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Man accused of stealing gun
A Kodiak man accused of stealing a handgun was arrested after he allegedly posted photos of himself with the gun on Facebook. Johnny Ray Cortez Jr., 26, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Wednesday on one charge of second-degree theft, a class C felony. According to court documents, the gun’s owner was out of town in Anchorage from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, and he found his handgun missing when he returned. The...
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Woman sentenced in Trident embezzlement scheme
A Kodiak woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her role in a scheme that embezzled almost $500,000 from Trident Seafoods. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced that Jaime Fathke, 29, was sentenced for two counts of wire fraud. Fathke cashed three fraudulent Trident checks totaling $30,000. Fathke was one of five people facing charges. Isairis Wolfe, Jeremy Smith, both from Kodiak, Va...
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Prep hoops: Kodiak girls stay perfect with 47-42 win over Lathrop
Kodiak’s girls emerged from a wild fourth quarter with a 47-42 win over Lathrop Thursday evening at the Joe T. Classic Basketball Tournament in Fairbanks.  The win keeps Kodiak perfect on the season at 6-0, while it is Lathrop’s first loss in five games.  Juniors Jerica Nelson and Hannah Wandersee led the way with 14 points apiece. Wandersee also played outstanding defense on Lathrop’s promising freshman Ruthy Heb...
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Prep hoops: KHS boys hold off West Valley
Kodiak’s free throw shooting trumped West Valley’s 3-point accuracy Thursday evening on the first day of the Joe T. Classic Basketball Tournament in Fairbanks.  Kodiak’s boys canned 33 of their 46 free throws to overpower West Valley 74-62 at Lathrop High School.  “We got a lot of good penetration on them and we were able to get to the line,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said. “This is a huge win, especially on the...
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Parks and Rec: Jan. 11-Jan. 18
Jan. 11 – Jan. 18 Baranoff Ice Rink Stick and Puck is held Sunday, 9 to 11 a.m., and Monday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a time for all ages and competitive levels to hone their skills. No games allowed. Players can focus on game fundamentals without the pressure of game situations. Broomball is a game similar to ice hockey in which the players, not wearing skates, use “broom sticks” instead of hockey sticks to shoot a...
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Another Day in Paradise: Holiness in the shadow of grace
I am one of those people who read one book at a time. It probably has something to do with my attention span. If I try to read more than one at a time, I usually end up weaving a twisted thread from one into the other, until eventually, it’s more like reading one book. My mind may finally get its full grasp on the storyline, but the line that it grasps is usually a convoluted amalgam of both that may or may not re...
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City council asks businesses for more sales tax information
The Kodiak City Council unanimously approved a change to Kodiak's sales tax forms as it seeks to gather additional data to judge the effectiveness of the city's sales tax cap. The vote was the highlight of a light Thursday night meeting for the city council. The measure adds a section to the quarterly sales tax forms filled out by every Kodiak business. That section requires businesses to list the number of transa...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Jan. 11
Kungyuk : Crested Auklet_ Kungyut amlertaallriit kangiyagmi. : There used to always be a lot of crested auklets in the bay. The crested auklet (Aethia cristatella), known by some as the sea quail, is a member of the alcid family, a group that includes auks, puffins, and murres. About two million of these sea birds live in Alaska, in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, but they range as far as the Kurile Island of...
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Coast Guard Blotter: Jan. 11
Jan. 4 Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a report of a flashing light in the water approximately 9 miles north of the Akun airport from an airport employee Jan. 4. There are no navigational buoys or markers are in the area. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew to investigate. The ...
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Editorial: Arctic drilling must move forward
Alaska still needs oil. We need it to heat our homes; we need it to drive our cars. More than that, we need it to drive our economy. More than 90 percent of state revenue comes from the oil industry, and that money cannot be easily replaced. While we view the grounding of the Kulluk with alarm, Arctic drilling must move forward, and it must do so rapidly. Without Arctic oil, America cannot meet its long-term goal ...
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