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Kodiak marks National ALS Awareness Month in May
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neuromuscular, progressive neurodegenerative disease. Its cause is still a mystery and a cure is still the elusive butterfly. It was first described in 1869 by Parisian neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Kevin Packman of Miami, Florida, wanted to do something for his father, who was diagnosed with ALS. When he attended the University of Texas and with help from then-Gov...
Apr 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Entrance light provides safe passage for Kodiak vessels
St. Paul Harbor Entrance Light in Chiniak Bay is an essential navigational aid, marking landfall for vessels inbound to Kodiak. More than 1,000 vessels transit in and out of Kodiak Harbor each year and the aid marks the channel entrance, as well as a hazardous reef. Originally established in 1939, the aid consisted of a steel skeleton tower lit by an acetylene lamp. The light was converted to battery power in the ...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard rescues three from life raft after boat burns
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued three people from a life raft after a fire started on board their fishing vessel. A fire in the engine room of the 82-foot F/V Northern Pride caused the three men aboard to evacuate into a life raft from which they were hoisted into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst. No one was injured in the incident. “They had the...
Apr 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Work, shopping top list of priorities for bus service
Getting to work and shopping areas topped the list of priorities identified by 250 respondents to a survey by the Kodiak Area Transit System on public transit priorities, according to a release from Senior Citizens of Kodiak, the lead agency behind KATS. “A little while ago, Senior Citizens of Kodiak asked for some feedback from the community on how we can expand our public service, because basically the Kodiak Ar...
Apr 22, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Many beds left at community garden
Last fall and late summer, volunteers spent hours screwing boards together into beds, stapling landscape fabric to the bottom of the beds and filling the beds with dirt. Now, the first season of using the new community garden located off Larch Street is about to begin. So far, just eight beds have been reserved out of the 24 in the garden by individuals, the local 4-H and local church, said Blythe Brown, a project...
Apr 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly forwards boat, mobile home tax changes
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly moved forward the elimination of the personal property tax on boats and changes to how mobile home are levied. At a recent work session, borough assessor Bill Roberts told the assembly that the tax on boats, $1 per foot, doesn’t bring in enough money to cover the cost of assessing and collecting the tax, which was originally assessed to keep boats from having to pay a different t...
Apr 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Spinning a yarn tells their story
Most people don’t think about where their clothes come from, but members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, who re-enact medieval lifestyles, know it takes a lot of work to get from raw fibers to clothing. On Saturday, members of the local SCA group held a hands-on day for learning about arts and sciences of the medieval ages, including spinning wool into yarn. Sonia Clary, who has been spinning since she wa...
Apr 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Borough manager to retire next year
The Kodiak Island Borough manager is retiring from the position next year, and the borough is beginning the process to find another manager. Manager Bud Cassidy’s contract ends in mid-January 2016, but he has offered the assembly the option to extend the contract until the end of June 2016 to provide overlap with a new manager. The assembly disagreed on whether to have borough staff begin advertising for a manager...
Apr 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Whale watching from Kodiak’s historic sites
Spring is a great time to visit Narrow Cape and view migrating grey whales. The giant creatures swim close to shore on their way to feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, particularly cows with their newborn calves. My daughter Abigail and I watch them from our favorite perch. It is on the cape above Fossil Beach, overlooking Ugak Bay. For the best views, we move back and forth between two World War II searchlight bun...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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First themes emerge from study about graying of fishing fleet
A group of researchers are studying the effects of the so-called “graying of the fleet,” the aging of fishermen without as many younger ones coming along behind, in the Kodiak archipelago and Bristol Bay, and the results of dozens of interviews are currently being catalogued. On Wednesday at the Baranov Museum, Danielle Ringer, a University of Alaska Fairbanks master’s student, presented the first preliminary them...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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