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Finance update, employee of the year at borough meeting
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly got a finance department update and named construction inspector and engineer Dave Conrad as the borough’s employee of the year for 2014. “Dave works closely on two very busy projects, the Kodiak High School addition and renovation project and more closely on the Kodiak Island Borough lateral landfill expansion and closure project,” borough manager Bud Cassidy said. “Dave was ori...
Feb 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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'Ghost' pots capture up to 37 percent of Womens Bay crab says study
At the bottom of Womens Bay lie an undetermined number of derelict crab pots that are catching and killing king crab. According to a study published in 2014, anywhere from 16 to 37 percent of the king crab with shells over 40 millimeters in Womens Bay are killed by ghost fishing pots. Biologists Peter Cummiskey and Eric Munk and analyst Chris Long with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied th...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Could Alaska workplaces go smoke free?
A bill to make public places and workspaces in Alaska smoke-free is undergoing the state legislative process, and it got a vote of support from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly at their last meeting. Senate Bill 1, “An act prohibiting smoking in certain place,” was originally sponsored by Kenai Peninsula Sen. Peter Micciche, but Kodiak area Sen. Gary Stevens has since signed on as a sponsor along with four other...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drug dealers penetrate Kodiak
It’s a scene not often seen in Kodiak: Federal agents and deputized law-enforcement officers, guns drawn, surround a home on Hemlock Street before an entry team with loaded firearms rushes into the living room, kicks open a locked bedroom door and places three men in handcuffs. Saturday morning, Feb. 7, was the homeowner’s birthday. She was cooking, preparing for well-wishers. Her 4-year-old daughter was in the li...
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Eating Kodiak shellfish 'risky,' PSP specialist warns
Kodiak shellfish have some of the highest levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning in Alaska. Rules of thumb such as don’t eat shellfish in months containing the letter “r” can supposedly help determine if shellfish is safe to eat, but for PSP researcher Julie Matweyou, the issue is not so simple. Shellfish feed on dinoflagellates, which can contain saxitoxin. That saxitoxin then accumulates in the shellfish and ca...
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Don't get too wild about wildlife: Many species in Kodiak not natives
Ubiquitous mammals on Kodiak Island include bear, deer and mountain goats, but only one of those is native to Kodiak. Of all the mammals on Kodiak Island, only about one-third are native, according to Fish and Wildlife Service biologist McCrea Cobb who spoke about introduced wildlife during the first History Speaks lecture organized by the Kodiak Historical Society and Baranov Museum on Wednesday. Some of the earl...
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Animal shelter gets first transferred pet
The Kodiak Animal Shelter has received their first pet transferred to Kodiak from a mainland shelter in order to offer more adoptable pets in Kodiak and relieve the pressure on other shelters. Kyla, a two-year-old sled dog, arrived at the shelter almost two weeks ago from the City of Kenai Animal Shelter and is now available for adoption. “She is a very sweet dog and her personality is phenomenal,” said shelter ma...
Feb 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Coast Guard swimmer receives DAR Medal of Honor
Jonathan Kreske expected he would have to face potentially panicked mariners who did not speak English. But as soon as he was lowered from the hovering Coast Guard helicopter and his feet hit the deck of the Russian tanker, he knew something had been lost in translation. A call had gone out for assistance for an injured man, but little else had been conveyed. Kreske was led first to a man whose feet had been sever...
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Akhiok students learn from Colorado scientists
Students in Akhiok learned more about the electric charges an antenna at their school is designed to detect during a conference call with University of Colorado scientists last week. “This lesson was the outreach part to connect the science going on with the antenna to the students and their learning and understanding and reasoning about why that thing is there,” said Kerry Irons, the district’s enrichment coordin...
Feb 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Board of Game to consider repealing buffalo season after court decision
The Alaska Board of Game will consider a proposal to repeal emergency order hunting seasons of bison, commonly referred to as buffalo, in the Kodiak area after a December Alaska Supreme Court ruling that buffalo that have wandered off their grazing lease are not wild. The original proposal to allow hunts was brought forward to the Board of Game in 2007 after buffalo owned by rancher Charles Dorman wandered off the...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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