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Alaska Science Forum: Citizen science meets the aurora
A scientist named Victor Hessler once made an aurora detector by driving two metal rods in the ground a few hundred feet apart and stringing a wire between them. When voltage changed along the wire, a bell rang. Hessler then pulled on his boots and went outside to take black-and-white aurora photos. During the recent St. Patrick's Day geomagnetic storm, people all over North America became aurora detectors. They u...
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Kodiak baseball begins today
Over the next four days there will be eight baseball games played at Baranof Field as part of the inaugural Rex Edward Matautia Invitational Tournament. The tournament field includes host Kodiak, South Anchorage, Dimond and Chugiak. South Anchorage is last year’s state runner-up and American Legion champion, while Dimond and Chugiak both qualified for the last year’s Legion state tournament. South Anchorage lost t...
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Playbook: April 8
Wednesday, April 8 Baseball: The Rex Edward Matautia Invitational Tournament at Baranof Field. Chugiak vs. South Anchorage, 1 p.m.; Kodiak vs. Dimond, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 Baseball: The Rex Edward Matautia Invitational Tournament at Baranof Field. South Anchorage vs. Dimond, noon; Chugiak vs. Kodiak, 4 p.m.
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Asbestos causes High School cost increase
Potential asbestos-containing material found in part of the walls being torn down for the Kodiak High School renovation is causing an almost $200,000 increase in the cost. Vermiculite, a mineral that is used for insulation, was found in three of the walls of the school district's business building. Although vermiculite does not naturally contain asbestos, more than two-thirds of the vermiculite used in the U.S. pr...
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Sea Stories: ‘Alaskeros’ die for cannery workers’ rights
In 1981 two young cannery worker union organizers, Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo, were gunned down in Seattle by hitmen hired by a corrupt union president in league with Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. Viernes and Domingo were part of a uniquely American story involving racism, violence, jobs and a fight for what’s right. Centered on the salmon canning industry, it is part of Alaska’s story, too, and with...
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A Kodiak landowner wonders who cut his trees. He says someone with a modern saw ignored the “no trespassing” signs and sneaked through his land, slicing up small spruce to harvest a tree that was about 10 to 12 feet. The landowner suspects the big tree may have been sold to an institution during the Christmas holidays. People who buy Christmas trees in Kodiak should always ask sellers where their trees come from, ...
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Kodiak residents insured under Premera Blue Cross receive mailings about cyberattack
Affected Kodiak residents received mailings Monday from Health insurance company Premera Blue Cross, informing them that the FBI is helping investigate a “sophisticated cyberattack” that may have captured their personal information, including bank account information and Social Security numbers. The attack that took place on Jan. 29 may have affected 11 million people, the company said in a statement. The Washingt...
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Hatchery shows new building at open house
Pillar Creek Hatchery showed off a new building at their annual open house on Saturday as they prepared to send the latest batch of salmon into Kodiak rivers. The new building provides more office space, storage space, a workshop, and a two-bedroom and two-bathroom apartment for seasonal employees. The new building is the latest in a string of improvements to the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association-run hatcher...
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walk, bike or paddle to stay in hunting trim
The seeds for this week’s column were planted about a year ago. I “wintered” too well, gathering a few pounds through the holidays as I meanwhile allowed weather and schedules to come between me and my regular exercise routine. By spring, I was in sad shape. It wasn’t so much a matter of poor eating habits, because we eat fairly carefully and well. But I put on weight while losing condition, and I simply didn’t do...
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Thank you, Kodiak teachers and staff
The Kodiak Community Education Alliance Board would like to say thank you to all the Kodiak teachers and staff members of 2014-2015. As we say goodbye to entirely too many of you who are leaving the district, whether it is because you are retiring or moving on elsewhere, we want to recognize and salute you and your tireless service to the Kodiak Island community. You have been on the front lines pushing and educat...
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