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Where is all the snow?
Last winter, Kodiak was buried in snow. This winter, flakes are few and far between at sea level. According to the National Weather Service office in Kodiak, there is more than a 67-inch difference in the snowfall when comparing last year’s piles to this year’s flakes. “This year we haven’t broken any records or come close to any type of record,” said Cameron Betts of the weather service. Kodiak had 27.7 inches of...
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School bus pulled from ditch
The First Student school bus that rolled into a ditch on Chiniak Highway on Monday has been recovered, and the cause of the incident is under investigation. When the bus rolled around 4:30 p.m., the only person on board was the driver, who was wearing his seatbelt and only suffered from a minor cut on his head. The driver had completely finished his route and was returning to Kodiak with the bus. “No children were...
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Bidding opens for high school project
Bidding has formally opened for the $80 million Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. In an announcement posted on its website, the Kodiak Island Borough announced that bids will be accepted from contractors until 3 p.m. Feb. 20. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 24 as the borough attempts to find the company that will run the largest single construction project in borough history. “A pa...
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Audit gives city clean bill of health but finds financial fault with shipyard
The city of Kodiak received a clean bill of financial health from auditors during its regular work session Tuesday night. Michelle Drew, an auditor with Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., said the most recent audit of the city's books turned up no substantial problems, but there are some long-term concerns with the city's financial health. Drew pinpointed the city-owned shipyard as a major money-loser and drain on financial...
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Visiting professor advises city, borough on catch shares
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council heard stark words from a visiting fisheries professor as it discussed a joint letter on the biggest Alaska fisheries issue in years. Seth Macinko of the University of Rhode Island told the joint city-borough work session in plain language that if local government doesn't act, Kodiak risks losing out as the North Pacific Fisheries Managment Council moves to...
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Salazar, Coast Guard announce drill vessel reviews
A day after Royal Dutch Shell PLC towed the Kulluk to shelter, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the department will perform an "expedited, high-level assessment" of the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling season. Salazar said the review will pay special attention to challenges Shell encountered with the Kulluk, which ran aground New Year's Eve, the drill ship Noble Discoverer, which last month was found with saf...
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Man accused of robbing Safeway liquor store
A Kodiak man is accused of robbing the Safeway liquor store in downtown Kodiak. Victor Swan, 40, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Sunday on one charge of second-degree robbery, a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail. According to court documents, Kodiak police were investigating a fight at the public restrooms on Marine Way around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. During the investigation, they contacted S...
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Bayside responds to unattended oven
An unattended oven led to a fire call Tuesday morning to the Bayside Fire Department. According to a news release from the department, firefighters responded to an alarm in the 3400 block of Sharatin Road at 8:15 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy gray smoke coming from an upstairs apartment. No flames were visible, and firefighters discovered the smoke was coming from the apartment’s oven, which had...
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Drilling rig pulled from rocks
The Shell drill rig Kulluk arrived as planned Monday in the shelter of a Kiliuda Bay after being towed about 45 miles through swells as high as 15 feet, officials said. The Royal Dutch Shell PLC vessel was lifted off rocks late Sunday and towed from the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, where it sat exposed to the full-on fury of Gulf of Alaska winter storms since grounding on New Year's Eve. The Kulluk — a cir...
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Convention and visitor bureau gets a facelift
The Kodiak Island Convention and Visitor Bureau is getting a facelift, but its goal remains the same. The bureau recently underwent a name change, published its 2013 visitor guide and will soon launch a new website. Now called “Discover Kodiak,” the bureau hopes to make it easier for visitors to find the information they need, Discover Kodiak executive director Janet Buckingham said. “There is a trend nationwide t...
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