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Helicopter crew honored 24 years after 1988 rescue
More than two decades after a daring rescue, the Coast Guard awarded medals to the helicopter crew that saved two people from the sinking fishing vessel Wayward Wind. “It was a serendipitous surprise,” said Cmdr. Joe Mattina, the helicopter’s commander. “I had kind of moved on. The most important thing was that lives were saved.” The Coast Guard held the awards ceremony on Thursday at Air Station Kodiak, and Rear ...
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Kodiak school board formally approves trimmed budget
The Kodiak Island Borough school board formally approved the school district’s 2012-2013 budget during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. The approval was delayed from last month, when the school district put the final touches on its budget after receiving an unexpected boost from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. “Because of the way the budget session ended and everybody’s travel session, it didn’t’ feel...
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Fisheries subcommittee moves closer to taking position on individual boat accountability
The room was packed as the Kodiak city and borough fisheries subcommittee met with industry leaders during a Monday morning meeting. The subcommittee is working to address an agenda item on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s October agenda. NPFMC plans to take up a fishery management structure that would hold individual boats, rather than fishery sectors — trawlers, jiggers or seiners — for their behav...
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Medical students find Kodiak a friendly classroom
On Thursday, medical student Jacqueline Pels played tourist. She boarded a flight to Fraser Fish Pass and, with the sun shining, snapped photos of bears and bounding salmon. During the trip, one particular salmon caught her eye. It leaped again and again, repeatedly bashing itself against the fish pass in an attempt to leap upstream. Eventually, it knocked itself out, and floated back downstream. It came to rest o...
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Coast Guard woman plucks woman after ATV accident at Saltery Cove
The Coast Guard medevaced a 65-year-old woman who sustained injuries during an ATV accident in Saltery Cove Thursday morning. “We got a report that a woman aboard an ATV had suffered an accident resulting in injuries,” Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley said. “We were contacted to see if we could get her to medical care.” A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Kodiak responded to the scene, and transpo...
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Air Station Kodiak gets first female commanding officer as old CO retires
Capt. William Deal, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, retired from 28 years of service with the Coast Guard during a change of command ceremony in Hangar 3 on Friday. He was relieved by Capt. Melissa Rivera, who arrived from Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico. Deal commanded the Kodiak Air Station for three years, and played a key role in establishing the Coast Guard operations base in Barrow...
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Getting to know: Capt. Melissa Rivera
Capt. Melissa Rivera has returned to Kodiak to serve as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Air Station, and she’s glad to be back. “We loved it here,” she said. “It feels like coming home.” This will be Rivera’s third Alaska tour. From 2000 to 2003, she served in Kodiak, and from 2007 to 2010 she served in Sitka. During her last Kodiak tour, she served as standardization officer and flight examiner. In 2002...
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Relay for Life gets ready for starting line
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the ages of Wilma and Jan Finlay. The error has been corrected. Kodiak’s Relay for Life is normally a fun affair, dotted with moments of solemnity. On Sunday, the local relay committee put more of the former emotion on display as it held the annual survivors’ luncheon, an event intended to recognize survivors of cancer. Eating at the same table were the even...
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Kodiak salmon season still following preseason projections
As the Kodiak salmon fishery begins its shift toward pink salmon, numbers released Saturday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show returns so far on target with preseason projections. By Saturday, Kodiak-area fishermen had caught 2.73 million salmon. That figure includes 1.5 million sockeye, 755,000 pink salmon and 460,000 chum salmon. Before the season opened June 9, Fish and Game forecast 2.7 million soc...
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Homer has slight lead in halibut landings this year
With just over half the 2012 halibut quota for the central Gulf of Alaska landed, Kodiak and Homer are running neck and neck for the title of “Halibut Capital of the World.” While Homer proclaims itself the halibut capital on signs at city limits, last year Kodiak landed 5.8 million pounds of the whitefish, compared to 5.6 million pounds for Homer. This year, with 55 percent of the 11.9 million-pound allocation in...
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