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Kodiak takes part in International Walk to School month
For the next two weeks students in Kodiak will take part in a contest that rewards them for walking or rolling to school. October is International Walk to School month, and Kodiak's Safe Routes to School program is holding a contest to get students excited about walking or biking to school. "We're encouraging kids to walk or bike to school as many times as they can," said consultant Michelle LeBeau, who runs the S...
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Kodiak man accused of threatening a man with a screwdriver
A Kodiak man nicknamed "Creeper" has been accused of threatening a man with a screwdriver while trying to rob him. Johnny Cortez Jr., 26, faces one count of first-degree robbery, a class A felony. According to court documents, the incident started Oct. 1 when Cortez approached a man in his car at the Fir Terrace parking lot. Cortez allegedly threatened the driver with a screwdriver and placed him in a choke hold. ...
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Coast Guard murder still remains a mystery
Operations at Coast Guard Base Kodiak are the same. Coast Guardsmen get up each day and go to work, ready to help when a sinking fishing vessel calls or when someone needs to be medevaced to a hospital. The buildings on the base remain unchanged, but things are different. It's been six months since Richard Belisle, 51, and James "Jim" Hopkins, 41, were murdered at the Coast Guard communications station, or COMMSTA...
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Coast Guard responds to a pair of fishing incidents
All five crewmen from the 58-foot fishing boat Kodiak Isle are safe today after being plucked from a Sitkinak Island beach early Thursday morning. In a separate incident southwest of Kodiak Island, a crab fisherman was pulled overboard and is believed dead. In the day's first incident, Kevin O'Leary of the Kodiak Isle said his green-painted fishing boat was en route to Alitak via Sitkinak Strait when it developed ...
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AAC to seek capital support and operational funding
The Alaska Aerospace Corporation is again seeking state support as it tries to cover a gap in its launch schedule. Last winter, the Alaska Legislature approved $8 million in operational support for the state-owned aerospace corporation. This winter, the corporation hopes to gain capital support as well as operational funding. While a major expansion of the Kodiak Launch Complex is planned in the next few years, no...
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Kodiak man gets five years for sexual assault
A Kodiak man will spend five years in jail for sexual assault. Jeremy John Rogers, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault on Sept. 18. Rogers originally faced three additional counts of first-degree sexual assault, but his charges were reduced in a plea deal. Rogers received 15 years, with 10 years suspended, and a fine of $12,500, with $10,000 suspended. He will be on probation for 10 yea...
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High school project faces tall challenge to stay on schedule
The new Kodiak High School project has no project manager and no construction manager, but architect Tony Yorba said the high school is still on track for substantial groundbreaking in April. “I think this looks achievable in terms of the start dates,” Yorba said Wednesday. The design of the $80 million high school expansion and renovation project is 95 percent complete, and Yorba spoke Monday with the Kodiak Isla...
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Air Station Kodiak honored for rescues
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak will be honored today with the 2012 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism after conducting two simultaneous rescues of fishing vessels during severe weather conditions in January. "When you look at the case it really is extraordinary actions under extreme circumstances," said Jennifer Fyke, spokesperson for the Coast Guard Foundation. "It's almost a no-brainer to pick a group like...
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Group completes journey through Northwest Passage
Sailing through the Northwest Passage is like taking a history course, or so says Mark van de Weg, who just did it. Weg and a crew of five others sailed the 49-foot sailboat Jonathan through the Northwest Passage over the summer. He arrived in Kodiak last Friday after completing the four-and-a-half month journey. "It's really great because you sail through history," Weg said. "All these expeditions tried to find t...
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Election results official
The Kodiak Island Borough and city of Kodiak have counted the final questioned and absentee ballots from Oct. 2's municipal election, and while the vote totals have changed, the results have not. On the borough assembly, Aaron Griffin will replace Jerrol Friend, and on the city council, Rich Walker will replace Mark Anthony Vizcocho. Before Wednesday's final count, the race between Vizcocho and Walker was all but ...
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