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Tougher borough contracting rules spark heated words
A dispute about borough contracting disclosure boiled over into a shouting match during the Thursday night meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. Halfway through the meeting, the assembly voted 4-2 (Mel Stephens and Louise Stutes opposed) to approve the first reading of an ordinance that will toughen the borough's rules for transparency when awarding contracts. During open comments the vote, assemblyman Me...
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Tapestry: A play explores Orthodox Christmas traditions
A play about a young Russian boy’s attempts to recover Christmas traditions in communist Russia is the holiday offering of Holy Resurrection Orthodox parish youths in Kodiak during this Christmas season. The play, The Miracle of St. Nicholas, is based on a children’s book by Gloria Whelan and adapted into play format by Dr. Bea Dunlop, professor of patristics at St. Herman’s Seminary. On Christmas Eve, Alexi, the ...
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Around Kodiak: Jan. 4
A hockey gear swap takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the teen center. Bring gear to donate or swap for another size. The Kodiak Arts Council hosts auditions for “Man of La Mancha” at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. Audition materials are available to check out from the Kodiak Arts Council office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parts for singers, actors and ensemble are available, but all who a...
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Hockey swap scheduled for this weekend
Lauren Mullen returned to her hometown with 1,000 pounds of hockey gear. This Saturday, she hopes to unload some of that gear to the youths of Kodiak. Mullen is organizing a hockey swap from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Kodiak Teen Center. “What we are hoping for Saturday is that people come and will also bring their gear to donate or either swap,” said Mullen, a 1992 Kodiak High School graduate. The gear was...
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Ferry delayed by elevator trouble
The ferry Kennicott is back in service but running behind schedule after its vehicle elevator malfunctioned and stranded it in Yakutat. With the ferry Tustumena in dry dock for maintenance, the Kennicott is the sole ferry serving Kodiak, and the delay means the cancellation of one Kodiak stop. “To catch the ferry back up to its normal schedule, what they’re taking out is the homer to Kodiak round-trip sailing on (...
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Coast Guard cutter Storis listed as National Historic Place
The retired Coast Guard cutter Storis has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Paul Lusignan, who reviews Alaskan register candidates, confirmed Wednesday that the Storis was officially listed on the last day of 2012. Listing on the register means the federal government has deemed the ship worthy of preservation. Other ships on the list include America’s first nuclear-powered freight...
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Rural fire station catches fire
Ouzinkie’s fire department put months of training and new equipment to the test on Dec. 28 when the fire station caught fire. The fire started in the city’s waste oil burner located directly behind the fire station. “The city maintenance was burning off oil, and the winds were just right to where it lit that up, and fire-balled up the wall of the firehouse,” Ouzinkie fire chief Travis Sheppard said. The call came ...
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Outdoor Kodiak: New Year's outlook
With the turn of the calendar to 2013 there is one detail we should all remember. Be sure to buy 2013 hunting and fishing licenses before going out! While I’m not much for resolutions, the start of the new year is my signal to begin making plans and preparations for upcoming seasons. I’ll talk more about those in the future, but in fact we haven’t finished with some that started in 2012. Duck season ends Jan. 22, ...
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Editorial: Engineered fish are harmful to Alaska's salmon industry
The new year is beginning with an old debate over genetically engineered salmon. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration released an environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a genetically engineered fish that grows twice as fast as its wild counterparts. The assessment said the fish is unlikely to harm the environment, and the ruling is the first step toward clearing the fish for human consumptio...
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Alaska Science Forum: Alaska forests in transition
In almost every patch of boreal forest in Interior Alaska that Glenn Juday has studied since the 1980s, at least one quarter of the aspen, white spruce and birch trees are dead. “These are mature forest stands that were established 120 to 200 years ago,” said Juday, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. “Big holes have appeared i...
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