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Town, state seek best e-cig policy
E-cigarette use among Alaska adults rose from 1 to 4 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to a state of Alaska epidemiology bulletin from the Department of Health and Social Services. Nationally, the popularity of e-cigarettes has increased, but the safety of the product, particularly when used by young people, continues to be of concern to both smoking cessation groups and lawmakers. The state bulletin goes on to...
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Assembly reviews manager questions
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly held a first discussion about candidates for a new borough manager and questions for upcoming interviews, Tuesday during a special work session. Current manager Bud Cassidy will retire in March. The assembly has seven candidates, one local to the borough, one from elsewhere in Alaska, and the remainder from outside Alaska. Members discussed at length questions they hope to ask th...
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Engineering requirements could be off the table for now
Structures in Kodiak are required to be engineered, but an ordinance to change borough code that may be postponed could change that in the future. The ordinance FY2016-12 if passed would no longer require engineering for most one- and two-family homes. In the language of the ordinance, reasoning given for the change includes “the additional expense of engineering for certain new construction, additions, or remodel...
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Meth found during assault case investigation
A Kodiak man faces charges after Alaska State Troopers allegedly found him in possession of methamphetamine while they executed a search warrant in a case involving the man’s brother. Troopers report they arrested David Benton, 55, on Jan. 26 after finding 93.5 grams of meth during a search of a Balika Lane residence. They found another two grams of methamphetamine and one OxyContin pill on Benton at the Kodiak Ci...
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Trawlers cease fishing to talk to council
Most trawlers in the Gulf of Alaska stopped fishing this week to attend the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, which runs until Tuesday. According to a release from several trawl associations, the trawlers are heading to the NPFMC meeting to express concern about potential gulf trawl bycatch management alternatives. “This is really quite unique,” said Julie Bonney, executive director of the Alaska T...
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Kodiak Coast Guard transports injured man
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew, operating from Cold Bay, lifted a hurt man from a fishing vessel on Sunday. A fisherman aboard the Barbara J near Unimak Pass fell down a stairwell, causing injuries serious enough to warrant a request for a medevac. The Jayhawk MH-60 crew took the man to Cold Bay to meet an emergency flight that took the man to Anchorage for treatment. Twenty-nine mph winds and si...
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City law targets “homeless, indigent and inebriate”
The Kodiak City Council passed an ordinance revision unanimously Thursday aimed at keeping the “homeless, indigent and inebriate population” from causing problems downtown. The revision to the code will prohibit assault, obstruction of pedestrians or vehicles, aggressive panhandling, camping and sitting or lying on public sidewalks. City manager Aimée Kniaziowski said the goal was to create “constitutionally legit...
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Man gets three years for church vandalism
The man who caused substantial damages to Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral received three years in jail, with a year and a half suspended, during sentencing on Monday. Arkimedes Garcia, 22, will receive credit for the time he has served since the June 2015 incident, and if he gets credit for good time, could leave jail in early summer. During Monday’s proceedings, Garcia’s public defender Emily Jura ar...
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Outdoor Kodiak:
February can be an interesting month for anglers with no fishing in sight and time on their hands. This is when new gear starts to appear. The manufacturers certainly do all they can to make you reach for your wallet. Just look at the ads full of big fish and excitement! I do a lot of tackle pondering this time of year, but I’m not taken in by all the glitz of the ad men. Instead I look back at last season’s exper...
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Budgetary bigwigs deliver dismal details
A Saturday community presentation gave Kodiak area residents an opportunity to learn more about the state’s current fiscal crisis and some of the proposed steps to address it. State budget director Pat Pitney gave an overview of the current state of Alaska finances and the governor’s budget proposal. Rasmuson Foundation director Diane Kaplan presented the findings of a recent poll conducted by the foundation. Fina...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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