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Aground tugboat appears to be leaking fuel
A tugboat that ran aground late last week now appears to be leaking fuel on the south side of uninhabited Ukolnoi Island, 40 miles east Cold Bay. On Tuesday evening, the tugboat Polar Wind grounded on Ukolnoi while towing a barge carrying 1.5 million pounds of frozen seafood to Dutch Harbor. At the time, the Polar Wind had 20,580 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,800 gallons of hydraulic oil aboard. Friday overflights ...
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Disappointed that Obama won
To the Editor: I’m very sad and disappointed Obama the “pied piper” did it again. He led all the sheep to slaughter. Do they know what we’re in for the next four years? I expect we will lose the Supreme Court when the justices retire. There goes the Second Amendment. The Middle East is a powder keg, we have morons in Washington, and Israel is as good as gone. Our good neighbor policy isn’t working. Russia is extra...
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Caballa, Fried win Lancer Smith titles
Kodiak’s Andrew Caballa and Levi Fried wrestled to a pair of Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament titles Saturday at Palmer High School.  The Bears also received three fifth-place finishes, enough to place seventh as a team with 116.5 points. Palmer won its own tournament for the first time with 159 points.  Caballa, the defending 112-pound 4A state champion, improved to 9-0 on the season.  The junior escaped with a 1...
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2013 Crab Festival logo and poster contest opens
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has put out a call to local artists for submissions to be entered into the 2013 Crab Festival poster and logo contests. The call is the chamber's first step in preparing for Kodiak’s largest annual celebration. 2 "Right now we're doing the contests, then we'll start ordering the merchandise and getting more involved," said Summer Wood, Crab Festival manager and community relations di...
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Fish Factor: Salmon harvest and value drop
Alaska’s salmon harvest and value for 2012 came in well below last year, dropping 21 percent and 30 percent, respectively. According to preliminary state tallies, the value of the salmon catch totaled nearly $506 million at the docks this summer on a statewide catch of 124 million fish. That compares to a 2011 take of 177 million salmon valued at just over $641 million. A breakdown shows that the 2012 Chinook harv...
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Wheeler to retire from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Gary Wheeler is on his way out as head of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. On Dec. 31, Wheeler will retire from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. When he does, he won’t be alone. On that day, USFWS will lose about 10 percent of its Alaska workforce thanks to a one-time window that boosts retirement pay. The wave of retirements was first reported by Dan Joling of the Associated Press and includes four of 14 r...
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Kodiak man faces forgery charges
A Kodiak man has been accused of stealing and forging a check from a local business owner. Douglas Hoedel, 31, is scheduled to be arraigned in Kodiak district court today. Hoedel faces one charge of second-degree theft and one charge of second-degree forgery. Both are class C felonies punishable by up to five years in jail. According to court documents, Hoedel stopped by Nick's Auto Wrecking, Salvage and Metal Rec...
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Autumn of the bears
Living with bears is a fact of life in Kodiak. This fall, that fact became an uncomfortable one for residents on the front lines of an unprecedented invasion. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 7, the Kodiak Police Department responded to 164 calls about bears in garbage, bears near homes or bears posing a danger. The Alaska State Troopers and state park rangers responded to almost two dozen more calls. Using police records...
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Building a program
Rick Langfitt's Kodiak High School office displays nearly two decades worth of his dedication to baseball. Little League team plaques cover the wall closest to his desk, Kodiak High School memorabilia litter a table in the corner, years of statistics sit on another table and a baseball cap rests on a shelf inches above the floor. Come June 1, all those items will be gone and all that will be left is Langfitt's leg...
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Outsiders travel to Kodiak for fish smoking workshop
Eagle River resident Zach Shlosar loves smoking fish for fun and is considering turning it into a business. To find out whether or not it is something he wants to pursue commercially, he spent three days this week at a fish smoking and salting workshop hosted by the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Shlosar smoked his first fish around seven years ago. "It was curiosity... it turned out well enough that my...
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