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Assembly, school board talk Kodia facility needs
KODIAK — Kodiak Middle School is getting a network and security upgrade. Peterson Elementary needs a major roof overhaul, but state-level funding might not be available. Kodiak High School could benefit from leftover bond proceeds.
Calm dialogue needed for progress in Kodiak
KODIAK — It is all too easy to complain about government inefficiency. However, calm discussion and research can be much more productive. We would like to salute city staff for their help to resolve a long-standing public safety problem in our neighborhood. Tim Putney (police chief), Craig Walton (p
Alaska has climate solutions
Alaska, the state warming twice as fast as the rest of the nation, is a canary in the coal mine for climate disruption. Across the state, the effects of climate change are being experienced – in some areas much more poignantly and life-altering than others.
Trooper Report: December 12
Kodiak Alaska State Troopers made contact with 26-year-old passenger Skyler Waite during a traffic stop at about 8:30 p.m. Subsequent investigation revealed that Waite was in possession of a “small amount” of crystal methamphetamine and Percocet. Waite was issued two misdemeanor citations for fourth
Strong winds topple tree on to Kodiak home
KODIAK — Strong winds in Kodiak toppled a tree on to multiple vehicles and a home on Shahafka Circle Tuesday afternoon. “It was a very scary moment,” said resident Miquela Rogers while neighbors were helping to clear the tree still leaning against her home.
Kodiak launch dubbed ‘mishap’
Federal Aviation Administration’s acting administrator Dan Elwell on Thursday declared the most recent Astra Space Inc. rocket launch in Kodiak a “mishap.” — The online industry publication Space News reported that Elwell mentioned the launch at during a speech at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce space co
ALUMNI ROUNDUP: Caballa pushes win streak to eight
Eastern Oregon University senior Mhar (Andrew) Caballa is on some kind of hot streak. Caballa, a four-time state wrestling placer for Kodiak, pushed his winning streak to eight with a pair of victories over the weekend. The 125-pounder outlasted Warner Pacific University’s Connor Finch, 19-13, and e
Pay attention to reauthorization process of MSA
KODIAK — If you’re a fisherman or a seafood consumer, chances are you already care about the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) of 1976. It’s one of those background frameworks that keeps the highways open and the trains running. You don’t even have to think about it. That’s the point. Regulations keep seat
A Trip Inside Alaska’s Frozen Caves Is Positively Surreal
Inside one of Alaska’s incredible glaciers is a magical place that looks like it’s from a dream. The Mendenhall Ice Caves are absolutely beautiful, glittering with an unearthly blue and shimmering in the cool light. You’ll adore a visit to the ice caves in Alaska for a winter adventure you’ll never
Dec. 16: Alaska exceeds 50,000 earthquakes in 2018
Another milestone for Alaska: 2018 marks the first time the state has recorded 50,000 earthquakes in a calendar year. As of tonight, more than 50,036 earthquakes were recorded by the Alaska Earthquake Center, which has an earthquake counter at the bottom of its page.
Alaska: The Last Frontier exclusive — Atz Lee makes a portable smoker in the backcountry
On Sunday night’s Alaska: The Last Frontier, Atz Lee Kilcher is taking us into the backcountry and teaching everyone how easy it is to build a portable wilderness smoker from three tall straight branches, some tarp, chicken wire and clever use of twigs and branches from Alderwood for the smoke flavo
Further training to protect: Port Lions VPSO graduates from Police Academy
KODIAK — One of Kodiak’s two remaining Village Public Safety Officers graduated from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka in November, alongside 36 law enforcers from across the state. The training Kathryne Wolski, a 23-year-old native Alaskan, received at the PSTA was in addition to an initi
The siren situation: Clearing wave of misinformation about tsunami alarms
KODIAK — There are six tsunami alarms that are not working properly in Kodiak, with at least three completely down, according to Curt Law, the owner and operator of Aksala Electronics Inc., who is also responsible for repairing the Kodiak’s tsunami sirens.
Southeast Alaska man faces sexual assault charges over accusations spanning years
A Gustavus man was arrested on multiple charges Tuesday over accusations he sexually assaulted two people over a 19-year span. John M. Scott, 58, was indicted last week over accusations he groped and performed sexual acts on two people without their consent between 1999 and 2018. One of the victims
How Alaska eats: And the recipe contest finalists are ...
Newsletter #26: The envelopes, please ... Maya Wilson, Kim Sunée and I had lots of fun judging our holiday recipe contest, sponsored by Hempire Co. We got pretty excited about the winner of the side dish recipe category, this fun cranberry-ginger salsa by reader Reign Galovin. Sunée thinks it goes w
Police: ‘Equipment accident’ killed 36-year-old Alaska oil field worker
The North Slope Borough Police Department on Thursday released the name of the 36-year-old man who died last week at a North Slope oil field, and said a preliminary investigation has determined an “equipment accident" was to blame.
Last month, Ruth Botstein argued Alaska’s case at the Supreme Court. This month she was fired.
The administration of newly-elected Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has taken the unusual step of firing two prominent attorneys at the Alaska Department of Law, including one who represented the state before the U.S. Supreme Court last month.
Kodiak drug dealer cuts plea deal
A Kodiak resident who was arrested in June after more than $60,000 worth of illegal drugs was found in his home made a plea bargain in federal court in September. Miguel Angulo plead guilty to one of his three felony charges, with the court dismissing the other two.
Fed court recommends 12-year sentence for Kodiak meth dealer
KODIAK — A federal court document released in early November details sentencing recommendations for Kodaikan Christopher Arndt, who pled guilty to drug distribution and money laundering conspiracy charges in December 2017.
Fundraiser launched for local man suffering from gunshot wound to face
KODIAK — A call for donations has gone out on social media and GoFundMe to support the recovery of a Kodiak man who suffered a gunshot injury to the face. Jose Rodas-Fuentes, 22, was flown to Seattle for medical attention following the shooting incident on Friday, according to his sister-in-law Just