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Students in Kodiak public schools did better than average in the statewide assessments taken at the end of last school year, according to results from Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (or PEAKS) that were released earlier this month.

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As Kodiak Island Borough School District starts to send home results from last year’s state-required learning assessment, Kodiak schools are already preparing for a new assessment format in the spring.

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Moises Martinez, who co-owns the food truck Maria’s Place with his wife Maria Portillo, has wanted to move downtown for a year. Ten years ago he tried to get a permit from the city, but he was denied. Now, his wish might come true.

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Kodiak Island Borough School District has been making some headway with its staffing shortage, but it still has openings in many areas, according to a report that Assistant Superintendent Geoff Smith presented to the Board of Education earlier this week.

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The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported 24 new known COVID cases during its Tuesday update. The update brings the total active case count to 112, up from Monday’s total of 98.

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Crabbers have been reeling these past few weeks. Stocks of all major crabs have dropped, and the upcoming red king crab season was canceled.

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On average, the City of Kodiak loses one out of five employees every year, according to Deputy City Manager Josie Banke. All things considered, she says that’s not a terrible number. But the city wants to see if there’s anything it can do to lower that number even more.

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Early voting starts today in Kodiak, and although voters have until the Oct. 5 election day to cast their ballot, there is a good chance that many residents won’t. For the past 15 years, voter turnout on the island has remained around 20% or lower, with few exceptions. 

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One of Kodiak Electric Asso- ciation’s board members was bestowed one of Alaska’s high- est energy honors by the Alas- ka Power Association during its annual meeting and awards banquet last month. 

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Deer season is underway on the island of Kodiak, and with it comes the need for adjustments and a heightened sense of awareness both for hunters and others who are sharing the outdoors to hike or camp.

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The City Council laid out a road map for the construction of the new fire station at its work session last week. The road map outlines what needs to be done and also includes a list of resources that could be used to fund the project.

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The Kodiak Island Borough will host a two-day by-appointment commercial hazardous waste disposal event Oct. 7 and Oct. 8.

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Dave Conrad, Kodiak Island Borough’s administrative officer and director of engineering and facilities, will serve as the borough’s interim manager for at least 90 days. That decision was made after reviewing certain conditions he presented to the Borough Assembly during its Thursday work session. 

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The Oct. 5 municipal elections are less than a month away, and early voting for both the borough and the city starts on Tuesday. Here’s everything you need to know before you vote.

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At Thursday’s meeting, the Emergency Services Council delayed indefinitely the prospect of creating a mandate that would limit the indoor capacity of businesses. The ESC had put off making a decision on that potentially divisive issue at its previous meeting.

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden ordered several new COVID vaccine mandates that will impact tens of millions of Americans, including at least hundreds of people living on Kodiak.

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Residents of the Providence Chiniak Bay Elder House long-term care facility recently enjoyed the first dishes under a program designed to introduce local flavors, according to dietician Kelsey Fentress.

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Concerns of bear activity in Bells Flats on Thursday prompted the Kodiak Island Borough School District to issue a warning to families.

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The nation changed overnight after the tragic terrorist attacks that hit the World Trade Center towers and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The attacks, which claimed 2,977 lives, led to immediate new security measures that affected many aspects of daily life in Kodiak.

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Kodiak Area Native Association plans to demolish the downtown Kraft building it owns and replace it with retail, postal, office and storage space. Mike Pfeffer, KANA’s chief operating officer and acting CEO, shared the news at Tuesday’s City Council work session.

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Kodiak Superior Court Judge Stephen Wallace has ruled in favor of the Kodiak Island Borough in a civil suit filed by a local attorney seeking to place two open Assembly seats on the Oct. 5 ballot.

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Clusters of Kodiak sixth-graders scrambled over rocks and searched through tidepools at Mill Bay Beach, while others toured local museums and conducted a scavenger hunt in downtown Kodiak. Others had the opportunity for journaling and singing around a campfire at Camp Mueller near Island Lak…

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Two veteran teachers are currently undergoing training as the Kodiak Island Borough School District launches a new Gifted and Talented program, according to Damon Hargraves, the district’s federal programs director.

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On Tuesday, the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. announced another round of applications for the Alaska Housing Rent Relief program.

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The number of known active COVID cases in Kodiak dropped over the Labor Day holiday weekend by more than a third, according to data released by the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center.

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People passing by or entering Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center’s parking lot will soon see new signs pointing the way to the hospital’s entrance.

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Dave Conrad, the borough’s facilities director and administrative officer, has been named acting interim manager after Manager Michael Powers was terminated last Friday following a 4-3 vote by the borough Assembly.

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For now, there will continue to be no limitations on the number of people who can gather in public settings on Kodiak even as COVID numbers continue to be closely monitored. The Emergency Services Council made this decision on Thursday, saying they will consider the topic when they meet agai…

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The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Spill Prevention and Response Team is investigating the source of an oil sheen on Potato Patch Lake in Kodiak.

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Tanya Inga, a native Alaskan with a passion for history and art, has opened a gallery in Kodiak to help others gain a better understanding of indigenous culture.

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Michael Powers was terminated as Kodiak Island Borough manager effective at 8 a.m. this morning (Friday) following a 4-3 vote by the borough assembly Thursday night.

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The Kodiak Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a husband and wife as part of an effort to deal with what local law enforcement considers a major drug problem, according to a Tuesday Alaska State Trooper report.

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In the midst of rain and fog, Kodiak middle schoolers and high schoolers returned to classrooms yesterday morning for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

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The total number of COVID and COVID-related deaths in Kodiak has risen to seven, up from five, the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center announced on Wednesday.

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Correction: Earlier online editions had the wrong photo with this story. The Russian River Lodge, which is referenced in this article, is closing at the end of the year. It is owned by Lindsay Hilsinger. 

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Kodiak resident Joseph Delgado has been selected to fill the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly seat left vacant by Duane Dvorak, according to the borough clerk’s office. 

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Alaskans are one step closer to getting a Permanent Fund Dividend after the Alaska House of Representatives finalized this year’s budget on Tuesday, according to a news release.

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The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center reported 16 new COVID cases Tuesday, and a total number of 96 known active cases the day before middle school and high school classes are scheduled to resume following summer break.

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Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak frequently earns recognition for rescuing the sick, hurt or lost. A lesser-known task for pilots and crew of the C-130 Hercules fleet is participation in what are known as Seasonal Ice Zone Reconnaissance Surveys.

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A series of investigations focused on Kodiak resident Brad Aga that were more than a year in the making resulted in his arrest on Aug. 27, according to an Alaska State Trooper announcement. 

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The people of Kodiak cried out Tuesday when they heard that one of their most beloved establishments, Monk’s Rock Coffeehouse and Bookstore, had made the decision to shut its doors for good.