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Blue Christmas recognizes tough holidays
It’s a cold, slushy day in Kodiak this Thursday morning, but cozy and warm in Monk’s Rock, where the sense of hospitality is as thick as the fog outside. I usually don’t get into the Christmas spirit until after the fourth Sunday of Lent, but this year it has come quicker, because I have had the joy and privilege of ringing the bell for the first time at the red kettles of the Salvation Army. What put me in the sp...
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Week in Words: Putting the chi back in Christmas
Xmas is legit. I grew up hearing, and still hear today, about how wrong “x-mas” is, how it “takes the Christ out of Christmas.” It appears that we have been using “xmas” as long as we have been saying “Christmas.” “Christmas,” as the one-word version of the Old English “Christes maesse” (referring to the church service that celebrates the birthday of Christ in the Christian calendar, Christ’s Mass), has been writt...
Dec 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Trial continues in Wild Alaskan case
The trial of the owners of a controversial floating strip club formerly in the Kodiak harbor began two weeks ago in federal court in Anchorage and continues this week. Darren Byler and Kimberly Riedel-Byler, who are married and ran a floating bar and strip club aboard the former crabber vessel Wild Alaskan in Kodiak harbor, were indicted in February on charges of violating the Refuse Act and making false statement...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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NLC POWER RANKINGS: Tournaments fill first week of hoops
The Alaska high school basketball season started in earnest last week, and 10 of the 12 Northern Lights Conference teams joined in on the fun. Most of the NLC teams were involved in four tournaments — the Doc Larson Roundball Classic in Wasilla, the Cougar Tip Off in Anchorage, and the Al Howard/Powerade and the Kenai River Challenge on the Kenai Peninsula. The conference had mixed results as the 10 teams combined...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Count day down, count week up due to weather
The bad weather on Saturday resulted in a lower than normal average number of species spotted by the local Audubon chapter during the annual Christmas bird count, but the number of species spotted during the days before and after is higher than usual. “Species diversity was down, and also, I’m not even close to having absolute numbers, but I expect the total number of birds will be way down, strictly as a function...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Foundation finishes annual month of giving grants
The Kodiak Community Foundation has given their last grant during the 2015 Month of Giving for a total of $5,900 given during 2015, according to a release from the foundation. Over the month, the foundation gave grants to the Kodiak Girl Scouts, Baranov Museum, Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, Kodiak Area Native Association Elder Assistance Program, Threshold Services, the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, and, most recently, ...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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We will all have to face fiscal pain
To the editor: My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the governor’s reception this past Monday evening on Near Island. The event was both impressive and enjoyable, and certainly the organizers, sponsors, and kitchen staff deserve a “well done” for their efforts. One hour of the event was devoted to an audience question and answer session with the governor, where audience members could come up to a microphone...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Measuring highest peaks in Brooks Range
U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps give you a choice on the height of Mount Isto. Depending on what map scale you choose, the mountain in the Brooks Range is either higher or lower than 9,000 feet. Using a new combination of techniques, an Alaska researcher has crowned Mt. Isto the highest peak in America’s arctic, unseating longtime presumed champion Mt. Chamberlain, listed at 9,020 feet. That scientist, UAF...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gov. finds support for tax plan
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker visited Kodiak Monday and presented an outline of his state budgeting approach to a special joint meeting with the city council and borough assembly. On Dec. 9, the administration announced a fiscal plan that includes widespread cuts to agencies, smaller permanent fund dividends and an income tax, all aimed at making up for state revenue shortfalls due to the low price of oil. “It’s as fair...
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Long-time radio man leaves KVOK
A long-time part of local radio station KVOK is leaving his show. Jack Bennett, who began working at the station almost 20 years ago, will no longer be doing his Sunday morning classic country show. He said he needs to do some traveling to visit family, but he’s not leaving Kodiak, where he and his wife have lived for 40 years. “There’s no better place on the planet during the good months,” Bennett said. He will s...
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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