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NPFMC considers more trawl restrictions
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved a public look at plans to cap king salmon catches in all Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries. Sunday’s vote allows formal public comments on the plan and puts the proposal on the fast track for final action and implementation later this year. NPFMC member Cora Campbell, Alaska’s Commissioner of Fish and Game, proposed the motion to open public comment. Earlier t...
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Teachers soon to be graded on the progress of students
Teachers are usually the ones handing out the grades, but a new state-mandated system will soon be grading teachers based on the progress of their students. The Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development approved the new rule on Friday, stating that in the 2015-2016 school year, 20 percent of a teacher's job assessment will be based on student growth. For the Kodiak school district, the challenge is fig...
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Hughes misses finals
Ila Hughes did not make the final event in her first national meet. Hughes, a Kodiak High School sophomore, placed 63rd in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2012 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships at the University of Tennessee on Saturday. Hughes, seeded 24th of 140 swimmers at the event, produced a time of 51.85 seconds, well short of her state-record 50.62 set during the first week of November. The top 24 ...
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Wonderful education should be available to all children
To the Editor: The Federal No Child Left Behind act of 2001 had a goal of bringing all schools into the designated proficient level by the 2013-2014 school year. NCLB was never a popular topic in Kodiak, with unique situations seen throughout our town. The programs and rules to be offered with steady subpar testing cannot be realized within our community either. Curiosity got to me recently and with the proficienc...
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Hospice of Kodiak starts training volunteers
On Thursday night, a group of about 30 Kodiakans gathered in a dimly lit, windowless conference room within Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. While they shared smiles over pizza, their attitude quickly sobered as they set to their task. In the next few months, the 30 volunteers will be the core group behind Hospice of Kodiak, a new group intended to help island residents who are dying with no hope of recove...
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Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for fishermen
It occurred to me that last week I overlooked Christmas gift buying for one group of outdoor enthusiasts. Fishermen! It’s easy to forget about fishing this time of year, but in no time at all, the fishing opportunities will be popping up like spring flowers. My frame of reference for recommending gifts is my experience last year with new ways and places to fish. The water was colder than usual and the fish weren’t...
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Caballa’s winning streak comes to an end
The longest winning streak on Kodiak High School’s wrestling team came to an end Saturday. Sophomore Andrew Caballa had won 26 straight matches dating back to last season until he dropped an 8-2 decision to South Anchorage’s Gavin Alvarado at the Alaska Dual Tournament. Caballa lost his next match, 8-6, to East Anchorage’s Brennan Girard, dropping his season record to 17-2 at 113 pounds. Caballa entered last weeke...
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Around Kodiak: Dec. 11
• The Kodiak Ballroom Dance Club will hold its last class of the year tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Classes are free to the general public. For more information, contact Gail Gainer at (317) 645-8744. • The Kodiak City Council will hold a regular work session at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the borough building.
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Keep compost comments coming
To the Editor: "The opera ain't over 'til the fat lady sings." Our fight to protect Middle Bay from destruction is far from over. Keep your comments coming and email them to lori.aldrich@alaska.gov. Can you imagine giving Pete Olsen the keys to operate a plant in Middle Bay that would compost, or try to, the city's untreated solid waste? To the city, Pete Olsen was its quick fix, best financial solution to its dil...
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Capitol Report: Dec. 11
Due to recent redistricting, the district I represent will now be District 35 and will continue to include the communities of Kodiak and surrounding villages. Although we are sad to have lost the Lake & Peninsula communities, we are happy to welcome Cordova, Yakutat, Whittier, Tatitlek, Chenega and Aleneva. We encourage you to forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues. It is our goal to include as man...
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