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Three Kodiakans honored at AFN
Alisha Drabek decided to learn the Alutiiq language because of her close relationship with her grandmother. This week, Drabek will be awarded for that decision as she accepts the Eileen Panigeo MacLean Education award at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. "It's an amazing honor because it comes from the Native community in the whole state," Drabek said. Drabek was one of three people ...
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Naval SEALs training complex set to expand
A major new expansion is getting under way for the Naval Special Warfare Center on Spruce Cape. Alutiiq Diversified Services, the construction division of the Afognak Native Corporation, has been awarded a $17.4 million contract to renovate the facility and build a 25,000 square-foot expansion. Alutiiq defeated six competitors in the bidding for the contract, which will modernize the Navy SEALs training complex th...
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P&Z puts new residential development on hold
A new residential development is on hold after the Kodiak Island Borough planning and zoning commission voted to postpone consideration of it until December. In a filing with the borough, Art Zimmer requested the subdivision of a business-zoned lot at the corner of Island Lake Road and Melnitsa Lane. Zimmer, speaking after the meeting, said subdividing it into flag lots — lots connected to the street only by drive...
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Made in Kodiak sale bigger than ever
The seventh consecutive Made in Kodiak sale is expected to be the biggest one yet. The annual bazaar highlighting local artists had to be moved from the Kodiak Inn to the Harbor Convention Center this year to make room for all of the additional tables and vendors. There are 28 tables at the event, and all have been filled. "This is the best and biggest show we've ever done," said Made in Kodiak vice president Sara...
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Van catches fire at Ft. Abercrombie
A Dodge Caravan was totaled after it caught fire while parked at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park on Wednesday. The fire occurred in the Fort Abercrombie parking lot around 2 p.m. The driver and his daughter were walking around the park when the fire started. Another person noticed the vehicle was on fire and called firefighters. The Bayside Fire Department responded with an engine, and put the fire out with...
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Japan broadcasting group filming documentary about tsunami debris
A Japanese broadcasting group will be filming a documentary about tsunami debris in Kodiak this week. NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting station, is filming a documentary about tsunami debris in Alaska to raise awareness about the amount of debris the U.S. is receiving. "Most of this is about awareness," said Noboru Nakashima, NHK's Los Angeles bureau chief. "The tsunami debris is a big trouble to the North...
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Freeze-dried salmon could be a future space meal
Astronauts in space may soon enjoy freeze-dried salmon if a Kodiak researcher’s project goes as planned. Alexandra Oliviera, associate professor of seafood chemistry for University of Alaska Fairbanks at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, is conducting research to see whether freeze-dried salmon makes a tasty space meal. Oliviera came up with the idea to freeze-dry salmon after noticing that stores sold...
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Almost $6,000 cash stolen in Larsen Bay
Alaska State Troopers are investigating a $5,900 theft in Larsen Bay. According to troopers, cash was stolen from an account at the city office. A city official notified troopers of the theft on Oct. 5. Initial investigations revealed that $5,906 was taken sometime between Aug. 30 and Oct. 1. The city office declined to make a comment as it is an active investigation. Charges have not been filed. Contact the Mirro...
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Garbage-saavy Kodiakans seek a present solution for a future problem
On one side of a 35-degree gravel embankment is a towering pile of trash. On the other is a muddy pit. Together, these two spaces in the Kodiak Island Borough Landfill are the present and future of trash collection in Kodiak. The current landfill and its hill of gravel-covered garbage is 10 feet short of a regulatory cutoff height. The nearby pit, soon to be lined in plastic and piping, will serve Kodiak’s garbage...
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After four decades and two bottles of champagne, UAF’s boat launches in Wisconsin
MARINETTE, WIS. — Vera Alexander worried the champagne bottle wouldn’t break. The professor and dean emeritus of UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS) served as a co-sponsor of the UAF research vessel Sikuliaq, which launched here on Saturday. That meant she was the one to give the ship’s blessing then crack a bottle of champagne against the bow. Rain alternately spit and fell in windy sheets at the ...
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