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Outdoor Kodiak: Storing firearms in a wet climate
As a lifetime user and admirer of good firearms, it’s always a special pleasure to see those owned by individuals, rather than those displayed on a rack in a store or museum. An individual owner wraps his firearm in personal insights and hunting stories, which can be even better than seeing the gun itself. But I’ve learned to be a little apprehensive about the first glimpse of a gun proffered from storage. It can ...
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International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting starts in Seattle
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has begun its annual quota-setting meeting in Seattle. The joint American-Canadian body is expected to approve 2014 halibut catch limits on Friday, the final day of the meeting. For fishermen, the forecast is grim. IPHC scientists have suggested cutting 2013’s coastwide catch by 21 percent in 2014. During the IPHC’s preliminary meeting in December, fishery scientists re...
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Alutiiq leaders say language decline is slowing
Leaders of the Alutiiq language revitalization effort say their efforts are paying off as the number of Alutiiq language speakers in Kodiak is on the rise. The Alutiiq language was used by Kodiak Natives for centuries before Western contact but declined in use during the modern era. “We’re not growing as many young fluent speakers — babies and elementary students— yet, but we are growing the next teachers,” Alutii...
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Garden Gate: Choosing a floral palette
When I started gardening in Kodiak, I was long on ambition but woefully short on experience and cash. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I could satisfy my desire to fill my raised beds easily and inexpensively by starting vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed. When flipping through catalogs, I selected veggies and herbs with function in mind. With flowers, emotions kicked in, influenced by photographs of...
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Bear continues causing trouble on Selief Lane
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Selief Lane residents and other homeowners on Kodiak’s north side to watch out for bears. While winter is in full drift, at least one bear has clawed away hibernation by pawing through garbage left carelessly next to community trash bins. Nathan Svoboda, a biologist with Fish and Game in Kodiak, wrote in an email that the Selief bear “has been showing a pattern of v...
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Borough borrows from itself to pay deferred maintenance
Assemblyman Mel Stephens calls it “tantamount to embezzlement.” The borough’s facilities director calls it the best way to keep rain from dripping through the ceilings of borough buildings. On Thursday night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly debated the borough’s long-running practice borrowing money from the protected Facilities Fund (also known as the Shuyak Fund) to pay for maintenance. “Whether this is the r...
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Fish Board puts off state-waters pollock
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has put off the idea of creating a state-waters pollock fishery but gave indications that it is open to the proposal. On Friday, the fish board tabled Proposals 44 and 45 until March 2015. Proposal 44 would create a state-waters pollock management plan for specific areas in Kodiak, Chignik and Cook Inlet. The fishery’s quota would be 25 percent of the federal quota for the central Gul...
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Bottom trawl ban extended
In its final day meeting in Kodiak, the Alaska Board of Fisheries agreed to ban bottom trawling throughout Kodiak-area state waters. The ban, requested by Ludger Dochtermann, was approved to protect king salmon and crab stocks. Midwater trawling, also known as pelagic trawling, is still allowed in some parts of state waters, which run from the shoreline to 3 miles offshore. Before the Board of Fisheries action, bo...
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Kodiak wrestling triumphant at home
Wrestling fans had plenty to watch Saturday night during Kodiak’s only home meet of the season. Only three of the 15 championship bouts ended with a pin in a marathon final round of the 37th Robin Hervey Tournament at Kodiak High School. After two and a half hours of wrestling under the spotlight, Kodiak emerged with eight champions to claim its home tournament title with 197 points. West Anchorage was second in t...
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Around Kodiak: Jan. 13
The Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Commission will meet for a special work session at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the borough building to discuss revisions to the borough planning code.
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