodiak and the mainland on Thursday as it unanimously approved a resolution pleading for the state to act. The resolution "formally requests that Governor Parnell and the Alaska State Legislature develop a long-term solution immediately to ensure the Kodiak region receives scheduled and uninterrupted service from the Alaska Marine...
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Pair of Base Kodiak suicides is horrifying aberration, stats show
This summer, Coast Guard Base Kodiak suffered two suicides in one week. Together, the two deaths represent about half the suicides the entire Coast Guard sees each year. On June 27, a 21-year-old man was found dead in his barracks room. On July 2, a 26-year-old man was found dead at his home in Coast Guard housing. Neither death was related, despite their proximity. “We had four (active-duty) suicides in 2012, but...
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KHS graduate illustrates children’s book
A Kodiak High School graduate and his wife have published a children’s book that teaches kids to look at what they have to offer to others. Brandon Jones grew up in Kodiak. He and his wife Inez live in Hong Kong with their two children, ages 6 and 4, but visit Kodiak every summer. This summer they brought copies of their new book “The Contest,” which Inez wrote and Brandon illustrated. “The Contest” tells the stor...
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Outlook for deer hunters is improving
Deer season starts today, and the outlook for hunters is improving after the harsh winter of 2011-2012, biologists say. John Crye of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said spot surveys show the archipelago’s herds are rebounding, though the southern end of Kodiak Island appears to be doing better than the northern end and Afognak Island. Neither Fish and Game nor the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge conduct de...
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Cyclical insect infestation returns to Kodiak’s south side
The Emerald Isle is looking a little brown these days. It’s not from the unusually dry and weather — insects have swarmed the south end of Kodiak Island and are eating the leaves from trees. Writing from Zachar Bay, where he is surveying the insect infestation, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge biologist Bill Pyle said, “this event apparently encompasses tens of thousands of acres of mixed deciduous forest and woodl...
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Kodiak otter doing well at Sea Life center
A northern sea otter rescued from Kodiak is making himself at home at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, officials said. “We’ve had that critter for a while … he’s learning how to be a little teenager,” said Carole Tallman, senior marketing and sales manager of the center. The otter, named Nuka after a marine landmark in Seward, was rescued on June 1 in Kodiak. Wendy Close Eskew, owner of Kodiaks Wild Side!, had...
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Sweeping update to land use rules nears finish line
Its authors call it “often dull,” but a new draft of the borough’s zoning and land use rules will have implications for every homeowner and business in the Kodiak Island Borough. Last month, the borough’s Project Advisory Committee wrapped up three years of work drafting new land use rules. The rules have not been updated since the 1970s and are scheduled to get their first complete hearing in front of the plannin...
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Moderate fire danger in Kodiak
Kodiak might be drier than Phoenix, Arizona this month, but fire officials say the danger of wildfires is still on the moderate side. “The humidity’s still up,” said Bayside Fire Chief Bob Himes. “We’re still good.” Through the last day of the month, Kodiak has had just over 1 inch of rain, one-quarter its normal total for July. Across the rest of the state, similarly warm and dry conditions have led to widespread...
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