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Kodiak schools serve new lunch schedule
Next fall eighth-graders and ninth-graders will eat lunch together, thanks to a new aligned school schedule. What started as a way to see where the school district could save money has developed into a plan to prepare eighth-graders for the transition to high school. The district decided to make the schedule alignment between the high school and middle school after looking at efficiencies. As a result of aligning ...
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Fourth of July in Old Harbor
Old Harbor’s annual Fourth of July celebration included green with the red, white and blue as members of the city’s youth environmental group pitched in alongside other volunteers. While the environmental group expanded its pro-recycling effort by creating new drop-off locations, other Old Harbor teens assisted with the annual Fourth of July flag-raising ceremony, filled water balloons or generally decorated the t...
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Some in Kodiak benefit from state arts grants
The Alutiiq Heritage Foundation and the Kodiak Island Borough School District are benefitting from the latest round of grants from the Alaska State Council for the Arts. On Monday the council announced $545,800 in awards to organizations and individuals across Alaska. In Kodiak, the heritage foundation received $18,000, while the school district was awarded $13,000. The school district money goes into the district...
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After repaving project, signs of change
Motorists in Kodiak should now have a better idea of where they are. That’s because the new street signs on Rezanof Drive are noticeably bigger. The larger signs are part of the current resurfacing project on Rezanof Drive, and were put up in adherence to new code regulations. “The main scope of our project for signs is making them larger for better visibility for longer distances so you can see the roadways,” sta...
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June dry but no record for Kodiak
Kodiak didn’t set any weather records in June, but it wasn’t far off. According to figures released Thursday by the Alaska Climate Research Center, the archipelago’s largest city received just 14 percent of its normal rainfall last month. In an average June, Kodiak gets 5.9 inches of rain. This June, it received 0.8 inches, barely above the all-time driest June on record. In June 1997, Kodiak saw 0.67 inches of ra...
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Fourth parade goes off under dry skies
On a day that began and ended with the bang of fireworks, it was the annual Fourth of July parade that stole the show in Kodiak. With no organized fireworks on hand for the second consecutive year, the annual parade put on by the American Legion took center stage. Leading the show was grand marshal High Cummins, a Korean War veteran who served as grand marshal and oversaw the festivities from a pickup truck on poi...
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Help comes in for Kodiak shelter, library
Three Kodiak groups will receive grants totaling $1.1 million from the Rasmuson Foundation. The Rasmuson Foundation awarded $500,000 to the Brother Francis Shelter, $100,000 to the Kodiak Area Native Association and $500,000 to the city of Kodiak for its new library. On June 27 the Rasmuson Foundation’s board of directors met for a biannual meeting where the board approved $9.6 million in funding to nonprofit orga...
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US military will help Old Harbor with airstrip
The government program that grounded a landing craft on a Kodiak island will next year bring a new airstrip to Old Harbor. The airstrip is a key part of Old Harbor’s economic revitalization plan, but it wouldn’t happen nearly as fast without the help of the military’s Innovative Readiness Training program, which sends soldiers on missions to remote parts of the United States to prepare them for similar jobs overse...
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Kodiak arts: Photographer makes common sights special
People love puffins — this is what photographer Dake Schmidt has learned through his years of photographing Kodiak wildlife and scenery. “When it all started as an idea in my head; I thought bears would be it,” Schmidt said. “But it’s not. People go psychotic for puffins.” Schmidt’s photographs are printed on canvas and feature unique images of Kodiak wildlife or scenes on the road system. “I lot of it is what I f...
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Kodiak union adjusts after leader’s cancer death
Kodiak’s International Longshore and Warehouse Union is undergoing leadership changes after its previous leader, Allen Parker, lost his battle with cancer. The ILWU is a union that gives members job opportunities in warehouses or on the docks. The ILWU has 150 members statewide, including 14 in Kodiak. Members are given jobs working containers and moving cargo across Kodiak’s docks. The jobs are not full-time, and...
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