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Kodiak keeps halibut title belt
Kodiak is still the No. 1 port in America for halibut. One year after retaking the halibut title from Homer, Kodiak is again on top in the commercial tally with 5 million pounds landed as of Tuesday morning, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. With the season over on Nov. 7, Homer is in second place with 4.4 million pounds landed. No other port has more than 2.6 million pounds landed. Homer — which...
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Michigan man's new book includes details of Kodiak Island bear attack
A Michigan man's new book documents a near-death experience he had with a bear on Kodiak Island in 2003. Kent Kaiser's book "Hard Way Back" was released in September. The autobiography chronicles Kaiser's outdoor adventures, struggles with the U.S. and New Zealand governments, and the bear attack. Kaiser grew up in Fairbanks and started coming to Kodiak to hunt for Sitka blacktail deer. In November 2003, he went o...
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Local processing hire, common in Kodiak, is rare statewide
A new report released in the November issue of Alaska Economic Trends magazine says Alaska’s seafood processing industry is growing steadily, but most of the growth is coming at the hands of nonresident workers — except in Kodiak. According to figures from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the processing sector grew from 17,805 workers in 2006 to 19,740 workers in 2011. The number of reside...
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New program helps violence victims find housing
The Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center now has a new resource available to find housing for women who have been displaced by domestic violence. Empowering Choice Housing is a new referral-based program that helps victims of domestic violence or sexual assault find transitional housing. The statewide program was established through a partnership between the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Network ...
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Ice rink expected to open in mid-December
Kodiak's hockey and broomball players will soon be able to get back on the ice. Project managers expect the Baranof Park ice rink to reopen in mid-December. The ice rink was damaged in an Aug. 1 arson attack. The blaze, which started with discarded packing materials and spread to the rink, caused more than $1 million in damages to the rink's roof, dasher boards, walls, and team boxes. The Kodiak Police Department ...
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Sicafoose dancing again thanks to new Arctic Physical Therapy program
Madisyn Sickafoose is dancing with joy. Two years ago, the Kodiak grade-schooler was deathly ill in a Seattle hospital due to a bout of Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Today, with her cancer all but in remission, she’s enjoying the benefits of a new program established by Arctic Physical Therapy: She’s dancing for the first time in years. “She’s been so strong, and this has been just amazing,” said he...
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A drive to clean starts online
A new group is asking people and businesses to dedicate 15 minutes a day to picking up trash in Kodiak. "Project Kodiak Cleanup" was started by William Kenny, who said the main purpose of the project is to get everyone to help keep the community clean. "We're asking other local businesses and private residents to commit 15 minutes a day to keeping a section of town, whether it's in front of their own business or d...
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Hormone injections speed salmon operations
While Cook Inlet fishermen scream for a solution to low king salmon returns, a hatchery in Kodiak has made a quiet breakthrough that could ensure kings return to Kodiak for years to come. Using injected hormones, Kodiak’s Pillar Creek hatchery has regularized the complicated process of collecting and fertilizing king salmon eggs, meaning more than 200,000 juvenile fish could be ready for release as early as 2014. ...
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Kodiak National Guardsmen homebound
Kodiak National Guardsmen deployed to Afghanistan have returned to the U.S. and are expected in Kodiak later this week. The soldiers set foot on U.S. soil, in Indiana on Thursday. Sen. Mark Begich greeted the soldiers as they arrived at Camp Atterbury in Indianapolis, Ind. where they were being in-processed before returning to Alaska. "It was great to be able to see them, greet them, and see their eyes as they wal...
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School district feels federal budget woes
School attendance is up, but federal budget woes are taking a bite out of the Kodiak school budgets, the school district announced Thursday night. The announcement came during a joint work session between the school board and the borough assembly, a meeting intended to ease the two bodies toward a budgeting process smoother than the rough-and-tumble negotiations of the past two years. In July, the borough assembly...
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