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Officials call for action at marine debris kickoff
State, federal and non-governmental representatives called for action to reduce debris Thursday, the official kickoff for a program to remove collected debris from sites around Alaska. Elaine Busse Floyd, director of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Environmental Conservation, called attention to the dangers that marine debris can pose. “Fish, marine mammals and other wildlife are af...
Jul 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: A summer day with whales and wonders
Visitors stream to Alaska every summer to share in the wonders of our amazing ocean bounty and wildlife sights. This is a very special summer for me because my parents are here. They bravely embarked on a very long trip flying from Germany across the North Atlantic Ocean, over Greenland and Canada to Seattle, then getting herded through customs and TSA, miles of airport travel, mechanical delays and language barri...
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Photo album offers glimpse of 130-year-old Kodiak murder
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This updated story, which first appeared on July 12 in the Alaska Dispatch News, is being reprinted with permission from the writer and the ADN. This version includes a few more significant details and photos.) KODIAK — A tattered photo album arrived at the Baranov Museum in Kodiak earlier this year. Once it had been made of velvet, but only bits of the softness remained. The posed portraits were m...
Jul 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard medevacs 52-year-old man 150 miles south of Kodiak
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew medevaced a 52-year-old man from the 600-foot cargo vessel Elsa, approximately 150 miles south of Kodiak, Tuesday. The MH-60 Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the man and transported him to Kodiak Providence Medical Center for further care. Watchstanders from Coast Guard District 17 command center received a report Monday evening from the crew of the Elsa that the crewmember was ...
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Whales death cause still unknown
The cause of multiple dead fin whales and several humpback whales found floating around the Kodiak Archipelago is still unknown as biologists await more test results. Kate Wynne, an Alaska Sea Grant marine mammal specialist and University of Alaska Fairbanks professor, said the results have come back as a negative for domoic acid, a biotoxin, but the results have not yet returned for paralytic shellfish poisoning,...
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough announces seats up for grabs in fall election
Fifteen seats on seven elected bodies of the Kodiak Island Borough will be voted on in the upcoming fall election. Two three-year term seats, currently held by Aaron Griffin and Chris Lynch, on the assembly as well as one one-year term due to a vacancy will be up at the October 6 election. The KIB School District Board of Education, Bay View Road Service Area Board, Fire Protection Area No. 1 Board, Monashka Bay R...
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GCI enhances wireless in Kodiak, promises to bring 4G LTE to Emerald Isle by year’s end
GCI is upgrading its six cell towers in Kodiak and is on track to bring 4G LTE wireless data speeds to the local community by the end of 2015, as wireless network upgrades are implemented throughout the summer, a company news release said Monday. “As an Alaska-based company, GCI is dedicated to bringing top technologies and services to our customers across the state, including residents and visitors in Kodiak,” sa...
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Jackson ordinances scheduled for public hearings
Two ordinances intended to relax Kodiak Island Borough code to allow moving trailers from Jackson Mobile Home Park are scheduled for a second public hearing at Wednesday's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The first Jackson-related ordinance to be considered at Wednesday's meeting "would allow mobile homes to relocate to the other existing mobile home parks in our community without regard to the non-conformi...
Jul 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Students get free physicals
More than 60 students received free physicals on Saturday as part of an effort to help reduce the cost of high school sports. Students filled out paperwork and waited their turn for their physical at Kodiak High School. Last summer, Sarah Nugent, the dance team coach at Kodiak Island Borough School District, held the first free physical day in years. “When I was a student, people volunteered their time to give fre...
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Candidacy packets for city mayor, council positions available today
Beginning today, people interested in running for City of Kodiak mayor or one of two council members seats at this fall’s election can pick up candidacy packets and start preparing for the election. Among the requirements for people wishing to run, prospective candidates must have 10 qualified city voters sign a petition in support of the candidate. Candidates may file with the clerk’s office between Aug. 1 and 17...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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