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Kodiak man faces drug charges
A Kodiak man is facing a felony drug charge for his alleged involvement with a drug trafficking operation. Jeffrey Miranda, 28, was arraigned in Kodiak superior court on Jan. 9 on one count of second-degree drugs misconduct, a class A felony. According to court documents, Miranda is accused of drugs misconduct for possession of oxycodone. Miranda was indicted in connection with Sabino Abrego, 28, who faces a slew ...
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School district wary of plan to allow teachers to carry guns
As the Alaska Legislature begins its session today, one of the items on its agenda is House Bill 55, a measure introduced by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage) that would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons into schools “for defensive use.” In Kodiak, school district officials said they’re wary of the proposal. “It’s a tough one; I have mixed feelings,” said school board president Melissa Borton. “My gut feeling is...
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Fisheries group approves letter to NPFMC
The Kodiak city and borough fisheries work group has approved the final draft of a letter addressing the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s plan to create a catch share program to limit bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska. Over the last couple of months, the fisheries group has been drafting a letter asking the North Pacific council to explore a range of options for a catch share program. Half a dozen communit...
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Shell helps deliver 1,300 pounds of food to Old Harbor
Royal Dutch Shell PLC helped deliver more than 1,000 pounds of food from the Kodiak Baptist Mission Food Bank to Old Harbor last week. Alex von Tsurikov, director of the Kodiak Baptist Mission Food Bank, loaded a vehicle with 1,344 pounds of food and drove it to Island Air Service, which flew the food to Old Harbor Thursday morning. "It was a natural fit and the right thing to do," Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Sm...
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Borough to vote on ordinance addressing transparency in awarding contracts
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly heard from borough attorney Cheryl Brooking about attorney-client privilege during its Thursday night work session. In its meeting this week, the assembly is scheduled to vote on an ordinance addressing transparency when awarding borough contracts. The ordinance does not specifically address a controversial 2012 contract with Kodiak Construction Services. Assemblyman Mel Stephens...
Jan 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Port and Harbor board recommends increase in shipyard rates
The Kodiak Port and Harbor Advisory Board plans to put the Kodiak Shipyard finances back into the black with several years of rate increases. On Friday, the board voted to recommend a 40 percent increase in shipyard rates and lay days in the first year of changes and an additional 20 percent increase the second year changes are put into effect. The rate increases must be approved by the Kodiak City Council before ...
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No estimate on when Kulluk will be moved
Survey crews have completed their work aboard and beneath the Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig Kulluk, but there is still no estimate on when the wayward rig might move from Kiliuda Bay. With Tanner crab season set to open Tuesday, focus has shifted to ensuring recovery of the formerly grounded rig won’t interfere with fishing, said spokeswoman Rochelle Touchard. While the rig is in a portion of Kiliuda closed t...
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Kodiak has best commute in United States
A new analysis of data collected during a 2011 U.S. Census Bureau survey has found Kodiak has the best commute of any city in the United States. G. Scott Thomas, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based blogger for bizjournals.com, broke down the data collected by the Census Bureau and found 73.5 percent of Kodiak residents have a commute of 14 minutes or less between work and home. Pierre, S.D. was the No. 2 city on the census list...
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Man accused of stealing gun
A Kodiak man accused of stealing a handgun was arrested after he allegedly posted photos of himself with the gun on Facebook. Johnny Ray Cortez Jr., 26, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Wednesday on one charge of second-degree theft, a class C felony. According to court documents, the gun’s owner was out of town in Anchorage from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, and he found his handgun missing when he returned. The...
Jan 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Woman sentenced in Trident embezzlement scheme
A Kodiak woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her role in a scheme that embezzled almost $500,000 from Trident Seafoods. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced that Jaime Fathke, 29, was sentenced for two counts of wire fraud. Fathke cashed three fraudulent Trident checks totaling $30,000. Fathke was one of five people facing charges. Isairis Wolfe, Jeremy Smith, both from Kodiak, Va...
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