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Week in Words: Trumping the radicals
The nation has been talking about radicalization a lot this week as we’ve reflected on the act of terror in San Bernardino. “Radical” has a variety of uses. The origin of the word goes back to the Late Latin “radicalis,” which means “of or having roots.” Our word “root” is derived from the similar Latin word “radix.” As you can guess, the word was used to talk about plants. We began to think about “radical” more b...
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Cheap oil means tighter belts
As most Alaskans know, a sharp drop in the price of oil over the last year and a half blew a gaping hole in the state’s budget. This year, revenues are expected to cover just 40 percent of our costs. When your family’s income suddenly drops by more than half, you cut spending. That’s exactly what we did. Working with the Legislature, we cut state general fund spending by 19 percent in a single year. It’s not easy,...
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Alaska State Troopers: Dec. 9
Oct. 8 At 2:13 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of several personal checks stolen from a residence while the person was out of state. The checks had been forged and then cashed for $900. A suspect was identified and the investigation continues. A man pleaded guilty to operating Dungeness pot gear without required Alaska Department of Fish and Game numbers. He was fined $2,000. Nov. 30 Alaska Wildlife ...
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City Public Works projects updates
The Kodiak City Council received an update on the four largest projects the city is working on at Tuesday’s work session. Public Works director Mark Kozak said the compost facility project has gone well, except for a delay in electrical work. He said the city would be accepting the first delivery of biosolids at the facility today. Engineer Glenn Melvin gave what he described as an “upbeat” Pier 3 replacement upda...
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Dog Bay infrastructure past expected lifespan
Due to wear since original construction in 1982, the city-owned infrastructure in St. Herman Harbor, including pilings and electric cabinets, needs urgent work. “We may have some fairly significant costs just to keep the harbor running before we ultimately replace it,” harbormaster Lon White reported to the Port and Harbor Advisory Board on Tuesday. He said it would cost about $1.7 million to replace the worn and ...
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Lindquist competes at Speedo Winter Junior Nationals
When Talon Lindquist entered high school he picked swimming over basketball. It appears he made the right decision. The Kodiak High School sophomore has won four state titles — all in different events — and this week is competing in his second Speedo Winter Junior Championships. The four-day event begins Thursday in Austin, Texas. “I knew it was going to be a hard decision to pick one, but I knew I had to pick one...
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KANA, Threshold get Kodiak Community Foundation grants
The Kodiak Community Foundation named the recipients of the second and third grants of its 2015 Month of Giving, according to a Tuesday announcement from the organization. The Kodiak Area Native Association Elder Assistance Program received $1,000 to reward reliable, trustworthy youth or young adult helpers who assist Elders with tasks such as mowing, weeding, snow removal and other household chores. This will hel...
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Lindquist competes at Speedo Winter Junior Nationals
When Talon Lindquist entered high school he picked swimming over basketball. It appears he made the right decision. The Kodiak High School sophomore has won four state titles — all in different events — and this week is competing in his second Speedo Winter Junior Championships. The four-day event begins Thursday in Austin, Texas. “I knew it was going to be a hard decision to pick one, but I knew I had to pick one...
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Clary, DeLoach inducted into Alaska HOF
A pair of Olympians headline the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame 2016 class. Don Clary and Janay DeLoach were announced Monday as the newest members into Alaska’s Hall of Fame. Clary, an East Anchorage graduate, was the first Alaska runner to qualify for the Olympics when he competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. He was a three-time NCAA All-American at the University of Oregon and a m...
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Alaska Science Forum: Mystery of the dancing wires revealed
In this quiet, peaceful time of year, with all the noisy birds flown south and all the scary bears in hillside dens, little things catch our attention. Like wires that move as if by magic. Aurora scientist and interested-in-all-things guy Neal Brown contacted me to see if I had written about why power wires sometimes dance to their own beat when there seems to be no wind or other force pushing them. He notices it ...
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