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FISH FACTOR: Sockeyes, pinks tell season story
Two big fish stories have been spawned so far by the 2016 Alaska salmon season: sockeyes save the day and colossal pinks. A larger than expected sockeye salmon catch that has topped 50 million will salvage a summer that has seen lackluster catches of other salmon species, notably, those hard-to-predict pinks. “I think if you’re a Bristol Bay fisherman, you’re probably pretty happy, and if you fished anywhere else ...
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Launch test could happen this fall
A new launch vehicle-development company has announced it will launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska as soon as this fall. Vector Space Systems CEO Jim Cantrell confirmed the start-up company will perform a test launch from Kodiak’s PSCA, calling it “as definite as things get definite.” Kodiak’s PSCA complex is “pretty key to our plans,” he said. The launch is part of a 21 launch agreement between Vecto...
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Sea Stories: Michael Healy, captain of the Revenue Cutter Bear
In 1999, the Coast Guard commissioned a new cutter, the Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker, and named it in honor of Michael Healy, the famed U.S. Revenue Service captain who served in Alaskan waters in the late 19th century. The Coast Guard proudly claims the cutter is named for the first African American to command a revenue cutter, but like much of the history of race in America, Healy’s story is more complicated tha...
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Widows of CG shooting sue US govt
The widows of two men shot dead at the Coast Guard Communications Station in 2012 are suing the United States of America for wrongful death. Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and civilian employee Richard Belisle, a retired member of the Coast Guard, were killed by their co-worker, civilian employee James Wells on April 12, 2012. Wells was found guilty of the murders in April 2014, and is currently serving fou...
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Karluk chapel seeks to improve roof
The Russian Orthodox chapel in Karluk is on the list of the 10 most endangered historic properties in Alaska for 2016 in hopes of raising awareness and potentially funding for it’s damaged roof. The Ascension of our Lord Chapel in Karluk has made the Alaska Association of Historic Properties list five times, according to Allegra Hamer, administrator with AAHP. “It has to do with its roof, that the roof failed insp...
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Burnside shines in first karate tournament
There was a reason why Samantha Burnside felt uneasy while sitting in her seat inside the Wells Fargo Arena on July 31. The 15-year-old Kodiak resident was seconds away from competing in her first karate tournament. Nervous? You betcha. She had nothing to worry about. The four-year karate student shined at the 2016 Alaska Friendship Karate Invitational, held on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Burnside t...
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Outdoor Kodiak: Bigger pinks call for bigger tackle
Are you having a hard time finding and catching pink salmon or humpies this year? You’re not alone! A smaller pink salmon run was expected this year, but in all my years on Kodiak, I’ve never seen so few pinks. More have been appearing in the last few days, but so far this year the big roving schools of salmon simply haven’t materialized. The good news is that most of them are lots bigger than last year. When you ...
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KIB lobbyist: Ask for cutters, fed refuge funds
In an update to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly on Thursday, Washington, D.C., lobbyist Brad Gilman told the assembly to consider sending a letter asking the Coast Guard command to base some of the new cutters now under construction in Kodiak. “What we would do is draft a letter to the commandant that kind of makes the case for why Kodiak has the capacity for national security cutters and offshore patrol cutter...
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One Otmeloi vote ordinance passes, one postponed
Service Area 1 voters and Otmeloi Way residents will choose whether to expand the service area and take over ownership of the road, but whether voters will choose to create a lighting district for Otmeloi will wait another week for a decision. The two vote ordinances are both related to planned upgrades including paving and adding sidewalks and lighting to Otmeloi Way. The state currently is responsible for the ro...
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Preserving History: KHS state champs honored on signs
On Saturday afternoon at Joe Floyd Track and Field, Marcus Dunbar stood at a sign honoring a group of Kodiak High School cross country ladies that won three state titles in the 1970s. “A lot of people don’t even know that this ever happened,” Kodiak’s longtime track and cross country coach said. “It is history that was somewhat lost and we are bringing back.” Dunbar is heading the project that honors all 19 Kodiak...
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