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Business spotlight: Sea Hawk Air still flying high after 36 years
KODIAK — Rolan Ruoss stood on the deck of a salmon seiner and knew he wanted to fly. He saved his money, squirreling away dollars earned commercial fishing, and earned his pilot’s license. He kept fishing, working through high school and college, then went on to flight school. He began flying commercially, and today is the sole pilot for Sea Hawk Air, an air taxi service operating out of Near Island’s Trident Basi...
Oct 26, 2011 | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rolling along at new digs
Midtown Auto Repair opened at its new location at 2181 Mill Bay Road, across from the Kodiak Police Department, Monday. The new building has eight bays and now offers same-day oil changes without appointment. Also available at the new building are tire balancing and winter tire changeovers. Midtown is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Derek Clarkston photos)
Oct 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business spotlight: Kodiakans put their skin in the hands of The Beauty Bar
KODIAK — The new location of The Beauty Bar Skin Care Boutique realized a dream for esthetician Lacey Roberts when she started welcoming clients there in March. “This has been on my mind constantly ever since I got out of school,” Roberts said. After finishing her training in Anchorage in 2007, she worked out of a small room in her parents’ house in Kodiak. Now, the neat, peaceful and spacious set of rooms at 3146...
Oct 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stylist cuts out niche on mall
Summer or winter, a little second-floor shop on Kodiak’s downtown mall stays a toasty refuge of style. Hair stylist and business owner Lisa Wietfeld called Lisa’s Island Hair and Tans “My little piece of the tropics in Kodiak,” thanks to palm tree decor painted by her talented friend Jo Rouss. Wietfeld has been a stylist for 31 years. She started in Washington state, then moved to Kodiak and worked in a few salons...
Sep 28, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Techs know electronics backward and forward
The only thing backwards about Aksala Electronics is its name. Kodiak’s primary dealer of shoreside radio systems went into business in 1979, but it has remained up-to-date, selling, repairing and maintaining communications systems island-wide. Curt Law, who owns the store with Joe Stevens, said his goal is to provide quality equipment and service, not just the cheap items you can find at Walmart or through an onl...
Sep 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Business spotlight: Kodiak Canvas Company has clients covered
KODIAK — Laurie Lloyd’s Kodiak Canvas Company has been confusing Juneauites with its name for almost two years. Two weeks ago, it returned to its roots as Lloyd brought her company home. “I’ve been here since ’74,” she said, and she’s happy to be returning to the island city after her husband, Denby, retired from working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Kodiak Canvas hasn’t found a permanent home yet, ...
Sep 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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New restaurant-lodge fulfills owner's lifelong dream
KODIAK — Fred Barber thinks his new restaurant and inn is a cut above the rest. Olds River Inn, at the junction of the Chiniak and Pasagshak highways, opened July 31 and offers a variety of food and lodging to Kodiak residents and tourists alike. Opening a lodge has been a longtime goal of Barber, who has lived on-island since 1990, and his wife Mary, who was born and raised here. “We decided to take on this proje...
Sep 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Road's End restaurant finds new beginning
KODIAK — The Road’s End restaurant in Chiniak has already seen one end. Now it’s trying for a beginning. Four years after the restaurant closed, Janice and Norm Botz, with the help of former manager Forrest Hosier, have resurrected it. “The Road’s End was really quite a destination for years in Kodiak,” Hosier said. “It opened up originally in 1974 to Ernie and Dottie Hopper. They literally dragged an old Airstrea...
Aug 31, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Marita Calderon finds flowering success in Kodiak
KODIAK — Marita Calderon is a hard worker. When she was 15, she immigrated to the United States with her parents and their four other children. At 16, she took a job making $1.60 per hour. Saving every penny, she accumulated $4,500. Then her parents asked for help. They were about to be forced from their rental, but with Marita’s money, they could have a down payment on a home of their own. For Marita, there was o...
Aug 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor enthusiasts share knowledge with customers
At age 16, Orion Wielebski had a vision. The skateboard shop he was working at closed, leaving Kodiak without a place to purchase skateboard equipment. Wielebski, still in high school, bought some of the products and opened up his own business inside the El Chicano Mall in 1996. It was called Orion’s Boards and Cords. “It was something he wanted to do and I was totally skeptical,” Orion’s father, Steve Wielebski, ...
Jul 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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