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Museum ship left out of CG reauthorization bill
Congress is close to approving a new Coast Guard funding bill, but one long-awaited Alaska project hasn’t made the final cut. The Coast Guard Cutter Storis, lingering in America’s mothball fleet, was scheduled to be transferred to the nonprofit Storis Museum, which hopes to transform the cutter into a Juneau museum ship. While that transfer appeared in early versions of the Coast Guard bill, it was dropped from th...
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Kodiakans to learn about GPS
GPS can save your life, but only if you know how to use it. Kodiakans are invited to learn the hidden tips and tricks behind GPS at a free class today in Fishermen's Hall. The class will be taught by Stephen Brown, assistant professor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, who has a background in GPS. He teaches 30 to 40 GPS workshops across the state each year. In 2003, Brown was as...
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After 'fecal cliff', city faces 'snow cliff'
For the past few months, the city of Kodiak has struggled to address a looming "fecal cliff." Now, it will have to tackle a "snow cliff" as well. On Tuesday night, city public works director Mark Kozak told the city council that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has asked the city to stop plowing snow into the ocean. "We're looking at adding days to snow removal," Kozak said. "Maybe what we get d...
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IG cites NOAA for lack of response
The Commerce Department Inspector General’s annual report for 2012 spotlights a “growth of complaints” made via the agency’s hotline “related to NOAA,” mostly involving “mismanagement or minor misconduct,” and implies clearly that NOAA officials are showing insufficient interest in resolving these problems. Not all the problems alluded to involve NOAA, but complaints about NOAA increased faster than any other agen...
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NPFMC considers more trawl restrictions
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved a public look at plans to cap king salmon catches in all Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries. Sunday’s vote allows formal public comments on the plan and puts the proposal on the fast track for final action and implementation later this year. NPFMC member Cora Campbell, Alaska’s Commissioner of Fish and Game, proposed the motion to open public comment. Earlier t...
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Teachers soon to be graded on the progress of students
Teachers are usually the ones handing out the grades, but a new state-mandated system will soon be grading teachers based on the progress of their students. The Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development approved the new rule on Friday, stating that in the 2015-2016 school year, 20 percent of a teacher's job assessment will be based on student growth. For the Kodiak school district, the challenge is fig...
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Hospice of Kodiak starts training volunteers
On Thursday night, a group of about 30 Kodiakans gathered in a dimly lit, windowless conference room within Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. While they shared smiles over pizza, their attitude quickly sobered as they set to their task. In the next few months, the 30 volunteers will be the core group behind Hospice of Kodiak, a new group intended to help island residents who are dying with no hope of recove...
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Alaska's Congressional delegation supports small boats in observer issue
Alaska's congressional delegation wants changes in federal plans to put observers on more commercial fishing boats. The observer program has been around since 1990 for large catcher and catcher-processor vessels in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska fisheries. The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced plans to add observers to vessels that are less than 60 feet but more than 40 feet. A letter from Sens. Lisa ...
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Kodiak man rearrested for meth
A Kodiak man who pleaded guilty for possession of a controlled substance in September again faces felony charges for allegedly possessing methamphetamine. According to court documents, Dennis Vargas, 38, faces one charge of possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. On Nov. 25 around 9:45 a.m., Vargas was pulled over for speeding on Mill Bay Road. He allegedly was traveling 36 mph in a 30 mph area. Du...
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As winter deepens, a lesson in avalanche safety comes to Kodiak
Around 50 Kodiak skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and climbers attended an avalanche training workshop at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Friday. Tucker Chenoweth, executive director of the Alaska Avalanche School, led the workshop. Chenoweth had a ski patrol career that lasted nine years, and has worked as a mountaineering ranger on the slopes of Mount McKinley. "We have to really be aware...
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