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Amazing Nature: Conciousness and Hunger Response in Sea Stars
This week during a class discussion about sea stars and their biology a teacher asked me the question how sea stars, which have no brain, know that they are hungry. Though it is a seemingly simple question, it actually sent me on an odyssee of reading articles about animal consciousness. Now, after hours of research on the topic and two Harvard publications later, I still can’t come up with a good answer. Can a se...
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Revolutionaries wanted: No experience necessary
It's Wednesday at Harborside Flyby Coffee and Goods, where I usually write my column. But first, I must play all my outstanding Trivia Crack games. As I play, seemingly absorbed in my game, people around me are meeting together, sipping coffee concoctions or chai, munching on cookies and biscotti, or slurping soup, as I am. In addition to Trivia Crack, I have become addicted to the Hot and Sour Ramen, which really...
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KHS baseball downs West Valley 14-6
Hours before Kodiak’s game against West Valley, Baranof Field was covered in snow and the chances of baseball being played Thursday was slim to none. “I got to school and everything was snowy and it kind of carried out throughout the day,” senior catcher Josiah Chya said. “Then I heard the team wasn’t going to come in and I was kind of bummed out that we weren’t going to play a ballgame today.” The morning storm c...
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Watching whales from Kodiak’s historic sites
Spring is a great time to visit Narrow Cape and view migrating grey whales. The giant creatures swim close to shore on their way to feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, particularly cows with their newborn calves. My daughter Abigail and I watch them from our favorite perch. It is on the cape above Fossil Beach, overlooking Ugak Bay. For the best views, we move back and forth between two World War II searchlight bun...
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Kodiak students learn about natural resources
Using fake bear spray, dissecting a live crab, counting tree rings and much more were all part of the 2015 annual Envirothon. The local Envirothon is a learning experience for students taking the natural resources class at Kodiak High School and those involved in Future Farmers of America, about 60 in all. It’s also practice for the students who will be heading off to the state Envirothon in Anchorage next week in...
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Remains of missing pilot found; Kodiak Coast Guard chopper, plane joined search
The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing pilot near Perry Island in Prince William Sound after his remains were discovered Wednesday evening, a news release said. 
The news release said the crew of the Alaska State Trooper vessel Churchhill located and recovered the man's remains and the wreckage of his Cessna 180 airplane partially submerged along the coast of Culross Island. "It is never easy when a se...
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KHS track explodes into the season
Kodiak High’s boys track team exploded out of the gates in its season opener. Had team scores been kept at last week’s Big C Relays, the Bears easily would have stood atop the standings. “Now that the rest of the teams have seen us they are going to be working hard to try to improve,” coach Marcus Dunbar said. “I think everybody knows Kodiak has a good team.” Dunbar said it was the best his squad has started a sea...
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One of the biggest scams in America
PART 3 Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of the six-part “How safe is your money?” Financialization (crony capitalism) is the primary cause of wealth inequality, not free market capitalism. A perfect example of how this financialization helps the elite class and hurts the middle class is what happened during the 2008 housing bubble collapse. The elite class (bankers and their friends) gained massive amo...
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Construction companies need to be held accountable
To the Editor, As a citizen of Kodiak, I am concerned about the recent $2.24 million settlement to Pacific Pile for the Pier 3 construction. As I understand from public records, the city supplied sheet steel and pipe steel to the contractor. Sheet Pile was inspected by PND and received by Pacific Pile & Marine (PPM). PPM provided a trucking schedule for transportation to their fabricators where the pipe segments w...
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Achievers: April 16
Elks students of the quarter The eighth grade teachers at Kodiak Middle School selected Erica Kostelecky as the Elk’s Student of the third quarter. Erica demonstrates success in her schoolwork and extra curricular activities such as track and field, cross country running and basketball. Erica is also involved in 4-H and is the photographer officer for Teen Leaders. In addition to these activities, she has recently...
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