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The Blessing of the Fleet, a service traditionally held on Memorial Day, honors those lost at sea and asks for protection for those who continue to brave its harsh waters. An Orthodox service is sung, followed by the sprinkling of holy water on each passing vessel. The last vessel blessed is given the wreath from Sunday’s Fishermen’s Memorial Service, with ribbons bearing the names of the past year’s lost fisherme...
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Crab Festival races: Saltonstall overcomes health issues
Nearly four hours after finishing the sweat-induced Pasaghsak to Kodiak bike ride, Richard Saltonstall joked that the secret to his success was because he could not feel his right leg. He probably wasn’t alone. But he more than likely was the only competitor in the 27-person field who tore his hamstring five months before Sunday’s race that highlighted a potpourri of Crab Festival athletic events. Saltonstall crui...
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Writing class pitches inner voice
“Find your writing voice, or get your money back” the online writing class ad read. It was one year ago, and I had been casually scanning for distance-writing courses that could fit my schedule. My first thought upon reading this sales pitch was “I didn’t know I had or have a writing voice. Did I ever have one? What did it sound like? “Perhaps I saw  glimmers of my writing voice, but it was a very shy voice, which...
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Alaska Science Forum: Anatomy of the worst fire year
In a gorgeous warm May this year, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, many of us will think back to a year that still haunts us. In summer 2004, a Vermont-sized patch of Alaska burned in wildfires. That hazy summer was the most extreme fire year in the half century people have kept score. Here's how it happened. May 2004 was warmer than average in the Interior, ground zero for A...
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Find economical habitat for Jackson trailer park residents
To the Editor, Traveling a lot, I returned to Kodiak with the purpose of an art exhibit and exposure for my 2016 calendar, 'Kodiak Colors.' I am fond of this community and its deep-rooted history and gritty, colorful characters. I feel we have a sweet, short decade in time before Corporate America and the alarming speed of technology erases the memory of our most beloved moments and people. This precious piece of ...
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Assembly OKs reduced school budget
The Kodiak Island Borough assembly received a budget presentation and approved an initial KIB School District funding with a reduction in funding. The school district had asked for $10.9 million, the same amount of funding as they had received last year. The assembly approved $10.32 million. Both amounts are based on the mill rate with one mill equaling $1.2 million in property tax, according to finance director K...
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It's time to reduce halibut bycatch
The summer season is upon us and for many Alaskans this means fishing for one of the state’s most prized species — halibut. During the first week in June, federal fishery managers have an important opportunity to take a stand for those of us in Alaska that value and depend on the halibut resource. At their meeting in Sitka, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will be voting on measures to reduce the amoun...
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Douglas Alston Lohse
Douglas Alston Lohse was born to Herman Douglas Lohse and Lydia (Waln) Lohse on November 26, 1928 in Cordova, Alaska. He passed away in Bothell, Washington on December 28, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer. He was one of four children, Cecil, Shirley and Donna. It was natural that Doug would work the sea and fish. His love was the sea, and could navigate by the stars, a skill he would teach many. He worked in ...
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KHS track sends 17 to state
Kodiak’s track and field team qualified 17 individuals and three relays for the state championships that begin Friday at Dimond High. The boys, vying for their third state title since 2007, pushed 11 athletes into the field — tied for second most with West Valley. Dimond and Lathrop will both be represented by 12 athletes. The Kodiak boys are also sending three relays to state — the 800, the 1,600 and the 3,200. L...
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Kodiak baseball opens against Houston
Kodiak’s road to a Southcentral Conference baseball title begins with Houston. The Bears, the South Division’s top team, drew the Hawks, the North Division’s worst team, in the opening round of the conference championships that begin Thursday at Houston High School and Bumpus Ball Fields in Wasilla. The two teams will collide at 1 p.m. at Bumpus. The winner advances to a semifinal game played later that day at 7 p...
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