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Garden Gate: An assortment of questions
Editor’s Note: Gardening columnist Marion Owen is answering more questions from readers and local gardeners. Email mygarden@alaska.net to submit questions of your own Q: During the snow-dump a week ago Sunday, many of my bulbs were covered. Is this a good or bad thing? A: That depends. According to Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage garden writer, bulbs “have antifreeze systems that protect them from frosts.” If they had b...
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Students need five-day school week
To the Editor: It is important for America to continue to demand a five-day school week and not implement a four-day week, encouraging students to work and study hard for a better education and future. Higher education expectations could be the boost the American economy needs to succeed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that as of March 2013, 12.7 million people are unemployed. The rate of unemployment among...
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Alaska needs to become an Opening Doors state
To the Editor: I have recently had an assignment at the Kodiak College to write a research paper. The topic I chose was on homelessness. It is an issue not only in Kodiak but throughout the entire country. I did extensive research for this paper and found out many issues and facts on the subject. The most interesting thing I found out was about a strategic plan by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessn...
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Arlo Guthrie to perform on Tuesday
Folk music legend Arlo Guthrie will bring his voice and his guitar to the stage of the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium on Tuesday night. Guthrie, best known for songs like “Alice’s Restaurant” and “Coming into Los Angeles,” is doing a solo tour to honor the centennial year of his father, Woody Guthrie, which was 2012. His tour, “Here Comes the Kid,” celebrates the contributions his late father made to shape American f...
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Fish Factor: Chess match begins for trawl fisheries
Fishing industry stakeholders and federal managers in June will begin crafting a bycatch reduction plan for trawl groundfish fisheries in the Gulf. It will include some form of catch share plan, and as the main delivery port for more than $100 million worth of pollock, cod, flats and other fishes, Kodiak is closely guarding any giveaways. It’s similar to a chess game, said Duncan Fields, a lifelong Kodiak fisherma...
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Ferry service cancels more sailings to western Alaska
The “trusty Tusty” has seemed more like the “rusty Tusty” lately. On Friday, the Alaska Marine Highway announced it has canceled all June sailings for the ferry Tustumena, which has been drydocked in Seward since the fall. The cancelations affect hundreds of passengers who had booked trips to Kodiak, but the state’s announcement is worse news for Kodiak’s rural communities and those along the Alaska Peninsula who ...
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City council OKs pay hikes for public employees
If you're a city employee, you're smiling today. On Thursday night, the Kodiak City Council voted unanimously in favor of a new public employee pay scale that includes raises and benefit increases, bringing the city up to market averages for pay. "This puts us in a much better position, and it's still reasonable, and I do believe it's a sustainable increase," said city manager Aimee Kniaziowski. The new pay scale ...
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Tapestry: Lenten fast is not ‘punishment’ but means of spiritual growth
“Why don’t the followers of Jesus fast?” wondered the disciples of John the Baptist. Since then, questions about fasting — refraining from certain types of food or any food — have abounded. Why do Christians fast? What benefits does fasting have? Why do Christians fast during Lent — the 40 days before Easter? Some scoff at the whole idea of prescribed fasting, which for Orthodox Christians means eating no animal p...
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Push is on to bring state’s best track athletes to Kodiak
Kodiak High School track coach Marcus Dunbar has planned a meet that will bring the best track athletes in Alaska together, but the planning is the easy part. He now needs $30,000 to get the teams to Kodiak. The Brian Young Invitational Track and Field Meet will be held on the city’s new track on May 24-25 during Crab Fest. Dunbar came up with the idea for the meet after Brian Young, a strong supporter of Kodiak t...
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Season preview: A new era for Kodiak baseball
Kodiak High’s baseball squad has a fresh look for the 2013 campaign. The Bears have a new head coach, a new artificial turf infield and a ton of first-time starters. “Some people could view this as a young team with just three seniors — two starting — but there is a lot of juniors that have played a lot of ball,” coach James Arnold said. Arnold, last year’s pitchers/catchers coach, takes over for longtime coach Ri...
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