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The Pursuit of Happiness — Without Government Interference
Not too long ago, I had the honor of nominating an Alaskan family as “Angels in Adoption,” a celebration of the selflessness shown by foster care families and those who adopt children. They arrived in Washington, DC, a military family who had opened their doors to not one child but four siblings to make sure that these sisters and brother had the simplest gift you can give a child: a home together. We had lunch to...
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Feels Like Jupiter will rock firehouse concert
Feels Like Jupiter rocks so hard they make cars catch fire, or so they joke. When the Kodiak-based rock band played at the second annual Community Showcase in April, the band members walked out of the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center and found a nearby car on fire. While police later attributed the fire to vagrants, the band felt it was symbolic of their performance. “We saw a car on fire across the street, and we ...
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Munro sends off skipper into retirement
Capt. Mark Cawthorn, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro, retired Tuesday after 27 years of service with the Coast Guard. He was relieved of his duties as commanding officer by Capt. Jeff Thomas during a change of command ceremony at the Golden Anchor. Thomas arrived from Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as assistant director for the Office of Emerging Policy. Cawthorn commanded the 378...
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June highs break records for heat
Texans would laugh. Californians would ignore it. In Phoenix, they’d probably throw on a sweater. But who cares what everyone else thinks? By Kodiak standards, this June has been a scorcher. On Tuesday afternoon, the thermometer hit 73 degrees at Kodiak State Airport, breaking the old record high of 72 degrees, set in 1989. The high even approached the higher, unofficial record high set in 1926 at 78 degrees. Tues...
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School year to end earlier for teachers in 2014
The Kodiak Island Borough school district voted unanimously Monday night to approve a school calendar that ends classes before Memorial Day weekend. The number of school days will remain the same in the 2013-2014 school year, but school will be in session the Friday before Spring Break. Students will end classes May 22, and teachers’ final day will be May 23. The change was supported by a survey of teachers, who p...
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Public Safety Blotter: June 19
Monday, June 17 • At 1:22 a.m., a man was permanently trespassed from a building. • At 5:19 a.m., a man was cited for studded tires. • At 9 a.m., someone brought in proof of studded tire removal to correct a citation. • At 9:33 a.m., an officer found a suitcase along the side of the road and entered it into evidence for safekeeping. • At 11:27 a.m., a caller reported she lost her cell phone. • At 11:50 a.m., an ab...
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Important things and wisdom to know the difference
To the Editor: Time is limited for us all. I think it’s important, often seeking help, to see the things that really matter. Besides the two to three, maybe, assembly members, I do believe only one community member that is addimatly opposed of rehiring the legal firm that represents KIB. Even if there are more without voicing their thoughts, this democracy experiment takes another rib-cracking blow. Aldous Huxley ...
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KIVBC to compete at national tournament
It hasn’t been hard for Merissa Koller Williams to keep a group of teenage girls interested in volleyball for the past three months. They’re looking forward to a trip to Phoenix, Ariz. “The fact that they get to get off the island and in the sun for awhile has been big,” Koller Williams said. That might sound strange considering Kodiak’s unusually warm June. The girls won’t be outside much. Instead, they will be i...
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New business collars the dog market
Heather Prete, owner of Lead Dog Designs, wants to make the island’s dogs look fabulous. Lead Dog Designs is Prete’s part-time business producing custom dog collars in different patterns, prints and colors. “My slogan is, ‘Because your dog wants to look awesome,’” Prete said. Prete and her husband are the proud owners of two Siberian huskies who are the reasons why she started making dog collars. “We just have our...
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Alaska Science Forum: Mammoths and microblades: digging up ancient culture in Interior Alaska
On a small hill surrounded by boggy muskeg in the Tanana River Valley, prehistoric skin scrapers made of schist, polished slate tools and glass beads were uncovered in the last week. Based on the design of the tools and the way the animals were butchered, it appears to be an Athabascan campsite from the turn of the 20th century. “These are very typical Athabascan tools. But you usually think of polished stone tool...
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