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Kodiak celebrates Flag Day
Dozens of Kodiakans met at Camp Mueller for a celebration of Flag Day, sponsored by the Kodiak Elks Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. All Elks clubs are required to commemorate Flag Day, said James Swearingin, the leader of the Elks, at the beginning of the celebration. The Coast Guard color guard placed the U.S. flag and the military flag at the front of the room to begin the event and r...
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Museum hosts Baranov experts from his hometown
Russians perceive Alexander Baranov as a “great man” comparable to Columbus who used an authoritarian style of leadership because the difficulty of the situation in Alaska demanded it. The Baranov Museum hosted two men from Baranov’s hometown of Kargopol: Andrei Agapitov, a high school teacher and regional ethnographer, and Radik Adnobaev, the owner of a Kargopol travel agency. They gave a presentation about Kargo...
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Kodiak city council passes 2015 budget
The Kodiak City Council passed a $35.9 million fiscal year 2015 budget on Thursday night, some 7 percent lower than last year’s budget. Revenue is expected to be $35,906,466 during the 2015 fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. City expenses, not including capital project expenditures, are expected to equal that amount as well. The fiscal 2014 budget totaled $37,039,403, a six percent decrea...
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Library eyes building on Flag Day traditions
The Kodiak Public Library held its first-ever Flag Day commemoration on Sunday, bringing the tally of Flag Day events up to two. Organizers of both events hinted that a more coordinated approach may happen in coming years. The Elks held a longer, more orchestrated flag ceremony featuring a color guard, a history lesson on flags, songs and sandwiches afterward. The Elks have been commemorating Flag Day for more tha...
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Seafood and politicos
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private employer, putting more people to work than mining, oil/gas, timber and tourism combined. The annual revenue the seafood sector contributes to state coffers is second only to Big Oil. So where does the seafood industry rank among the major candidates running for Alaska Governor and the U.S. Senate? Here’s what a thorou...
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On Spruce Tips and Pirates
During Captain Cook’s voyages along the Vancouver Island coast in the 1700s, he often sent crewmembers ashore to pick the tender tips of spruce trees during late summer and early spring. The tips, with a mellow pine scent and crisp flavor were used to make a molasses-sweetened brew, not so much for the crew’s entertainment on their long ocean voyages, but to prevent scurvy, a ravaging disease caused by a vitamin C...
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Death notice: Thomas Truitt
A memorial service for Thomas Truitt will be held Saturday, June 21, 2 p.m. at Pasagshak Point. Bring a dish to share.
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Alutiiq campout: Fun in another language
A two-day campout presents students with the opportunity to get immersed in Alutiiq culture, language and history. The Alutiiq museum and Kodiak Island Borough School District host a campout in Alutiiq language and culture on Monday at Holiday Beach starting at 10 a.m. It runs through Tuesday. People can also take part in the events without staying overnight. There will be Alutiiq speakers and elders there who wil...
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Kodiak business owners not worried about minimum wage ballot
Kodiak’s small business owners expressed confidence on Thursday that the minimum wage increase initiative to be voted on this fall will not affect their businesses. Alaska’s minimum wage is currently $7.75 per hour, 50 cents more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. If the initiative passes, the minimum wage would increase to $8.75 on January 1, 2015 and to $9.75 on January 1, 2016. After that, it would be adju...
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Roll carts, bad trash habits bear scrutiny around town
Kodiak likely has a single bear causing concern around town that has brought into question sloppy trash disposal habits, the use of curbside roll carts and “persuading” bears to keep away from human-populated areas. This bear might also have been shot twice after raiding a chicken coop and a dumpster in recent weeks, but continues to stay in town because of easy meals, experts say. “We have probably one bear that’...
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