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Registration opens for Girl Scouts Women of Science and Technology Day
Next month, the Girl Scouts of Alaska will conduct the 22nd annual Women of Science and Technology Day across the state. Girls from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to attend the Feb. 8 event at Kodiak College. The purpose of the day is to excite young women about STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and to teach them about careers in those fields. “It’s just to get girls i...
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Empty Midway: Golden Wheel backs out of Crab Festival
Last year, Kodiak put on a Crab Festival with no crab. This year, the city will try to host a Crab Festival with no festival. On Monday, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce confirmed that Golden Wheel Amusements, which has furnished rides for the festival midway for the past 40 years, will be unable to do so in 2014. “Crabfest is a lot more than just the rides, but it is going to be, you know, different,” said Trevor B...
Jan 07, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak state park positions go vacant
The gates of Miller Point Road are locked, and the park office at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park are all but empty. Four months after the departure of area ranger Jack Ransom, Kodiak’s state parks remain without a ranger on staff. To maintain Kodiak’s six state recreation sites and parks, the state has just one technician. Full staffing is a complement of four. Asked whether the state plans to fill the vac...
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Drones to be tested in Kodiak, but ultimate role unclear
Kodiak Island could soon be home to drone testing. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration named the University of Alaska Fairbanks as one of six national test site operators for drones, formally known as unmanned aerial aircraft. Kodiak Island was included as a test site in UA’s proposal. Under the proposal, Kodiak drone testing will be limited to a test range covering Narrow Cape, nearby Ugak Island and w...
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Borough assembly turns down additional tourism funding
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has turned down an $18,000 international marketing campaign by Discover Kodiak. The vote took place at the assembly’s Thursday night meeting, which included items from a canceled December meeting. The borough’s tourism agency planned to use borough funding to attend travel shows in Berlin, Chicago and Iceland in partnership with the Alaska Tourism Industry Association. The $18,00...
Jan 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Shipyard reduces deficit in 2013
The Kodiak Shipyard has cut its operating deficit but is still running in the red, the Kodiak Port and Harbors advisory board learned Friday. The city-owned shipyard is now less than $100,000 in the red. In 2012, the shipyard had a $302,705 deficit between revenue and expenses, but thanks to a 20 percent rate increase last April, that number has shrunk to $93,748. According to city financial records, the shipyard ...
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Volunteers return from Philippine relief efforts
Last month, Kodiak resident Jun Belen was feeding kids at a school on the Philippine island of Leyte when he was struck by the kindness of one boy. At one of the schools where he cooked and distributed food, Belen saw a boy holding onto his plate of chicken and spaghetti, not eating it. He asked the boy why he wasn’t eating his food, and was touched by the response: “I was surprised when he said, ‘This is for my b...
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December wraps a dry year for Kodiak
Though Kodiak’s December weather was highlighted by a pair of snowstorms, the month was exceptionally dry for the island city. According to measurements taken by the National Weather Service at Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport, Kodiak finished December with just 4.45 inches of precipitation, just over half of normal for the month. The tally doesn’t put Kodiak in the top 10 driest Decembers on record (just 0.58 in...
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Afognak Native Corporation moves into new building
Employees of the Afognak Native Corporation have a new 10,000 square-foot home on Near Island. The Afognak Native Corporation, formed in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, has 969 shareholders and is growing. The corporation’s board of directors had wanted a new Kodiak office building for a number of years, and that dream has finally become reality. Afognak’s construction subsidiary, Alutiiq LLC, ...
Jan 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man accused of dousing another with gasoline
A Kodiak man is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly pouring gasoline on another man. Judge Steve Cole arraigned Darin Wolfe, 47, on Thursday on one count of first-degree attempted murder, an unclassified felony punishable by up to 99 years in jail. Wolfe is also facing one count of attempted first-degree assault, a class B felony. According to court documents, police received a call from the victim a...
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