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Shep Walker, left, and Ron Eller help fill sandbags to protect Bells Flats resident Larry Evans’ home after it flooded from the overflowing Russian River Wednesday afternoon. Highmark Marine provided the gravel for the sandbags. “It’s about neighbors coming out to help, even people who don’t…

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From day one of a three-week summer intensive course, Kodiak High School cosmetology teacher Phyllis Seaton described her small group of students as “fast and furious” when it came to learning the basics of the trade.

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed how Kodiak Island School District has operated for the past 15 months, including after students returned to the classrooms at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year with mask mandates and big investments in building retrofits. 

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly pushed an ordinance and proposed ballot measure forward to a July 1 public hearing following a 6-1 vote Thursday night.

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The Kodiak Island Borough has made a lease agreement with the owner of a plot of land in Pasagshak where a tsunami warning siren has been installed. The resolution on the agreement was unanimously approved by the assembly on Thursday. 

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A proposed ordinance for a ballot measure to add local funding for Kodiak’s higher education garnered some local support when it was introduced at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting last week.

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Alaska Aerospace Corp., which manages the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, will be making a leadership transition as Chief Executive Officer Mark Lester departs for another position in the Lower 48.

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The sound of nails being driven into shingles and the snipping of aluminum siding filled the Kodiak High School woodshop Thursday as a dozen students worked in pairs to build six dog houses. All of them were nearly finished, with various stages of roofing needing to be completed.

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Dozens of students and family members attended an open house at Kodiak High School Wednesday night as a wrap-up for three intensive summer career and technical education classes.

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Kodiak’s commercial salmon season has produced mixed results in its first eight days, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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Gray whale migration patterns bring the animals through the Kodiak Archipelago on their way from the Baja, Mexico, region to their Arctic Circle feeding grounds every year, and then back through on their return southward journey starting in September. 

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Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center’s new registered dietitian, Kelsey Fentress, has slowly been moving toward introducing culturally relevant meals for residents at the Chiniak Bay Elder House. 

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A Kodiak woman was arrested Sunday for reckless driving almost two hours after being released from Kodiak Jail for misdemeanor assault charges, according to court documents.

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The 2021-2022 weathervane scallop fishery starts July 1 and its guideline harvest level (GHL) for the upcoming season brings some good news, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game advisory.

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The Buskin River holds a lot of opportunities for fishing, including salmon. But over the past several years, it’s also become known as a place to capture a relatively new resident — the signal crayfish. 

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly last week discussed the possibility of restructuring the Parks and Recreation Committee — and, as a byproduct, how it funds recreation-related expenses.

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Three dead gray whales were spotted on the shores of Tugidak Island on the south end of Kodiak Island Borough during an aerial survey conducted by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, according to a Coast Guard news release. 

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Food trucks have proven an attractive and tasty addition to the Kodiak food scene over the past several years. Currently, there are 11 active mobile eateries in the city, all catering to different palettes.

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A summer program aims to help high school students earn scholarships while providing them with a skill set in filmmaking, with a Kodiak resident helping in the process.

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Sport and subsistence fishing of sockeye in the Buskin River drainage area will be shut down starting June 15 at midnight due to a low weir count at Buskin Lake, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game news release.

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While Alaskans have their eyes on Juneau waiting to see whether a final budget will be adopted in time to avoid a government shutdown, state Sen. Gary Stevens remains certain that one will go through before the June 30 deadline. 

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Waters previously closed to subsistence salmon fishing were opened near Saltery Creek and Ouzinkie Harbor starting on Wednesday, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game news release.  

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A survey of 401 high school and middle school students and 387 parents, employees and community members generated a response on potential uses for COVID-19 money allocated to the Kodiak Island Borough School District, according to Superintendent Larry LeDoux.

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly voted unanimously last week to release a legal memo regarding questions surrounding whether Assembly Member Geoff Smith should be allowed to vote on school funding since he is an employee of the Kodiak Island Borough School District.

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Firefighter crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak Fire Department and Women’s Bay Volunteer Fire Department worked Sunday to combat a wildfire near Kalsin Creek and Pasagshak Road, about 30 miles east of the city of Kodiak.

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An unusual rescue occurred Saturday afternoon in Monashka Bay when a joint Alaska State Trooper and Coast Guard effort saved three people and two dogs from a pink flamingo raft, according to Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist Nathan Littlejohn.

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Two people tested positive for COVID-19 last week, according to a weekly update released Friday by the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center.

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Kodiak’s commercial salmon season launches with a 57-hour fishery running from noon Tuesday to 9 p.m. on Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Sunday.

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Following a marathon three-hour discussion Thursday night, the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly approved a budget in a 4-3 vote for fiscal year 2021-2022, which begins July 1.

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Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport will receive some much-needed upgrades to its taxiways and apron as early as next summer, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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A nighttime flight to Dutch Harbor in extreme conditions, a last-minute second patient, communication problems and an unconventional takeoff were all elements in what led a Hercules C-130J Coast Guard pilot to earn an aviator award Thursday at Coast Guard Air Base Kodiak.

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has decided not to renew the contract for Borough Manager Michael Powers, following an executive session evaluation.

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A parade of 139 seniors entered the Kodiak High School gymnasium Sunday evening to the sound of applauding family members who packed the floor and bleachers.