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Business suffers as Tustumena stays away
On Wednesday, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced another delay returning Kodiak’s main ferry to service. A day later, A Smiling Bear Bed and Breakfast had another visitor cancel her stay in Kodiak. Darlene Turner, owner of the business, said she has had seven cancellations this summer, each worth about $1,000, due to the absence of the ferry Tustumena. The Tustumena, which regularly serves Kodiak, has been...
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Man accused of assault with a steak knife
A 36-year-old Kodiak man is accused of pulling a steak knife on another man during an argument about a television. Jacob Hilsinger was arraigned in Kodiak district court on July 8 on one count of third-degree assault with means of a dangerous instrument, a class C felony. According to court documents, Hilsinger had a verbal argument with a man on July 7 that turned physical. A week before, a woman brought two tele...
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Council OK’s new downtown committee
The city of Kodiak has a new tool as it investigates a program to improve security and aesthetics in its downtown shopping district. During a city council meeting Thursday night, the council formally approved a new committee of businesspeople and civic leaders, who will draft a list of recommendations for the city council. The committee is the brainchild of Mayor Pat Branson, who has a list of 19 people interested...
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73 degrees and skiing in sunshine
On a day when temperatures topped 70 degrees and Kodiakans crowded Mill Bay Beach, Steve Wielebski grabbed his skis. Snow is a distant memory at sea level, but look up at Kodiak’s hills and mountains, and you’ll see splashes of white. While Kodiak isn’t the backcountry skiing Mecca that Valdez or the Alaska Range are, it has plenty of hills and mountains that keep their snow through most of the summer. “This is th...
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Harbor dredging begins next week
Access to Kodiak’s harbors will be limited to one lane of traffic as a project to deepen the harbor channels begins next week. Starting Monday, Western Marine Construction Inc. will begin deepening the mouth of the St. Paul Harbor. Kodiak harbormaster Marty Owen said he has been trying to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to approve the dredging for years because large boats scrape the bottom during low tide. T...
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Assemblyman drops support for smoking ban
A proposed public smoking ban for the Kodiak Island Borough appears all but dead after one of its principal backers dropped his support. On Thursday night, assemblyman Tuck Bonney said he will no longer support a proposal to put a boroughwide smoking ban on the fall municipal ballot. "I've had an interesting week on this one, and I'm going to withdraw my support," he said during a borough work session. "I've recei...
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Trans-Arctic shipping is decades away, experts say
Alaskan businessmen are hoping that ocean shippers will follow the 50th state’s motto, but a new article in the latest edition of the US Naval Institute’s journal, Proceedings, says North to the Future is a long way off for shipping. Stephen Carmel, a senior vice president for Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean shipping company, writes that even though Arctic ice is receding, “it is important to get past the h...
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Man born in Kodiak plans to run for governor
A man with ties to Kodiak plans to run for governor in 2014. On Tuesday, Phillip Gerald Stoddard, 62, filed his letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Stoddard was born in Kodiak in 1951 but now lives in Anchorage. He lived as a child in Kodiak before moving to Sterling with his family, where they homesteaded. Stoddard has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat, although he describes himself as ...
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Tustumena’s return delayed a third time
The Alaska Marine Highway System has thrown a third strike against the city of Kodiak. Now, island residents are starting to wonder if they’re out when it comes to ferry service this summer. American Legion baseball manager Leonard Pickett is among them. Thirty minutes after he booked tickets for his team, the Alaska Marine Ferry System sent him an automated email — the Tustumena’s return to service has been delay...
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KHS booster club is ahead of the curve for new national snack standards
New standards for school snacks should not have a significant impact on the Kodiak High School Bear’s Den, booster club supporters said Wednesday. The US Department of Agriculture released “Smart Snacks in School” standards last week that limit the kinds of snack foods and drinks that can be sold through student stores, vending machines and cafeteria vendors. The standards will not become effective until July 2014...
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