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Lois Stover is unofficial ‘ambassador’ for her culture
If the Sami have a goodwill ambassador, it is Lois Stover. Wearing a traditional ghaki, Lois loves to tell about the Scandinavian aborigines of Finmark, who emigrated to Alaska in the twilight of the 19th century. Thursday, Feb. 6, is Sami National Day, but for Lois, a fourth-generation Alaska Sami, any day of the year will do for a celebration. As she talks about this part of her ancestry (she is also Yup’ik and ...
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Charge filed for gun in auditorium
A Kodiak woman is facing a misdemeanor charge for taking a gun into the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium in November. It’s been two months since the incident occurred, but the case was held up due to case law research, police chief Ronda Wallace said. According to court documents, Suzan Hailey, 45, is facing one count of fourth-degree weapons misconduct for allegedly bringing a gun into a school on Nov. 19. Hailey is t...
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Excessive administration burdens teachers
To the Editor: In recent years I’ve been alarmed to discover how few Kodiak teachers are happy in their jobs. Previously unflappable and dedicated people are worn down from increased administrative demands (frequently but not exclusively related to the changing grading policies in the middle and high schools). Others are discouraged by friction with the administration and a lack of voice in decisions affecting edu...
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Kodiak ESS finishes 1-4
The Kodiak Emerging Small Schools boys basketball team concluded a six-day road trip with a 44-39 loss at Ninilchik Wednesday evening in a Peninsula Conference contest. The Ravens finished their season-opening trip with a 1-4 record. Wade Bartleson led ESS with 18 points. The Ravens were up 21-19 at halftime, but lost the lead in third quarter when they were outscored 10-6. “We played tough tonight,” ESS coach Mat...
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Alutiiq Word of the Week: Blood
Auk – Blood Ilait auk aliktaarait. – Some people are scared of blood. In English, the word “blood” has several meanings. It can refer to the liquid that circulates oxygen and nutrients through an animal’s body, or it can denote a person’s family background — their ancestry. In the United States, the federal government uses this second meaning to identify Native people for the purposes of implementing laws and prov...
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School district will use robots to enhance virtual learning
Soon, Kodiak teachers will be able to roll into classrooms on two wheels. The Kodiak Island Borough School District has purchased 12 telepresence robots to expand the district’s virtual learning program. Instead of being tied to a webcam attached to a computer, teachers can use the robots to move around a classroom and communicate through an attached iPad. “What's amazing is how fast people move past it being a ro...
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Borough population drops below 14,000
A year after the Kodiak borough’s population topped 14,000, migration has pushed the number of Kodiak residents below that significant mark. According to figures released Friday by the Alaska Department of Labor, the population of the Kodiak Island Borough is now 13,824. That’s 291 people fewer than it was a year ago, due to people moving away from the archipelago. “One year won’t make a trend, of course,” said st...
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Achievers: Jan. 23
The Kodiak Elks have named their achievers for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. At Kodiak Middle School, the winners are Lars Hanson, Amal Albaladejo, Sam Chmielarczyk, Sage Alvarez, Mekia Bushell and Hunter Blair. • Lars, a sixth-grader and son of Geoff Smith and Christy Lyle, was selected because of his drive to learn and his cooperative nature. A diligent and conscientious student, Lars strives ...
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An dominating defense
The adage is that defense wins championships. Kodiak’s girls basketball team is playing championship-caliber defense so far this season. The numbers are eye-popping: The team has played five shutout quarters and has held opponents to five points or less in 25 of 44 quarters played. Overall, Kodiak is allowing only 22 points per game for a measly average of 5.5 points per quarter. That has resulted in an 11-0 start...
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Canadian groups try to stop engineered salmon
Canadian environmental groups are suing to stop the production of genetically modified salmon eggs on Prince Edward Island off Canada’s east coast. The eggs, produced by AquaBounty Inc., are the first step toward production of a genetically modified salmon intended for sale in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the sale or consumption of the modified salmon, but last month Env...
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