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Need vs. Want
Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part letter. The second part will be published next Wednesday. To the Editor: A need is something that we must have in order to continue on. In evaluating needs and wants always evaluate the end result. Example: For just about ever, no city administration has ever finished the south end of Shelikof Street for a number of reasons, cost versus need did not justify it! The end r...
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From Soup to Nuts: Looking ahead to Halloween
As September drifts into October and our verdant island transitions into the vivacious colors of fall, I start to plan three of the biggest events our family has all year: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. From October to December, my kitchen produces oodles of cookies, quick breads, pies, casseroles, and jars of jams, relishes and other preserves to be consumed by the family or given as gifts. As you can ima...
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Alaska Science Forum: Wildfire hits close to home for scientist
While pounding nails on a roof extension for his shed this summer, Scott Rupp heard a roar that almost scared him off the roof. Three planes with bellies full of fire retardant swooped low, then banked over the mountain behind his home. “I looked up and saw this big smoke cloud,” said the part-time farmer and leader of an organization devoted to studying climate change. “That was my first sense that this was somet...
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Chiropractic center moves to new location downtown
Dr. Robert Banks has been helping people recover from aches and pains for 22 years. Banks is the owner and chiropractor of Family Chiropractic Center, which has opened the doors of its new location in downtown Kodiak. Family Chiropractic Center is now located at 326 Center Avenue in Suite 100. “We’re pretty sure this is going to work out much better for us,” Banks said. “We think we have a much better location and...
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Public works director asks for fast-tracked pump house
City public works director Mark Kozak has asked the city council to fast-track a replacement for Kodiak's main water pumping station. The Monashka Reservoir pump house is dilapidated and infested with bats. Its pumps are obsolecent energy hogs more than 40 years old. The stability of the pump house building is in question, "so much so that we're concerned that if we have a minor quake, it won't stay," Kozak said. ...
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Alaskan caviar finds market in Russia
Alaska’s record salmon season is saving Russia from a shortage of red caviar, Russian newspaper Kommersant reports. Russia’s federal fisheries agency said last week that wholesale prices for salmon roe, a popular delicacy in Russia, surged to $165 per pound due to poor salmon fishing within Russia. Thanks to Alaskan imports, the price has fallen back to about $55 per pound. “Merchants tried to drive prices up in J...
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Koniag Inc. posts $5.9 million net loss in FY13
Koniag Inc. will keep its shareholder dividend at $3 after posting a net loss of $5.9 million in the 2013 fiscal year. The regional Native corporation for Kodiak made the dividend announcement at its annual meeting, held Saturday in Seattle. Amber Jenkins McDonald, Conrad Peterson and Ronald Unger were all elected to the company’s board of directors in elections held at the meeting. According to Koniag’s annual re...
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Prep swimming: Johnson proves winning isn’t everything
Milestone swims don’t always happen during a winning performance.  Kodiak freshman Delaney Johnson proved that during Saturday’s final home meet of the season against Palmer. And she accomplished it while laughing.  During the 500-yard freestyle, Johnson’s lap counter mistakenly had her on lap 51 instead of 15.  Everybody on deck was yelling at the counter to change it on her board, which is waved underwater to te...
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Prep football: Kodiak ranked fifth in final poll
Kodiak started the season as the No. 5 team in the medium-small schools classification and will end in the same spot in the final Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network football poll of the season. After a three-week absence in the rankings, Kodiak reappears at No. 5 alongside Kenai, which received the same number of votes. The two teams collide in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday in Kenai. Kenai won the fir...
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Report: Local schools endure recent staffing cuts
A new legislative report shows the Kodiak Island Borough School District has lost 13 percent of its staff since 2011, with the largest reduction occurring in teaching staff. The report, released by Legislative Research Services on Sept. 23, studied the school districts in Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau for fiscal years 2011-2013 and preliminary estimates for fiscal year 2014. Statewide, the school distric...
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