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KODIAK — As I’m sitting down to write this column, we are heading into our second week of the Inlandboatmen’s Union strike, which has essentially shut down the Alaska Marine Highway System and stranded hundreds of Alaskans and tourists during the busiest travel season of the year.  Here in K…

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KODIAK — I feel like I need to settle the discussion on the pronunciation of a certain word that has been roiling on the tongues of those concerned with funding for the University of Alaska.

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KODIAK — As I am writing this column, the outcome of the manufactured budget crisis—and its impacts on our quality of life, the state’s core services, and our jobs, including mine—are still up in the air. Perhaps by the time this is published, we’ll have some answers, but the up-down vote on…

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KODIAK — It’s good to be back at my writing desk this week. I took last week off from my column as two young actors, of whom I am proud to call their coach, had qualified for a national tournament, so I was with them. In the unbearable Texas heat. Ugh.

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KODIAK — “We all should be like Margaret Hall,” Pat Branson told the crowd attending Margaret’s 100th birthday party Saturday at the Afognak building. Branson, director of the Kodiak Senior Center, worked with Margaret, who was on the board of directors.

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KODIAK — To help figure just what in the world we are going to do with the Permanent Fund Dividend this year, and perhaps for years to come, the Legislature formed a working group this week to do — I don’t know — something to make sure we pass a state budget this year.

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KODIAK — Let’s get strange this week because there were several news stories over the past few days reporting on some unusual phenomenon.

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KODIAK — Springtime is typically a time of rejuvenation in Alaska: the sun is staying out longer, regional festivals — like Kodiak’s Crabfest — inject excitement (and tourist dollars) into small communities that expect a robust tourism season, and school graduation ceremonies inspire us.

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KODIAK — The city of Larsen Bay got some good news this past week: the city of Kodiak is donating their old ambulance to the 100-person community on the west side of the island.

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KODIAK — Earlier this week, an eagle crashed through a window of a Kodiak home — probably fleeing another eagle after fighting over some frozen halibut — and wreaked quite a bit of havoc inside the house. The story went viral locally, and has since been picked up by state news outlets.

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KODIAK — Over the past year or so, I’ve fielded requests from readers to take a look at a certain word, but I’ve been holding off until a discussion of this word entered the public sphere in earnest.

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KODIAK — The Misfits are an iconic American punk rock band often recognized for their musical influences with horror films. The Misfits were born in a small town called Lodi, New Jersey 40 years ago. The name of their band came from the title of Marilyn Monroe’s final movie. The Misfits woun…

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Bon Jovi is an American rock band that formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. In 1986, Bon Jovi achieved global recognition with its third album, Slippery When Wet. 

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Orvon Grover Autry better known as Gene Autry was an American movie actor and singer. 

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This week’s featured artist is Tears For Fears, which is an English pop/rock band. The band was formed in Bath, England, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith in 1981. The band was formed after the breakup of their first band, mod-Influenced Graduate.

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Lukas Graham is on this week’s spotlight and playlist. They are a Danish pop and soul band from Copenhagen, Denmark. The band was started in 2011, and they uploaded their songs onto Facebook and received several hundred thousand views.

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Today’s spotlight is on Shakira. She is a singer from Columbia. She has a great voice. Her first two albums were not successful, but she never gave up. Her third and fourth albums made her famous in Latin America.

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Paul McCartney is on my spotlight this week. He was born in Liverpool, England, on June 18, 1942. He plays many different instruments and is a singer-songwriter. McCartney is also known as a great composer. He was knighted in 1997 for his music. He is a 21-time Grammy Award winner and was in…

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Today’s spotlight is on Luciano Pavarotti. He sang opera music. His first performance was in 1961 his last performance was in 2006 at the Olympic games. He helped charities like the Red Cross. He wanted to be a soccer goalkeeper when he was young. He was an elementary teacher for two years b…

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Movie posters, “Apocalypse Now” and “Silence of the Lambs” among them, hang on walls of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium choral pod this week, setting the “stage” for FairWind Players production of “The Flick.”

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Thursday night, one of America’s more remarkable 20th century writers will be celebrated in Kodiak. “Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change” is a one-act, one-man play written by and starring Jim Pfitzer. Leopold, who lived from 1887 to 1948, is widely recognized among conservationists and histo…

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Abel Korziniowski is from Poland. He was born on July 8, 1972. He is a composer of movie and theater scores. He has won many awards over the years, recognizing his talent at writing music and scoring films.

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The fourth season of the story-telling series Galley Tables kicks off next week in a new space aimed at fitting in growing crowds.

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Kodiak’s music teachers will play this weekend striving to keep themselves in practice and bring more classical music to Kodiak.

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The rockabilly trio Full Blown Cherry began as a surf band. They started playing together in 1997. The band has grown into one of the most exciting and strongest acts on the Philadelphia scene. There are four members in the band.

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Audiobub plays punk rock jams with a reggae background. Lead singer Dustin Finney calls their music “California reggae.”

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Jazz and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy leads off the Kodiak Arts Council’s 2016-17 Performing Arts Series lineup beginning in September.

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The Kodiak Lions’ annual music festival comes back, Saturday at the Kodiak Island Fairgrounds, for its 21st year.

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Greetings readers and “Rockin’ Out” listeners! Thank you for following my show. There was some confusion with last week’s show and reggae was featured instead of country. Therefore, I will be featuring Zac Brown Band this Monday, Aug. 8, along with other popular country artists.

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Zac Brown is an American country music band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The band has released six studio albums. They have also charted 16 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list. Eleven of their songs have reached No. 1.

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Ozzie Osbourne, whose real name is John Michael, was born Dec. 3, 1948. He is an English singer, songwriter and TV personality.

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Long-lost family, local touches and Shakespeare combine in a local youth production of “The Comedy of Errors” about the confusion that ensues when twins try to find each other.

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John Legend was born as John Roger Stephens. I think the last name Legend suits him because he is a legend.

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Twenty-One Pilots is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. They play pop, rock and alternative hip-hop. The band has two members: singer and keyboard player Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun.

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Rodney Atkins is an American country music artist and a singer-songwriter. He was born in Tennessee on March 28, 1969. He had his first single on the country charts in 1997. He has had a lot of popular songs and he won Top New Male Vocalist in 2006.

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Participants in a Baranov Museum student film program are hard at work making last-minute edits to documentaries on Kodiak’s fishing industry ahead of their premier this week.

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With a $10,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation the Alutiiq Museum has purchased painting by two Alaskan artists, according to a release from the museum. They are “St. Katherine of Karluk,” an oil on canvas by Linda Infante Lyons of Anchorage, and “Kodiak Wildflower Suite,” by Cathy Lee Co…

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Kodiakan Anjuli Grantham is a finalist for ArtPlace America’s 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund, according to a Tuesday announcement from ArtPlace.

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The Paragons were a reggae and rocksteady group from Kingston, Jamaica. They began in the late 1960s. The band had four members and released albums from into the 1980s. They released 10 albums total.

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Kygo is a Norwegian DJ, songwriter, producer and musician. He started to learn to play the piano at age 6 and is still playing today.

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In William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” a magician and his daughter lead a lonely life on a mystical island, until a shipwreck brings them reluctant company.