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Inclining for race cars
They may have looked like a fishing boat, a palette of watercolor paints and even Perry the Platypus, but such disguises did not slow down the tiny wooden cars that raced down a ramp taller than some of the cars’ makers. In all, 44 small wooden cars took part in the AWANA Grand Prix at Kodiak Bible Chapel Wednesday evening. Children and adults joined in the fun. Kids from kindergarten through second grade did not ...
Mar 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man drowns in Dog Bay
A man drowned in St. Herman Harbor Monday night or Tuesday morning. Joseph Pitka, also known as Joseph Brummel, 48, drowned in what appears to be an accident, according to Kodiak Police Department chief Ronda Wallace. “There is no indication of foul play,” she said. “Everything that we have investigated at this point leads to an accident, like maybe he fell overboard.” Pitka is from California and was a crewmember...
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Zero tolerance for marijuana on Coast Guard bases
Voters legalized marijuana in Alaska in 2014, but the substance remains illegal federally and the military has a zero tolerance policy for use by service members. Capt. Jeffrey Westling, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, said active duty and reserve and civilian employees can’t use or possess any controlled substances, including marijuana, wherever they are. “It’s a condition of employment, if you wil...
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Week in Words: Patriots, tribes bringing it home
Over the past week, news stories about the sovereignty and dignity of native tribes, nations, and their citizens have made headlines. This week, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that tribes have authority over child support orders, and that a state has an obligation to enforce those orders. (The Parnell administration tried to weasel the state out of that responsibility.) And the McGill family saga recently reached ...
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Students renovate dumpsters
Kodiak High School welding and art students turned regular dumpsters into bear resistant ones and decorated them with bear aware messaging. Nate Svoboda, area wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, approached the Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, Alaska Waste and Kodiak High School with the idea. He said other communities have done similar things. “It’s a community issue and so I thought it’d be mo...
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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School board budget
The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education got an update on their budget at Monday’s meeting. Business manager Sandy Daws said the budget advisory committee meeting has held five meetings so far, and they plan to deliver recommendations to the board at the April 4 work session. Individual departments looked at up to a 10 percent cut in their budget, not including personnel and benefits, Daws said...
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Jackson Park residents question $0 assessment
A Jackson’s Mobile Home Park resident expects more appeals to a 2016 borough property assessments of $0 on mobile homes still in the park. Judi Kidder, a resident and spokesperson for a Jackson’s resident group, said the assessment felt like a “punch in the gut.” Borough assessor Bill Roberts said he is aware of only one appeal from Jackson’s residents so far. The deadline for appeals of assessment value is March ...
Mar 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ash not headed for Kodiak
The eruption of Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula about 400 miles from Kodiak released ash up to 37,000 feet and cancelled flights. Dave Schneider, a geophysicist at the Alaska Volcano Obsertvatory in Anchorage, said the ash has been following a northerly trajectory, and as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, the amount of ash coming out of the mountain had fallen over the past few hours. “Currently, the ash is not coming n...
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Wild Alaskan sentencing postponed
Sentencing for the owner of a former crab vessel for illegal dumping was postponed until May 9, according to court documents. Darren Byler, 55, was found guilty by a jury in December 2015 of violating the Refuse Act and making false statements while running the converted crab vessel Wild Alaskan as a floating strip club in St. Herman Harbor. He was indicted in 2015 for dumping sewage from the Wild Alaskan into Kod...
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Sanders wins Kodiak
Sen. Bernie Sanders swept Kodiak, District 32 and the state in a resounding victory over rival former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Alaska Democratic caucus Saturday. At Fisherman’s Hall in Kodiak, a line stretched nearly to the sidewalk as residents waited to check in or submit voter registration forms. In total, 201 democrats participated in Kodiak, with 175 casting a vote for Sanders and 26 for Clin...
Mar 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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