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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. 

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The Kodiak city council unanimously approved a raise for City Manager Mike Tvenge at its regular meeting last week. 

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VFW members salute during a rainy Memorial Day service at the Kodiak City Cemetery on Monday at the grave of Robert L. Norton. The ceremony drew a few dozen Kodiak residents who came out to honor those veterans and service members buried in Kodiak.

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When Borough Manager Michael Powers was asked to add nonprofit funding to his budget while also reducing the overall budget request, it meant finding a $1.2 million reduction solution.

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The city of Kodiak Historic Preservation Commission is pushing forward on the renovation of the roof and siding of The Barn in an effort to rehabilitate the island’s second-oldest structure.

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Kodiak Crab Fest 2021 kicked off on Thursday with the Pardoning of the Crab ceremony. “You will continue life as king of the crabs and be well cared for at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center,” said Kodiak City Manager Mike Tvenge, right, as he pardoned Lenny Crabits, a red king crab held b…

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The Kodiak Island Borough School District board of education swore in its newest member at a special meeting Monday night, filling a vacancy left by departing member Kelly Bell.

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Two graduating seniors are leaving a mark on the Kodiak Island Borough School District in the form of a well-crafted metal sign now in front of the Central Services building.

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With nonprofit funding still determined at the borough level, several community members spoke out in support of Kodiak College and education in general at Thursday’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting.

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After months of discussion and deliberation, the Kodiak City Council has finally decided to build the new fire station at 1240 Mill Bay Road, which was purchased earlier this year for additional parking at Baranof Park. 

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Wednesday marked my last day working as a reporter for the Kodiak Daily Mirror. I will leave to work on a tendering boat, something I have longed to do since I began reporting on Kodiak’s fisheries almost two years ago.