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Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in Wells case
James Wells, the man accused of killing Coast Guardsmen Richard Belisle and James Hopkins in April 2012, will not face the death penalty. On Monday, federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage notified the court of the government’s intention not to seek the death penalty. There was no reason provided as to why the decision was made. Bryan Schroder, the lead prosecuting attorney, and Thomas Fun...
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Discover Kodiak names Starrett new director
Discover Kodiak’s board of directors has selected Chastity Starrett as the next executive director of Kodiak’s tourism bureau. The change will go into effect at the Aug. 15 board of directors meeting and Starrett will move from her current role as Discover Kodiak member services specialist to executive director. Discover Kodiak’s board of directors was responsible for the hiring decision. A hiring committee conduc...
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City council considers solutions to taxicab trouble
The Kodiak City Council took the first steps Tuesday night toward a solution for the brewing crisis among Kodiak's taxicabs. According to city figures, sales tax revenue generated by taxi service has plunged by 40 percent in the past year despite a 1 percent sales tax increase. Simultaneously, registered taxicab operators report their business has declined under competition from "gypsy cabs," unregistered vehicles...
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School board approves resolution addressing Tustumena
The loss of the ferry Tustumena, which is out of service indefinitely as it undergoes repairs, is now affecting students in the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Each fall, nearly one-third of the students at Kodiak High School participate in fall sports including football, cross country, swimming, volleyball and tennis. With the loss of the Tustumena, costs for student travel have exploded as the district ha...
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Kodiak bowhunting begins with a course in the classroom
It’s not easy to hunt bear in Kodiak. After you beat the odds in the drawing for a permit, you have to fight the conditions and roadless distances of Kodiak Island to get in position for your shot. Miss, and you won’t get another chance for at least four years. If that sounds like a pressure-packed picture, add another challenge — do it without a rifle. Each year, two or three of the 200 or so bears killed by Kodi...
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Deaths spur reminders about drowning’s signs
Drowning doesn’t look like it does in Hollywood. There’s not always splashing and screams. Often, drowning signs are so subtle they go undetected. “Sometimes people perceive it as someone thrashing and being able to scream and yell, water flying everywhere,” Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Eric Olsen said. “A lot of times people get so fatigued or tired or cramped that their movements are very subtle or they’re already...
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Alutiiq Museum names Alicia Drabek executive director
After a three-month search, the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation has selected Alicia Drabek as the next executive director of the Alutiiq Museum. Drabek started her first day of work Monday. In an interview, she said she has been working with the museum’s strategic planning process, and “I’m excited about the chance to bring about some of those long-term visions.” Drabek, a mother of three, is an Alutiiq language schol...
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Man sentenced to 90 days in jail for shooting gun at unoccupied vehicle
A Kodiak man accused of pointing a gun at two people and firing it recklessly will serve 90 days in jail. Marcuz Goelz, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree attempted assault and one count of fourth-degree weapons misconduct. The charges stem from an incident that took place March 17. Goelz was accused of pointing a gun at two people and shooting an unoccupied vehicle. A fight broke out at the Fir Terr...
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A river wedding
The bride wore an elegant sleeveless white gown. The groom donned a purple and yellow striped shirt with purple tie. Both wore hip waders. Kodiak has been the scene of unique weddings before, but the marriage of Dake Schmidt and Kadie Walsh may take top prize. On Saturday afternoon, the pair waded in the middle of the Buskin River, accompanied by their wedding party. For the operators of MemoryMakers Tour and Guid...
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Kodiak business wants to hear your cleanup stories
Alaska One Reality has challenged the residents of Kodiak to take a few minutes out of their day to clean up trash, and is awarding prizes to top cleanup stories. People can take pictures of litter in their favorite areas around Kodiak Island, clean it up and submit before and after photos and a description of the cleanup to Alaska One Realty. Alaska One Realty will choose the best stories and will award them with...
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