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Marines work on Old Harbor airport
The Marines have landed in Old Harbor. On June 15, 45 US Marine Corps reservists arrived in Old Harbor on a mission to lengthen the town’s runway from 2,000 feet to 4,700 feet long. Part of the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training program, the Marines train for remote construction jobs while Old Harborites benefit from a new runway. “We are very glad to be working here in Old Harbor and helping wi...
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Kodiak temperatures topped 70 degrees for seventh day this month
Kodiak’s warm spell continued Tuesday as temperatures topped 70 degrees for the seventh day this month. According to the National Weather Service measuring station at Kodiak State Airport, the temperature reached 70 degrees just before noon. That figure is well short of the record for the day — 82 degrees, in 1953 — but continues Kodiak’s abnormally warm and sunny weather. Temperatures 70 degrees or warmer were al...
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City council looks for ways to improve downtown
The Kodiak City Council is taking a hard look at implementing a new downtown revitalization program. During a regular work session Tuesday night, the council heard from Mayor Pat Branson, who proposed the creation of a committee to outline steps the city can take to reduce crime, brighten the downtown district and attract new businesses. "I want to have the downtown nice and safe and invite more retailers to be do...
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Supreme Court decision changes backstage planning for Alaska voting
On Tuesday, a divided US Supreme Court overturned a key component of the Voting Rights Act, a move that will effect Alaska voters as much as politicians on the far-off East Coast. You probably won’t see the changes when you go to vote, but for the people who help you vote, it’s a major shift. For the past three years, Kodiak’s Bob Brodie has been on the state’s redistricting board. Created after the 2010 census, t...
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70 years later, new memorial at Attu
This month, the silence of Attu Island was broken by the music of a single harmonica playing “Taps.” In a simple ceremony, a handful of workers from the US Fish and Wildlife Service dedicated a memorial on the island to remember both the Battle of Attu and the 44 villagers who lost their homes on the island during World War II. “The idea is that we did something in recognition of the 70th anniversary,” said Jeff W...
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Fisherman faces federal charges
A Washington man who fished out of Kodiak faces federal charges for alleged illegal fishing. On Friday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced that Steven Carr, 54, was indicted by an Anchorage federal grand jury for making false records under federal fish and wildlife laws, and making false statements to a federal government agency. Carr faces four counts of violating the Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to fals...
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New group offers playtime for toddlers
A new group called “Toddler Time” gives Kodiak’s toddlers a safe place to play and socialize. The group is the brainchild of Brian Dixon and his wife, Kristen Frank, who have a 2-year-old son, Finn, and 6-month-old daughter, Hannah. They were looking for a place to take their kids to meet other kids, and when they couldn’t find one, they decided to start the group. Dixon and Frank contacted the city of Kodiak, and...
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Duncan Fields reappointed to NPFMC
Kodiak resident and longtime fisherman Duncan Fields has been reappointed to fill a three-year term on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. On Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that 20 new and returning members had been appointed to eight regional fishery management councils in the U.S. The councils partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to manage ocean fish stoc...
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Alaska's unemployment rate reaches lowest since 2007
Alaska’s unemployment rate has dipped to the lowest level since spring 2007, according to new statistics from the state department of labor and workforce development. According to statistics released Thursday, Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 5.9 percent in May. That figure is preliminary, the department cautioned, and may be revised before the end of the year. The nationwide unemployment rat...
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Alutiiq Museum looks for art
The Alutiiq Museum is seeking contemporary artwork to add to its permanent collection. Thanks to a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation’s Art Acquisition program, the museum will be able to purchase pieces that reflect the culture, history and environment of the Alutiiq people. The Art Acquisition Fund, which began in 2003, gives Alaska museums the opportunity to purchase current work from Alaskan artists. Each muse...
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