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Wet and windy at KMXT-FM Run the Rock
Miserable was the adjective of choice used by the 138 runners at Saturday’s KMXT-FM Run the Rock. With southeast wind gusts topping 30 miles per hour and sheets of rain pelting participants, the conditions were far from ideal at Bear Valley Golf Course. Neil McCarthy made the best of the cold and soggy weather by breaking the men’s marathon course record in a cool 3 hours, 32 minutes, 45 seconds — nearly seven min...
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Walter Thomas Hok
Walter Thomas Hok, 34, passed away Oct. 6, 2013. Walter was born to Joe Hok and Frances French on Dec. 20, 1979 in Kodiak, a place he loved and respected. His collossal dreams revolved around his friends, family, hunting and fishing. Walter was an avid hunter and guide as well as a lifelong fisherman. At a young age he created the biggest dream of his life and conquered every hardship throughout his short life to ...
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Kodiak man faces hunting violation
A Kodiak man is one of three bowhunters accused of using an airboat to chase and hunt a bull moose through a swamp near the Knik River. Alaska State Troopers filed misdemeanor charges against the three men, who are scheduled to be arraigned in court on Oct. 17. Kodiak resident Matthew Keplinger, 56, will be arraigned in court on one count of unlawful possession or transportation of game and one count of using a mo...
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Tennis wins 3 matches at state
Kodiak High’s tennis squad picked up three victories at the state tennis tournament Friday and Saturday in Anchorage. The girls duo of Icy Basa and Amy Whitmore accounted for two victories and reached the consolation bracket semifinals. Basa and Whitmore defeated a team from Hutchison and Lathrop before falling to the East Anchorage duo of Katie Alversado and Abby McDiffett 8-4 in the semifinals. Kodiak coach Stev...
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Kenai ends Kodiak’s football season
For the second season in a row, Kodiak’s football season ended in a lopsided decision on the Kenai Peninsula. Behind six Jace Daniels rushing touchdowns, Kenai bounced Kodiak from the medium-schools playoffs with a 47-6 victory Saturday in Kenai. Kodiak wraps up its season with a 5-3 record and exits the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Bears lost at Soldotna 62-7. “I’m...
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Thomet second in Oregon
Levi Thomet’s undefeated season came to an end on Saturday in Oregon. It didn’t end without a fight. The Kodiak junior placed second in a talented boys elite varsity race at the George Fox XC Classic Willamette Mission State Park in Gervais, Ore., just a week after winning his second 4A Alaska state title. Thomet led in the 5-kilometer run before Matthew Maton of Summit High School (Ore.) broke away with about 2,0...
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City presents composting plan to borough assembly
The city of Kodiak presented the case for composting to the borough assembly Thursday night as it asked the assembly to approve a 2.36-acre composting site at the Kodiak Island Borough landfill. If approved by the borough assembly in its Thursday meeting, the measure would transfer a plot of land to the city, allowing the city to begin design and construction of a permanent sewage composting facility. “We’re tryin...
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City moves ahead with new pier
While the state of Alaska lays the groundwork for a new Tustumena-class ferry, the city of Kodiak is moving ahead with a new dock for the existing Tustumena. Negotiations are proceeding with the state of Alaska on a $14.3 million replacement for City Pier 1. According to a draft memorandum of agreement still being worked out, the state will build a new Pier 1 using state and federal money. Funding was approved und...
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Garden Gate: When to pick tomatoes
When it comes to growing tomatoes on Kodiak Island, I turn to Sandee Drabek. So it made perfect sense to ask her the big follow-up question, “How do you know when to pick tomatoes?” I laughed at her first response, which was so logical and forthright it caught me off guard. “Well, my friend, red is good for ripe tomatoes,” adding “or a rich gold or tangerine depending on the variety.” Sandee, who has studied the a...
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Fish Factor: 2013 salmon season is one for the record books
As expected, Alaska’s 2013 salmon catch is one for the record books. Early tallies by state fishery managers show that fishermen caught 272 million salmon this summer, smashing the previous record of 221 salmon in 2005. The fishery was powered by a whopping catch of 219 million pinks. In terms of money, the preliminary harvest value of $691 million ranks second to the $724 million of 1988, called an “outlier” seas...
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