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Obituary: Jerry Bennett
Jerry Bennett passed away April 29, 2012 at the age of 76 while visiting family in La Mesa, Calif. Jerry was born May 7, 1935, in La Mar, Texas, to Clyde and Lucy “Maddy” Bennett. Serving in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1964, Jerry earned several medals, including the Korean Service medal and Combat Infantryman’s badge. Back in the states, he started working at Lockheed Shipyards, where he met his “angel” Audrey. Th...
May 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Grabbing trash bags, hundreds turn out to clean up Kodiak
On Rezanof Drive, Bill and Michelle St. Clair pulled up paper cups, cigarette butts and a set of discarded keys. On Mill Bay Road, Stephen Burnside rolled a set of knobby 17-inch snow tires, slightly used. Near Sharatin Road, Shanti and Breanna Peterson plucked plastic bags. On Saturday, community cleanup day, the only things as varied as the garbage were the people picking it up. More than 100 volunteers smothere...
May 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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J-1 visa changes are delayed until November
Kodiak canneries won’t have to stress about a shortage of workers this summer. On Friday, the U.S. Department of State announced that proposed changes to the J-1 Visa program will not prohibit Alaska’s seafood processors from using the program before November, ensuring no disruption in the summer salmon season. “I think this is the right step,” Sen. Mark Begich said. “This allows us to move through the season and ...
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Fourth site option suggested for Kodiak Maritime Museum
During a community meeting Friday, the Kodiak Maritime Museum brought three new site location choices to the public, and the public came up with a fourth site. The museum has never had a physical place to display the numerous collections it has acquired over the years. Instead, the collections sit packed up at the Baranov Museum and in a small utility building at St. Herman Harbor. “There is an increasing need for...
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Big construction season starts on Kodiak Island
KODIAK — While gardeners wield their trowels, men and women with bigger shovels are planting a bumper crop of orange cones this construction season in Kodiak. From Pasagshak to Pillar Mountain, Spruce Cape to Old Harbor, Kodiak is enjoying a building boom. Though the $65 million Kodiak High School renovation and expansion has been delayed until next spring, this summer will see work on more than $200 million in pr...
May 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holland America slashes Kodiak port visits in 2013
There will be an open space at Pier 2 and a big hole in Kodiak’s tourist economy next summer, thanks to a course change by cruise line Holland America. This week, the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau learned that Holland America is redeploying the Amsterdam, Kodiak’s most reliable cruise visitor. This year, the Amsterdam will make eight stops in Kodiak, more than half of the 14 port visits planned by a...
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Construction will cut Near Island water on Saturday
Though it’s surrounded by ocean, Near Island will be without water for about six hours on Saturday. The city’s public works department needs to shut off the island’s drinking water so it can begin replacing a 1,000-foot water line on Rezanof Drive that stretches from Near Island Bridge to the high school. The work is needed before Brechan Enterprises starts to repave the road under a summer contract with the state...
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Kodiakans keep their hats on for Kentucky Derby fundraiser
Women will wear their best hats to the first “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby party in Kodiak. The Morning Rotary is holding the party as a scholarship fundraiser at the Kodiak Elks Lodge on Saturday. “This is something new and exciting for Kodiak,” organizer Brett Bass said. “Derby attire is encouraged.” For women, that means a big colorful hat and matching outfit. All hat wearers will walk in a hat parade and ...
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Kodiak borough assembly keeps new hospital facility moving forward
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly gave its approval Thursday night to architectural planning for a new long-term care facility at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, but not without a bit of reluctance. In extended debate, assembly members Mel Stephens and Louise Stutes said they support the facility, just not borough funding of the $11 million project. “I have said before I do not believe the local governme...
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Isle Bells plans weekend "Spring Ring"
Kodiak’s community handbell choir, Isle Bells, will hold a “Spring Ring” concert on Sunday. There will be two shows at St. James the Fisherman Church, held at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each 40-minute performance will feature six songs, including music from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Phantom of the Opera.” “The audience should expect a combination of techniques and effects, and a varied repertoire of songs familiar to...
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