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Week in Words: Tempestuous times in middle of school
I’m going to do a little shameless self-promotion in this week’s column and talk about Kodiak Middle School. I know, I know. Most of us, including me, don’t really want to think about our middle school or junior high years. Of all the times in my life I would like to revisit, my middle school years rank dead last. It was an important time. But this “middle” phase is not only an important time in a young person’s d...
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ALASKA SCIENCE FORUM: Much of Arctic now significantly lower
When botanist Janet Jorgenson first visited a patch of tundra east of Kaktovik in 1988, it was flat, dry and thick with 29 species of lichens and mosses. Now, Tapkaurak is wet, gullied and fragrant with sedges and grasses. And, like other parts of Alaska’s North Slope, it is a few feet farther from the clouds. Tapkaurak is part of what might be an Arctic-wide thawing, draining and settling of the landscape. More t...
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Students hit their marks in Kentucky
Elizabeth Luther paced a contingent of three Kodiak rural students at the National Archery in the Schools Tournament that completed Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. Luther, a Chiniak eighth grader, fired a total of 257 points out of a max of 300. Dale Reft, a Karluk sophomore, finished with a 241, while Sienna Rodgers, a Chiniak eighth grader, scored a 237. “The kids were a little nervous to begin with but settle...
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Near Island options
The final public open house on the Near Island Development Plan before presentation to the Kodiak City Council took place Tuesday, but interested parties can still submit comments and questions. The event showcased three conceptual plans with shaded areas representing the range of land uses: conservation districts, seaplane base and support services, general commercial, tourism-related commercial, institutional, w...
May 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mosquito season gets started
Mosquitoes, the bane of Alaskans’ existence, are already making their presence known in Kodiak. Anecdotal reports in Kodiak indicate there are more mosquitoes this year than normal, but there are no surveys or official stats to back that up. “The rule of thumb is that a cool, wet spring usually leads to a worse mosquito season, and a dry, warm spring leads to a lower mosquito season, so it kind of depends on what ...
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Coach’s love for the game fuels program
Eric Waltenbaugh arrived in Kodiak with no kids and hair that went halfway down his back. That was in 2000, his first year with the Kodiak Island Borough School District. Sixteen years later, he is married with three kids and no longer can put his hair in a ponytail; he cut his trademark locks soon after his first child was born in 2008. “He kept yanking on it, so I decided the heck with this I better chop it off,...
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Guest Opinion: A chance to upgrade shelter
During the Chiniak fire, the generator shed and the Chiniak Evacuation Shelter burned to the ground, taking with it volumes of library books and other contents. Both structures along with their contents were insured, and the borough intends to rebuild the shelter, although whether in 2017, 2018, or later has not been decided. Right now rebuilding is on hold until the assembly decides to get around to it. The shelt...
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Public Safety Blotter: May 18
April 30 At 4:19 a.m., police responded to suspicious vehicles in the 700 block of Mission Road. Police spoke with a driver about an ordinance prohibiting the parking of abandoned vehicles on the roadway. At 4:31 a.m., police responded to an intoxicated male walking in the middle of the road in the 600 block of Willow Street. Police maneuvered him to the sidewalk. At 10:51 a.m., police red-tagged a vehicle in the ...
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SOCCER: Kodiak eyes regional title
When the soccer season started, Kodiak’s goal was to finish third in the Northern Lights Conference South Division. The team achieved that goal and has set a new one — win a conference title. On Thursday, the Bears begin their quest at putting a check mark next to their newest goal when the conference championships begin at Kenai High School. Kodiak (7-2-2 overall) opens against Wasilla, the North Division’s secon...
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HEALTHY KODIAK: Youth at more risk than adults from pot
This week I was able to spend extra time with my family and enjoy the beauty of Kodiak. My husband, sons and I love living in Kodiak and we are excited to raise our kids in this community. This week I have been thinking about how to make this amazing community better for our children. I think that one of the most important things we can do for our community’s future is to prevent our kids from using marijuana. Reg...
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