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Explorers learn ways of the isle
Kodiak kids are putting away their smartphones and videogame controllers and lacing up hiking boots each week as the Explore the Rock program makes a comeback. Explore the Rock is a Kodiak Area Native Association program funded by methamphetamine and suicide prevention grants. It’s for students entering 6th through 12th grades. Each week, kids meet at the KANA Wellness Center and spend the afternoon hiking, partic...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ketchikan hands Post 17 tough times
Kodiak Post 17 finished the American Legion baseball regular season with a tough 3-2 eight-inning loss to Ketchikan Saturday at Bartlett. The Kings, who secured the No. 8 seed to next week’s state tournament with the win, took the first game of the doubleheader 15-5. Kodiak (1-17 league, 3-22 overall) will play Fairbanks 30 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the double-elimination Matson Invitational at Bartlett. Fairbanks i...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Letter: Borough brings little to talk of merger with city
To the editor: Consolidation? Really? At a time when our state is $4.5 billion dollars in the hole and the Legislature is too focused on personal agendas to actually work for its citizens, except to cut funds to local communities? I find it incredible that the borough assembly we elected to work for the betterment of all of us would attempt to force a bigger, more expensive government on the citizens of Kodiak jus...
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Otmeloi fix means bigger service area
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly moved forward an ordinance to place expanding Service Area 1 before the voters in the service district. At Thursday’s meeting, the assembly also forwarded a companion ordinance to place the creation of a streetlight service district along Otmeloi Way before the voters. According to staff, the state of Alaska proposes to spend $3.3 million to pave and add sidewalks and street ligh...
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Garden Gate: Give plants a pick-me-up
After shutting down the boat engine we leaned against the railing to watch two humpback whales feed close to the surface. Winding slowly through the kelp bed, they created small whirlpools with their pectoral fins and tails, like a barista would use a straw to draw artistic swirls on top of a latte. Then one of the whales slowly turned toward us, exhaled deep and low, and eased alongside the hull. It was so close ...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stevens: Gov. did right thing
In trying to fix the state’s fiscal problems, the Alaska Senate passed a bill to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund during the fourth special session, but the House didn’t follow suit before the fifth special session closed Monday. “It was really unfortunate it ended as it did,” Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, said Thursday. “We can’t cut enough to get out of a $4 billion hole, and we really need to deal with brin...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hunger hitting ever harder
Alexander von Tsurikov spends a lot of time hunting, but not with a rifle. As director of the Kodiak Island Food Bank, Tsurikov hunts donations, making three or more rounds each day to local stores. He is on call all the time, and will make trips at any hour to pick up items stores may be giving away. “It’s worth it because it’s so difficult to get food,” he said. And the number of people in Kodiak needing food is...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alutiiq plant book to get update
With a $48,208 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Alutiiq Museum will partner with Alaskan ethnobotanist Priscilla Russell to publish her Kodiak Alutiiq Plantlore, a 1995 report on plant use traditions, according to an announcement from the Alutiiq Museum. Russell’s extensive report is part of an archival collection on loan to the Alutiiq Museum from the Kodiak Area Native Association. K...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crow: Gage public in vote before consolidation effort
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved in the first reading Thursday an ordinance to put an advisory vote on consolidation on the October ballot. Assembly member Kyle Crow proposed the ordinance, which would, if passed, ask borough voters if the borough should “pursue the idea of” consolidation with the city of Kodiak. In a letter to the assembly signed by all six Kodiak City Council members and the city mayo...
Jul 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obituary: Lou Ann Hanson
Lou Ann Hanson passed away at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. She was attended by her Husband of 23 years her doctor and pastor. She was proud and courageous to the very end. She never showed her fear or tears, never an ounce of self-pity. But always a smile and concern for those around her. Born in Fairbanks in 1958, she was adopted by Walter and Alyne Gossell of Fairbanks. Lou Ann was the executive secretary to the Ala...
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