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Kodiak breaks two weather records
Kodiak broke a daily rainfall record and a daily high-temperature record over the past few days. On Friday, Kodiak received 2.32 inches of rain, beating the old record of two inches. On Sunday, Kodiak saw a record high of 45 degrees, although there is an unofficial high temperature of 46 degrees recorded in 1944. Unofficial weather records in Kodiak stretch back to the 1800s, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
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Rush announces retirement
Don Rush, administrator at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, has announced plans to retire. Don has served in Kodiak for the last 12 years, leading a high-performing team that brought positive change, financial stability and growth in services during his tenure. His legacy is the culture he fostered through humble leadership and the dedicated people of Providence who continue to provide excellent and compas...
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Assembly identifies federal priorities
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly designated their top federal program priorities and adopted a single project on their federal capital improvement program list. The lone project was the Kodiak landfill wastewater treatment plant. The borough is requesting $1,825,000 toward the $16 million project. The borough attributes the need to new Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation requirements necessitating th...
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Finance update, employee of the year at borough meeting
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly got a finance department update and named construction inspector and engineer Dave Conrad as the borough’s employee of the year for 2014. “Dave works closely on two very busy projects, the Kodiak High School addition and renovation project and more closely on the Kodiak Island Borough lateral landfill expansion and closure project,” borough manager Bud Cassidy said. “Dave was ori...
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'Ghost' pots capture up to 37 percent of Womens Bay crab says study
At the bottom of Womens Bay lie an undetermined number of derelict crab pots that are catching and killing king crab. According to a study published in 2014, anywhere from 16 to 37 percent of the king crab with shells over 40 millimeters in Womens Bay are killed by ghost fishing pots. Biologists Peter Cummiskey and Eric Munk and analyst Chris Long with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied th...
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Could Alaska workplaces go smoke free?
A bill to make public places and workspaces in Alaska smoke-free is undergoing the state legislative process, and it got a vote of support from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly at their last meeting. Senate Bill 1, “An act prohibiting smoking in certain place,” was originally sponsored by Kenai Peninsula Sen. Peter Micciche, but Kodiak area Sen. Gary Stevens has since signed on as a sponsor along with four other...
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Drug dealers penetrate Kodiak
It’s a scene not often seen in Kodiak: Federal agents and deputized law-enforcement officers, guns drawn, surround a home on Hemlock Street before an entry team with loaded firearms rushes into the living room, kicks open a locked bedroom door and places three men in handcuffs. Saturday morning, Feb. 7, was the homeowner’s birthday. She was cooking, preparing for well-wishers. Her 4-year-old daughter was in the li...
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Eating Kodiak shellfish 'risky,' PSP specialist warns
Kodiak shellfish have some of the highest levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning in Alaska. Rules of thumb such as don’t eat shellfish in months containing the letter “r” can supposedly help determine if shellfish is safe to eat, but for PSP researcher Julie Matweyou, the issue is not so simple. Shellfish feed on dinoflagellates, which can contain saxitoxin. That saxitoxin then accumulates in the shellfish and ca...
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Don't get too wild about wildlife: Many species in Kodiak not natives
Ubiquitous mammals on Kodiak Island include bear, deer and mountain goats, but only one of those is native to Kodiak. Of all the mammals on Kodiak Island, only about one-third are native, according to Fish and Wildlife Service biologist McCrea Cobb who spoke about introduced wildlife during the first History Speaks lecture organized by the Kodiak Historical Society and Baranov Museum on Wednesday. Some of the earl...
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Animal shelter gets first transferred pet
The Kodiak Animal Shelter has received their first pet transferred to Kodiak from a mainland shelter in order to offer more adoptable pets in Kodiak and relieve the pressure on other shelters. Kyla, a two-year-old sled dog, arrived at the shelter almost two weeks ago from the City of Kenai Animal Shelter and is now available for adoption. “She is a very sweet dog and her personality is phenomenal,” said shelter ma...
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