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Apr 24 2014
CommSta Murder Trial in Hands of Jury PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Prosecutors say a 62-year-old man accused of the double homicide at a Coast Guard communications station Kodiak is the only possible killer in a circumstantial case, countering defense arguments that the government hasn't proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
    The two sides in James Wells' federal murder trial presented their closing arguments Thursday in federal court in Anchorage, returning to themes well-established in weeks of testimony.
    Wells is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his co-workers, 41-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, his supervisor, and 51-year-old retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle in April 2012 on Kodiak Island.
    Prosecutors say Wells, a civilian, was unhappy that he was increasingly irrelevant on the job through the advancement of the victims.
    Defense attorneys say authorities immediately zeroed in on Wells and ignored other suspects.
    There was no indication how long the jury would deliberate.

Apr 24 2014
Faulty Insulator Plunges Flats into Darkness Overnight PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014

Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Many residents of Bells Flats hit the hay last night with no electricity, though it was restored before they woke up this morning.
    According to the Kodiak Electric Association, a faulty insulator caused a short which cut off power to the Flats, Middle Bay, Chiniak and Pasagshak.
    KEA linemen worked through the wee hours to find the problem and had the damaged equipment replaced by 2:14 this morning.

Apr 24 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Coming up this week, a Washington based fishing company is reminded not to drag in the Eastern Gulf, there was a pretty good payday during the second round of pollock roe auctions in Seattle, and there’ll be more information about marine science than you ever imagined presented at a symposium in Kodiak this week. All that, plus the herring focus is starting to shift to the west. We had help from KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak, Seafood.com’s John Sackton in Lexington, Mass., and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.

Apr 24 2014
City, Borough and School Board Will Meet Tonight PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014

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           It’s a busy night for Kodiak’s many governing bodies, starting with a joint work session between the borough assembly and school board at 6:30 p.m. On Monday night the school board approved a $51 million budget for fiscal year 2015, and intends to ask the borough for $522,000 more than it is currently being funded. Last year the borough approved $10.6 million in funding for the school district, which is the state allowed maximum.
            The board and assembly will meet in the school district conference room for tonight’s work session. Following those discussions, the assembly will convene in a work session of its own in the borough conference room. On that agenda is a quarterly update from the solid waste advisory board, as well as a budget review of the borough’s general fund, special revenue funds and debt service funds. That work session is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
            At the same time, upstairs in the borough assembly chambers, the city council will hold a regular meeting. It’s a relatively dense agenda, starting with five proclamations and a report from the downtown Kodiak revitalization special committee. The council will also vote on whether or not to authorize a bid award for construction management services on the new Monashka pumphouse and authorization of purchasing yard piping for that project.
            The council will also vote on whether or not to authorize an amendment to the professional services contract for construction management services for Phase 5 of the Aleutian Homes project, and vote on that project’s bid award.
            The council’s regular meeting will be broadcast live on KMXT.

Apr 24 2014
Alaskan Author Will Share Insights, Readings on Bears PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014

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           Bears have definitely been in the news a lot these days, and it’s the time of year when they will probably only continue to do so.  As more and more start emerging from their dens, it’s likely folks will start seeing a lot more of the famous Kodiak bruins, and need to be sure to take preventative measures with food and trash to keep them out of residential areas.
           But the recent sightings and reports make one Alaskan author’s visit to the island this Friday rather timely. Sherry Simpson wrote “Dominion of Bears,” and has spent a considerable amount of time studying, learning and writing about bears. She will speak at Kodiak College Friday evening, but KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs caught up with her earlier this week to learn more about her book, which explores the often complex relationship between humans and bears.
           Simpson is also a creative writing professor at University of Alaska Anchorage and will be reading excerpts from her book and discussing bears at Kodiak College. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will start at 7 p.m. in room 130 of the Benny Benson Building.

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