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Kodiak man pleads guilty to attempted sexual abuse with a minor
A 23-year-old Kodiak man will spend 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges connected to having sex with an underage girl. On Sept. 17, Patrick Sweeney, 23, pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted sexual abuse with a minor, a class C felony. Sweeney originally faced charges of first-degree sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and first-degree burglary, but his charges were reduced in a plea deal. Sw...
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Bears roaming town, but no cause for alarm
At least one brown bear is roaming the streets of East Kodiak, but Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say residents need to take no more precautions than normal. "There's no cause for alarm," said Alaska Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Paul Fussey. "They do this every year; they're after one last meal." On Friday morning, bear sightings were reported on Puffin Drive, Sharatin Road and Spruce Cape Road, but ...
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NPFMC approves statement of purpose and need for groundfish rationalization
The North Pacific Fishery Management council has approved a groundfish rationalization motion that includes many of the items sought by the Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak. On Tuesday, the final day of the weeklong fisheries meeting in Anchorage, the council approved a statement of purpose and need for groundfish rationalization. The statement isn’t a plan or even a blueprint — but it sets the council’s g...
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Business spotlight: Laird opens her own real estate business
Kodiak's newest independent Realtor is a familiar face to Kodiak home buyers and sellers. Paula Laird, a longtime agent for Alaska One Realty, has left that agency to open her own business, Kodiak Island Real Estate. Laird said her desire to have her own business came about because she wanted a new challenge and a chance "to experience my full potential." Since she opened the business on Sept. 21, she has hit the ...
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Quilters display work at annual Colors of Kodiak show
Kodiak's Bear Paw Quilters Guild showed off their members' best pieces at the Colors of Kodiak annual quilt show on Saturday and Sunday at the St. Mary's Catholic School gym. More than 110 quilts were on display for sale and viewing. Becky Church won the best of show award and was given the members' choice award voted by guild members. Jennifer Eubank won the ribbon for best large quilt, Maureen Eaton won for best...
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NPFMC makes changes to observer program
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has passed a motion calling on the National Marine Fisheries Service to make small but wide-ranging changes in a new federal fisheries observer program. The program, scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2013, will install fisheries observers on boats as small as 40 feet. The motion approved by the council on Friday calls for NMFS to prioritize observation of gear groups that c...
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In nationwide meningitis outbreak, experts say Alaska danger nil
An outbreak of fungal meningitis that has afflicted more than 100 people across the country is not a threat to Alaska, health experts say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked the outbreak to contaminated steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center and used starting May 21. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration say hospitals and clinics in 23 states received drugs...
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Demand rising at shelter, food bank
The Kodiak Baptist Mission Food Bank and the Brother Francis Shelter are reporting a rise in the number of year-round Kodiak residents seeking aid. In past years, summer users of the Kodiak Baptist Mission Food Bank have largely been seasonal workers, but this summer the food bank saw more Kodiakans using the services. "This summer we didn't see a lot of seasonal workers," said Kelli Forman, food bank public educa...
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Ouzinkie Native Corporation shifts away from 8(a) contracting
Ouzinkie Native Corporation is joining the statewide Native corporation trend away from federal contracting. "In light of defense spending, there's a concern, probably a very justified concern that defense spending is going to become less," said company CEO Greg Strong on Monday. Strong spoke with the Daily Mirror the week after the company's annual meeting in Ouzinkie and had a similar message to the one presente...
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Sen. Begich backs Xtratuf protesters
Alaskans protesting a decision by Honeywell Inc. to shift production of their beloved boots have a new ally — Sen. Mark Begich. On Friday, Begich sent an official letter to David Cote, CEO of Honeywell, manufacturer of Xtratuf boots. About 100,000 pairs of Xtratufs are made each year, and one-third of that production ends up in Alaska, where the boots are used by cannery workers, hikers and the occasional wedding ...
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