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Woody Island blaze caused by flare
A group of fifth graders from Peterson Elementary School got more than survival training while on Woody Island on Wednesday. The class of 27 students was on an annual class trip to the island for outdoor survival education. When learning about signal flares, a civilian flare was fired out over the sea. Because of the powerful winds, it was blown back onto the island and into the grass. “During the flare demonstrat...
May 13, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smokey Island
A grass fire on Woody Island makes a smoke cloud that was visible from Spruce Cape Road Wednesday afternoon. At 1 p.m. the Kodiak Police Department said there was no threat to life or buildings. (Louis Garcia photo)
May 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Website gives view of Kodiak coastline
Kodiak residents with Internet access are now able to fly the entire Kodiak Island coastline and view video and still photos. The bird’s-eye view video and images are a result of the Alaska ShoreZone Coastal Habitat mapping program, a program that has taken up the mission to gather images of the state’s coast. This is quite the undertaking, considering that Alaska has more coastline than the continental United Sta...
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Cruise season begins
The cruise ship season begins Saturday with the largest vessel and the most passengers Kodiak will see this year. The 781-foot Volendam from Holland America has a capacity of about 1,400 passengers. The vessel is scheduled to arrive at 8 a.m. and depart at 5 p.m. “Typically it’s a very good boat for us,” said Janet Buckingham, director of the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They’re repositioning fro...
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Harbor staff rescues overturned kayakers
A kayak trip to Woody Island on a sunny, beautiful day turned into a rescue operation this past week as first one kayaker and then his companion went into the frigid water, and despite their best efforts, could not get back to shore. Jim Cratty, pastor at the Kodiak Lighthouse Baptist Church, with youth pastor Wes Stafford, paddled over to Woody Island Saturday to make plans for a camp scheduled to begin there Jun...
May 11, 2011 | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sea lion decline caused by limited food base
In the late 1990s, there was a huge concern that commercial draggers were harvesting the pollock that Steller sea lions eat, and that the mammal’s population was dwindling because of this. “For a large mammal, this is an unprecedented decline,” marine biologist Kate Wynne said. “It was a major concern. No one knew why it happened. We still don’t know exactly why it happened.” At a presentation at the Fisheries Ind...
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SESAME STREET invades Kodiak
Katie was feeling blue about having to move away from all of her friends when her family deployed to a new station. Thankfully, Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and other Sesame Street characters were there to help her see it as a new adventure. During the past two days, Coast Guard families have seen some of their favorite Sesame Street characters sing and dance in person about a fact of life for military families: m...
May 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Discovery Lab could be axed
The kindergarten through 12 Ocean Science Discovery Lab could be on the chopping block after this school year. The program began two years ago with Kodiak Island Borough School District money. The plan was to have it funded by competitive grants. That hasn’t happened yet. “After we got very close, we made the decision the second year to go ahead and fund it with district money again and still go after a competitiv...
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Kodiak Coast Guardsman earns spot on Navy chess team
KODIAK — Petty Officer 3rd Class Marvin Breis placed fifth at the Navy Chess Qualifier at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss., May 1, earning a spot on the Navy Chess Team that will go to the Inter-service Chess Tournament in California in June. “It was a tough field this year,” said Jane Westbay with Navy Fleet and Family Readiness, who coordinates Navy Chess. “There were upsets and close games. Some real na...
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Kodiak College celebrates 2011 graduating class
The Kodiak Harbor Convention Center was filled to capacity with the family and friends of graduates from Kodiak College Friday as some 60 degrees and certificates were awarded in the college’s 38th commencement. “I did it!” exclaimed John Butler as he crossed the platform and received a high school equivalency diploma. “After 38 years, it was quite an event,” Butler said later, after the ceremony. Butler runs John...
May 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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