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Garden Gate: Amaryllis bulbs are a perfect holiday gift
Never mind the tinsel and fake Christmas trees: When boxes of Amaryllis bulbs start showing up in the stores, I know Christmas is around the corner. And if you treat the flowers right, they’ll bloom next Christmas. The baseball-sized bulbs that arrive in a colorful boxes are the perfect gift for winter-weary friends and relatives. In fact, the Greek word “amarysso” or “amarussein” from which “amaryllis” derives, m...
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Teacher Spotlight: Mixing music and exercise
It’s Laura Smelser’s job to enliven kids through music and exercise. Smelser works as a teacher at Peterson Elementary School where she has dual roles as the music and physical education teacher. She moved to Kodiak in August 2012, and started out as a long-term substitute for Kodiak High School, but was quickly transferred to Peterson Elementary to become the full-time physical education teacher. Smelser earned h...
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Delving deeper into state’s fisheries statistics
More Alaskans are taking to the fishing life, as indicated by upward ticks in harvesting jobs for three years running. That’s according to the November Alaska Economic Trends report from the state labor department, which provides a look at the numbers of boots on deck by region and fishery. A first: economists Jack Cannon and Josh Warren also looked at how much time is put into preseason and postseason work, and w...
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Parties claim progress in GCI-KTUU talks
KTUU-TV is still absent from the televisions of GCI cable customers, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel for those awaiting its return. On Friday, KTUU and GCI each announced “substantial progress” in negotiations to settle their dispute. The announcements also stated that Juneau and Southeast Alaska will avoid having their KTUU signal turned off until Dec. 6. The deadline for Southeast broadcasts of K...
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Kodiak October unemployment rate lower than 2012
Kodiak’s October unemployment rate is lower than it was in 2012, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. According to statistics released Friday, Kodiak’s unadjusted October unemployment figures reached 4.8 percent, down from the October 2012 rate of 5.4 percent. Kodiak’s 4.8 percent was the third-lowest number in Alaska, behind Anchorage (4.7 percent) and Juneau (4.3 percent). The N...
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Education: District enrollment drops slightly
The Kodiak Island Borough School District has fewer students than it did last year. This year, enrollment dropped by 45 students. Final numbers don’t typically come out until the middle of November because the district was dealing with boundary exemption requests for the elementary schools and other movement. The 2013-2014 enrollment is 2,506 students, down from 2,551 students in 2012-2013. This year Kodiak High S...
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Branson back at home
Marlon Branson spent more time in doctors’ offices than on the wrestling mat at the University of Jamestown. So much time, he probably is halfway to obtaining his doctorate. “I learned a lot about the body,” Branson said. Instead, the former Kodiak High School wrestling star got his bachelor’s degree in physical education and has returned to Kodiak as a student teacher. He has also joined the wrestling high school...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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6 inches in first big snowstorm
Six inches of snow fell on Kodiak on Wednesday in the first significant snow of winter. According to the National Weather Service station at Benny Benson State Airport, the greatest snow depth of six inches was recorded at 3 a.m. Thursday. The original forecast called for between three to six inches of snow. The Kodiak Police Department responded to five accidents caused by the snow, but none involved serious inju...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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KEA plans rate reduction, but leak poses issue
The Kodiak Electric Association plans to lower its rates in 2014, but a problem with its new hydroelectric turbine could stymie the cooperative. On Thursday, KEA’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve the electrical cooperative’s 2014 budget. In that vote, the board lowered KEA’s wind power generation cost from 12 cents per kilowatt-hour to 11 cents per kWh. KEA also expects to reduce its fuel surcharge...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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KHS wrestlers head to Palmer
Kodiak coach Pat Costello was pleased with his team’s season-opening performance at the Peninsula Duals. The Bears placed fifth, going 6-1. The team’s only loss came to Northern Lights Conference rival Palmer. “Our technique was pretty good for the opening weekend,” the longtime coach said. “We wrestled pretty intense.” Andrew Caballa and Kerry Powers both emerged undefeated at 7-0. The big surprises were Aaron Ro...
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