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Veterans group looks to link with community
A local group seeks to build camaraderie and boost morale among local veterans while increasing awareness of the unique struggles they face. Kodiak Veterans Outreach formed in January with the goal of hosting at least one event per month for veterans and community members in order to give local veterans a network of like-minded people and promote understanding among the general population. “After deployments and s...
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Week in Words: Families’ banners honor loved ones in service
Our words of the week are “gold star.” You’ve no doubt heard this phrase to describe the Khan family, an American Muslim family who lost their son and brother, Capt. Humayun Khan, to the war in Iraq in 2004. And now they’ve set the Trump aflame with some goading and baiting. Often, when I hear the phrase “gold star,” I think about school and those cute little gold star stickers we would get on our reading charts. ...
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Derby winner counts blessings
Large fish were in short supply, so the grand prize winner of the 2016 Kodiak Association of Charterboat Operators King Salmon Derby was a 28 1/2-inch fish. Because no fish more than 45 pounds were entered, the three top prizes were awarded by drawing, and Mike Olsen walked away with $5,000. “I knew I had a chance, because the organization was a little different this year,” Olsen said shortly after he was announce...
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Chiniak replant vote Thursday
What to do with burned land in Chiniak has been the topic of much discussion by the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly, which will vote on a contract for the purchase of seedlings at Thursday’s meeting. The proposed sole-source contract for just more than $120,000 would purchase 300,000 spruce tree seedlings from Koncor Forest Products. The number is more than the borough would need to replant the parcel affected by t...
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Supporting Relay for Life
The year the Relay for Life began in Kodiak was the year Jessica Swain beat breast cancer. Triumphantly, she walked in that first event in 2008, and she has walked every year since. All these years later, she still tears up when she talks about her battle with the disease. Despite the difficulty, she said it is important for her to band with the community. “I do this just to support everyone that’s a survivor and ...
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Booster gets a boost
Joining only Explore Fairbanks among Alaska tourism bureaus, Discover Kodiak has earned accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program of the Destination Marketing Association International. “DMAP’s globally recognized accreditation serves as a visible industry distinction that defines quality and performance standards in destination marketing and management,” according to a Monday announcement...
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Town, schools welcome 144 CG families
With Coast Guard Day on Aug. 4 and the annual Welcome Aboard fair on Aug. 8, it is that time of year again when the community greets its newest Coast Guard families. Kodiak will see 144 new Coast Guard families to the community this year, according to Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker of 17th District Public Affairs. While every move has challenges, Kodiak has tried to make moving to the island as easy as possi...
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Reporter's Notebook: Taser training
Last week, I participated in Taser training at the Kodiak Police Department. One at a time, officers entered a dim room to face a situation: a man waving a gun and threatening to kill, a suicidal person, someone shrieking for help for a choking baby and a fistfight. In each scenario, officers had to figure out the correct response and whether to use the training Taser and pistol on their belt. Although I was not g...
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Keeping up the beat
Drummers provide entertainment during the Relay for Life, a fundraiser held from Saturday morning through Sunday morning at Woody Way Park.
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Navy study projects harm to Gulf mammals
A U.S. Department of the Navy final supplemental environmental impact statement for the Gulf of Alaska released Friday shows a potential for impacts to marine mammals during training activities. The study is available for public review until Aug. 29. The study analyzes three scenarios. The first sees no changes from types or levels of training occurring prior to 2011. An alternative shows increased training levels...
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