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Kodiak girls swim team aiming for 3-peat
The question everybody wants to answer: Can the Kodiak girls swimming team three-peat? “I tell the girls work hard, put it together and we will give it a shot — we are not going to give it away,” veteran coach John Lindquist said. Kodiak owns the last two state titles and has enough firepower remaining to make a serious run at a third straight state title — Kodiak’s boys cross country team is the only sport in sch...
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Kodiak football fills bye week with junior varsity opponent
For the second straight season, Kodiak’s football team will play a large-school junior varsity team. The Bears play South Anchorage’s JV squad at 3 p.m. Saturday in Anchorage. “I always think it is better to play up in competition,” Kodiak coach Jim Schnick said. “Nothing against South or anything, but it is a varsity squad going against a junior varsity squad. We are not sure what to expect.” This was to be a bye...
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Assembly talks bear safety measures
Kodiak's bears are enjoying a bonanza of fresh salmon and wild berries, but in a few weeks, they'll come looking for something even more tasty — garbage. Last year, Kodiak residents reported an unprecedented number of urban bear sightings and close calls. Two bears were killed and one hiker was injured between fall 2012 and spring 2013. On Thursday night, the Kodiak Island Borough assembly brought the Alaska Depar...
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Setnetter hits the trail on her horse
A woman who grew up fishing in Uganik Bay has taken her Alaska-grown affinity for the outdoors to the Pacific Crest Trail where she is attempting a solo through-ride of the 2,650-mile trail in one season. Alina Dudding, 27, started her journey on the trail April 22 at its southern terminus in Campo, Calif. near the Mexico and U.S. border. “Somewhere I read that no woman had through-ridden the trail in a season on ...
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Keeping Whales, Sea Lions, and People Safe
Here in Alaska, we live with some of the most incredible wildlife in the world. Wildlife viewing is part of what makes our corner of the planet so special and draws so many visitors to our state. Living in the middle of wildlife habitat as we do in Alaska comes with responsibility — the responsibility for each of us to dwell among these special creatures in a manner that minimizes harmful encounters between humans...
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Alaska education standards are basically 'Common Core'
To the Editor: Can we afford the new Alaska standards for our schools? I called the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development earlier this spring, and after repeated phone calls, I received a reply. The gentleman assured me that the State of Alaska was not going to adopt the “Common Core” Standards. This response is what many would call a “half truth”. Alaska is not calling their Alaska Standards, “Common Co...
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Around Kodiak: Aug. 30
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral hosts a pirok dinner at 6 p.m. Friday to benefit Kodiak Cares for Chris Dresdow. The $15 tickets include a sit-down dinner, lecture and tour of the cathedral. Tickets will be sold at the door, or call Susan at 486-6216 for reservations. Bayside Fire Department will hold a kids bicycle rodeo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Young cyclists can ride through an obstacle course, go ...
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Coast Guard Blotter: Aug. 30
Aug. 21 Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel along with federal, state, local, tribal partners and industry representatives conducted mutual aid drills in Anchorage and Deadhorse. During the drill, participants tested their ability to establish a Unified Command, implement the North Slope Mutual Aid Agreement and deploy equipment in response to a simulated oil spill at the remote Nikaitchuq Project at Spy Island...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Potato
KaRtuugaaq - Potato KaRtuugaarturtaartukut, iqallugmek cali. - We eat potatoes to go with the fish. Derived from the Russian word for potato, kartofel, the Alutiiq word for potato, kaRtuugaaq, reflects the introduction of garden produce to Kodiak in the nineteenth century. Russian traders introduced potatoes and potato gardening, encouraging potatoes to become a staple winter food in Alutiiq communities. Potatoes ...
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Religion: Indian pastor visits Kodiak
In the past, Christian ambassadors from Europe and the United States evangelized the people of India. Today, Indian missionaries and evangelists are returning the favor by bringing the Gospel to an increasingly secular West. One of the Indian emissaries, Arun Michael Lall, recently spoke at Kodiak churches. Lall said that while people in Alaska generally seem to be hungry for God, many in the Lower 48 communities ...
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