Kodiak weather sensor back in service after vandalism

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A weather station in Kodiak that provides information to boaters is back online after it was vandalized earlier this year.

    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the Gull Island weather sensor in Chiniak Bay cost about $5,000 to build and $2,000 to get fixed after someone apparently smashed it. The system sustained gunshots in a previous incident.

    Bill Benning with the Marine Exchange of Alaska, which operates the weather station, says the group can't afford to keep replacing the devices if the community continues to destroy it.

    The organization has dozens of stations across the state, with most of them in southeast Alaska and Prince William Sound.

    The devices work in conjunction with an automatic tracking system to provide real-time weather and location information for vessels.

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