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Tuxedni crew to receive award for 2012 rescue
The crewmen of the tug Tuxedni are receiving a prestigious Coast Guard award for their role in saving the lives of the fishermen from the fishing vessel Heritage when it sank in January 2012. The tug Tuxedni responded to the Heritage’s distress signal and rescued five crewmen from a life raft. A Coast Guard helicopter rescued two other crewmen from Alitak Bay after the Heritage sank. The Gold Life Saving Medal wil...
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New commander takes over Alex Haley
Cmdr. Kevin Riddle was relieved of his duties as commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley during a change of command ceremony at the Golden Anchor on Friday. His role as leading officer of one of Kodiak’s three Coast Guard cutters was taken by Cmdr. Stephen White. White arrived from the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Command in Portsmouth, Va. where he served as the chief of international planning...
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Getting to know: Cmdr. White
Cmdr. Stephen White has returned to Kodiak to serve as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley, and he feels back at home. This will be White’s fifth Alaska tour and second in Kodiak. During his last Kodiak tour, he served as a deck watch officer on the Coast Guard cutter Firebush from 1994 to 1996. “It’s (Kodiak) changed a lot,” White said. “The one thing that hasn’t changed is the people. It’...
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Kodiak enjoys record-setting heat wave
Fishermen heading out for the opening of Kodiak’s commercial salmon season are enjoying record-breaking temperatures and sunshine. On Saturday evening, temperatures at the National Weather Service station at Kodiak State Airport hit 73 degrees, shattering the old record of 67 degrees. Warm conditions continued Sunday as the thermometer hit 71 degrees, one degree shy of the record, set in 1992. According to long-te...
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NPFMC puts new cap on nonpollock trawler
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved a tough new cap on king salmon catches for nonpollock trawlers in the Gulf of Alaska. On Saturday, the council voted 10-1 to limit nonpollock trawlers to 7,500 king salmon per year while pursuing nonpollock groundfish. The cap is lower than the average of four options the council could have implemented. A 10,000-fish cap was defeated in a 5-6 vote. The cap ...
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Commercial salmon opens earlier than planned
Some years, the salmon show up late. Not this year. At noon today, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will open salmon fishing in waters off the north and western side of Kodiak, 48 hours earlier than originally expected. The early opening is the result of a surge of salmon into Kodiak rivers. According to Fish and Game figures, more than 82,000 sockeye salmon were counted in the Karluk River through June 5. O...
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Sport and subsistence fishermen also see boon from early arrivals
The calendar says it’s the first week of June, but take a walk down the banks of the Buskin River, and you might be forgiven for thinking it’s late July. On Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen fishermen used their lunch breaks to drop lines in the water despite gray, misty skies. They were drawn by high water and an optimistic forecast from the sportfishing division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Thr...
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New manager takes over Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Bo Sloan experienced the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge as a hunter before he became its boss. After he was selected for a bear hunt, he spent eight days hunting and fishing in early May. “My first introduction to Kodiak was as Bo Sloan, a private citizen on a bear hunt,” he said. “I came here as a hunter and fisherman before I came here as an employee.” Although he didn’t get a bear, he received a visitor-level ...
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Man accused of breaking window and possessing meth
A Kodiak man is facing felony charges from two separate incidents after he allegedly broke a window and was found in possession of meth. Joseph Riego-DeDios, 59, faces one count of third-degree criminal mischief and one count of fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Both are felonies. According to court documents, on May 5 the Kodiak Police Department received a call from a woman who reported someone...
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Assembly passes budget with smaller tax hike for Service Area No. 1
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly has approved a $34.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. The budget raises taxes only in Road Service Area No. 1. There, members of the service area's advisory board requested a rise in the area's property tax mill rate from 0.5 mills to 2.0 mills. The assembly, citing the scale of the increase, approved a smaller increase, to 1.5 mills. "I am adamantly oppo...
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