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Kodiak's local politicos consider redrawn lines
Editor's Note: Several corrections have been made to this story. Rep. Alan Austerman is running unopposed in this fall's elections, not Sen. Gary Stevens, who faces a Democratic challenger from Cordova. Also, under the new district map, Seldovia is no longer a member of House District 35. To report an error or request a correction, email editor@kodiakdailymirror.com or call 512-2622. The lines have been drawn, and...
Jun 29, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Kodiak launch pad waits on Lockheed
Alaska has played its cards. Now it’s Lockheed’s turn at the table. Earlier this spring, the Alaska Legislature, at Gov. Sean Parnell’s urging, approved $25 million for a new launch pad at the Kodiak Launch Complex. The approval came after aerospace giant Lockheed-Martin picked Kodiak as the West Coast launch site for a new medium-lift rocket. Along with the pick, Lockheed pledged to support $100 million in additi...
Jun 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard helo rescues stranded hovercraft
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircraft crews operating out of Cordova flew to the rescue of a disabled hovercraft on the Copper River and rescued six people Monday night. The Coast Guard received a distress call from a friend of the hovercraft operator stating the hovercraft’s propeller was damaged and the craft beached on a sandbar in the Copper River near Cordova. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on sc...
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Kodiak wildlife refuge volunteers add valuable research hours
While the federal government ponders massive budget cuts, science has taken a hit. At the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, that’s meant finding creative ways to keep looking into nature’s mysteries. This summer, the refuge has been able to continue research projects with the help of 16 seasonal volunteers. “We have a really large volunteer program,” refuge volunteer coordinator Lisa Hupp said. “The last three or s...
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Sun’aq Tribe gives unique honor to Coast Guard cutter
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter SPAR received a unique honor Sunday as they became the first Coast Guard unit to be named an honorary member of a Native tribe. The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak honored the Kodiak-based buoy tender and its crew in an elaborate ceremony to thank them for helping memorialize two tribal members killed when a U.S. Navy destroyer rammed a local boat in 1942. No reparations were ever made af...
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Kodiak's best shooters gather for inaugural precision rifle competition
Kodiak learned an important lesson last weekend: Don’t mess with Brady Post. The Coast Guard C-130 mechanic and one-year Kodiak resident outshot 27 of Kodiak’s best marksmen to win the inaugural Kodiak Precision Rifle Competition. “I was really surprised,” Post said Sunday night during the competition’s awards ceremony at Coast Guard Base Kodiak. Before he hoisted his two-foot trophy, however, he had to run and sh...
Jun 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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2,000-mile Wet Dog jet ski race gets state permission
A 2,000-mile personal watercraft race across Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska has the go-ahead from the state of Alaska. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources issued the permit to Alaskan Wet Dog Race organizer John Lang on May 22 after it spent five months reviewing public comments. There were initial concerns that 1,000 watercraft and their support vessels would cause environmental damage. Public...
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Sexually transmitted disease rates falling across Alaska after epidemic
As the state of Alaska recovers from an outbreak of sexually transmitted disease, Kodiak is staying comparatively clean. “Pretty much the rates are low in Kodiak; they’re almost the lowest in the state for chlamydia,” said Susan Jones, a nurse consultant with the state’s epidemiology section. That’s despite an Alaska gonorrhea infection rate that was 135 percent of the national average in 2011, the latest year for...
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Kodiak business spotlight: Kodiak shipwright returns for summer
Dan Farsovitch developed a love for boats at a young age. He grew up in Akhiok and frequently watched his grandfather build wooden boats by hand. “I was pretty intrigued with that,” he said. “When I was working in a cannery I started out as a helper with the carpenters. They liked me, so they started teaching me the trade.” Today, Farsovitch runs Eagle Rock Boat Repair, a company that repairs and restores wooden v...
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Medical examiner rules man's Near Island Channel death an accident
More than two weeks after his body was found floating in the ocean, Donald Werbe’s cause of death was declared accidental by the medical examiner’s office in Anchorage. It was related to drowning and a pre-existing natural disease related to the heart, police Chief T.C. Kamai said in an email. Werbe, 64, was a Kodiak local, police said. His body was found floating in Near Island Channel on June 8. Police were init...
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