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School board OKs fishing boat talks
The Kodiak Island Borough School District will explore an upgrade to its 40-year-old teaching vessel, the K-HI-C. In a unanimous vote Monday night, the school board granted the district permission to negotiate with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on a contract for renovating and lengthening the K-HI-C. Since the K-HI-C was purchased by Kodiak High School, it has been used in the winter and spring by student...
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Sea otter rules change little after heated debate
A debate over the meaning of “significantly altered” has ended with little change. The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a new definition for that term as it applies to Native handicrafts using sea otter fur. The release ends months of sometimes-heated debate that generated more than 110,000 letters and comments to Fish and Wildlife. The words “significantly altered” are a key component of the Marin...
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New police chief Wallace settles in
The Kodiak Police Department has gone through sweeping changes over the last six months. After the mass retirement of five employees with at least 20 years of experience, new Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace has made it her priority to get the department settled and fully staffed. “The department has been through a lot of changes with a lot of retirements and that’s a little unsettling with people sometimes, so m...
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AAC shelves plans for Pasagshak barge dock
Alaska Aerospace Corporation is shelving plans for a new barge dock in Pasagshak after failing to receive a federal grant for construction. The U.S. Department of Transportation failed to include the dock project in its list of TIGER grant recipients. The sole Alaska project funded under the program is a street improvement effort in the village of Alakanuk. Without federal funding for the dock, the project has bee...
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Crab Festival poster and logo contest opens
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is asking artists to put their best slogans forward to create a unique logo for the 2014 Crab Festival. On Monday, the chamber opened its annual Crab Festival logo design and poster contests. The contests are one of the first steps in preparing for the festival. After winners are selected, the chamber can begin ordering merchandise for the event. This year, artists will have more cre...
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King crab season wraps up
The Bristol Bay red king crab season got off to a late start, but it’s wrapping up in line with past seasons. The season opened four days later than planned — Oct. 19 — after the shutdown of the federal government delayed its regular Oct. 15 start. Despite losing four days to Congressional stumbles, the last bit of the 7.74 million-pound quota was pulled Nov. 15. In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are r...
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Woman accused of felony assault
A Kodiak woman faces assault charges for allegedly attacking her boyfriend after she learned he was cheating on her. Debbie O’Neil, 53, faces one count of third-degree assault, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. She also faces one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. She was arraigned in Kodiak District Court on Sunday by magistrate Dawson Williams. According to c...
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More fishing jobs in 2012, but fewer salmon jobs
New statistics compiled by the Alaska Department of Labor show the number of Alaska fishing jobs is rising even as the number of salmon fishing jobs declines. The figures were compiled by Jack Cannon and Josh Warren in the November issue of Alaska Economic Trends magazine. The two men used data from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Marine Fisheries Service and...
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Mayor shakes up assembly board and committee assignments
Local boards and committees will see new faces filling assembly seats. In a Thursday night special meeting, the assembly approved Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerrol Friend’s shakeup of assembly appointments. Friend’s restructured the list of assembly appointments to boards and committees to give assembly members more exposure to different issues. “I had several people call me and talk that they felt comfortable on...
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Teacher Spotlight: Making literature fun for high school students
Getting high school students excited about literature might seem like a daunting task, but Kodiak High School teacher LeeAnn Schmelzenbach does it every day and manages to have fun with it. Schmelzenbach, a Kodiak High School alumna, earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. She then returned to Kodiak and taught in Ouzinkie from 2005 to 2007, which i...
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