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Jayhawk pilot awarded DFC
The Billiken Theater on U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak was bustling Friday morning as Lt. John D. Hess received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the highest military honor in aviation, for a rescue in Cape Cod, Mass. Images onscreen showed a rescue swimmer looking down from a helicopter to a distressed boat and a tumultuous sea below. The footage took Hess, that helicopter’s pilot, back to Feb. 15, 2015. “Every time ...
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Assembly approves 6-month fish analyst renewal offer
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved offering a six-month contract extension with their joint city of Kodiak and borough fisheries analyst instead of approving a one-year extension. At the Thursday meeting, assembly member Dennis Symmons moved to the extension, something that would have to be approved by the city and the analyst, Heather McCarty, before going into effect. Before the vote, assembly member Me...
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Study: ferry gives 2-1 benefit to state
A study commissioned by the state of Alaska says the Alaska Marine Highway System provides $2 to the state for every $1 the state invests in it. Two-thirds of the ridership are Alaska residents. Nonresident passengers spend $1,300 to $1,700 per person in the state, and the ferry system leads to 1,700 direct and indirect jobs in Alaska and a total of $103.7 million wages, according to the study. “The State of Alask...
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Capitol Report: Survey seeks budgeting input
Hello from Juneau. With the legislative session now in its fourth week, the capitol is a busy place, with committee meetings, floor sessions and constituent visits filling our calendars. Of course, the biggest topic on our agenda is the developing the fiscal year 2017 budget. This is being conducted under the backdrop of a projected $3.5 billion deficit, with members of the Senate and House meeting regularly with ...
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Crystal Ann Trunkey
Crystal Ann Trunkey, born Jan. 14, 1943, died Jan. 30, 2016. Crystal touched the hearts and lives of many friends in Kodiak, Alaska, Chiniak, California and Bellingham, Washington. Her gracious, charming and calm presence was felt by anyone who was fortunate to spend time with her. Crystal was a museum-quality woodworker, world traveler and a lover of eclectic collections of curiosities. A creative artist, she wor...
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Death Notice: Oliva B. DelRosario
Oliva B. DelRosario, 48  passed away Jan. 31, at 11:20 a.m. at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Viewing will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Kodiak Mortuary.
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Kodiak sports trivia: Feb. 8
QUESTION: Kristin Donaldson, a 1993 Kodiak High School graduate, ran cross country for what NCAA Division I school? FRIDAY’S ANSWER: Port Lions beat Selawik to capture the 2003 mixed six state volleyball championship. Zach Strong, Amber Maugham and Lisa Squartsoff were named to the all-tournament team.
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Garden Gate: Add boron to list of top nutrients
The large hole in the ground looked like a giant coliseum. At least that’s what came to mind as I peered into California’s largest open-pit mine, the Rio Tinto Boron Mine. Formerly the U.S. Borax Boron Mine, it’s the largest borax mine in the world. Granted, a boron mine was not our idea of a postcard destination. But we were road-weary, so we followed signs to the visitor center, not realizing we’d end up learnin...
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FISH FACTOR: Trackers probe black cod decline mystery
Needy Alaskans are enjoying a rare taste of sablefish, thanks to a science project that kept research fish from going over the rails. Sablefish, more commonly called black cod, are one of the world’s priciest, high-end fish, and Alaska waters are home to the largest stocks. The deepwater fish are found at depths of 5,000 feet or more and can live to nearly 100 years. The Gulf of Alaska fishery, which has a catch t...
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Bears fall in nail-biter
With a boisterous Kodiak crowd and the game on the line, Kenai’s Luke Beiser didn’t even flinch. The 6-foot-4 sophomore swished a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left that lifted the Kardinals to a 48-47 Northern Lights Conference boys basketball victory over Kodiak during a Saturday matinee at Kodiak High School. The pressure-packed shots pushed Kodiak’s losing streak to 10 — the Bears fell 58-35 in Friday’s...
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