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High school project faces tall challenge to stay on schedule
The new Kodiak High School project has no project manager and no construction manager, but architect Tony Yorba said the high school is still on track for substantial groundbreaking in April. “I think this looks achievable in terms of the start dates,” Yorba said Wednesday. The design of the $80 million high school expansion and renovation project is 95 percent complete, and Yorba spoke Monday with the Kodiak Isla...
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Air Station Kodiak honored for rescues
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak will be honored today with the 2012 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism after conducting two simultaneous rescues of fishing vessels during severe weather conditions in January. "When you look at the case it really is extraordinary actions under extreme circumstances," said Jennifer Fyke, spokesperson for the Coast Guard Foundation. "It's almost a no-brainer to pick a group like...
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Group completes journey through Northwest Passage
Sailing through the Northwest Passage is like taking a history course, or so says Mark van de Weg, who just did it. Weg and a crew of five others sailed the 49-foot sailboat Jonathan through the Northwest Passage over the summer. He arrived in Kodiak last Friday after completing the four-and-a-half month journey. "It's really great because you sail through history," Weg said. "All these expeditions tried to find t...
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Election results official
The Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak have counted the final questioned and absentee ballots from Oct. 2's municipal election, and while the vote totals have changed, the results have not. On the borough assembly, Aaron Griffin will replace Jerrol Friend, and on the city council, Rich Walker will replace Mark Anthony Vizcocho. Before Wednesday's final count, the race between Vizcocho and Walker was all but ...
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Kodiak man guilty of possessing methamphetamine
A Kodiak man will serve three months in jail for methamphetamine possession. Dennis Vargas, 38, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, on Sept. 18. Vargas originally faced two counts of possession of a controlled substance, failure to appear for a felony charge, and one fourth-degree assault count, but his charges were reduced in a plea deal. Vargas received 24 months with 21 mon...
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Sven Haakanson receives another award
Acclaimed Alutiiq Museum director Sven Haakanson Jr. has picked up another award. On Wednesday, the Alaska Humanities Forum announced that Haakanson has been named one of three recipients of the governor's Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award. The annual honor is given to "citizens and organizations who exemplify devotion to the humanities and create great art," an announcement from the humanities forum s...
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Tuesday's City Council work session canceled
The Kodiak City Council’s regularly scheduled work session was canceled Tuesday after two councilmen and Mayor Pat Branson became stuck in Anchorage by fog. Councilmen Terry Haines and John Whiddon testified earlier in the week at the meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, as did Mayor Branson and Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby. Tuesday’s meeting had been scheduled to include a discussi...
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Kodiak man pleads guilty to attempted sexual abuse with a minor
A 23-year-old Kodiak man will spend 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges connected to having sex with an underage girl. On Sept. 17, Patrick Sweeney, 23, pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted sexual abuse with a minor, a class C felony. Sweeney originally faced charges of first-degree sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and first-degree burglary, but his charges were reduced in a plea deal. Sw...
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Bears roaming town, but no cause for alarm
At least one brown bear is roaming the streets of East Kodiak, but Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say residents need to take no more precautions than normal. "There's no cause for alarm," said Alaska Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Paul Fussey. "They do this every year; they're after one last meal." On Friday morning, bear sightings were reported on Puffin Drive, Sharatin Road and Spruce Cape Road, but ...
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NPFMC approves statement of purpose and need for groundfish rationalization
The North Pacific Fishery Management council has approved a groundfish rationalization motion that includes many of the items sought by the Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak. On Tuesday, the final day of the weeklong fisheries meeting in Anchorage, the council approved a statement of purpose and need for groundfish rationalization. The statement isn’t a plan or even a blueprint — but it sets the council’s g...
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