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Torrential overnight rain causes widespread landslides
Torrential rainfall has caused widespread landslides across the Kodiak road system. As of 10:15 a.m. Friday morning, Rezanof Drive between Coast Guard Base Kodiak and the Kodiak Island Fairgrounds was reopened. It had been closed for about two hours. Other landslides have been reported on Cope Street, Alder Lane and Natalya Way. City officials have encouraged homeowners on Natalya and Alder to leave their homes un...
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'Neigh' to brands
Last week, Rep. Mike Chenault of Kenai introduced a measure that would erase a bit of Alaska’s ranching history. House Bill 231, if approved by the Alaska Legislature, would eliminate the state’s duty to register cattle brands, a small change that may have big implications for Southwest Alaska. According to the Alaska Division of Agriculture, Southwest Alaska (including Kodiak and the Aleutians) has 8,800 of the s...
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Demolished home still causing issues
The house is gone, but problems remain. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council voted unanimously to place a lien on 1118 Mission Road, former site of a condemned home the city demolished last fall. According to city records, more than $27,000 in taxpayer money was spent demolishing a home considered dangerous as far back as 2001. During the meeting, owner Dolores Padilla-Kairaiuak testified by phone from Ancho...
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Observer program leaders say first year was successful
Spectators observed a calm scene Thursday morning as fishermen and fisheries managers met to discuss the progress of the new federal fisheries observer program. The tone of the meeting was a far cry to contentious debates that preceded implementation of the program last year. “Overall, it looks like the fishermen and the agency seem to be working pretty well together,” said city councilman and Terry Haines, who at...
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Trouble at home leads to trouble in court
A Kodiak man is facing felony a felony criminal mischief charges for allegedly destroying more than $1,000 of property in a woman’s home. Brian Dougherty, 29, was arraigned in Kodiak District Court on Monday, for one count of third-degree criminal mischief, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. According to court documents, on Sunday, a woman called 911 to report a case of dom...
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Kodiak unlikely to join suit over mandated school funding
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is suing the state over mandated school funding, but Kodiak Island Borough Assembly members say Kodiak is unlikely to join the fight. The Ketchikan Daily News reported that on Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough filed a lawsuit against the state over required school funding. Alaska requires organized boroughs to provide set portion of property tax funds collected to the local school...
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KPD uses canine to make drug bust
A woman has been accused of intending to distribute more than $23,500 of methamphetamine in Kodiak. The Kodiak Police Department seized the meth after the department’s sniffer dog Max indicated a vehicle was positive for illegal substances. It was Max’s biggest bust since joining the force in December 2006. “It’s the largest seizure identified by our canine Max,” Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace said. “That’s his...
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Stevens proposes streamlining school testing
Kodiak’s home senator, Gary Stevens, has proposed a pair of bills in the Alaska Legislature to change the way schools across the state conduct standardized testing. SB111 would eliminate Alaska’s high school graduation-qualifying exam, while SB107 would create a new elementary reading program verified by state testing. Stevens, who is about to leave Kodiak for the start of the legislative session next week, said t...
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Miner plans to seek gold on Sitkinak Island
Fishermen call Kodiak salmon “red gold,” but at least one miner will pursue the real deal on Sitkinak Island this summer. Yoram Palkovitch, a miner from Anchorage, is seeking to develop a small placer gold mine on the state-owned island’s southwest coast. This isn’t Pebble Mine — Palkovitch’s proposal includes a crew of no more than 10 workers who will filter the island’s coast for golden flakes and nuggets. Palko...
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Digital dish gives way to print
Digital technology has given way for the printed word. This week, patrons of the Kodiak Public Library are enjoying a better view after the removal of one of two AT&T satellite dishes that formerly obscured the library’s southern windows. “It's expanded the view; we now have a view of Alaska, of Kodiak, instead of the world of airwaves,” said librarian Katie Baxter. The dish had been eyed for removal by library ba...
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