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Doctors ask Alaskans to shoot flu rise
As snow continues to fall, the number of flu reports in Alaska continues to rise. Flu season has arrived, and the Alaska Department of Health is asking people to take precautions and get vaccinated. The department issued a statement last week noting that influenza and pertussis, known commonly as whooping cough, are on the rise. Dr. Joe McLaughlin, chief epidemiologist for the state, said more cases of influenza o...
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Providence switches to new medical records system
Starting in mid-February, all new records at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center will be electronic. The change isn’t just in Kodiak; Providence is switching to the Epic digital records system in five states: Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. "It's better for the patient," said Kris Long, informatics analyst for PKIMC. "They have a unified medical record at every Providence facility. A person...
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EPA fines at-sea processors
The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a deal with Aleutian Spray Fisheries, United States Seafoods and Ocean Peace Inc. to settle Clean Water Act violations aboard four at-sea processors. The violations included inspection failures and incorrectly discharging fish waste. The violations occurred between 2007 and 2011, and the processors were collectively fined almost $210,000. Aleutian Spray Fisheries, ow...
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Salmon excluders to be tested in Gulf trawl fishery
King salmon may soon be excluded from one of Kodiak’s major commercial fisheries — and that’s a good thing. On Wednesday, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced plans by Gauvin and Associates to test king salmon excluders in the central Gulf of Alaska pollock trawl fishery. Fishermen for years have complained about king salmon caught in the nets of pollock fishermen, and if approved, Wednesday’s plan woul...
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Big sentence for False Pass rape case
A 31-year-old commercial fishermen will spend the next 56 years in jail after being sentenced in Kodiak superior court. Jason Downard was sentenced last week after a Kodiak jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting, beating and strangling a woman in False Pass. The news was first reported by KUCB-FM in Unalaska. The guilty verdict was returned last November, but Downard’s sentencing was repeatedly delayed. Dela...
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Winter weather doesn't slow down Black Friday shoppers
Black Friday shoppers in Kodiak endured cold, wind and snow in order to score deals on Christmas gifts and winter gear. A line of people wrapped around Mack's Sport Shop in the Friday morning dark as people waited for the store to open its doors at 7 a.m. John Wolfen and Adam Spencer were the first people in line. The two men arrived outside the store at 4:30 a.m. on Friday and came prepared. They brought breakfas...
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Woman caught stealing cart filled with food
A Kodiak woman hungry for Thanksgiving has been accused of attempting to run out of Safeway with a cart filled with more than $500 of items. Tiffany Brown, 22, faces one count of second-degree theft, a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in jail. According to court documents, the incident occurred Wednesday when Brown allegedly loaded a grocery cart full of merchandise and left the store without paying ...
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Care center’s estimated cost skyrockets
The price tag for a new hospital expansion has skyrocketed since major discussions began earlier this year, and federal Medicaid rules are to blame. New estimates provided by the Kodiak Island Borough indicate a 22-bed nursing home — officially called a long-term care facility — could cost as much as $20 million. That amount is almost double the amount analyzed in an April feasibility study, which determined an $1...
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Cost rises for state-issued commercial fishing permits
Nonresident commercial fishermen will pay a bit more to participate in state-waters fisheries next year. The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission announced last week that it is raising the nonresident surcharge to $190, an increase of $50 over 2011’s figure. News of the increase was first reported by Wesley Loy in the commercial fishing blog Deckboss. CFEC adjusts the nonresident surcharge every three years based...
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Composting opponents speak out
If Kodiak’s planned sewage composting project is derailed, it will be done by the people who gathered in St. Mary’s Catholic School gymnasium on Friday night. After a day of Black Friday shopping, 30 Kodiakans gathered to share information and concerns about the project, which will use a plant in Middle Bay to create garden compost from the leavings of Kodiak’s sewage treatment plant. Friday night’s meeting was or...
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