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Thomet wins first state title
Levi Thomet concluded a near-perfect sophomore season with the state’s biggest prize Saturday afternoon.  The Kodiak sophomore outdueled teammate Cole Christiansen and was crowned the boys 4A champion at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2012 Cross Country Running State Championships.   On the muddy Bartlett High School Trails, Thomet who broke away from Christiansen in the final 800 meters of the 5-kilometer co...
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Three names, but only two choices on borough assembly ballot
Tuesday’s race for two seats on Kodiak Island Borough Assembly should be a simple vote for Kodiakans, but there’s still a chance for the unexpected. Sitting assembly member Jerrol Friend applied for re-election but withdrew his name from contention for personal reasons. That withdrawal came after the deadline for printing ballots, however, and borough clerk Nova Javier said Friend’s name will appear on the ballot ...
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Lynch looks out for community
To the Editor: I would like to voice my support for Chris Lynch on the Borough Assembly. I watched the machinations of the assembly over the years, and I have found that she is always looking out for what is best for our community. She is involved in many organizations with the intention of supporting the community. We need her on the assembly to provide balance, as she is a strong supporter of nonprofits. Nonprof...
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Garden Gate: Why do leaves change colors?
While you were picking lettuce in the garden, walking in Abercrombie or playing in a city park, the trees were working overtime. Yet it isn’t until fall that we really notice our local deciduous trees as they begin to turn yellow, bronze and red. Which brings us to a question we rarely stop to ponder: Why do leaves change to beautiful colors in the fall? What’s behind it all? Before I get into all that, there’s be...
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Fish Factor: Expect to see more tsunami debris on Alaska coastline
At least 1.5 million tons of debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami is still afloat, and at least half of it is expected to hit Alaska’s coastline. The region from Yakutat to Gore Point off the Kenai Peninsula will likely see the heaviest debris piles, but Southeast Alaska and other areas will see chunks of junk as well. Those are conclusions of a fascinating new report by Washington Sea Grant titled Debris Accumulation...
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Trading cards on display during art walk
Miniature masterpieces will be on display during the Kodiak Arts Council's First Friday art walk. The miniature pieces of art, also known as artist trading cards, are original works the size of baseball cards. The creations can be made out of any media as long as they don't exceed the 2.5-by-3.5-inch dimensions. "Artists are excited to make these and it's affordable art," Arts Council visual arts coordinator Kate ...
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Bears clinch playoff spot
Kodiak’s football team clinched its first playoff berth since 2009 before even stepping onto the field Sunday afternoon. The Bears received the Northern Lights Conference No. 3 seed when Soldotna beat Kenai 35-13 on Saturday. Kodiak’s Saturday game at Skyview was moved to Sunday because of marine travel delays, meaning the Bears already knew they were in the medium-school playoffs before Sunday’s kickoff. Kodiak w...
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Lynch steps up to plate
To the Editor: We would like to publicly express our appreciation and support for Chris Lynch for going above and beyond the call of duty in her service to the people of Kodiak. In spite of her busy schedule balancing her own small business and her service as a member of Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, she stepped up to the plate and willingly stood in the gap as an engineer on numerous city projects when our city...
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William E. (Bill) Thonssen
William E. (Bill) Thonssen passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 12, in Bremerton, Wash. Bill was born in Seattle on January 20, 1925, to John and Addie Thonssen. He graduated from Highline High School in 1943 and skipped a chance to play college football to serve his country in World War II. After serving in the US Army in the China-Burma-India theater, he followed his brothers north to Kodiak in 1948 and s...
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Volleyball sweeps Wasilla, swimming beats South Anch.
Kodiak’s volleyball and swimming teams both tallied victories over the weekend. The volleyball team swept a pair of Northern Lights Conference matches at Wasilla on Friday and Saturday. Kodiak’s girls swim team defeated visiting South Anchorage on Friday and Saturday at the Kodiak Community Pool, while the Kodiak boy swimmers split with South. Complete volleyball and swimming results will be in Tuesday’s Daily Mir...
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