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Wells trial delayed until 2014
The trial of James Wells, the man accused of murdering Coast Guardsmen Petty Officer 1st Class James “Jim” Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, has been postponed until 2014. In a Wednesday morning hearing, U.S. District Court judge Ralph R. Beistline pushed the trial, originally scheduled for April, to the week of Feb. 17, 2014. Wells appeared in custody at the hearing. Federal prosecutor Dani...
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Close games define Kodiak boys season
Hours after ending their season, Kodiak’s boys watched Palmer cut down the nets after winning their first Northern Lights Conference basketball title in nine years. Kodiak coach David Anderson wanted to send a message to his returning players. “I said, ‘Don’t forget this feeling, guys,’” he said. “You have the opportunities, and that is an opportunity you want to be a part of.” Kodiak didn’t reach the championship...
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New bill would consolidate Alaska's guiding industry
Bear hunting is big business in Kodiak, but a proposed state law would mean big changes for guided hunting on state land. House Bill 158, now before the Alaska House of Representatives’ resources committee, would chop the state into small districts and establish firm caps on the number of guides allowed to work in each district. The strictly regulated program would be managed by the Alaska Department of Natural Re...
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Pebble Mine dam failure would be an Exxon Valdez on land
Pebble Mine backers admit their project poses risk, including a catastrophic seismic event that would rupture the dams holding mine waste – resulting in a witches’ brew of toxins descending into the world’s most productive salmon ecosystem. To prevent it, mine promoters pledge the utmost engineering standards. The Pebble Partnership has funded costly geologic research showing that “the big one” is unlikely near Pe...
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Public Safety Blotter: March 14
Tuesday, March 12 At 1:46 a.m., a 911 caller reported an unknown subject was pounding on her door. The person was gone when officers arrived. At 1:58 a.m., officer reported a loud drunken party in a home. No one answered the door so officers gave a verbal disorderly conduct warning through the door. At 2:10 a.m., an officer was on foot patrol on Marine Way. At 3:01 a.m., an officer was on foot patrol on Chichenof ...
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City looks for more library art
Kodiak artists looking to make a mark in a public place can submit proposals to have their art displayed as part of the new Kodiak Public Library. The city of Kodiak has put out another request for proposals to be incorporated into four areas of the new library. The library has a total budget of $76,000 for artwork, and the four pieces they are currently looking to obtain are budgeted for $10,000. According to the...
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Alaska State Troopers: March 14
Tuesday, March 5 At 12 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a single-vehicle collision on Rezanof Drive near Monashka Bay Road. The investigation revealed a 19-year-old Kodiak man drove recklessly with a suspended license and crashed his 2000 Toyota Tundra into a ditch. The Tundra sustained around $5,000 in damages and was then inoperable. The two passengers in the vehicle sustained non-life threatenin...
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Gov. chose either willfully inaccurate or shockingly ignorant language to describe state workers’ pay
To the Editor: “Employers in business and industry certainly perceive that they are unable to compete with the state for employees. Adequate public review of these contracts would help clarify if this is true or not. Moreover, our historic generosity has put an unintended stress on those who actually pay the taxes that contribute to public employees’ salaries.” The above is an excerpt from a letter to the Governor...
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Social Security switches to digital checks
Most Kodiak residents receiving Social Security benefits or federal payments are now receiving their payments through direct deposit. In 2010, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published a final rule phasing out paper benefit checks. The department estimated the switch to electronic payments will save the Treasury Department and taxpayers $1 billion over 10 years and reduce fraud. March 1 was the deadline for ma...
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Board reverses course on harbor rate increase
Kodiak Shipyard rates will soon rise, but they likely will not skyrocket next year as originally planned. The city’s ports and harbors advisory board has changed its recommendation on a plan to bring the Kodiak Shipyard back into the black. In a Tuesday meeting, the board voted 6-0 to have the shipyard, which has been operating with a deficit since it opened in 2009, increase rates by 20 percent each year for a th...
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