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Garden Gate: Seeds are the foundation of life
All life on earth begins and ends with seeds. From rice and peanuts to corn kernels and coconuts, seeds provide the majority of the world’s food supply. On a more humble level, every garden and gardener depends on seeds to provide beauty and nourishment. “Seeds are earthbound starships that fly or fall through the air, never leaving our planet,” says Peter Loewer in the introduction to “Seeds, the Definitive Guide...
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Kodiak building code does not meet code requirements
To the Editor: Having an interest in the borough’s adoption of the new City of Kodiak building code, this past Thursday evening I attended the borough assembly meeting. Insofar as adoption of this new code, my understanding of its history is as follows. First, in order to finance a new dwelling, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) presently requires one-and two-family dwellings to meet or exceed the 2009...
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School board considers resolution to ask ferry system for Internet
Staying on top of schoolwork is hard for Kodiak students on a ferry with no Internet access. The Kodiak Island Borough school board is considering an approach to fix that problem by asking the Alaska Marine Highway System to install high-speed wireless Internet onboard ferries. On the school board’s agenda for next week is a resolution asking the ferry service to install wireless Internet onboard ferries so studen...
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Obama's plan to merge NMFS and FWS is mixed bag
In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama joked about the state of salmon. "The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater,” he said. “I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked." A year later, that line became more than a joke after the President announced his intention to merge the Nationa...
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Fish Factor: Report reveals pollock the most landed in 2011
The just-released Fisheries Economics of the US report by NOAA Fisheries covers the commercial and recreational fishing industries from 2002-2011 and is loaded with descriptive seafood industry stats by region. The report, sixth in a series, tracks the economic impacts, price trends, payroll and annual receipt information for fishing-related businesses, from the dock to dinner plates. The impacts also are reported...
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Austerman: 2014 will be year of austerity
Fiscal year 2014 will be Alaska’s first year of austerity in a decade. Rep. Alan Austerman returned from Juneau to meet Kodiak residents Friday afternoon in an open discussion and said the next few years in Alaska will be difficult as the state faces major budget cuts. Most of the concerns of community members in attendance were in relation to those budget cuts. The proposed fiscal year 2014 budget is flat in term...
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Earthquakes shake the state
The Kodiak archipelago was unshaken by a series of mild earthquakes that rattled Southcentral Alaska over the weekend. Shaking was felt in Anchorage, Homer, Seldovia and elsewhere on the Kenai Peninsula, but none of the half-dozen quakes were felt in Kodiak. According to accounts from the US Geological Survey, the largest quake of the series was a Magnitude 5.1 event that rocked the shore of the Alaska Peninsula s...
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Track team runs into conflict about snow removal
High school track and field season officially started this week, and while the Baranof Park track was clear at the start of the week, it is now blanketed in snow. This year, that’s a problem. In the past, clearing snow and ice from the track hasn’t been an issue. Students, community members and coaches converged on the track after each snow, shoveling slush and chipping ice with shovels. At first, Kodiak’s expensi...
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Kodiak moves on with 19-point victory
Kodiak’s boys inched closer to the 4A state basketball tournament Thursday afternoon. Led by the sharp-shooting Austin Frick, Kodiak sprung past Kenai 76-57 on the first day of the Northern Lights Conference Championships at Soldotna High School. Frick sank five 3-pointers and scored all of his game-high 24 points in the first three quarters as Kodiak (16-9) rolled to its seventh consecutive victory and came four ...
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Schools could face sticker shock
A proposal to make older cars’ registration permanent could cost Kodiak Schools more than $100,000 thanks to an obscure provision in borough code. If accepted by the Alaska Legislature, House Bill 19 would allow owners of cars eight or more years old to buy a permanent registration sticker. In Kodiak, the local share of car registration taxes goes to schools. If permanent registration becomes available, estimates ...
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