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Air Station Kodiak gets first female commanding officer as old CO retires
Capt. William Deal, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, retired from 28 years of service with the Coast Guard during a change of command ceremony in Hangar 3 on Friday. He was relieved by Capt. Melissa Rivera, who arrived from Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico. Deal commanded the Kodiak Air Station for three years, and played a key role in establishing the Coast Guard operations base in Barrow...
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Getting to know: Capt. Melissa Rivera
Capt. Melissa Rivera has returned to Kodiak to serve as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Air Station, and she’s glad to be back. “We loved it here,” she said. “It feels like coming home.” This will be Rivera’s third Alaska tour. From 2000 to 2003, she served in Kodiak, and from 2007 to 2010 she served in Sitka. During her last Kodiak tour, she served as standardization officer and flight examiner. In 2002...
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Relay for Life gets ready for starting line
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the ages of Wilma and Jan Finlay. The error has been corrected. Kodiak’s Relay for Life is normally a fun affair, dotted with moments of solemnity. On Sunday, the local relay committee put more of the former emotion on display as it held the annual survivors’ luncheon, an event intended to recognize survivors of cancer. Eating at the same table were the even...
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Kodiak salmon season still following preseason projections
As the Kodiak salmon fishery begins its shift toward pink salmon, numbers released Saturday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show returns so far on target with preseason projections. By Saturday, Kodiak-area fishermen had caught 2.73 million salmon. That figure includes 1.5 million sockeye, 755,000 pink salmon and 460,000 chum salmon. Before the season opened June 9, Fish and Game forecast 2.7 million soc...
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Homer has slight lead in halibut landings this year
With just over half the 2012 halibut quota for the central Gulf of Alaska landed, Kodiak and Homer are running neck and neck for the title of “Halibut Capital of the World.” While Homer proclaims itself the halibut capital on signs at city limits, last year Kodiak landed 5.8 million pounds of the whitefish, compared to 5.6 million pounds for Homer. This year, with 55 percent of the 11.9 million-pound allocation in...
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Pitbull sets July 30 date with Kodiak
The date has been set: Miami entertainer and rapper Pitbull will visit Kodiak on July 30. The visit fulfills a promise to abide by the terms of a Walmart contest virally hijacked online to send the internationally known artist to the Walmart with the most Facebook “likes.” Some Kodiak fans may be disappointed, however, as his itinerary does not include a concert — merely a series of promotional appearances. A firm...
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New sculptures go up outside Kodiak Community Pool
The otter, wearing his swim trunks, waited patiently outside the doors of the Kodiak Community Pool. After all, you're not going anywhere quickly when you're made of bronze. On Thursday, a team of four — Pat Garley Jeanne Young, Ben Young and Bruce Bush — worked in the warm sun outside the pool's front entrance, setting up a new art exhibit. The exhibit shows three juvenile Kodiak animals (bear, otter and seal) pr...
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Kodiak soldier gets citizenship far from home
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — There are 44 soldiers seated in the front rows representing 24 different countries of origin. After rigorous interviews, background checks and testing, they completed the process of naturalization and stood together to take the oath of citizenship. “What is so honorable to me is that before being granted the benefits, you accepted the cost,” said the U.S. Embassy’s Coordinating Dir...
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Craigslist scammers target Kodiak home renters
Craigslist scammers have targeted Kodiak’s real estate market. A Kodiak resident discovered one scam after inquiring about a Craigslist posting for a three-bedroom two-bath Kodiak rental priced at $1,100 a month. The scammer asked the interested renter to fill out a “rent application form” that included questions about the renter’s marital status and age. The scammer said he was the owner of the house and living i...
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The last days of the seiner Scandia
One month ago, seine fisherman Luke Anderson had the toughest day of his life. On June 18, Anderson’s boat, the Scandia, sank off Harvester Island at the end of a dayslong fight against the ocean. Anderson and his crew safely abandoned ship in their 17-foot seine skiff, but the hardest decision of the day wasn’t to leave the Scandia. It was leaving Anderson’s terrified dog, Bo, onboard. “We tried and tried and tri...
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