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Port Lions hosts health fair
Kodiak Area Native Association professionals will travel to Port Lions Friday for a health fair for community members of all ages. Port Lions residents can attend to “gain information about the health and welfare of our community,” said Julie Kaiser of KANA. Representatives from several departments will be on hand to provide information on the services they provide, including the Child Advocacy Center, the Infant ...
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Week in Words: Mushers, dogs march through March
This was some winter, huh? We all knew that it would be cool and wet, but this is pretty ridiculous. Anchorage had to ship snow from Fairbanks via train (even though they didn’t use any of it) just so the Iditarod could have a decent ceremonial start downtown. I love the Iditarod. Growing up in Anchorage, I was (and still am) a huge fan of Martin Buser. His wife, Kathy Chapoton, was a teacher in the school I atten...
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KIBSD to administer controversial test again
Kodiak Island Borough School District students will take the Alaska Measures of Progress test one more time before the state replaces it next year. The test was first used last year, and it was controversial because of reporting delays quality issues, and after students scored low on the tests although it could not be compared directly to tests from previous years. In late January, then-Department of Education com...
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Longliner workshop set for Wednesday
Researchers from Washington Sea Grant and Oregon State University will present about albatross bycatch during a workshop for longliners on Wednesday. “We’re going to be providing an overview of albatross biology and why they are sensitive to bycatch, and give an update on conservation efforts,” said Amanda Gladics, a faculty research assistant at OSU. She’s one of two researchers coming to Kodiak for the workshop....
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Historic kayak on its way home
A rare Alutiiq warrior kayak from the 1860s will soon go on display at the Alutiiq Museum after a lengthy conservation project. The kayak will be the subject of Thursday’s noon hour Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center. In 2003, Sven Haakanson of the Alutiiq Museum and Elder Ronnie Lind visited Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Massa...
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Healthy Kodiak: Screening for common cancer saves lives
Cancer is a scary word. Many people do not like to talk or think about cancer. We all hope we never get cancer. Today, I want to give you some really good news about cancer. Some cancer is preventable, which means you can avoid getting it. Cancer prevention is worthwhile and saves lives. By participating in screening programs for the most common cancers, you can effectively reduce your chances of ever having the d...
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Sea Stories: Baranov, Yankee trader team up on otters
In the summer of 1792, Alexander Baranov, the 45-year-old manager of the Russia’s Kodiak colony, chanced upon the British ship Phoenix in Prince William Sound, commanded by Hugh Moore and his first mate Joseph O’Cain, an Irish Bostonian. The three men hit it off immediately, using German to communicate and Boston rum to lubricate their new friendship. From Moore and O’Cain, Baranov learned that American and Britis...
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Old Harbor student takes on radioactive gas
Old Harbor — Few people in our villages know what radon is. Yet, it is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer, after tobacco, in smokers. It is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that seeps up from the earth. When inhaled, it gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lungs. This silent killer is produced from the natural decay of ...
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Kids spring into arts offerings
The Kodiak Arts Council is providing art classes for children over spring break. This year is the first time for the spring classes, offered during the week of March 14 through 18. The classes are similar to what the council has traditionally provided during the summer Sum’Arts program. “With kids out of school, we knew folks would be looking for fun meaningful ideas for their children,” said council executive dir...
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Assembly: No marijuana sales for one year
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly voted 4-2 to opt out of commercial marijuana facilities in Kodiak for one year and will likely create a task force to make local regulations. For an hour during public hearing on an ordinance introduced by assembly member Mel Stephens, the public testified for and against the proposed ban. Assembly member Dan Rohrer moved to amend the ordinance to have effect until the end of Feb...
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