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Alaska Science Forum: After a lifetime of study, aurora still a mystery
Sometimes, after idling in the sky for hours as a greenish glow, the aurora catches fire, erupting toward the magnetic north pole in magnificent chaos that can last for three hours. “Substorms,” as space physicists call them, can happen two or three times each night. The man who came up with that name half a century ago has, with a former student he once mentored, come up with a new theory on the location of heave...
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Achievers: March 14
• The Natalia Shelikof Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a “Good Citizen” essay-writing contest each year for three Kodiak High School seniors. McKenzie E. Barnett, selected by three non-DAR judges, was the winner of the Kodiak contest. McKenzie’s essay was submitted by the local chapter to the chairman of the state contest. The State Conference will be held in Anchorage,...
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Sen. Begich proposes new type of foreign worker visa for fish processing plants
A new bill proposed by U.S. Sen Mark Begich would return international workers to Alaska’s fish processing plants during peak season. This week, Begich unveiled the H20 visa, a separate category for immigrants to come to the United States temporarily. “Seasonal jobs in the seafood industry have traditionally been tough to fill,” Begich said in a statement. “With a national debate underway about immigration reform,...
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Tuberculosis drug shortage widespread
In the 1940s and 1950s, medical ships cruised the waters of southwest Alaska, trying to end an epidemic of tuberculosis that infected as many of 90 percent of the region’s population. Doctors now face shortages of tuberculosis detection and treatment medicines even as the aftershocks of that 70-year-old epidemic infect Alaskans anew. “What we’re having to do due to the national shortage is to ask people to put on ...
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Kodiak girls face Lathrop in state opener
On Sunday night, Alaska School Activities Association announced on a live webcast that Kodiak’s first-round opponent at the 4A girls state basketball tournament would be Soldotna. By Monday afternoon, that had changed. Kodiak will now be facing Lathrop in the first game of the state tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 21 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, while Soldotna was moved out of the eight-team tournament. So...
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Jane Allen Fitzgerald
Jane Allen Fitzgerald passed away on Wednesday, March 6 after fighting a no-win battle with cancer. Janie was born in Spokane, Wash. on August 9, 1950 and grew up on a wheat farm in Washtucna, Wash. She moved to Alaska in the seventies and married her husband Mike Fitzgerald in 1983. They had a push-pull relationship which both cherished deeply. They fished in Bristol Bay together and traveled to many ports. One o...
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Only two people belong on the Assembly
To the Editor: The only two people on the Borough Assembly that represent the tax-paying people are Louise Stutes and Mel Stephens. All the others are only there for themselves and for the free travel and parties. The ordinance that we need should say: “Anyone who is on any of the boards of the borough cannot submit a bid on any upcoming projects of the borough.” If they do any work for the borough, they are doubl...
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Outdoor Kodiak: Late season rabbits
My rabbit hunting gets really serious in March. There’s no closed season or bag limit on Kodiak, so you could hunt them year-round, but I quit later in April due to the onset of their breeding season. The brush doesn’t thin enough to hunt again until November. Why am I so serious about March hunting? Cabin fever is only part of the picture. In fact, the hunting is usually better in March and April than at any othe...
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Births: March 12
Samantha Annabelle Moon Pratt was born at 2:26 a.m. March 5, 2013, to Jason and Stacy Pratt. She weighed 8 pounds, 5.4 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Her parents are originally from planet Earth. Her father works on the Coast Guard base and her mother works at home. Also welcoming him to the family is Connor Pratt. Proud grandparents are Steven and Pearl Singleton from Greenbacksville, Va.
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Pick. Click. Give. preliminary figures look good for Kodiak nonprofits
Kodiak’s nonprofits are on track to breaking record donations in the annual Pick. Click. Give. campaign. The campaign allows Alaskans to donate a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend to their favorite participating Alaskan nonprofit. According to March 4 preliminary figures from the campaign, nonprofits in Kodiak have raised $31,900 from 431 donors. Kodiak’s nonprofits have raised more money each year since th...
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