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On a clear December morning, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Executive Officer Capt. Scott Powers disembarked from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in an unusual outfit. Typically dressed in a bright orange flight suit, Powers was wearing a red velvet coat with white trimming, and a long white beard.

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The Alaska Aerospace Corp. hosted a meeting of the Spaceport Planning Advisory Group on Wednesday to discuss the future of the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska located in Narrow Cape. 

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Seaweed farming is an up-and-coming industry that can help boost the Kodiak economy, but starting a kelp farm — a process involving multiple lease applications — may be a daunting task. For aspiring mariculturalists, a new training program aims to provide smooth entry into a promising field.

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Kodiak High School senior Kaelie Polhemus has dreamed of performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” for most of her life. On Friday her dream will become a reality. 

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School reconfiguration is not on the table for the upcoming school year, said Kodiak Island Borough School District Superintendent Larry LeDoux to a packed room of parents and community members, following a board of education discussion and public hearing on the topic.

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Kodiak’s second marijuana retail store, The Dejavu Cannabis Company, opened Nov. 23 for its soft opening and had its grand opening the following Wednesday. 

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The Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association has been busy responding to an oil spill at the Kitoi Bay Hatchery on Afognak Island that took place last month. Approximately 1,200 gallons of oil leaked from a fuel transfer line at the hatchery, prompting a quick response from the KRAA.

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A long-time Kodiak city council member won the prestigious Vic Fischer Leadership Award for his dedicated service to the city at the 2019 Alaska Municipal League Conference.

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One of Kodiak’s smaller fish processors won a $375,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to expand facilities to double its fish processing capacity. 

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A Kodiak man is facing felony charges after using a counterfeit bill to buy cigarettes, according to court documents. 

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Jason Scott, 35, of Minnesota, was issued a misdemeanor citation by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for failing to attach his locking tags on his deer as a non-resident. A court date was set for Dec. 13 in the Kodiak Courts. 

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A Kodiak man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, in an incident involving  a local business owner, according to court documents. 

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Board of Education held a joint work session Tuesday to discuss the school district’s initial funding request for fiscal 2021.

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At first glance, Kodiak may seem like the perfect place to find a Christmas tree. But Kodiak’s native spruce trees are not the ideal Christmas material. What Kodiak needed was a tree farm, and Todd Dorman decided to meet that need. 

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Statewide museum association Museums Alaska awarded the Alutiiq Museum a $12,925 grant to buy five works of art for its permanent collection, according to the museum.  

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Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, commander of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, visited Kodiak and Old Harbor on Monday and Tuesday.

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For people who want to visit Kodiak’s state parks on Friday, the $5 parking fee will be waived. 

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This year’s Kodiak salmon harvest of 34,361,257 salmon is worth approximately $45.8 million, well above the 10-year average, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 

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Kodiak’s only vape shop will close this week. Steam Trunk owner Ryan Kitka says it’s because nationwide media attention has given vaping a bad reputation.

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Around 35 volunteers helped the Kodiak Kiwanis Club unloaded 177 trees, 240 wreaths, 40 mantle pieces and a garland at the World Wide Movers lot Tuesday evening. 

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It was approaching Christmas, in the late 1970s. I had just returned to my homeport of Seattle after a 3-month voyage aboard a research ship. I lived aboard the vessel, but for the holidays, I wanted a break from steel bulkheads. But where to go? 

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In the wake of a car accident where a driver hit a pedestrian in front of Safeway on the evening of Nov. 19, officials advise the public to be careful walking in the dark. 

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The Alaska Aerospace Corp. will be hosting a Spaceport Planning Advisory Group meeting next week to discuss facility requirements and development alternatives for the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska masterplan. 

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Fishermen harvested 91% of the total catch during this year’s rockfish season that closed Nov. 15, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. 

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In past holiday editions, I’ve written etymology columns on food, presents, and other, more spiritual, words related to the upcoming holiday season.  This year, I thought we’d look at some of the more fantastic or magical parts of this, well, magical time of year.

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A tradition that dates back 30 years, Kodiak High School seniors donated their serving skills and pies to senior citizens. 12 members of the senior class served food and cheer during a lunch held at the Kodiak Senior Center on Friday. 

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With the holiday season quickly on its way, Kodiak residents need not look far to find gifts for friends and family.

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A 71-year-old Kodiak resident was arrested at Anchorage International Airport after investigators found 740 grams of heroin and 389 grams of methamphetamine cached inside a goat intestine in the man’s luggage.

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Approximately 1,200 gallons of oil leaked from a fuel transfer line at the Kitoi Bay Hatchery on Afognak Island on Wednesday. 

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Tables lined with pamphlets, books, pins and colorful banners filled a room of nonprofits at Kodiak College for the third annual Civic Action Fair. 

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For this holiday season look no further than Kodiak for fun and unique gifts. Local artists will showcase their work at bazaars and fairs all over town from now through December. 

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For Kodiak residents who want to buy books, thrift stores and online shopping have been the only option. But Melissa Haffeman and Lacey Tucker are about to change that. The Islander Bookshop is open at 1315 Mill Bay Road, bringing a collection of 3,000 books and handcrafted gifts to Kodiak s…

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A lot of questions remain unanswered after domesticated elk escaped a privately owned ranch and were killed by local hunters. But one thing is certain: The owners want to sell the ranch — and fast. 

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Kodiak Middle School students are in the process of building 13 “Little Free Libraries” — small weather-proof boxes where community members can drop off used books and pick up other ones. The boxes are part of the middle school’s industrial arts program, taught by Nick Steele. 

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The Kodiak Electric Association completed the $81.7 million Upper Hidden Basin Diversion project at the end of October, nearly a year ahead of schedule. 

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The Kodiak Police Department is tasked with keeping the community safe. But beginning next year, they also will be reality television stars.

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The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education voted on Thursday to return $1.6 million in funding to the borough, following a $6.2 million surplus in the district’s fiscal 2019 budget. The board also approved a list of projects for school safety, instructional support and urge…

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The Sun’aq tribe’s fish processing plant Kodiak Island Wildsource finished its first season processing red sea cucumber, and faced more challenges than expected. The season ended Nov. 1.  

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• Dario Galvan, 33, of Kodiak, was issued a citation by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Nov. 10 for failure to report his spring 2019 RB260 brown bear hunt. Bail was set at $120.