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Assemblyman drops support for smoking ban
A proposed public smoking ban for the Kodiak Island Borough appears all but dead after one of its principal backers dropped his support. On Thursday night, assemblyman Tuck Bonney said he will no longer support a proposal to put a boroughwide smoking ban on the fall municipal ballot. "I've had an interesting week on this one, and I'm going to withdraw my support," he said during a borough work session. "I've recei...
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Trans-Arctic shipping is decades away, experts say
Alaskan businessmen are hoping that ocean shippers will follow the 50th state’s motto, but a new article in the latest edition of the US Naval Institute’s journal, Proceedings, says North to the Future is a long way off for shipping. Stephen Carmel, a senior vice president for Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean shipping company, writes that even though Arctic ice is receding, “it is important to get past the h...
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Man born in Kodiak plans to run for governor
A man with ties to Kodiak plans to run for governor in 2014. On Tuesday, Phillip Gerald Stoddard, 62, filed his letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Stoddard was born in Kodiak in 1951 but now lives in Anchorage. He lived as a child in Kodiak before moving to Sterling with his family, where they homesteaded. Stoddard has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat, although he describes himself as ...
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Tustumena’s return delayed a third time
The Alaska Marine Highway System has thrown a third strike against the city of Kodiak. Now, island residents are starting to wonder if they’re out when it comes to ferry service this summer. American Legion baseball manager Leonard Pickett is among them. Thirty minutes after he booked tickets for his team, the Alaska Marine Ferry System sent him an automated email — the Tustumena’s return to service has been delay...
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KHS booster club is ahead of the curve for new national snack standards
New standards for school snacks should not have a significant impact on the Kodiak High School Bear’s Den, booster club supporters said Wednesday. The US Department of Agriculture released “Smart Snacks in School” standards last week that limit the kinds of snack foods and drinks that can be sold through student stores, vending machines and cafeteria vendors. The standards will not become effective until July 2014...
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Begich: No hurry for MSA reauthorization
The US Senate is considering immigration, federal wiretapping and student loans, but Sen. Mark Begich wants Kodiak to know that he’s keeping an eye on fisheries. In an interview Tuesday, Begich said he’s been getting good feedback from Alaskans about the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the law that gives the federal government authority over fisheries between 3 and 200 miles offshore. The law must be ...
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KPD welcomes 171st police officer
From dispatcher to police officer, Kodiak Police Department’s newest addition is ready to help. Molly Marvel, sworn in as the 171st Kodiak police officer, has lived in Kodiak for three years, and is already familiar with the Kodiak Police Department from the year she spent working there as a dispatcher. When the police officer position opened up, Marvel applied so she could work outside of the office and help more...
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New season of 'Coast Guard Alaska' premieres next week
The new season of “Coast Guard Alaska” airing next Wednesday includes more dramatic rescues and stories of survivors from Alaskan waters. “I’m confident that it’s been our best season to date,” said C. Russell Muth, executive producer of the show. “We’re probably as proud of these episodes as we are any that we’ve done to date.” The new season of the Kodiak-based show features 13 hourlong episodes that follow sear...
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New show casting in Alaska
A new HGTV series is seeking homebuyers and realtors in Alaska with wild personalities. According to a casting call released Tuesday, Orion Entertainment is producing a new show called “Living Alaska” that follows realtors and homebuyers as they look for homes that “scream Alaska.” Each half-hour episode follows the story of a potential homebuyer from the lower 48. The show’s pilot episode was filmed earlier this ...
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Engineers draft replacement for Pier 1
Fifty years after it was built, Pier 1 is about to get a long-awaited facelift. After years of research and surveys looking for an alternative, the Alaska Department of Transportation is drafting plans to rebuild Kodiak’s main ferry terminal in concrete and steel. “The federal money is about to be swept away, and now they’re finally putting it together,” said harbormaster Marty Owen. Kodiak has been waiting more t...
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