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40-year Baranov archivist retires
The Baranov Museum’s longtime archivist is retiring after 40 years as a volunteer and staff member. Alice Ryser came to Kodiak in 1963 on vacation to attend Crab Festival. While here, a fire burned the hotel in Cordova she had been living in with her three children, so they moved to Kodiak, where Ryser’s mother lived. She began working as a volunteer at the museum around 1975. Back then, the keys were kept at the ...
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Borough: Landfill, school still under budget
At a Dec. 17 meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough assembly received updates on two major projects, both getting close to completion, and so far under budget. The high school project has been in the works since spring 2013. Eight phases of the nine-phase project were completed as of Dec. 17. The ninth phase is set for completion on Dec. 18, according to project manager/inspector Matt Gandel. Other work continues with...
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Strip boat owner convicted
Darren K. Byler was convicted Wednesday of making false statements and violating the Refuse Act while operating a floating strip club near downtown Kodiak. KTUU reported the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage announced the conviction against the former owner of the Wild Alaskan, a converted crab fishing vessel that operated as a club for most of 2014. The jury found Byler’s wife, Kimberly Riedel-Byler, not guilty...
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Locals donate to gift, clothing drives
The Kodiak community gave an outpouring of coats, clothing and gifts to people in need this year, as it does repeatedly. The Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center along with Sun’aq Tribe and the Salvation Army coordinated a joint Christmas program among their three organizations. They provided 243 children with clothing and gifts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. “We have not had to turn anyone down,” said KWRCC ...
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Christmas services at all hours
For Kodiakans looking to spend part of their holidays in worship, local churches offer a wide variety of Christmas Eve services. St. Paul Lutheran Church is holding an old-fashioned candlelight service tonight at 7. St. Mary’s Catholic Church has a Christmas Eve family mass at 6 p.m. followed by caroling starting at 9:30 p.m. “Midnight” mass begins at 10 p.m. with a Christmas mass at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. St. Jame...
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trial continues in Wild Alaskan case
The trial of the owners of a controversial floating strip club formerly in the Kodiak harbor began two weeks ago in federal court in Anchorage and continues this week. Darren Byler and Kimberly Riedel-Byler, who are married and ran a floating bar and strip club aboard the former crabber vessel Wild Alaskan in Kodiak harbor, were indicted in February on charges of violating the Refuse Act and making false statement...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Count day down, count week up due to weather
The bad weather on Saturday resulted in a lower than normal average number of species spotted by the local Audubon chapter during the annual Christmas bird count, but the number of species spotted during the days before and after is higher than usual. “Species diversity was down, and also, I’m not even close to having absolute numbers, but I expect the total number of birds will be way down, strictly as a function...
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Foundation finishes annual month of giving grants
The Kodiak Community Foundation has given their last grant during the 2015 Month of Giving for a total of $5,900 given during 2015, according to a release from the foundation. Over the month, the foundation gave grants to the Kodiak Girl Scouts, Baranov Museum, Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, Kodiak Area Native Association Elder Assistance Program, Threshold Services, the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, and, most recently, ...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov. finds support for tax plan
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker visited Kodiak Monday and presented an outline of his state budgeting approach to a special joint meeting with the city council and borough assembly. On Dec. 9, the administration announced a fiscal plan that includes widespread cuts to agencies, smaller permanent fund dividends and an income tax, all aimed at making up for state revenue shortfalls due to the low price of oil. “It’s as fair...
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Long-time radio man leaves KVOK
A long-time part of local radio station KVOK is leaving his show. Jack Bennett, who began working at the station almost 20 years ago, will no longer be doing his Sunday morning classic country show. He said he needs to do some traveling to visit family, but he’s not leaving Kodiak, where he and his wife have lived for 40 years. “There’s no better place on the planet during the good months,” Bennett said. He will s...
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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