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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...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Feb 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Man gets one year for 2015 hit-and-run
The man who hit a pedestrian in early 2015 causing serious injuries pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and will serve one year in jail, according to court documents. Alexander Rice, 43, pleaded guilty to leaving an accident without assisting the injured with charges of tampering with evidence, no insurance, assault in the third degree, and driving with a cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited license dismissed. ...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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No agreement on assembly role in fish politics
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly discussed its role in fisheries politics during a Thursday work session and came to no consensus. The assembly is involved in two fisheries boards: the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group and the Kodiak Fisheries Advisory Committee. The FWG is entirely made up of government representatives from the city of Kodiak and the borough, while the recently revitalized KFAC has one borough and on...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly, council ask questions about pot
At a joint work session held Wednesday, Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council members asked questions ranging from what happens if the city and borough make different decisions regarding marijuana sales to if someone can have pot while driving on a public road through military land. Cynthia Franklin, director of the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, gave an overview of marijuana regulati...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Speakers to give info on state budget
Kodiak residents wanting to know more about Alaska’s budget crisis and the options for addressing it can attend an informational event Saturday. The State of the Alaska State Budget community presentation will offer Kodiakans more information on the governor’s budget proposal and other options available to address the state’s $3.5 billion budget deficit. Several local organizations met with Gov. Bill Walker during...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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