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Week in Words: Sun sets annual record with late sunset
This week we celebrated yet another glorious summer solstice. The sky was clear, the breeze was light, and the sunlight lasted forever. Or so it seemed, at least. The word “solstice” comes from the 13th century Old French word of the same spelling, though, of course, pronounced a little differently from how we say it today. Before the Norman Invasion, however, the English used the word “sunstead,” which I kind of ...
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Stutes, Stevens differ on special session issue
The work of Kodiak’s elected state officials is not yet complete. Sen. Gary Stevens and Rep. Louise Stutes are back in town following the special session adjournment over the weekend, but not for long. A proclamation from Gov. Bill Walker Sunday called legislators back to Juneau for another special session to begin July 11. The agenda calls for consideration of state use of a portion of Alaska Permanent Fund earni...
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BACK IN THE STATES: Thomet to run at Junior Outdoor Championships
Levi Thomet isn’t wasting any time in jumping back into the state’s running circuit. The former Kodiak High School standout, fresh off a 10-month foreign exchange program in Germany, is competing Friday at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, California. Thomet is part of a 23-runner field in the 10,000-meter run at 7:25 p.m. Alaska Standard Time. The top two finishers earn a trip to the...
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City flushing water system; discolored water still safe
Between June 27 and July 15 the city of Kodiak Public Works Department will flush water mains, according to a city announcement. Flushing activities will encompass the entire water system. This activity is designed to remove the sediment from the water mains, which accumulates over time. Customers may experience discolored water. All water used in the flushing program and all water in the mains is treated, disinfe...
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KIBSD head to leave next year
Kodiak Island Borough School District’s superintendent will leave the position at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Stewart McDonald, who has held the job for eight years, said at Monday night’s school board meeting that he would not seek to renew his contract when it expires next summer. He believes that upon his exit, he’ll have spent one of the longest stints as superintendent of the Kodiak. Yet, “I don’t thi...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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New ID system for CG base visitors coming on line Sept. 1
Civilians doing business at Coast Guard Base Kodiak will soon feel the impact of the new RAPIDGate security system from Sure ID Inc. The change aims to beef up security at the sprawling military installation. In promotional materials, the Sure ID says the program will make entry to the base “faster and more secure.” The change will impact all vendors and contractors, as well as anyone seeking a day pass. It will n...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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GUEST OPINION: Taking a break from alligators
This past Thursday’s borough assembly meeting was more casual and less focused than most. The weather outside was glorious, there were only a few members in the audience, and the meeting ended after only about an hour and a half — as opposed to its usual going full tilt for four hours until the mandatory 10:30 p.m. cutoff. And this coming Thursday is dark, with no assembly meeting scheduled. There were several eng...
Jun 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Career diplomat: Foreign Service wants you
The U.S. Foreign Service needs all types of people from all walks of life. Former U.S. diplomat Eva Groening made a stop in Kodiak last weekend to deliver that message in a speech at Kodiak College about careers in diplomacy. “I think all too often the image people have of being a diplomat is somehow exotic and elite, and that keeps them from even attempting to do it,” she said. “I really would like to encourage p...
Jun 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rates at dump jump to pay for wastewater
Changes in solid waste are coming. At its Thursday meeting, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved a 20 percent increase in the tonnage fees for solid waste delivered at the landfill. However, individual residential monthly garbage bills shouldn’t increase that much because a garbage bill is only partly determined by the tonnage rate. The tonnage rate at the landfill has now increased from $215 to $258 for mo...
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Post 17 swept at home
After being shut out in its first two league games of the season, Kodiak Post 17’s offense broke out against Service. Unfortunately, Post 17 couldn’t sustain the production through the entire game. Kodiak scored nine runs in the first four innings and held a six-run lead twice, but ended up falling 14-10 in the first game of Saturday’s American Legion baseball league doubleheader at Baranof Field. Kodiak fell 9-2 ...
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