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FISH FACTOR: Chinook salmon becomes casualty of budget issues
By LAINE WELCH One of the casualties of this year’s budget cuts was funds for a program aimed at discovering why Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks have been declining since 2007. A five year, $30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative launched in 2013 included more than 100 researchers focused on three dozen projects in 12 major river systems from Southeast to the Yukon. Now the ambitious effort has been cut to j...
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NOAA declares whale deaths an unusual mortality event
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared the deaths of 30 whales in the western Gulf of Alaska an Unusual Mortality Event. More than half of the whales were found floating around the Kodiak Archipelago beginning in May. “(The declaration of a UME) brings with it some access to additional resources, both physical resources and some financial resources, and a lot of attention and collaboratio...
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P&Z approves permit for out-of-bounds quarry
After an hour and a half of public comment, the Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for part of the quarry at St. Herman Harbor on Near Island. The City of Kodiak failed to obtain the required permit when it began that part of the excavation five years ago. The city originally began the quarry on land-zoned industrial, where gravel extraction is a permitted use. N...
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AAC, Garvey Spacecraft deliver first rocket motor to Kodiak
Alaska Aerospace Corporation has achieved “an important milestone” in its collaborative venture with an aerospace company that focuses on the development of advanced space technologies and launch vehicle systems, a company news release said. AAC’s long-term strategic goal in its venture with Garvey Spacecraft Corporation is the development and operation of a commercially viable nanosat launch vehicle at AAC’s Paci...
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Looking at the world of words in the world of news
In town, the news word of the week is “burglar.” A slate of home robberies, punctuated by the break-in at Wild Traders and theft of 17 guns, brings this English word to the front pages. “Burglar,” first noted around the 1540s, is a shortened form of the word “burglator,” a hybrid Anglo-Latin noun from the 13th century. It has its roots in the Latin burgator, which is the noun form of the verb “burgare” and, surpri...
Aug 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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PIGSKIN PICKS: Little guys take it to the big guys
I should hand over pigskin prognostications to new Kodiak High football coach Bill McGuire. He nailed Soldotna’s victory over South, and I didn’t. Cookies for McGuire. In one of the most hyped high school games in state history, Soldotna extended its state-best winning streak to 30 games with a 21-17 win. Chock one up to the medium schools. Actually, chock two up as Palmer, a new medium-school member, also topped ...
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Cross country preview: Boys stocked for another title run, Bigley leads girls
When standout runner Levi Thomet left the island this summer, Richie McKinney turned to Marcus Dunbar and told him that it is time for the current crop of Kodiak runners to make a bit of history of their own. “I go, that is very well put Richie,” said Dunbar, Kodiak High School’s veteran cross country coach. The path to a repeat state championship begins Saturday, as the Bears open the 2015 season at the Tsalteshi...
Aug 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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P&Z approves mobile home park's expansion, code changes
The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission approved the expansion of Rasmussen’s Mobile Home Park and code changes to relax laws surrounding mobile home parks. The Rasmussen’s park administrators applied for a conditional use permit to allow 29 additional spaces on two lots adjacent to the current park. It is expected that some of the homes in Jackson Mobile Home Park, which will close in May 2016, w...
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Until God is enough: Dealing with food
I ate a McDonald's Egg McMuffin in front of Lindsay today. Yes, THAT Lindsay. Gym trainer Lindsay, who probably eats puffed grass for breakfast with fat-free soymilk. Five percent body fat Lindsay. (I don't really know if these things are true, except the gym trainer part; all the rest of the stuff is just my inner fit person being projected onto Lindsay). Yes, I carried my McDonald's bag into a public place, and ...
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Ruth Gunderson proved doubters wrong
They said “it will never last.” But it did. The marriage of Ruth and Ed Gunderson lasted almost 60 years, until “death do us part.” Ruth has a lot to remind her of her departed beloved. Every room in her cozy, modest house on Rezanov holds memories of him. The Gundersons grew up in South Bend, Washington, a predominantly Scandinavian community. “The Norwegians and Swedes did not get along,” Ruth recalled. “The Nor...
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