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Kodiak man accused of rape
A man faces serious sexual assault and assault charges after an alleged rape at the Buskin River State Recreation Site. Robert Zoellner Jr., 32, has been accused of first-degree assault and first-degree sexual assault. The charges stem from an alleged incident that took place on Dec. 18. According to court documents, a woman called Alaska State Troopers to report that Zoellner had sexually assaulted her. The 26-ye...
Dec 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fire destroys a Cove Drive home
A fire that started in the garage of a Cove Drive house has left a Kodiak family temporarily homeless as they assess the damage. At 7:27 p.m. Wednesday night, a 911 caller reported a fire in the home of Les and Sherrie Seaton on Cove Drive near its intersection with Shahafka Circle. Bayside firefighters arrived eight minutes later and found flames shooting from the home’s garage into a residential floor located ab...
Dec 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard finds safety problems with Shell's drilling rig
The Coast Guard has found serious safety problems with the drilling rig that pioneered Shell Oil’s Arctic operations this summer. The Los Angeles Times, in a story published Thursday, said the problems were discovered when Coast Guard inspectors boarded the Noble Discoverer in Seward, after Shell’s drilling season. "When these inspectors went on board and conducted their inspection, they noticed several major safe...
Dec 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Arts council auctions off a week on a crab boat
“Deadliest Catch” shows up on T-shirts, coffee mugs and even fireworks that try to cash in on the success of the Discovery Channel’s most popular Alaska-based TV series. Now, the Kodiak Arts Council is hoping to turn that popularity to some good as it auctions a weeklong opportunity aboard a Kodiak-based Tanner crab boat. “It seemed like a natural way to try to get money for a nonprofit,” said Skip Bolton, a longt...
Dec 28, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Phone book deliveries to end, but not in Kodiak
The white pages may soon be going black for most Alaska telephone customers. State regulators have backed a plan to do away with automatic distribution of residential phone directories in four urban areas, agreeing with the argument that printed copies of the white pages have become less necessary in the Internet era. In the future, many Alaskans will only receive copies of the residential directories upon request...
Dec 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard suspends search of overboard man
The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man lost overboard about 300 miles south of Kodiak city on Christmas night. According to the Coast Guard District 17 Command Center in Juneau, the bulk carrier Aqua Splendor sent a distress call reporting a crewman had been washed overboard. A NOAA weather buoy nearby recorded 10-foot seas and wind gusts of 20 mph at the time. The ship dropped flotation devices to the...
Dec 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man briefly escapes from police on Christmas Day
A Kodiak man overflowing with holiday cheer bolted from an ambulance at Kodiak Providence Island Medical Center on Christmas night, leading police on a brief foot chase. About 8 p.m. Christmas Day, 911 received an emergency call from a woman requesting an ambulance for her highly intoxicated husband. During the call, dispatchers heard a disturbance in the background and asked for troopers to respond as well. “We w...
Dec 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two KHS sophomores to attend presidential inauguration
Two Kodiak High School sophomores are traveling to Washington, D.C. for a piece of history as President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term. Mandi Cox and Brenda Caftonguay, both 15, will be attending the inauguration as part of the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference, a four-day event hosted by education company Envision EMI. The Kodiak students’ trip is an educational one, full of classes and ...
Dec 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hiker dead on Barometer
Not a single cloud blotted the skies above Kodiak on Tuesday, but it was a dark Christmas as searchers found the body of a missing hiker on Mt. Barometer. Derek Winn Russell, 20, had been missing since Saturday morning when he left Coast Guard Base Kodiak on a hike to the summit of the 2,452-foot mountain. Other hikers later recalled seeing Russell atop Barometer’s summit, but the Maine-born crewman from the Coast...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cod fisherman have smaller 2013 state quota
Thanks to federal quota cuts, Kodiak cod fishermen have a smaller 2013 state quota, too. On Monday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game declared a cod quota of 13.58 million pounds, down more than 2 million pounds from last year. State waters extend from the shoreline to 3 miles offshore, and fisheries in that area are regulated by ADF&G. The cod quota is directly based upon federal statistics, however. The sta...
Dec 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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