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Hope will soon move to new location
Hope Community Resources, Kodiak’s largest supporter of the disabled, is preparing to move into a bigger building that gives the organization room to grow. Hope’s new home is the building that formerly housed Castle Rock Art and Supplies on Mill Bay Road. The biggest reason for the move is to give Hope more space to create additional programs, said Michelle Dakai, director of Hope Community Resources in Kodiak. “W...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meth spike prompts questions
Brook Crow has been clean of methamphetamine for close to three years. Three years ago, that would have been hard to believe. In her early twenties, Crow was offered a line of meth while working as a bartender. It soon became a part of her regular life. “I was using when I was working and sleeping on my days off,” she said. “I was ditching my kids because I needed sleep. I really needed this drug to get me through...
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Holland American returns to Kodiak
Last week, Holland America announced it will return regular cruise service to Kodiak starting in 2014. The 1,380-passenger Amsterdam will make five stops in Kodiak, injecting a big dose of tourism business into the Kodiak economy. Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord said by phone on Wednesday that demand for a 14-day cruise across the Gulf of Alaska — and to Kodiak — is why the cruise line is returning. “Peopl...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Death penalty could be sought in CG murder case
Alaska doesn’t have a death penalty, but James Wells could face federal death penalty charges for allegedly killing Coast Guardsmen Richard Belisle and James Hopkins. In a press conference after Wells’ arraignment on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced that all of the charges Wells faces are death penalty eligible. Wells faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of murdering a federal employe...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak schools await solid budget
With just over two months remaining before its budget is due, the Kodiak Island Borough school district faces a $2 million gap between revenue and expenses — and that figure is expected to grow before it shrinks. On Monday night, schools finance director Lisa Pearce told the Kodiak school board that anticipated federal cutbacks, no increases from the state and rising costs mean the district is being financially sq...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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More Tsunami debris expected on Kodiak's shores
Tsunami debris has already started appearing on Kodiak’s shores, and more is expected to appear in the near future. In a Thursday brown bag science lecture at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Tom Pogson, director of marine programs at Island Trails Network, discussed the threat Alaska faces from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. “We don’t really know how much is out there, and just the f...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Navy boss stops in Kodiak on Asia trip
Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, visited Kodiak this week as part of a tour of naval bases in the Pacific Rim. Mabus, who arrived on Saturday afternoon, met with SEALs training at the Naval Special Warfare Center on Spruce Cape before heading to Korea on Monday. “It was a fairly brief stop; we were scheduled to be there less than 24 hours, and because of weather conditions ended up staying,” said Capt. Pamela...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly OKs $25M bond sale
In a 4-0 vote, the Kodiak Island Borough assembly gave its OK for $25 million to flow into the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project. The vote took place during a special meeting Thursday morning and grants the borough permission to sell $25 million in general obligation bonds next week. Kodiak voters approved the high school project and up to $76 million in bond sales with a 2009 ballot initiative, ...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tustumena repairs slower than expected
The 50-year-old ferry Tustumena is in worse shape than originally thought, and southwest Alaska’s ferry schedule will suffer as a result. On Wednesday, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced that the Tustumena will be in a Seward shipyard through early June, two months longer than scheduled. When the Tustumena entered the shipyard in November for long-term maintenance, ferry service ended in rural Kodiak and i...
Feb 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two tugs collide near Kulluk
A 120-ton fender-bender leaves a pretty big mark. On Wednesday, repair crews were still at work aboard the Crowley Maritime tug Ocean Wave, five days after the Ocean Wave was rammed by the Corbin Foss as both tugs worked near the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk. Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosely said the accident happened as both tugs were maneuvering to transfer cargo in Kiliuda Bay...
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