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Coast Guard gets tough on tankers
The US Coast Guard is cracking down on oil tankers violating safety regulations in Alaska waters. Last year, the Alaska Maritime Planning and Response Network approved new regulations for ships carrying bulk oil through Western Alaska waters. The regulations were intended to help ships meet spill response standards. Western Alaska, which has few large towns and cities, lacks places to stage spill response equipmen...
Nov 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trails summit tackles Jack and Lee lakes tonight
Hikers and bikers, four-wheel drivers and climbers will be headed indoors tonight as the Kodiak Island Borough’s parks and recreation committee holds its third trails summit. The summit, part of the borough’s trails improvement plan, is one of a series of meetings intended to bring trail users together to discuss ideas and problems. Tonight’s meeting will cover a trail system near Bells Flats. “We’re going to pres...
Nov 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winter’s first snow falls in Kodiak
It was only a trace, but the National Weather Service reports that the winter’s first snowfall has finally come to Kodiak. In a normal year, Kodiak sees its first snowfall in October, though in exceptional years the first snow may come as early as September. With only a trace of snowfall so far, Kodiak is running well behind normal. In an average year, Kodiak will see 2.4 inches of snow by Nov. 11. This year, warm...
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Alaska passes Russia in Pacific salmon production
Russia’s salmon harvest has plunged by 20 percent from last year, according to new figures from the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency. The figures were released in English late last month by the US Department of Agriculture’s foreign agriculture service, which analyzes industry trends. According to the report, the total Russian salmon harvest is expected to reach 360,000 metric tons this year, about 20 percent lowe...
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GCI cuts KTUU in Kodiak
To see the peacock, you’ll need a pair of rabbit ears. On Friday, negotiations between cable provider GCI and Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU-TV failed to meet a GCI-imposed deadline. In response, Alaska’s largest cable television provider cut KTUU signals for 7,000 rural Alaskans, including those in Kodiak. Bethel, Valdez, Barrow, Nome and Dutch Harbor are also affected. In Kodiak, GCI customers are receiving STARZ ...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Charities begin gearing up for holidays
As Christmas approaches, Kodiak’s charities are preparing as much as the most earnest holiday shoppers. The Salvation Army, Kodiak Bible Chapel and other groups are collecting supplies to brighten Christmases around Kodiak and the world. This week, the Salvation Army will open signups for its Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance program. Anyone interested in signing up for the program can visit the Salvation Army...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Visiting lecturer talks Poe to Kodiak audience
Edgar Allen Poe never traveled west of the Appalachian Mountains, but for nine months, he’s a figure close to Kodiak. “You get your power from dark, dammed Terror Lake: Poe is your homeboy,” Louisiana State University professor J. Gerald Kennedy said to laughter and applause Friday night at Kodiak College. Kennedy, one of the nation’s experts on Poe, visited Kodiak as part of The Big Read, a National Endowment for...
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Teacher Spotlight: Helping students earn certifications for life after high school
Bill McGuire’s auto shop class at Kodiak High School is a popular one. McGuire is teaching four auto shop classes and two small engines classes this year, and he has close to 100 students in just the auto shop classes alone. McGuire has a background in teaching and working in the oil field. He spent last year working on the North Slope, and prior to that he taught in Montana for four years in the industrial arts, ...
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Education: College and career guide helps students at KHS figure out future
About half of the students at Kodiak High School aren’t sure what they want to do after graduation. That’s where Kodiak High School college and career guide Bryan Rivera steps in. “It’s 50-50,” he said. “I often see a split with students. Either they come to me and need help with the process and that’s where we start working or there are students who come to me who don’t know what to do after high school. With the...
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Education: Students learn math in quilting class
Students are stitching math and art concepts together in a new quilting class offered at Kodiak High School. Alexis Jackson proposed the class to the high school administrators, and received the go-ahead to create and teach the quilting class. “I love building things, and this is just building things with a different material,” Jackson said. “I love art and math. It takes all of that and combines into one class.” ...
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