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Public Safety Blotter: July 11
June 25 • At 12:21 a.m., a caller reported a bear sighting in the 1600 block of Selief Lane. It was gone when police arrived. • At 12:38 a.m., a caller dialed 911 about a bear sighting in the 1200 block of Selief Lane. The bear fled into the woods as police were arriving. • Around 1:48 a.m., police conducted two bar checks downtown. • At 7:06 a.m., police were out with a bicyclist on Mill Bay Road who had almost g...
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'The more we recycle, the more we save'
To the editor, No matter where you come down on the question of dumpsters vs. roll carts it's obvious that, as a business owner, you save a lot of money going to roll carts. The way to do that is to recycle cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, and cans with Threshold Services. You can drop them off yourself, or set up a pick up. The cost is nominal and more than offset by the savings. In addition you can do the righ...
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Ordinance would turn Borough meetings into Sunday school
In the July 3 Borough Assembly meeting, Ordinance NO. FY2014-20, a measure to abridge the freedom of speech in assembly meetings was discussed. Under the guise of “proper decorum,” the Borough Assembly proposes to disfranchise any expression of opinion that is inconsistent with speech that is “appropriate, proper behavior in society.” (To illustrate decorum, my dictionary has a picture of an eight- or ten-year-old...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Naut'staat - Plants
Naut'staat - Plants Ilait naut'staat yaatutaartut. - Some plants are poisonous. Kodiak Island is often called Alaska's Emerald Isle, a nickname that reflects its thick carpet of green summer plants. Abundant rain, mild temperatures, and long summer days combine to make the region's mountains and meadows exceptionally productive for plant growth. There are about 650 known species of vascular plants in the archipela...
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Sun’aq Tribe starts Buskin study ahead of runway
The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak announced that it is starting an environmental investigation of the Buskin River outlet. This is being done partly to mitigate for the loss of fish habitat and other adverse environmental impacts associated with the Kodiak Airport runway extension beginning this summer. “The purpose of the five-year $450,000 effort will be to document biological, chemical, and physical changes as influen...
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Tapestry: Wounded Warriors open up about their injuries
When John and Maureen Eaton first started hosting men and women of Wounded Warriors, they danced around the uncomfortable topic of their injuries. It wasn’t pity that kept them from talking about it, but a feeling of awkwardness, said Maureen. Maureen reports she and her husband discovered that the Warriors were willing to talk about their injuries. “We found out quickly that they don’t mind telling you about thei...
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In the Courts: July 11
Patrick M Reilly Jr pleaded guilty to Fish & Game charges. Reilly Jr was fined $250 and placed on probation for one year. Marlon R. Inga pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the fourth degree. Inga was sentenced to 90 days in jail (60 suspended) and fined $1,500 ($1,250 suspended) and ordered to schedule a screening for alcohol or substance abuse and mental health, domestic violence, or anger management and plac...
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Public comments on controversial decorum ordinance
Kodiak residents spoke out on Thursday against a meeting decorum ordinance recently passed by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. The ordinance was introduced at the June 19 meeting and was passed on July 3, 5-1, after a public hearing in which no one spoke on the issue. Assembly member Mel Stephens voted against it. Since then, chatter in local Facebook groups has mostly gone against the ordinance with a few for ...
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Flashing the leather
Baseball gloves come in all forms and have been around since the late 1800s. There are outfield gloves, infield gloves, first baseman gloves and catcher mitts. The common thread is that all gloves are cherished by their users. “There is a bond between a player and his mitt,” Kodiak Post 17’s Brandan Pickett said. “You can’t use somebody else’s mitt, it just doesn’t feel right.” Pickett totes around two gloves — a ...
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Dock may see temporary closure due repairs
The Anton Larsen Bay dock may be closed for business temporarily Sunday and Monday because of a geotechnical investigation. Matt Gandel, project manager for the Kodiak Island Borough, explained that engineers will be “drilling to see what the soil is like under the water.” Borough planners still have yet to determine whether the dock piles will be drilled or driven. Also, a drill rig will be brought out to the doc...
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