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School district will use robots to enhance virtual learning
Soon, Kodiak teachers will be able to roll into classrooms on two wheels. The Kodiak Island Borough School District has purchased 12 telepresence robots to expand the district’s virtual learning program. Instead of being tied to a webcam attached to a computer, teachers can use the robots to move around a classroom and communicate through an attached iPad. “What's amazing is how fast people move past it being a ro...
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Borough population drops below 14,000
A year after the Kodiak borough’s population topped 14,000, migration has pushed the number of Kodiak residents below that significant mark. According to figures released Friday by the Alaska Department of Labor, the population of the Kodiak Island Borough is now 13,824. That’s 291 people fewer than it was a year ago, due to people moving away from the archipelago. “One year won’t make a trend, of course,” said st...
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Achievers: Jan. 23
The Kodiak Elks have named their achievers for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. At Kodiak Middle School, the winners are Lars Hanson, Amal Albaladejo, Sam Chmielarczyk, Sage Alvarez, Mekia Bushell and Hunter Blair. • Lars, a sixth-grader and son of Geoff Smith and Christy Lyle, was selected because of his drive to learn and his cooperative nature. A diligent and conscientious student, Lars strives ...
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Canadian groups try to stop engineered salmon
Canadian environmental groups are suing to stop the production of genetically modified salmon eggs on Prince Edward Island off Canada’s east coast. The eggs, produced by AquaBounty Inc., are the first step toward production of a genetically modified salmon intended for sale in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the sale or consumption of the modified salmon, but last month Env...
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An dominating defense
The adage is that defense wins championships. Kodiak’s girls basketball team is playing championship-caliber defense so far this season. The numbers are eye-popping: The team has played five shutout quarters and has held opponents to five points or less in 25 of 44 quarters played. Overall, Kodiak is allowing only 22 points per game for a measly average of 5.5 points per quarter. That has resulted in an 11-0 start...
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Thomet wins XC award
Kodiak standout runner Levi Thomet was named the state’s Gatorade Alaska boys cross country runner of the year on Jan. 16. Thomet capped an undefeated season on Alaska soil with his second consecutive 4A individual state title. In December, the junior placed 16th at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in California. Thomet, a junior, also received the Gatorade honor last season. Thomet is now a fi...
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Cook Inlet Academy tops Kodiak ESS
The Kodiak Emerging Small Schools boys basketball team dropped a 68-40 decision to Cook Inlet Academy in a Peninsula Conference game Tuesday on the Kenai Peninsula. Wade Bartleson led Kodiak with 17 points, while CIA’s Timmy Smithwick poured in a game-high 35 points. The Ravens trailed 16-6 after the first quarter and 31-18 at halftime. Kodiak ESS (1-3) concluded its five-game swing through the mainland late Wedne...
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Arts Council requests entries for second altered book show
At last year’s altered book show, McKenzie Barnett modeled a dress made out of book pages. Joy Arneson’s “A Well Read Woman” dress took the people’s choice award and was one of 43 entries in the show. This year, the Kodiak Arts Council and the Kodiak Public Library Association hope to receive even more entries, and encourage people to “think outside the book,” KPLA organizer Natasha Pristas said. The two groups pa...
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Golden Wheel isn't Crab Fest
To the Editor: I read with some consternation that after 40 years of Golden Wheel Amusements pitching our midway, the Crab Festival will have no rides. But — we’ve had a Crab Festival for more than 50 years! Tug o’war, footraces, survival suit races, bed races, cook-offs, sawdust scrambles, booths selling everything hands can make or happy folks can eat from a paper plate, face painting, henna art, an old-fashione...
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Alaska State Troopers: Jan. 23
Tuesday, Jan. 14 At 12:41 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak were requested by a 29-year-old man to provide a writ of assistance to pick up personal belongings at a home in Kodiak. Further investigation revealed the man had been arrested for felony third-degree domestic violence charges of third-degree criminal mischief on Jan. 12. After being released from jail, he was given conditions of release not to return...
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