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City council considers solutions to taxicab trouble
The Kodiak City Council took the first steps Tuesday night toward a solution for the brewing crisis among Kodiak's taxicabs. According to city figures, sales tax revenue generated by taxi service has plunged by 40 percent in the past year despite a 1 percent sales tax increase. Simultaneously, registered taxicab operators report their business has declined under competition from "gypsy cabs," unregistered vehicles...
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School board approves resolution addressing Tustumena
The loss of the ferry Tustumena, which is out of service indefinitely as it undergoes repairs, is now affecting students in the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Each fall, nearly one-third of the students at Kodiak High School participate in fall sports including football, cross country, swimming, volleyball and tennis. With the loss of the Tustumena, costs for student travel have exploded as the district ha...
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Kodiak High football is back
The return of rain to the Emerald Isle means football is back. On Monday evening, Kodiak High School football players were greeted by persistent drizzle on the first official day of practice at Joe Floyd Track and Field. The wet weather kept the players from overheating as they ran through a handful of drills. The coaches were draped in water-resistant jackets and barking encouraging words. “I love being out here ...
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Alaska Science Forum: An aurora detector in Petersburg
On cold winter nights long ago, Harvey Gilliland of Petersburg sometimes woke to the buzz of an alarm mounted on the wall of his kitchen. He kicked off the blanket, got dressed, pulled on his rubber boots, and strolled three city blocks to the building in which he worked. After Gilliland, an electronics technician, twisted a few knobs to restore normal power to an underwater communications cable, the buzzer stoppe...
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Insect enforcer is sole guard against pests large and small in Kodiak
When Robert “BJ” Johnson knocks on your door, it’s either good news or very, very bad. Johnson is Kodiak’s sole licensed pest expert and the bane of bedbugs, bats, rats, roaches, mice and other critters that burrow into homes and buildings to escape the archipelago’s inclement weather. “This time of year, this job is pretty much full-time, every day,” said Johnson, who also works night-shift security at Providence...
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Kodiak bowhunting begins with a course in the classroom
It’s not easy to hunt bear in Kodiak. After you beat the odds in the drawing for a permit, you have to fight the conditions and roadless distances of Kodiak Island to get in position for your shot. Miss, and you won’t get another chance for at least four years. If that sounds like a pressure-packed picture, add another challenge — do it without a rifle. Each year, two or three of the 200 or so bears killed by Kodi...
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Rex Edward Mata’utia
Rex Edward Mata’utia, 13, of 1522 Ismailov Street, Kodiak AK 99615, passed away July 23, 2013. Born August 17, 1999 in Kodiak, he was an upcoming student at Kodiak High School. Rex is survived by his loving parents, Mr. Lafaele Mata’utia and Mrs. Fuamatala Wright-Mata’utia; brother, Raphael Paselio Salele Isaia Mata’utia; and sisters, Noreen Sitala Mata’utia and Kalameli Foketi Virginia Mata’utia. He was the grand...
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Deaths spur reminders about drowning’s signs
Drowning doesn’t look like it does in Hollywood. There’s not always splashing and screams. Often, drowning signs are so subtle they go undetected. “Sometimes people perceive it as someone thrashing and being able to scream and yell, water flying everywhere,” Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Eric Olsen said. “A lot of times people get so fatigued or tired or cramped that their movements are very subtle or they’re already...
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Alutiiq Museum names Alicia Drabek executive director
After a three-month search, the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation has selected Alicia Drabek as the next executive director of the Alutiiq Museum. Drabek started her first day of work Monday. In an interview, she said she has been working with the museum’s strategic planning process, and “I’m excited about the chance to bring about some of those long-term visions.” Drabek, a mother of three, is an Alutiiq language schol...
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KHS cross country practice begins
“If you are hurting on the first day of practice, don’t fear.” And with those words of wisdom from Marcus Dunbar, the 2013 Kodiak High School cross country season started early Monday morning. A group of 26 eager runners gathered in the KHS auditorium for the first official high school sports practice of the school year. School doesn’t begin until Aug. 22, but in Alaska, sports teams need a jump on the season befo...
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