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May 14 2014
Heroin, Meth Seized in Monday Arrests
Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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           Three people are behind bars and more heroin is off the streets in Kodiak after their arrest Monday afternoon.
           Charged with robbery, theft, assault, kidnapping and drug misconduct are 39-year-old Jami Gibson, 38-year-old Phil Gibson and 27-year old Julian Valdez. The three were arrested after allegedly tying up three men living in a tent and beating one of them with a wooden rod.
           Sergeant Eric Olsen is with the Alaska State troopers and said the unidentified victims, aged 17, 21 and 23, told troopers they were awakened early Monday morning by someone cutting open their tent. He said they were then tied together with a phone cord and the 21-year-old was beaten repeatedly with what was described as a large wooden dowel. At some point the men were able to escape their captors and seek medical treatment in the emergency room and the troopers were contacted to come investigate.
           “At that point additional resources were obtained. Both the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Kodiak Police Department conducted a joint operation in which two search warrants were served at a residence here in Kodiak within the city limits area.”   
           The home belonged to the Gibsons, and during the search officers found about 15 grams of black and brown heroin, 1 gram of methamphetamine, prescription narcotics and drug paraphernalia. The drugs have an approximate street value of $14,000.
            Jami and Phil Gibson were arrested and Olsen said further investigation led to the arrest of a third accomplice, Valdez, later Monday afternoon.
            Olsen said the attack of the three men in the tent was provoked after one of the men reportedly stole a large sum of money from the Gibsons.
            “This is not a random event. The citizens of Kodiak are not in danger of anything else like that. So at this point the case has been presented to the district attorneys office. We’re still conducting follow-up investigation.”

            The three that were arrested were held at the Kodiak jail until their arraignment Tuesday afternoon. Both Phil Gibson and Valdez were held on $250,000 bail as well as a court-appointed third part and Jami Gibson was held on $50,000 bail plus a court-appointed third party.
            Olsen said these recent arrests reaffirm that Kodiak does indeed have a drug problem and it is most likely contributing to other crimes in town.  
            “The town of Kodiak, we have an epidemic of drug problems here in this town. It’s out of control and we’re doing the best we can to follow up on every action and report of narcotics that we receive. It’s a team effort by our agency as well as other local agencies here in Kodiak. And we’re doing the best we can. We realize there’s a problem and we’re doing everything we can to make sure the citizens of Kodiak are safe and that it’s not a continuing problem. But right now meth and heroin is our number one problem and it’s a catalyst for all kinds of different problems. And any help we can get from the public is truly appreciated.”
              Olsen said folks can always report tips to Crime Stoppers anonymously. That phone number is 486-3113.

May 14 2014
NOAA Reports Tout Health, Value of US Fisheries
Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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    Two new reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that America’s commercial fish stocks are largely healthy and worth significant money to the nation.
    Recently two officials with NOAA Fisheries presented the findings of the reports. Alan Risenhoover is director of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, and Rita Curtis is an economist with the Office of Science and Technology.
    Risenhoover said seven stocks were removed from the overfishing list and seven from the over-fished list, which he describes as good progress:
    He pointed out that several stocks have been added to the overfishing and overfished list, but it was because scientists didn’t previously have the data to classify them.
    The importance of commercial fishing to America was illustrated in how the employment and revenue it generated dwarfs sport angling. The commercial fishing industry generated $141 billion in sales, $39 billion in income, and supported 1.3 million jobs in 2012, while recreational fishing generated $58 billion in sales, $19 billion in income, and supported 381,000 jobs nationwide.

May 14 2014
Alaska IDs Easy to Counterfeit, Experts Say
Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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           Yesterday KMXT told you about the new Alaska driver license and photo identification cards that will begin being issued in June. Amy Erickson is the director of the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles and said the hope is to deter counterfeiters and protect the identities of Alaskans.
           “According to the Association of American Motor Vehicle Administrators Alaska’s license is the easiest to counterfeit in the nation because ours is currently very unsophisticated.”
           Erickson said the new design includes a number of added security features.
           “I can’t give you all of them because we don’t want to let everyone in on it but there is a ghost photograph of your photo which would be on the license – so two photos on the license. There’s a clear window in the shape of the state of Alaska and a fine line pattern that’s much like you’d see on a dollar bill.”

May 13 2014
First Cruise Calls on Kodiak
Tuesday, 13 May 2014


The Silver Shadow sits at Pier II. It will depart Kodiak around 6 p.m. Brianna Gibbs/Photo



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           Kodiak’s cruise ship season is finally underway. The Silver Shadow pulled up to the city dock this morning. The ship, operated by Silver Seas, is the first to call on Alaska’s Emerald Island this year. Last month the Holland American Line ship Volendam decided to bypass Kodiak on account of bad weather in the Gulf of Alaska. 
           But poor weather was no concern today, and the Silver Shadow’s 382 passengers and crew members will be able to soak up the sun and sights until the ship departs at 6 p.m.
            Discover Kodiak Director Chastity Starrett said the ship is actually relatively small compared to the other eight ships that are scheduled to visit the island over the next few months. She said most of them will average about 1,400 passengers.
            The next ship is due in the day after the Kodiak Crab Festival wraps up – May 27.

May 13 2014
New License, ID Heading to Alaskans
Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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           Alaska’s driver license and identification cards are getting a new look next month. The new design is part of a national effort to limit identity theft and make it harder for IDs to be duplicated. Alaska’s new design will include new security features including a ghost image that is difficult to recreate on a fake card.
           The new licenses and IDs will also be administered in a new way. Instead of picking up new cards the same day at a local Division of Motor Vehicles office, residents will be given a temporary card at the DMV and have their new ID or license mailed to them. The temporary ID will be good for 60 days, and the new cards are expected to take between two and four weeks to reach people by mail.
           According to a press release from the Alaska DMV the new administration process is known as central issuance and there are about 26 other states that use this method for administering licenses and IDs.
           The new cards will be available starting in June, but people can wait until their current ID or license expires before they need to get a new one.

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