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Fish Factor: Clean extraction brings chiton back to USA
Alaska crab shells are fueling an eco-revolution that will drive new income streams from fabrics to pharmaceuticals to water filters. And for the first time, it is happening in the U.S.A. and not overseas. The entrepreneurs at Tidal Vision in October made the leap from their labs in Juneau to a pilot plant outside of Seattle to test an earth-friendly method that extracts chitin, the structural element in the exosk...
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Garden Gate: Simple gifts at heart of Christmas
When I started writing this column 15 years ago, I often included a pre-Christmas piece about simple gifts for gardeners. Then I decided to change it to just simple gifts for everyone. Things change. If you Google “simple gifts” you’ll find everything from lyrics for the Shaker song “Simple Gifts” to a million simple things you can make (Pinterest). Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice or...
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Fabricante wins state title
A week ago, Krystal Fabricante captured a Northern Lights Conference wrestling title by default because she was the only entrant in the girls’ 113-pound bracket. This time she earned her title. Fabricante, a junior, won the 12-person, 113-pound division at the inaugural 1234A girls state championships Saturday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Kodiak’s only female wrestler pinned New Stuyahok’s Roberta Christo...
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Volunteer fire captain asked for resignation
A long-time volunteer at Bayside Fire Station was handed a resignation letter and the station contends he has resigned, but the volunteer disagrees. The Fire Protection Area No. 1 board and newly hired Chief Howard S. Rue III say that Jim Pickett resigned when he said he would “stand down” because of safety concerns at the station. A volunteer captain who has been with Bayside for 15 years, Pickett has earned stat...
Dec 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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7 KHS wrestlers enter 4A boys state tournament
Hunter Bigley is not much of a talker. However, he doesn’t hide his feelings about running. “I hate running,” the Kodiak High School senior said. “It definitely would not be a hobby.” That is something his twin sister, Zoe, would never say. She is the top girls runner at KHS, having qualified for four cross country and three track and field state championships. So much for twins being alike. “She is a good runner ...
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Fabricante ready for girls wrestling state tournament
For the first time in Alaska, girls wrestling at 4A schools will compete in a separate state tournament. The 1234A girls state tournament coincides with the boys 123A and 4A state tournaments that begin today at Bartlett and Chugiak high schools. The Alaska Schools Activities Association introduced a small-school girls state tournament last year, and this year the 4A girls get to join in since both classifications...
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Ralph (Skip) Earl Greene
Ralph (Skip) Earl Greene passed away peacefully at Villa Rosa in Green Valley, Arizona, on Dec. 10, 2015. He was 83 years old. Skip was born to Nettie Zook on March 24, 1932, in Wrangell, Alaska. He was adopted and raised by his grandparents, Stella and James Greene. He served as a sergeant in the Army in Anchorage, Alaska, for two years from Dec. 11, 1952. to Dec. 10, 1954. Skip’s friend Jerry Tilley helped Skip ...
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Christmas is giving the best
“I dread Christmas,” a friend told me the other day. It really wasn’t Christmas per se that he opposed. It was the crass commercialism that has spawned stampedes on Black Friday and a fierce competition to outdo each other with the most lavish, expensive gifts. People have forgotten that Christmas is about going at lengths to be generous and charitable; paying closer attention to the cries of the needy; as Linda K...
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Marjorie Inga Christiansen
Marjorie Inga Christiansen, 74, of Seward, died Dec. 15, 2015 in Anchorage after a long illness. She was born November 15, 1941, in Old Harbor, Alaska, to Costia and Dora Inga. She attended Alaska Vocational Technical Center. She loved being with family and friends, was always willing to give a helping hand, enjoyed doing many different crafts, had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed gardening, cooking, going for ...
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TEEING OFF: Wilson has played his way into MVP race
It has come to my attention that small dogs do not appreciate inclement weather. It has been a hassle getting Gizmo and Pepper Jack to do their business outside this past week. When I open the door, and both dogs see the frightful conditions awaiting them, they turn into statues. I don’t blame them. Needless to say, the snow and ice blanketing the Kodiak roads made morning and lunchtime walks an adventure. While t...
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