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Study: Kodiak cost of living on the rise, data indicates housing prices to blame
The state’s annual survey of Alaska’s cost of living has discovered what’s obvious to anyone who lives in Kodiak: It’s getting more expensive to live here. According to data collected by the Council for Community and Economic Research and published in this month’s issue of Alaska Trends Magazine, Kodiak is only slightly less expensive than Fairbanks. On a point-based scale using 100 as the national average, Kodiak...
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Petro Marine plans new addition to Kodiak waterfront
In September, Petro Marine Services plans to unveil a brand new fuel dock at its Near Island Channel building. First, however, it needs to be put together. On Monday, Petro Marine manager Jaime Flores showed off the new dock, which is resting in St. Herman Harbor and awaiting the crew that will install its plumbing and other features. “Now you’re going from the sixties to the 21st century,” he said. The new dock i...
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Smiley steps down as KHS girls basketball coach
In a surprise move, Stephanie Smiley is stepping down as head coach of Kodiak High School’s girls basketball team. She submitted her letter of resignation to the school July 1 and told the team a day later. Smiley is also leaving her position as a KHS guidance counselor to pursue collegiate coaching opportunities in the Lower 48. She did not disclose details. “This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made...
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Anthropologist presents fish survey results to work group
A majority of Kodiak fishermen believe privatization has had a negative impact on Kodiak, according to preliminary results of a fishing survey conducted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “Only 13 percent of people talked about positive impacts for Kodiak,” UAF anthropologist Courtney Carothers told the city and borough fisheries work group meeting Monday morning. The question was one asked on a survey that we...
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Dunbar runs a fast 1,500
DAILY MIRROR STAFF Four days after running a slower-than-expected 1,500 meters at the Harry Jerome International, Kodiak’s Trevor Dunbar bounced back with a big performance. The former Kodiak High School standout and current University of Oregon runner produced a personal-best 3-minute, 38.38-second 1,500-meter time to finish second in Friday’s Victoria International in British Columbia. Dunbar’s previous top time...
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Kodiak Major all-stars drop District I opener
Kodiak’s Majors Little League all-star team ran into a powerful AMC squad in an opening-round District I pool play baseball game Sunday evening in Anchorage. AMC — a team comprised of players from Anchorage’s military base — belted four home runs en route to a 26-1 victory over Kodiak in four innings. “They had some monsters,” Kodiak assistant coach Chad Griswold said. Two of AMC’s home runs were grand slams, and ...
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Kodiak boy scouts head to national convention
Three Kodiak boy scouts have been selected to travel to West Virginia to attend the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree, an event held once every four years. Around 40,000 scouts will travel to the brand-new Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia to participate in activities like climbing, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, and learn leadership skills. TJ Hailey, Matthew Kernan an...
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Automated voice telephones need to go
To the Editor: Ban automated voice telephones. “I’m sorry — I didn’t get that?” “Would you please repeat that?” “I’m sorry I didn’t get that.” “Would you please repeat that?” The customer is now boiling! “Get a representative please!” Welcome to the world of automation! “Oh, this call may also be monitored,” also. Come on phone companies, you can do better than that. Tempers are rising, highly! Bill Bjorkland
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Outdoor Kodiak: Turn your freezer stock into something for the table
This is an exciting time of year as fishing improves and freezer shelves start filling with winter treats. Meanwhile, we also can enjoy fresh fish as often as we want! But there comes a point when freezers fall into disarray as each new batch of fish is added to the one before it. At some point you have to take the bull by the horns and reorganize your freezer. We had a little surprise while sorting our own freeze...
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Births: July 9
• Kody Andrew Strang was born at 1:36 p.m. July 2, 2013, to Russell and Stephanie Strang. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.75 inches long. His parents are originally from Maryland and now live in Kodiak. His mother is a stay-at-home mom and his father works at U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak. Also welcoming him to the family are James and Claire Strang. Proud grandparents are Stephen and Christine Rumble...
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