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Kodiak fishers wrap up state cod season
Kodiak fishermen wrap up another successful state-waters Pacific cod season today as jig fishermen hit the harvest limit around Kodiak Island. Jiggers get only a short break, however, before the second federal cod season of the year begins June 10. Pot boats will have to wait until Sept. 1. There’s no such thing as a typical year for state cod fishing, said Nicholas Sagalkin, the biologist who manages the fishery ...
May 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak business spotlight: Scott’s Plumbing in new office
Scott Pillans walked up to the toilet with a smile on his face. “Come here; I want to show you something,” he said. Taking the raised lid of the toilet in both hands, he pushed it down violently. Instead of slamming closed with a clatter, the lid instead fell slowly and quietly, cushioned by a spring. “It’s the kind of thing only a plumber could think about,” he joked. While Pillans has a sense of humor about his ...
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Business scam circulates in Kodiak
A new scam involving so-called “toner phoners” is circulating in Kodiak. The scam is a new version of a traditional office supplies fraud. A caller obtains the name and address of an employee, then sends unordered supplies. The business is then billed — often at exorbitant rates. The scammer trusts the bills will be lost in a paperwork shuffle. In Kodiak’s case, the latest incidents have involved callers masquerad...
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Honing skills before salmon season starts
With salmon season right around the corner, some Kodiakans took the time to hone their filleting skills. Alutiiq Elder Julie Knagin shared her knowledge of fish preparation in an Alutiiq Wild Foods presentation Tuesday. Around a dozen people attended the Alutiiq Museum’s event to watch her fillet and debone a red salmon, hoping to pick up some tips to take home. Knagin quickly cut the salmon’s head off and fillete...
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Filipino-American Association of Kodiak hosts Mayflower festival
More than 60 Kodiakans gathered Saturday for Kodiak's edition of the Santacruzan (Mayflower) festival in the Kodiak Teen Center. The festival, organized by the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, is a Philippine Catholic celebration that commemorates the search for the cross of Jesus in the year 326. In Kodiak, the Reyna Elena crown is given to the woman who raises the most money for the association. “This is...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak borough commissions study to determine if workers are overpaid
A new study will determine whether borough employees are underpaid, overpaid or right on target. The borough is requesting proposals from consulting services interested in conducting an employee classification and compensation study. The study will measure employees’ pay and benefits against the private sector. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly budgeted $60,000 for the project in the 2011-2012 budget, but the bor...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiakan begins cross-country bicycle ride today
As John McDonald dipped the rear wheel of his bicycle into the Pacific Ocean at Buskin River State Recreation area, his words were drowned out by the sound of an Alaska Airlines jet taking off from the nearby airport. That jet would need only a handful of hours to travel the length of the United States, but the trip McDonald begins today might take three months to do the same. McDonald, who graduated from Kodiak H...
May 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Class of 2012 graduates from Kodiak High School
Tay’Lia Owens celebrated her graduation with a song. For Puni Timu, graduation day brought happy tears. Blue-haired Jordan Fogle smiled at both his graduation and a state track championship. Regardless of their mood or their feelings, the 181 people in Sunday’s graduation program had one goal on their minds: a small piece of parchment emblazoned with a large word: “Diploma.” “You have accomplished great things,” s...
May 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ground broken on new library
People of all ages brought out their shovels and broke ground at the library’s new site on Signal Hill Saturday. More than 100 people turned out to show support for Kodiak’s library project. “The new library will be a wonderful place and focal point for young and old in our community,” city Mayor Pat Branson said. “It’s going to be something that will never go out of style.” The new library project has been in the...
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Interest conflict alleged on zoning board
Communications towers were on the agenda, but last week’s meeting of the Kodiak Planning and Zoning Commission was dominated by an accusation of miscommunication within the commission itself. Before the council addressed the zoning of a water well in Bell’s Flats, acting commission chairman Brent Watkins unexpectedly ordered commissioner Rick Vahl out of the commission meeting, citing a conflict of interest. “This...
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