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Capitol report: March 11
Greetings from the Alaska State Capitol. After a long stretch of cool and rainy weather, Juneau was greeted by sunny skies and warmer temperatures during the Alaska Legislative Centennial Commission’s March 3-5 events commemorating the centennial of the first Territorial Legislature. As chair of the seven-member commission, I was privileged to welcome former lawmakers to the capital city to share their experiences...
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Richard Ryser
Richard Ryser was born Aug. 12, 1939 in Aberdeen, Wash. and passed from this life on March 1, 2013 in Kodiak. He came to Alaska as a young man looking for adventure, freedom and unconventional opportunities. In the rocky terrain he found a match for his rugged soul. He spent the next 50 years eking a living out of the sometimes harsh, sometimes plentiful, eternally remote, Last Frontier island he first laid eyes o...
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Kodiak boys finish fourth in NLC
Kodiak’s boys basketball team entered the Northern Lights Conference Championships with aspirations of advancing to the 4A state tournament. Palmer’s Connor Looney crushed those dreams in Friday’s semifinal round. With Kodiak trailing by three in the closing seconds, Looney swiped the ball from a Bears guard and went the other way for a dunk that sealed his team’s 58-53 win at Soldotna High School. The victory sen...
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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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