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Car expert testifies in Coast Guard double homicide
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a man charged with gunning down two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island repeatedly viewed blurry security-camera footage Tuesday showing a blue car passing the murder scene, then heading in the opposite direction five minutes later. Prosecutors contend the video shows James Wells, 62, in his a sport utility vehicle usually driven by his wife, ...
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Assembly objects proposed amendment to KHS renovation project
A proposed amendment to the contract with Wilson Engineers of Juneau for management of the high school renovation project met pushback from some Kodiak Island Borough Assembly members during the assembly’s Tuesday work session. Under the proposed changes, project manager Bruce Water, a Wilson employee, would get a higher housing allowance and increased hourly pay. Assembly members Chris Lynch and Carol Austerman o...
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Petro Marine’s new fuel dock opens with event
Petro Marine’s gleaming new fuel dock boasts faster fuel times, slicker facilities, and a lot less snow shoveling than its wooden predecessor. “We’ve taken that 1950s technology and brought it up to 2013-2014 with a steel floating dock,” Jaime Flores, plant manager, said. The new marina was completed in October after being closed all of September for renovations. The marina hosts an open house April 17-18 to show ...
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School budgets wait for Legislature
The Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education hopes lawmakers are zeroing in on budget numbers Alaska schools can depend on as the legislative session draws to a close. “It’s the school budget cycle,” superintendent Stewart McDonald said during the board’s work session Monday. “Who would have ever, ever built this on purpose?” McDonald said the rapid changes funding bills going through in Juneau have been hard to t...
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Tire expert testifies in Coast Guard murder trial
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The nail found in the truck tire of the man charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak Coast Guard facility likely was inserted mechanically, not picked up along a roadway, a tire expert said Monday. The weathered nail, about 3.5 inches long and bent 7 degrees, was perpendicular to the tire tread, Gary Bolden testified. The head of the nail showed no abrasions that would have indicated it had...
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Monashka pump house bids come in high; council to examine
High bids on the Monashka Bay pump house upgrade could create late-game planning adjustments prior to the project’s approval — seen as “critical” to Kodiak’s water supply — next week. Public Works Director Mark Kozak told the Daily Mirror bids were “higher than the engineer estimates” and city officials were busy examining them. “We’re still trying to evaluate where we can go with the Monashka pump house project. ...
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Grass fire burns hill at White Sands Beach
Bayside Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire near White Sands Beach at 4:10 p.m. Thursday. According to a release from Bayside, the fire was on a steep hillside next to the parking area at the end of Monashka Bay Road. It measured about 100 feet by 100 feet when responders arrived and grew to about 200 feet by 500 feet before being extinguished. Three units and eight firefighters responded. There we...
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City OKs nonprofit funding measures, travel money for city employees
The Kodiak City Council on Thursday approved one-time increases above current nonprofit funding caps as well as increases of travel funds for city employees. In a speedy regular meeting punctuated by pleasant weather outside and sunny moods within the borough chambers, the council voted unanimously on all seven items introduced. The city updated its policy statement on nonprofit funding caps, enabling one-time fun...
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Assembly returns from Washington D.C.
A delegation from the Kodiak Island Borough government lobbied in Washington, D.C., last week to push an agenda including Karluk Lake fertilization, leachate water treatment and Coast expansion in the Arctic. Mayor Jerrol Friend, borough manager Bud Cassidy and assembly members Carol Austerman and Dave Kaplan met with the Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young, senior staff from Sen. Mark Begich’s office and federal ...
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Investigators testify in Coast Guard murder case
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A Coast Guard investigator testified Thursday that the suspect in a double homicide at a Kodiak Island communication station would have had time to commit the crime and drive home within a period when security cameras spotted his pickup on the road. Special Agent Aaron Woods testified in the trial of James Wells, 62, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Petty Offi...
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