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Feb 06 2015
KPD Seek White Ford F150 Involved in Hit-and-Run
Friday, 06 February 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak Police Department has a lead on the vehicle involved in a hit and run outside the high school Wednesday night. Police Chief Rhonda Wallace said the suspect vehicle has been narrowed down to a Ford F-150 pick up, made between 1997 and 2003, and according to eyewitness reports, is white.
    The accident injured Brent Watkins, who had to be medevac'd to Anchorage with injuries to his pelvis, ribs and head. A family friend says he is alert and resting at an Anchorage hospital.
    KPD officers closed off Rezanof Thursday morning to search for more evidence in the light of day and found enough pieces of the vehicle to identify it as an F150 of that vintage. Wallace says the passenger side headlight is broken and there could be other damage to the front end. If anyone has seen the vehicle in question, they are urged to call the KPD at 486-8000 or crime stoppers at 486- 3113.
 
Feb 05 2015
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Thursday, 05 February 2015

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Coming up this week, halibut fishermen get a boost in their catch limit this year, the great winter crime spree in the Dillingham PAF Boat Yard has been solved, and seining for pollock. We had help from KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham and KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer.

 
Feb 05 2015
Hit-and-Run Injures Man on Way to P&Z Hearing
Thursday, 05 February 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Folks heading to the Planning and Zoning Commission hearing last night at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium had to detour around Rezanof Drive after a hit-and-run accident closed the road for a significant amount of time, starting around 6:25, as the injured pedestrian was treated by emergency medical personnel from the Kodiak Fire Department.
    Police Chief Rhonda Wallace said her department is still investigating the collision, which injured Brent Watkins, a former member of the P and Z Commission who was on his way to the hearing. Wallace says Watkins was reportedly hit by a white pick up truck, which then fled the scene.
    A family friend said Watkins suffered injuries to his head, ribs and pelvis, and is resting at an Anchorage hospital after being medevac'd out last night. She said he may be sent on to Seattle for further treatment.
    According to the Borough Clerk's office, Watkins served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from January 2005 to February 2013.
    Chief Wallace said KPD investigators will likely close Rezanof near the high school for a time again today to search for more clues to the identity of the hit-and-run vehicle and its driver. 
 
Feb 05 2015
P&Z Dumps Code Revision Project
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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Citizens begin to fill up the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Wednesday night. Pam Foreman/KMXT photo 
 
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    Last night the Kodiak Island borough Planning and Zoning Commission took to the main stage at the Gerrald C. Wilson Auditorium to better accommodate the throngs of citizens interested in speaking up on the code revision project.
    And even though the main issue - stopping the code revision - was taken care of in the first 10 minutes, it didn't deter the public from sharing nearly four hours of thoughts with the commission.
    Past acting commission chair Alan Schmidt moved to "postpone indefinitely" the revision, which effectively kills it. New member and current chair Scott Arndt soon called for the vote and it passed unanimously.
    A motion had been made early in the meeting to add language to the existing borough code to increase property owner rights and limit government authority, but it failed on a 3-2 vote. However Kathy Drabek, who was on the prevailing side of that earlier vote, asked for it to be reconsidered about four hours later. Schmidt said he'd vote for it, explaining he's had time to think about it. It then passed 5-0 to a standing ovation.
    There will be a joint meeting between the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly next month with staff to discuss where to go next. 
 
Feb 05 2015
Stutes Wants More Consideration for Stranded Seafood
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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    It seems the Alaska State Ferry runs from Kodiak and Southcentral before the legislative session are forcing canneries to leave a lot of fish sitting in refrigerated vans for extended periods.
    “Apparently they had 18 to 20 vans of fish on generators waiting for the ferries to come back. So that is problematic for commerce in Kodiak,” said Kodiak Representative Louise Stutes.
    “When the ferries leave Kodiak to head down to Juneau, they fill up. They go from Kodiak to Whittier and then down to Juneau and they pick up all the cars and the legislators. And they make three trips. And the problem is of course, there's no pick up of our fish that are in the vans going over to Homer during that period.”
Stutes says she's meeting with Marine Highway officials to see about tweaking the schedule slightly in the future.
    “So I'm in the process of trying of trying to, along with, like I said Capt. Falvey and Executive Director down here in Juneau Pam Varney, setting the schedule just a little bit different. So after the first trip from Kodiak to Whittier to Juneau, there will be a couple of days where they can go from Kodiak to Homer and facilitate taking the vans of fish over to Homer. And then come back and make their second trip down to Juneau. So I'm pretty excited about helping. It's really exciting to be part of a solution.”
    House District 32 Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak. 
 
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