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As Halloween nears, bear safety is important trick
Kodiak bear activity is on the downswing, but as kids head out for Halloween, an effort is on to step up safety during a particularly active bear year. “We want to be proactive; we want to make sure we do everything we can to keep people safe,” said Larry Van Daele, the top bear official for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak. Van Daele and several members of the Kodiak Interagency Bear Safety Group ...
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7.7 earthquake causes brief tsunami scare in Southeast, Kodiak
Canada’s largest earthquake since 1949 briefly alarmed Alaskans on Saturday after the West Coast tsunami warning center issued a warning for portions of Southeast Alaska. Kodiak was not covered by the warning, but alarm spread among some Kodiak residents until it became apparent that the island was not in the path of the main force of the tsunami, which turned out to be smaller than initially forecast. According t...
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Rick Kniaziowski joins school board
Horizon Lines terminal operations manager Rick Kniaziowski will join the Kodiak Island Borough school board, filling a seat left vacant by the election of Aaron Griffin to the borough assembly. The five sitting school board members interviewed three candidates who submitted letters of interest—Kniaziowski, Joe Bailor and Tracy Chandler — in a special work session Friday. During the interviews, the board asked appl...
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Trials begin for Native fishermen charged on Kuskokwim River
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Some call it a protest by Alaska Native subsistence fishermen, but that's not the way it looks to Harry David and a couple dozen others charged with illegally fishing for king salmon in waters severely restricted by the state because of dismal runs of the prized fish. "We've been taught since we were growing up to gather food from the land for winter," said David, a Yup'ik Eskimo from the western ...
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7.7 earthquake strikes British Columbia; no tsunami threat for Kodiak
Updated: 9:50 p.m. A violent earthquake jolted Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands on Sunday evening, causing national forecasters to issue a tsunami warning for parts of Southeast Alaska. Kodiak is not included in the warning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands about 385 miles SSE of Juneau shortly after 7 p.m. Alaska time. Magnitude 5.8 and 4.8 aft...
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Ouzinkie gets new fire truck for $1
It only cost $1 for Travis Sheppard to buy a fire truck for Ouzinkie, but it took months of searching before he got the chance to spend that dollar. Sheppard is chief of the department that serves the small town’s 178 people. He took over the position in February and was quickly saddled with a big problem when Ouzinkie's 30-year-old fire truck blew its engine during a maintenance check. For the past six months, Sh...
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McFarland recounts near-death scuba diving accident
Paul McFarland feels lucky to be alive. On Monday night, McFarland, 24, had a near-death experience after he ran out of air while scuba diving for sea cucumbers off the 48-foot fishing boat Patricia Kay in Alitak Bay. Thanks to the quick thinking by the Patricia Kay crew and the Coast Guard, McFarland is alive and recovering. "Not very many people recover from drowning," McFarland said. "I'm very lucky the crew re...
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Firefighters begin to train on new truck
Ouzinkie now has a fire truck, but the work is far from over. Fire chief Travis Sheppard now faces long hours of work as he begins to train the town’s 25 volunteer firefighters on the new truck. Sheppard has already reorganized the fire department by promoting two volunteers to captains to help him with the responsibilities. Sheppard and assistant fire chief Dan Clarion are joined by captains Pete Muller Sr. and H...
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19th annual holiday market begins today
In his day job, Mark Witteveen works as a marine biologist. His spare time is also spent working on fish, but these don’t have scales or swim in the sea — they’re made of steel. Witteveen, a metal sculptor, is one of 10 artists who will be featured at this weekend’s 19th annual holiday market in the Best Western Kodiak Inn’s Harbor Room. The market, which runs 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, is a b...
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City Council approves contract to convert sewage sludge into compost
A new plan approved by the Kodiak City Council on Thursday will solve a brewing crisis in waste disposal, but not without cost. During its regular meeting, the council voted unanimously to permit the city to sign a contract with Quayanna Development Corporation to convert the city's sewage sludge into compost. After Dec. 15, the Kodiak Island Borough landfill will be unable to accept the sludge due to an expansion...
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