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Whalefest draws closer
Spectators crowded the Kodiak waterfront last week to catch a glimpse of a pair of orcas accompanied by a calf. The first significant whale sighting of the year means Kodiak’s annual spring cetacean celebration — Kodiak Whale Fest — isn’t far away, and the event’s new logo is making a splash. Designed by retired Kodiak High School biology teacher Stacy Studebaker, the logo shows a pod of gray whales emblazoned wit...
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Kodiak Middle School team takes state in Battle of the Books
A team of Kodiak sixth-graders just won the right to say they’re the best readers in the state. Kodiak Middle School’s team won the Battle of the Books competition held last week. Battle of the Books, hosted by the Alaska Association of School Librarians, is a statewide competition that measures how much students read and tests them to see how much they retain. Battle of the Books first started in Alaska when a Ch...
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KEA picks contractor for dam turbine
NAES Power Contractors Inc. of Issaquah, Wash. will do the heavy lifting this summer as Kodiak Electric Association adds a third turbine to the Terror Lake hydroelectric plant. KEA CEO Darron Scott announced the contract with NAES at the February meeting of KEA’s board of directors, which took place Thursday afternoon. NAES is one of the nation’s biggest energy industry contractors and has worked on projects rangi...
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Groups appeal to borough assembly for money
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly heard funding requests from the Alutiiq Museum and Discover Kodiak in a Thursday night work session. Alutiiq Museum executive director Sven Haakanson approached the assembly to request matching grant funds to replace the heating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system, which controls the humidity and environment in the museum and is a key tool for preserving artifacts. “Our HVAC sy...
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Arts Council kicks off 50th anniversary celebration
The Kodiak Arts Council is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration with a community art walk, portrait show and musical, all in one night. Six local businesses are participating in this month’s first Friday art walk tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. The art walks have been growing with participation from businesses and community members. “With the visual arts component, we’ve had such a great community response,” said...
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Sun’aq signs consultation agreement with Coast Guard
On Wednesday night, Coast Guard base Kodiak and the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak held a ceremony to mark the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the tribe and Coast Guard. They celebrated with cake and dancing, but the agreement’s real work will be done in fluorescent-lit conference rooms and by email as Sun’aq continues its long-term quest for land to call its own. “It’s the tribe’s ultimate goal to have a...
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City council confirms landfill site for composting plant
Over objections from composting opponents, the Kodiak City Council formally voted to pursue a sludge composting plant on the site of the Kodiak Island Borough landfill. The vote follows a lengthy site selection process in which the city abandoned plans for a plant in Middle Bay after area residents protested. Sludge is the byproduct of the city's wastewater treatment plant, and an expansion project at the landfill...
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Rasmuson Foundation hands out money to various charities
The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded $47,150 to two nonprofits in Kodiak for building renovations and repairs as part of the Tier 1 grant program. The Tier 1 program awards grants of up to $25,000 for capital projects, technology upgrades, building projects and new programs to nonprofits in Alaska. The Marion Center received $22,871 and the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation received $24,279. Alan Schmitt, president of th...
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Kodiak nursing home among five best in Alaska
As workers prepare to break ground on a new borough-owned nursing home, Kodiak’s existing 40-year-old long-term care facility is getting top marks from the federal government. This month, U.S. News and World Report named the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center’s long-term care facility one of the best nursing homes in the United States. PKIMC received a five-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare an...
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Crab Festival poster and logo winners announced
This year’s Kodiak Crab Festival is “Powered by Nature,” and the new logo unveiled by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will use Kodiak Electric Association’s wind turbines to get people charged about the upcoming celebration. “I think it’s good that the poster and logo both feature the turbines and KEA’s effort to Kodiak energy,” said Summer Wood, Crab Festival coordinator for the chamber. Wood said the chamber had ...
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